SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The Sioux Falls Skyforce lost to the Delaware Blue Coats 98-88 on Tuesday evening at the Sanford Pentagon, ending a four-game homestand.
The Skyforce (17-18) jumped out to a 29-22 lead after the opening quarter, as they shot 61.1-percent on 11-of-18 FG in the period. Trey Mourning (12 points on 4-7 FG) led the charge with eight points in the period.
Mychal Mulder (22 points on 9-16 FG and five rebounds) led Sioux Falls on a 19-6 run to end the first half. Mulder posted 11 in the period alone and shot three-of-three from deep to give the Skyforce a 19-point lead heading to the third quarter.
Delaware (19-14) outscored Sioux Falls 34-13 in the third period, as Jared Brownridge (23 points) netted 14 points in the quarter to help regain a 72-70 lead with just 12 minutes remaining.
The Blue Coats continued their momentum, as Justin Robinson (21 points, five assists and four rebounds) guided a 10-2 run to the 7:45 clip of the fourth quarter. Behind Davon Reed (18 points, 10 rebounds and six assists) the Skyforce went on an 11-0 run and cut the lead to two points with 2:47 left in the game. However, the Blue Coats went on an 8-0 run to seal the victory.
Miami HEAT assignee KZ Okpala posted 15 points, five rebounds and four assists in his first game with the team since February 3.