Through the first month of the season the Skyforce have put together a 6-2 record and currently sit fourth in the NBA D-League standings. It's still very early in the season, but the Skyforce have rattled off three straight wins and are taking advantage of a favorable schedule. Pat Delany has had the pleasure of coaching seven of his first eight games in the friendly confines of the Pentagon.
"It has been great. The fans here have been great on and off the court. We love crossing paths with the fans when we're out on the town or after games. They are a difference maker for sure. We love seeing them before the game, high fiving them, we love whatever energy they can bring. Hopefully they are enjoying the games and the type of product we are putting out there. The home crowd has definitely been a factor in getting some home wins," Skyforce Head Coach Pat Delany said.
Another big factor is the Force's big-man behind the mask, Justin Hamilton. The 7"0 center leads his team in scoring, rebounds, and blocked shots.
"You feel that you are in good hands when he is on the floor. He moves the ball well and he understands the game. He is fun to play with and has done a great job," Skyforce Forward Ryan Evans said.
"I work really hard and I know that I'm going to go out and play as hard as I can every game. Depending on how the ball rolls, it's going to be a good game or a bad game. It doesn't really matter to me," Skyforce Center Justin Hamilton said.
Hamilton is just one of five players averaging double figures in scoring through the first eight games. They lost Quincy Douby after just two contests, but signed Charlie Westbrook to fill his role. The former Coyote knows winning games is the only way to keep the dream of playing in the league alive.
"That's what I'm here to do is to win games. If you don't win nobody gets further as far as reaching bigger goals. We get wins, we all succeed then we succeed together," Skyforce Guard Charlie Westbrook said.
The Force will be on the road for two games this weekend, but will return home Christmas night to take on the Iowa Energy.