Sioux Falls Skyforce Beat Springfield Armor 118-111
The Sioux Falls Skyforce topped the Springfield Armor in NBA Development League action 118-111 Friday night before 4,755 at the MassMutual Center. The Skyforce improve to 2-0 with the victory, while the Armor fall to 1-1. Sioux Falls got off to a strong start tonight, connecting on 18-of-24 shots (.750) to establish a 42-29 advantage at the end of the first quarter.
In the second quarter, Sioux Falls extended its lead to 55-38, the biggest deficit the Armor faced all evening, on a Demetris Nichols put-back layup with 5:49 to go in the half. The Armor battled back with a late 17-5 run to trim the lead to 60-55 by halftime.
The Armor began the third quarter by rallying to take their first lead of the game, 63-62, on a Chas McFarland layup just over three minutes into the period. Springfield extended its lead to 81-74 on a Cliff Tucker three-pointer before the Skyforce closed the quarter on 9-4 run to cut the Armor lead to 85-83 after three quarters.
With two minutes left in the game, the Skyforce took the lead for good with a 9-0 run to seal the night with a win. The Skyforce's Andrew Goudelock led six Sioux Falls players in double figures with a game-high 24 points. Jarvis Varnado added 21 points on 9-of-11 shooting, eight rebounds and eight blocks and Demetris Nichols contributed a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Christian Polk led five Armor players in double figures with 21 points. James Mays tallied his second straight double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Uzoh added 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
The Skyforce continue their road trip with a Sunday afternoon contest against the Maine Red Claws before returning home to face the Erie Bayhawks on Friday December 7th.