Skyforce Defeats Wizards With Team Effort

WATERTOWN, S.D., Nov. 19 - The Sioux Falls Skyforce had seven players in double figures as they used a team effort to defeat the Dakota Wizards 105-93 in preseason action today in Watertown, S.D. Andre Brown, the second overall selection in the 2006 D-League Draft, led the host team with 17 points and seven rebounds.

The home team got off to a quick start as they led 31-23 after one quarter behind nine points from Andre Brown. Dakota chipped away at the deficit and finally took their first lead of the game (49-48) with under a minute to go in the first half. Chris Rodgers hit a late three-pointer for the Skyforce which gave them a 52-49 lead going into halftime.

Dakota got things going early in the third quarter as they took there largest lead of the game (60-53) three minutes into the second half. James Maye led the charge for the Wizards as he scored 10 of his game-high 22 points in the third quarter. Sioux Falls responded as Andre Brown scored eight points in the quarter to cut the lead to one point (79-78) heading into the final stanza.

Sioux Falls went on a 14-3 run to begin the final quarter that was capitalized with an emphatic dunk by Joseph Works that pushed the lead to double-digits (92-82) with 7:30 remaining in the preseason contest. Dakota would make things interesting as they cut the lead to two points (94-92) with three minutes to go in the game, however, Sioux Falls would end the game on an 11-1 run to seal the victory.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce season opener is on Friday, November 24 against the Dakota Wizards at the Sioux Falls Arena. The first 500 kids will receive a free Skyforce Jersey courtesy of MetaBank. For information on season and single game tickets please call a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.