SIOUX FALLS, SD, (Dec. 23, 2017) – The Texas Legends (10-10) held off the final attempts of the Sioux Falls Skyforce (8-11) to hand the team their third straight loss at home 122-119 Saturday night at the Sanford Pentagon.
The Skyforce took control in the first, leading by as many as 14. Texas made a push at the end of the quarter to cut the deficit to three but were unable to catch up to the home team’s hot shooting. The second quarter saw a change of pace as Texas took their first edge of the night and the two teams exchanged leads 9 times. Texas, led by an 18-point performance from Justin Dentmon, outscored the Force 42-33 to take a 73-67 lead into the locker room.
The two teams kept it close in the third with Texas losing their lead but regaining it to head into the final quarter up by a hair (95-91). The home team shot 50% to Texas’ 42% in the fourth but both teams struggled outside combining for 3-of-13. With 9.5 seconds on the clock, the Skyforce faced a 3-point difference but were unable to connect on two tying attempts, giving the Legends the final victory.
All five Legends starters finished in double-digits led by Dentmon with a game-high 31 to complement a team-high 6 assists. Johnathan Motley (20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 blocks) and Jameel Warney (17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, 2 blocks) each stuffed the stat sheets to grab the game’s only double-doubles. Jalen Jones neared the mark with 18 points, 9 rebounds, and Wade Baldwin IV added 15 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals.
Tony Mitchell powered the Skyforce with 28 points (10 of which came in the clutch fourth quarter), while Ike Nwamu added 23 points (shooting 9-of-16) and Larry Drew II tallied 12 but dished out a game-high 9 assists. Alonzo Gee finished with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, and 3 steals, and Jalen Bradley and Kadeem Jack added 14 and 13 respectively off the bench.
Texas will return to action on Dec. 30th in their third of four straight road games, taking on the Agua Caliente Clippers in Ontario at 9pm CT. Fans can catch all the action live at www.TexLegends.com.