SPRINGFIELD, MA, JAN. 22, 2011 – After blowing a 21-point lead in the fourth quarter, the Springfield Armor held on for a thrilling 125-114 triumph in overtime Friday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield. Springfield improves to 9-15, while Bakersfield falls to 15-10.
Springfield’s Jerry Smith was the hero in overtime as he drained back to back threes to start off the extra period, giving the Armor a 6-point lead they would not relinquish.
The Jam struggled shooting the ball, only knocking down 39 percent of their shots through the first three quarters. However, the Jam caught fire late, connecting on 14-26 from the field in the fourth. Bakersfield pulled off a 21-2 run during the fourth quarter to get back within striking distance.
Then, with 1.6 seconds remaining in regulation, Kenny Taylor drained a three to tie the game and send it to overtime. In overtime, the Armor clamped down on defense and outscored the Jam 11-0 during the final three-minute period.
Trey Johnson, the leading scorer in the NBA D-League, had a game-high 38 points for the Jam in the losing effort. Derrick Byars contributed a double-double of 16 points and 10 rebounds. Kenny Taylor finished with 15 points, which all came in the fourth period as the Jam made their remarkable come-back.
The Armor got great contributions from both the starters and the reserves. Curry had a team-high 32 points, while Vernon Goodridge added a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds. Reynolds also put forth a stellar effort for the Armor, scoring 18 points and dishing out 13 assists while turning the ball over just twice from the point guard position. Jerry Smith scored 21 points and Craig Brackins added 18 points and 6 rebounds off the bench.
The two teams will meet again tomorrow at 12:00 p.m. at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.