TULSA FALLS SHORT VS. SKYFORCE 91-76

TULSA, Okla., March 11, 2011— Larry Owens of the Tulsa 66ers (28-12) scored a team-high 12 points, Byron Mullens pitched in 11 points and four rebounds and Latavious Williams added eight boards to become Tulsa’s all-time leading rebounder but the 66ers fell to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (9-30) by a 91-76 final Friday evening inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

Williams, who also added eight points, now owns 631 career rebounds with the 66ers (in 80 total games), surpassing Mike Hall’s total of 627.

“Latavious has a gift for rebounding,” 66ers head coach Nate Tibbetts said. “I thought he did a really good job of crashing the boards again tonight and credit to him for how hard he works on the glass.”

Also scoring in double figures for Tulsa was Jerome Dyson with 11 and Elijah Millsap and Marcus Lewis with 10 each.

Leading the way for Sioux Falls was Patrick Ewing, Jr., with 31 points and eight rebounds. Raymond Sykes recorded the only double-double of the contest with 17 points and 12 boards.

Additionally, Sioux Falls’ David Bailey became the franchise’s all-time leading scorer with five points on the evening, giving him a career total of 2,561. He surpassed former Skyforce player Henry James (2,559).

Defensively, the 66ers forced 20 Skyforce turnovers and racked up 12 steals. Dyson and Ryan Reid also pitched in two blocked shots each.

The 66ers and Skyforce return to the court tomorrow evening to complete the back-to-back set at 7 p.m. inside the Tulsa Convention Center.

“It was a tough night for us, but give Sioux Falls credit,” Tibbetts said. “They really did a good job of executing. We will learn from tonight’s game. We are excited we get to come back out tomorrow night and I have confidence our guys will respond in a positive way.”

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