SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Lakeland Magic overcame a slow start to earn the first win in franchise history, 108-100, Monday against the Sioux Falls Skyforce at Sanford Pentagon.
After falling short in their season opener on the road, Lakeland fell behind early trailing 31-27 after the first quarter but had a strong second half to take the lead 61-58 at halftime. Sioux Falls would pull ahead 93-94 with 4:19 remaining when the Magic went on an 7-0 run over the next :59 and held the lead the rest of the game.
Lakeland was able to knock down 11-of-25 (44%) from the three-point line, while Sioux Falls managed to shoot just 9-of-34 (26%). Lakeland was also 44% from the field and 76% from the free throw line.
Rodney Purvis led the way in scoring 31 points and seven rebounds, while two-way player Jamel Artis came out strong with 26-points, 13-rebounds.
Assignee Khem Birch, earned his second-straight double-double with 16-points, 11-rebounds.