Sioux Falls, S.D. (KWSN) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Reno Bighorns 86-85 in the first-ever game at the Sanford Pentagon Friday night. Sioux Falls led by as many as 18 points but needed a defensive stop in the final seconds to preserve the victory.
Sioux Falls (1-0) got off to a quick start and led 30-16 after the first quarter. Reno (0-1) outscored Sioux Falls 28-19 in the second quarter to cut the deficit to 49-44 at halftime. Quincy Douby scored 17 of his game-high 29 points in the opening half.
Sioux Falls went ahead by 18 points (66-48) midway through the third quarter but Reno responded with a 16-3 run and trailed by just five points (69-64) heading into the final quarter. Sacramento Kings assignee Ray McCallum made a 3-pointer with 4:25 to go in the contest to tie the game and then converted a lay-up with 2:23 to go to give Reno its first lead of the game at 83-81. Douby answered with a 3-pointer and Ryan Evans made a jump shot to push the lead back to three points (86-83). Reno trailed 86-85 with 0.3 seconds left but the alley-oop pass was swatted away and Sioux Falls came away with the win.
The same two teams will face each other again tomorrow (Saturday) night at the Sanford Pentagon at 7 p.m. CT.
Courtesy: Sioux Falls Skyforce