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Skyforce Size Up Week Ahead as West Coast Trip Looms

DeAndre Liggins
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In a 50-game season, a three-game road trip during the middle of the slate doesn’t carry a whole lot of significance.  That’s until you get to the end of the season and a game won or lost here or there could mean making the playoffs or sitting on the side.

The Sioux Falls Skyforce set themselves up well by taking two over the weekend from the expansion Delaware 87ers who have struggled this season.  Currently, the standings have Rio Grande Valley as the top seed in the NBADL with a record of 16-5.  Sioux Falls is second at 14-7, but the margin between second and eighth is two games.

DeAndre Liggins and Justin Hamilton continue to sparkle in their role as team leaders.  Hamilton is rounding into a valuable offensive player both inside and outside the paint while holding his own on defense.  Liggins logs the most minutes of anyone on the team and is the Skyforce MVP through the first half of the season.

Santa Cruz is that 8th place team whom the Skyforce visit Tuesday night in the only time that these two teams will play this season.  No big deal in mid-January until two months from now when both teams are fighting for a playoff spot and the winner in this lone contest would hold a tiebreaker.  Bakersfield and the Los Angeles D-Fenders are also among the playoff contenders Sioux Falls will play on this trip, but those teams need wins to get within the top eight.

That’s why the players and coaches can focus on here and now.  On the other side sit the fans and the media who can fret, fume or add that little bit of intrigue to a Tuesday night in January.


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