The Rio Grande Valley Vipers extended their win streak to seven and stopped the Sioux Falls Skyforce win streak at five on Monday night with an eight-point win 141-133 at the Sanford Pentagon.

Playing with a double-digit lead for most of the game, the Vipers (22-10) forced 15 first-half turnovers and 22 for the game which played a big part in the road win.

Skyforce Head Coach Nevada Smith knows that letting a good team get a big early lead is tough to overcome.

“We dug a too big a hole for us to come out of. You spend too much energy getting back. We did a great job in the second half on the glass. We gave up 15 offensive rebounds in the first half and 3 in the second. We cut our turnovers in half. It was just too sloppy and lackadaisical in the first half.”

Skyforce forward Raphiael Putney says the early sloppy play was a departure from what they had been doing during the previous five games.

“It was very frustrating because we haven’t been playing like that in a while. For us to come in here and turn the ball over as much as we did in the first half, I think there was some exhaustion, but we’ve got a game on Wednesday so we need to have a quick turnaround for that one.”

Putney was the catalyst for the Skyforce (22-11) with 27 points, 10 rebounds and 4 blocks with Duncan Robinson scoring 25.

Michael Frazier led all scorers with an impressive 43 points including 11 of the Vipers last 14 points.

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