Skyforce fall to Iowa in regular season opener


SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (SKYFORCE) – The Sioux Falls Skyforce were defeated 106-94 by the Iowa Wolves on Thursday evening in the 2021-22 regular season opener from the Sanford Pentagon.

Both teams struggled out the gates in the first game in two weeks for each organization. Iowa (1-0) took a 51-33 lead after the first half. Minnesota Timberwolves two-way player McKinley Wright IV (21 points on 5-12 FGA and 10 assists) had 16 points in the first half alone, which led the Wolves.

Sioux Falls (0-1) erupted in the third quarter, scoring more points in the period (36) than they did in the first half. Ferguson had nine points in a 13-6 run to end the third quarter, which cut the Wolves’ lead to 10.

Iowa answered with a 10-0 run to the 8:53 mark of the fourth quarter. The Skyforce responded with one of their own, but ultimately fell in the closing minutes. Martin Krampelj added 14 points and eight rebounds, while Mike Smith chipped in 12 points and a career-high eight assists.

Brian Bowen II added 20 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolves, while Isaiah Briscoe posted 17 points on 8-14 FGA off the bench.

Sioux Falls embarks on a three-game road swing, with the first two being at the Salt Lake City Stars. Tip-off is slated for 8:00 PM CST on Saturday, followed by 8:00 PM CST on Monday. The Wolves travel to Birmingham to take on the Squadron on Saturday, as well, with tip-off slated for 7:00 PM CST.

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