Division Rivals Square Off This Weekend

Sioux Falls, S.D. (January 3, 2008) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce will host Central Division rival Iowa on Friday and Sunday night at the Sioux Falls Arena. The first 500 kids in attendance on Friday night will receive a free youth jersey courtesy of MetaBank while Sunday’s game will include several activities involving local churches.

Friday night’s game tips off at 7 p.m. and is sponsored by MetaBank. It marks the first appearance at the Sioux Falls Arena for the Iowa Energy, one of four expansion teams in the D-League this season. Iowa is led by Chicago Bulls assignee Demetris Nichols who is currently averaging 19.2 points, 4.3 rebounds and 3.3 assists in six games. The Energy also features Jeff Horner and Doug Thomas who both played college basketball at the University of Iowa. Doors open at 6:15 p.m. and fans are encouraged to arrive early as the first 500 kids in attendance will receive a free youth jersey courtesy of MetaBank.

Sunday night’s game tips off at 5 p.m. and is sponsored by Crossroads Book & Music. The same two teams square off on Faith & Family Night which includes several activities for local churches bringing a group to the game. A pregame clinic for youth members of area churches will be conducted by Skyforce coaching staff and players. Following the Skyforce-Energy game, a Preachers & Sneakers game presented by Dakota Sports will take place which pits local Pastors and congregational members against each other in a pickup game. The final event of the night will be a postgame concert featuring New Method, a popular Christian rock band.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce’s next game is on Thursday, Jan. 3 on the road against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Tipoff is set for 6 p.m. CT at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. For information on group, season and single game tickets please contact a Skyforce representative at (605) 332-0605.