Armor Crush Iowa
SPRINGFIELD, MA- The Springfield Armor extended their franchise-best win streak to six tonight with a 117-102 victory over the Iowa Energy inside the MassMutual Center. The Armor (19-13) sit just 1 1/2 games back of Iowa (19-10) for first place in the NBA D-League’s Eastern Conference with a crucial battle between the two teams tomorrow night at 7:00 PM in Springfield.
The Armor and Energy traded baskets early in the first quarter and were tied 12-12, but a 13-0 run staked the Armor to a 25-12 lead late in the period. JamesOn Curry scored 14 of his 19 points in the opening quarter to propel the Armor to a 32-20 lead after one.
In the second, the Armor led by as many as 21 points, but a late Iowa run trimmed the deficit to 66-58 by halftime. Preston Knowles poured in 11 of his 17 points in the quarter off the Armor bench.
The Armor continued to hold strong in the third quarter, pushing the advantage back to 15 midway through the quarter before things got a little chippy. Iowa’s Patrick Ewing, Jr. and Iowa head coach Kevin Young were both assessed their second technical fouls of the game and ejected with 5:36 to go in the third. The Energy got within six with less than two minutes to play in the quarter, but a pair of baskets from Knowles and a Jeff Foote free throw increased the lead to 94-84 to close the quarter.
The Armor let the game get within single digits just once in the fourth quarter, for a total of 23 seconds, and led by as many as 20 en route to their seventh victories in the last eight games.
Curry registered his fourth double-double of the season tonight with 19 points and a team-high 11 assists. Jerry Smith and L.D. Williams added 19 points apiece, Knowles contributed 17 points, Foote scored 15 points and Dennis Horner rounded out the double figures scorers with 12.
Mike Efevberha scored a game-high 34 points to lead the Energy, with Curtis Stinson adding 19 points and a game-high 14 assists. Ben Strong recorded a double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds and Andrew Drevo scored 15.