SANTA CRUZ, Calif. – The Sioux Falls Skyforce (4-1) fought off a late rally by the Santa Cruz Warriors (2-3) to post a 100-93 win Friday night in front of a sellout crowd at Kaiser Permanente Arena. It was the 11th consecutive capacity crowd at Kaiser Permanente dating back to the 2015-16 season.
Jabril Trawick paced the Skyforce with 30 points and 6 rebounds. Keith Benson (23 points, 17 rebounds) and Briante Weber (15 points, 14 rebounds) both recorded double-doubles in the victory over Santa Cruz.
Cam Jones led the way for the Warriors with 22 points, 7 assists and 6 rebounds. Phil Pressey recorded a double-double, finishing with 17 points and 11 assists. Scott Wood contributed with 21 points, going 5-of-9 from beyond the arc.
In the opening minutes of the first quarter, the Warriors took an 11-0 lead, holding the Skyforce scoreless until the 7:32 minute mark. Sioux Falls slowly chipped away at the Warriors’ lead, coming within 5 points to begin the second period.
The Skyforce went on a 15-3 run to begin the second quarter and limited Santa Cruz’s scoring to just 12 points in the entire frame in taking a 15-point halftime lead.
Santa Cruz emerged from the break to outscore the Skyforce 30-15 in the third quarter and tie the score 72-72 heading into the final period. Two made free throws in the first minute of the fourth quarter from Clippers assignee Diamond Stone gave the Warriors a two-point edge. The score was tied three more times before the Skyforce took back a lead they would not relinquish.
The Santa Cruz Warriors will travel to Reno to take on the Bighorns on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 3:00 p.m. PST at Reno Events Center.