Both teams used every ounce of grit and grind, but it was the Sioux Falls Skyforce that got the shot and the stop to topple the Memphis Hustle 126-125 Monday night at the Sanford Pentagon.
The shot portion was covered by Duncan Robinson of the Skyforce (3-0) who connnected from long range with 9.2 seconds left to establish the winning margin. Meanwhile Yante Maten stopped a putback attempt near the rim that eventually ended in a scramble near mid court as time expired.
Skyforce Head Coach Nevada Smith realizes that though everything didn’t go their way, the team came through in the final possessions.
Skyforce Guard Bubu commended a team effort to put themselves in the position to make winning plays.
For the third straight game, Maten led the team in scoring with 34 points and also led the team in rebounds (12), assists (5), steals (3), and blocks (2). Robinson finished with 29 points while Palo scored 17 off the bench.
The Memphis backcourt (0-2) led the charge as Jevon Carter racked up 29 points, 6 assists and 6 steals and Brandon Goodwin added 27 points and 5 assists.
Sioux Falls will remain at home to face Northern Arizona on Wednesday. Memphis will host Rio Grande Valley on Friday.