The Memphis Hustle dropped a back-and-forth game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce in the team’s inaugural home opener, 120-116, Saturday at Landers Center.
After Sioux Falls opened up the action with the game’s first field goal, the Hustle went on a 26-6 run to open up an early 18-point lead that would stay in range of double digits into the second half. A 41 point third quarter by Sioux Falls would give them a lead they would eventually extend to 109-99 in the fourth quarter and never relinquish.
Ivan Rabb, on assignment from the Grizzlies, posted the first double-double in franchise history (20 points, 15 rebounds) while shooting 6-of-7 from the field and knocking down all eight of his free throw attempts. Kobi Simmons scored 25 points and dished seven assists, while Vince Hunter (23 points, seven rebounds) and Marquis Teague (19 points, seven assists) also posted big nights for Memphis.
Four Skyforce players posted 20-or-more points, led by Erik McCree (29 points). Torrey Craig (24 points), Tony Mitchell (21 points, 9-of-15 FG) and Ike Nwamu (20 points, 4-of-6 3P) also recorded 20-point games, with Craig and Nwamu coming off the bench. The Skyforce bench outscored the Hustle bench 57-23. Additionally, Sioux Falls recorded 28 points off 21 Memphis turnovers and held a significant advantage in points in the paint (66-48). Sioux Falls will host their home opener on Monday, November 6 against the Lakeland Magic, the Hustle’s preseason opponent.
Memphis returns to action tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Landers Center when the team takes on the Salt Lake City Stars on the second end of the franchise’s first back-to-back. Tickets are still available starting at $10 and fans wishing to attend can purchase tickets at all Ticketmaster locations, ticketmaster.com, the Landers Center Box Office, online at MemphisHustle.com or by calling (901) 888-HOOP.
Single game tickets are now available for all Hustle games here.