Bismarck, ND - After finishing a five game road swing 1-4, the Dakota Wizards got back on track upon
returning home. 3,356 fans turned out to see Dakota defeat the rival Sioux Falls Skyforce 103-96 at the
Bismarck Civic Center.
In a game marred by sloppy play, Sioux Falls jumped out to a 30-26 lead after one quarter, thanks in part
to 11 Dakota turnovers. The Skyforce led by as many as eight points during the first period. Sioux Falls,
paced by Greg Stiemsma's twelve points at the break, continued its strong play in the second quarter,
heading into the locker room ahead 59-52.
Wizards guard David Bell scored nine points in the third period to help cut the Skyforce lead to three
entering the final quarter. Dakota also received solid play inside from newcomer Connor Atchley, who
was making his home debut in Bismarck and was warmly received by the fans.
The fourth quarter was all Wizards, as they finally displayed the defense they were noted for entering
the season, limiting the Skyforce to 15 points in the final period. All five Wizards starters finished with
double digits in points. Romel Beck notched his first double-double of the season, tallying 19 points and
The Wizards will be in action on Sunday afternoon against the Utah Flash at 3:00pm.