Hustle stop Skyforce to open weekend set
The Memphis Hustle defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 113-105 Saturday night in the first of two games at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls.
Freddie Gillespie totaled 22 points (10-13 FG), nine rebounds, two blocks and two steals to pace the Hustle. Cameron Young sparked the scoring off the bench with 17 points and six rebounds on 6-of-8 shooting. David Stockton tallied 14 points and four assists and Reggie Hearn added 13 points, six rebounds and two assists.
DJ Stewart (20 points, 11 rebounds) and Micah Potter (19 points, 12 rebounds) posted double-doubles for the Skyforce. NBA veterans Brandon Knight and Mario Chalmers posted 16 points apiece but were limited to a combined 9-of-33 from the field.
The Hustle trailed 71-61 with 8:10 remaining in the second quarter before ripping off a 34-14 run to take a commanding 95-85 lead early in the fourth quarter. After trailing by 10 points at the half, Young scored 12 of his 17 points in the final two quarters, helping Memphis to a 64-45 advantage in the second half.
The Hustle shot 50 percent from the field in the second half while limiting the Skyforce to 37 percent shooting and zero fast break points.
Memphis held Sioux Falls to eight percent (1-of-13) from 3-point range in the second half to erase a 12-point lead, completing its largest comeback victory of the season.
Memphis and Sioux falls will complete the back-to-back set Sunday afternoon, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. CT. Fans can catch the game on NBAGLeague.com.