The Hustle wrapped up their season series with Sioux Falls SkyForce. A win would split the season two games a piece between the two teams. The SkyForce were without guard Briante Weber, who was just acquired by the Grizzlies on a 10-day contract while the Hustle were without Austin Nichols (injury) and Kobi Simmons (two-way). The SkyForce are competing for the midwest division title while the Hustle have already been eliminated from playoff contention.
Chance Comanche, getting the start for the injured Austin Nichols, made the most of his opportunity early with 8 quick points, 3 rebounds and a nice assist. The Hustle defense forced the Skyforce to take difficult shots limiting them to 5-17 shooting from the field. The Hustle offense was able to build a nice 9 point lead midway through the quarter. The Skyforce never could get their shots to fall shooting 7-24 (29%) in the first and going 3-13 from beyond the arc. The Hustle, lead by Comanche’s 8 points, also got 8 points from Shaquille Thomas while they shot 12-23 (52%) from the field en route to the 27-20 lead at the end of the quarter.
The Hustle caught fire from beyond the arc in the second quarter making si 3’s in the first 6 minutes extending their lead to as much as 19 points. The Skyforce had no answer for the Hustle’s offense as they were able to get whatever they wanted. The Hustle extended their lead to as much as 22 points, but a late quarter run by the Skyforce brought the score to 67-49 at the end of the first half. Omari Johnson lead the Hustle with 15 points, Jeremy Morgan dropped 13 points while Chance Comanche and Marquis Teague chipped in 12 points a piece. The Hustle shot 53% from the field in the first half, making ten 3’s. The Hustle defense had arguably their best half of the season limiting the Skyforce to 37% shooting and 27% from beyond the arc.
The third quarter was much of the same as the Hustle seemed to make every shot they attempted, extending their lead 25 points by the end of the quarter. The Hustle made seven 3’s in the quarter with Myke Henry, Omari Johnson and Dusty Hannahs each making two 3’s. The Skyforce were able to get their offense going a little bit, but it wasn’t enough to keep up with the high scoring Hustle. Ike Nwamu had a solid quarter for the Skyforce, scoring 12 points. In the end, the Hustle held a commanding 110-85 lead going into the 4th.
The fourth quarter started out sloppy for the Hustle, as they committed some silly turnovers and allowed the Skyforce to cut the lead to under 20 and keep the game interesting. The Hustle were able to fight off the Skyforce comeback attempt and keep it around a 20 point game most of the 4th, in large part to their franchise record 21 made 3’s. The Hustle finished up with a 140-112 victory over the Skyforce while setting another franchise record with 140 being the highest total points they’ve scored in a game. Omari Johnson lead the Hustle with 27 points while Chance Comanche chipped in 21 points and 12 rebounds of his own. The Hustle finished with 7 players scoring in double figures, including all 5 starters. It was a huge win for the Hustle as the Skyforce were leading the division and were 3rd in the conference going into tonight’s matchup.