CRAIG, SKYFORCE SURVIVE SEVENS' FOURTH QUARTER COMEBACK
SIOUX FALLS, SD - The Delaware 87ers (0-4) outscored the Sioux Falls Skyforce (2-1) by a margin of 34-18 in the final quarter, but the Skyforce escaped with their first home win of the 2017-18 season.
Sioux Falls jumped out to an early lead and remained in control for the first three periods of the game. Denver Nuggets two-way player Torrey Craig paced the Skyforce offense with a career-high 37 points to go along with his eight rebounds. The Skyforce led 93-73 entering the final quarter, but Delaware wasn't finished yet.
The Sevens made a massive comeback effort in the final frame, led by Philadelphia 76ers two-way player Jacob Pullen (24 points and four assists), and Emeka Okafor (25 points and nine rebounds). The Skyforce lead was cut to just two points at 106-104 with two minutes left in the game, but the home team managed to hang on to leave Delaware winless on the young season.
Erik McCree tallied his first career double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds in the win for Sioux Falls, accompanied by Larry Drew II's 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. In addition, Miami HEAT assignee A.J. Hammons notched a season-high 14 points and six rebounds in 29 minutes off the bench.
Washington Wizards two-way player Mike Young scored 15 points for the Sevens in the loss, while James Webb III and James Blackmon Jr. combined for 25 points off the bench.
Sioux Falls edged the Sevens in points scored in the paint by a tally of 46-40 on the night, and managed to score 22 second-chance points off of 12 offensive rebounds. Despite the late run by Delaware, there were no lead changes in the game as the Skyforce scored first and never surrendered the lead.
Sioux Falls will stay home for their third game of a three-game home stand, as they take on the Salt Lake City Stars tomorrow on Saturday, November 11. Salt Lake City guard Nate Wolters makes his South Dakota return, having been a fan favorite while at South Dakota State University.
Delaware now travels back home to face the Windy City Bulls on Wednesday, November 15 at 6:30 PM ET as they look to pick up their first win of the season in front of their home crowd.
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