SANTA CRUZ, CA. Jan. 15, 2015 – The Sioux Falls Skyforce took down the No. 1 seeded Maine Red Claws 103-96 in the inaugural Showcase Cup at the 2015 NBA D-League Showcase presented by Samsung.
Maine was awarded the top seed in the Showcase Cup for holding the D-League’s best record as of Jan. 1, and Sioux Falls rounded out the field of eight teams that are competing to become the Showcase Cup champions.
Stampede guard Andre Dawkins exploded for a game-high 33 points on 10-of-18 shooting in 44 minutes, his second-highest point total of the season. Dawkins ranks No. 6 in the NBA D-League in scoring for players with at least nine games played, averaging 23.3 points. Forward Scotty Hopson added 24 points and six rebounds in the win, which is Sioux Falls’ fourth in their last five games.
Omari Johnson came off the bench to lead Maine with 26 points in 27 minutes of action, which included a 6-of-10 effort from beyond the arc. Chris Babb recorded his fourth double-double of the season, notching 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Tim Frazier’s 11-rebound, 10-assist, seven-point outing came in the losing effort.
With eight lead changes and six ties throughout the game, neither team held a double-digit lead. Maine built a 53-49 halftime lead, but was outscored 28-16 in the third quarter by the No. 8 seed.
Early in the fourth, the Red Claws tied the game at 82, before Sioux Falls went on a 21-12 run to close out the third game of the day at the Kaiser Permanente Arena.
Sioux Falls went to the free throw line 42 times, converting on 32 of their attempts, while the Red Claws went 12-of-22 from the line.
After the win, Sioux Falls will play No. 5 seeded Bakersfield in the semifinals on Saturday, Jan. 17 at 12:45 p.m. PT. Maine’s next contest is against Texas on Sunday, Jan. 18 at 10:00 a.m. PT.