Austin Spurs fall to close out season at .500


With a spot in the playoffs out of the picture, the Austin Spurs had an opportunity to finish the season with a winning record but fell 136-120 to the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Saturday night at the H-E-B Center at Cedar Park.

The Spurs had seven players score in double digits, but it wasn’t enough as they finished the season at 25-25.

Jeff Ledbetter led the Spurs with 29 points while Orlando Johnson added 25.

The Skyforce (29-21) had three players score at least 21 points as they also had seven players score in double figures.

Keith Benson led the team with 28 points while Malik Beasley added 22 and Patrick Miller chipped in 21. Benson recorded the only double-double of the game as he pulled down 10 rebounds.

Sioux Falls nailed 16 3-pointers on the night, led by Greg Whittington who hit 4 of 8 from deep. He finished with 16 points.

The Spurs also shot well from outside, connecting on 50 percent of their shots as they went 11 of 22. Ledbetter was able to lead in scoring from off the bench in large part to his 5 of 8 shooting from beyond the arc.

Livio Jean-Charles added 17 points for Austin while Patricio Garino, Ryan Arcidiacono, Charles Garcia and Hollis Thompson all hit double figures.

The Skyforce controlled the game in the first half, leading by as many as 18, but the Spurs were able to pull within 11 by halftime.

An 11-2 run to open the second half cut the lead to two points, but it wasn’t enough for Austin.



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