3rd Quarter Rally Not Enough as Vipers Fall to Armor
It is the Armor’s first win away from the MassMutual Center, snapping a 14-game losing streak in such games. This also snaps a 12-game overall losing streak.
The Vipers led the game 26-25 (26-10) with 4:40 remaining in the first quarter, but the Armor (6-27) responded with a 15-3 run to close out the quarter. The Armor built a 27-point lead at 61-34 with 5:28 remaining in the second quarter, capping a 17-0 run that lasted 4:49. Abdulai Jaolloh had the first seven points and ten total during the run.
The Vipers opened the third quarter on a 7-0 run and got within 77-73 at the 7:16 mark. The Vipers kept the game close until the Armor closed the third and opened the fourth quarter on a 10-0 run.
“We have so many new guys right now, we’ve haven’t really been able to run our offenses… We’ve tried to put the ball into Will [Conroy’s] hands, let him create, and spread the floor… Right now we need to find the open man, and that’s our go-to guy,” Vipers head coach Chris Finch said.
Conroy finished one rebound shy of a triple-double, with 19 points, 13 assists and nine rebounds. Craig Winder continued his hot play, break the 20-point plateau for the seventh-straight game with a team-high 26 points.
Tony Bobbitt led the Armor and all scorers with 32 points while Justin Hawkins added ad double-double with 25 points, 13 rebounds and five assists.