The Wizards trailed by 16 going into the second half, but Hamilton helped the Wizards turn that deficit into a lead by dropping 11 points and dishing out 3 assists in the quarter. “I was able to get into the lane and get some floaters on them,” Hamilton said. “That gave me the confidence to keep shooting.”
In the fourth quarter, the lead went back and forth, but Anthony Goods drained a three pointer to give Dakota a one-point lead at 93-92, a lead the Wizards wouldn’t surrender the rest of the game. “He saved us because they went zone,” Dakota head coach Rory White said. “He came in and hit two big threes that brought us back in the game.”
Springfield took the lead early in the first half, due in large part to great ball movement and a strong inside presence. Vernon Goodridge and Chas McFarland got a lot of touches in the first quarter, as they combined for 18 of the Armor’s 30 first quarter points.
Goodridge finished with 24 points and 8 rebounds, while McFarland recorded a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds.
The Armor’s ball movement helped the team connect on 53 percent of their shots in the first half, while defensively, Springfield held the Wizards to just 28 percent from the field and forcing them to commit 11 turnovers.
With the win, the Wizards leap frog the Armor in the standings with a 6-14 record. The Armor fall to 5-14.
Both teams head to South Padre Island, TX to compete in the NBA D-League Showcase. Springfield will take on the Utah Flash on Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. The Wizards will play Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. against the Austin Toros. Both games can be seen on NBA TV.