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Aggressive Skyforce even series with Canton
"Turn the ball over, struggle in the third quarter I don't think we scored more than five or seven points," said forward DeAndre Liggins, who scored a game high 21 points with nine rebounds. "At the end of the day, we came out and got the win that's all it's about."
The Skyforce's Henry Walker tries to shoot over Canton Charge's Arinze Onuaku in Saturday night's playoff game at the Sanford Pentagon, April 12, 2014. Monday at the Sanford Pentagon, where Sioux Womens Adidas All Star Trainers
In the fourth, Sioux Falls broke loose first, putting together a 13 4 run to take an 80 70 lead with 4:14 remaining on a 3 pointer by Liggins. The All Star's game high sixth 3 pointer pushed the spread past seven for the first time in the contest. Canton never led by more than two.
"It's about who's got the will to win," Liggins said. "We've got to take it one play at a time, really focus on watching tape (today) and go from there."
Falls is 20 5 this season.
Still, Sioux Falls had at least one offensive breakthrough, going 10 of 22 from the 3 point line. That's compared to Canton's 3 for 18 effort the same line Adidas Basketball Shoes Photos
To that end, Sioux Falls equaled its lowest Adidas Parley Boost Uncaged output of the season in a game that it won. The Force haven't been held to a lower total since Feb. 13.
They shot just 37 percent from the field and struggled with foul trouble throughout three starters had three fouls before halftime. The frustration was evident, as Craig Smith and Henry Walker picked up technical fouls. Charge center Kyrylo Fesenko earned one as well. The physicality of the clubs made things difficult for the three man officiating crew.
"We were fortunate we made enough plays to win," first year Force coach Pat Delany said. "It wasn't pretty, but nobody's talking about pretty this time of year."
for the Force from Game 1. Liggins hit six on 10 tries, matching the most makes by any Sioux Falls player this season.
The former Kentucky standout said that he was focused on being aggressive, yet smart. He got up only seven shots in the opener.
Sioux Falls' DeAndre Liggins charges past Canton's Scotty Hopson in Saturday's playoff game at the Sanford Pentagon. Liggins led the Force with 21 points.(Photo: Elisha Page / Argus Leader)
For now, there's only one more day that matters and it's bound to be a struggle.
Actually, fourth seeded Sioux Falls scored 19 points in the third so did seventh seeded Canton. It just felt worse because the Force started 1 for 13 from the floor while the Charge shot 1 for 11. Two of the best defensive teams in the league were dug in.
Both coaches tried to adjust, of course, it's just that both clubs are strong in what they do.
None of the prior victories were uglier or more important than this one, as the Force remain eligible to advance in the postseason for the first time since 2008.
The equality came about in a semi strange manner. The Charge finished plus 23 in rebound margin and Sioux Falls plus 13 in turnover margin very much in line with the Game 1 state and largely offsetting. White Adidas Climacool
"I think it's a really underrated thing he does," Delany said. "When his feet are set and he has his base and balance and he's shooting rhythm shots I'll take him shooting it all day long."
Liggins called it a battle of wills. Sioux Falls outlasted Canton, if just barely. The Charge got within two at 59 seconds remaining.
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