The Santa Cruz Warriors couldn't complete the comeback as they dropped their fifth straight road game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, 99-83.
The game got off to a shaky start for the Santa Cruz Warriors as they trailed by as much as 26 points in the first half; however, the Warriors would fight back behind big nights from Dan Nwaelele and Mo Baker scoring 21 and 20 respectively.
Nwaelele, who has missed the majority of the first half of the season, has averaged just eight points in three games. The 29 mintues of action has been the most that he has played all season long.
After shooting under 30 percent for the game midway through the third quarter the Warriors finally said enough and made a 15-4 run. They came as close as three points when Justin Johnson hit a jumper with 10:01 left in the game. The Skyforce would extend their lead again behind a 13-3 run and they never looked back.
Demetris Nichols lead the Skyforce with 26 points on the night. Dexter Pittman tallied a double-double with 15 points and 12 rebounds while on assignment from the Miami Heat.
Travis Leslie sat out for his fourth straight game with a groin injury that he sustained during the NBA D-League Showcase.
The Warriors will now try and find their groove and break this road game skid as they will travel to Iowa to face the Energy who are having problems of their own standing at 6-12 after a loss to the Canton Charge on Sunday.