Iowa Puts Skyforce on Skid to Square Season Series
Each team had their moments, but the Iowa Energy made the plays at the end to beat the Sioux Falls Skyforce 106-100 on Thursday night.
To define moments there were stretches of good and bad for both teams. For Iowa (25-24) the good was spread through most of the first half by shooting 56 percent from the floor in building a 23 point edge late in the second quarter. On the bad side of the coin was a 3-14 performance in the fourth quarter. However it wasn’t all bad for Iowa offensively in the final 12 minutes as 17 of their 24 points came from the free throw line.
Sioux Falls (39-10) was substandard in the second quarter making 5 of 17 shots. To their credit the ‘Force invented a comeback by exploding for 34 points in the third quarter to close the gap and even took a couple of leads in the fourth period.
In those waning moments, Andrew Harrison’s ability to get to the line and convert made the ultimate difference going 6 of 6 in the final 91 ticks. Plus the Energy defended well on a designed Skyforce play with under 20 seconds left to quell the uprising and prevent Sioux Falls from winning the season series. Each team won three of the six matchups.
Harrison’s 30 points including 18 of 18 from the stripe buoyed the Energy as Ramon Harris scored 16 with 9 rebounds. Sioux Falls got big numbers from Jarnell Stokes supplying 29 points and 11 rebounds with Rodney McGruder’s 20 counters worthy of note.
One game remains for both of these combatants in the regular season. Iowa will host the Erie BayHawks on Saturday night while the Skyforce return home to meet Grand Rapids that same evening.