TULSA, Okla., January 3, 2010
– The Tulsa 66ers never trailed in either game of the back-to-back weekend series against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, defeating them 113-98 Sunday at the Tulsa Convention Center. The 66ers extended their winning streak to three games, including four straight at home.
“It’s really hard to beat teams in this league two nights in a row,” 66ers Head Coach Nate Tibbetts said. “I think that our focus and intensity in practice all week extended to the games, and I’m proud of how we played.”
The 66ers started the game shooting as they did the previous night, jumping out to a 19-8 lead following a Moses Ehambe lay up and three-pointer with 4:08 left in the first quarter. Tulsa shot 50 percent (10-of-20) in the quarter, while the Skyforce shot 38 percent (8-for-21). The 66ers headed into the second quarter with a 25-18 advantage.
A Skyforce three-pointer by Mike Nelson cut the 66ers lead to 33-30 with 8:14 remaining in the first half, then Tulsa went on a 27-8 run as Ehambe and Latavious Williams each scored seven second quarter points to build a 60-38 halftime lead. Nelson scored 10 points in the quarter for the Skyforce. The 66ers shot 14-of-22 in the quarter.
After halftime, the Skyforce stormed out with a 24-8 run of their own, led by Reggie Williams’ 14 points, cutting Tulsa’s lead to 67-62 with 4:10 remaining in the third quarter. Sioux Falls shot 57 percent in the quarter, but trailed 78-73 heading into the final period.
Reggie Williams scored four straight points in the fourth quarter to bring the Skyforce to within 82-85 with 8:13 remaining in the game, but Mustafa Shakur’s 10 fourth quarter points helped the 66ers go on a 20-6 run that put the contest out of reach.
The 66ers (9-6) finished with seven of nine players scoring in double-figures, and shot 57.3 percent (43-75) for the game. Shakur finished with a team-high 21 points and seven assists, while Ehambe added 16 points. Zabian Dowdell put up 16 points and five assists off the bench, while Larry Owens added 15 points. Thunder assignee D.J. White contributed his second-straight double-double with 13 points and 17 rebounds, while Latavious Williams had his first career double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. Cecil Brown added 10 points off the bench.
The Skyforce (8-7) were led by Reggie Williams with a game-high 31 points. Nelson added 18 points off the bench, while David Bailey put up 16 points. Michael Joiner added 13 points and Raymond Sykes had 10 points and eight rebounds for Sioux Falls.
Both Tulsa and Sioux Falls travel to the NBA D-League Showcase in Boise, ID to play their next two games, as the 66ers will face the Utah Flash at 2:45 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 5 and will play the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on Thursday, Jan. 7 at noon CST live on NBA TV. The Skyforce play the Maine Red Claws on Tuesday at noon CST, and the Austin Toros on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. CST.