SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Friday night at the Sanford Pentagon looked like several other games in the Sioux Falls Skyforce’s NBA D-League record-tying 19 straight regular-season home wins.
Sioux Falls (17-6) fell behind early, stormed back late and appeared poised to win its 20th straight for sole possession of the record.
Unfortunately for the Skyforce, it wouldn’t go that way in a 125-118 loss to the Erie BayHawks (7-16).
Erie scored 41 points in the first quarter and had a double-digit lead throughout much of the first half, leading by as many as 16. The Skyforce chipped away all night and finally broke through midway through the quarter.
With Erie leading 75-68, Briante Weber scored seven straight points to tie it. Weber later knocked down a 3-pointer to give the Skyforce its first lead since the opening quarter at 82-81.
Sioux Falls opened the fourth quarter on a tear, when an emphatic breakaway dunk by Patrick Miller extended the Skyforce lead to 94-88. That’s when the good news ended for the home team, though.
Erie scored the next nine points and never trailed again. In all, it was a 21-5 BayHawks run, and the Skyforce never recovered.
Okaro White scored 23 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the year. Keith Benson had 19 points and 12 boards for his team-leading 15th double-double. Weber added 23 points.
Orlando Magic assignee Stephen Zimmerman scored all of his 20 points in the first half for the BayHawks. Kalin Lucas added 20 points, eight rebounds and eight assists off the bench for Erie.
The BayHawks shot 52.9 percent from the floor while holding Sioux Falls to 42.1 percent. Erie also out-rebounded the Skyforce, 59-42.