Without the interior presence of Maine big man Alexis Ajinca, who did not play, the Armor controlled the interior and the offensive and defensive glass in the first half. Springfield out rebounded the Red Claws 18 to 12 and scored 22 points in the paint in the first half. Tony Bobbitt came off the Maine bench and scored 15 points in the second quarter to get the Red Claws back in the game late in the half, and the Armor took a 50-43 lead into the second half. Bobbitt would finish with a team high 31 points for Maine.
A quick 7-2 Maine run brought the Red Claws to within two points early in the third quarter. Springfield’s eastern conference rivals would take their first lead of the game moments later, 71-69. After three quarters, the game was knotted at 71.
With just a minute to play and the Armor leading 92-91, Bobbitt was fouled shooting a three-pointer. He would make all three shots and Maine took a 94-92 lead. On the ensuing possession, Almond rebounded a JamesOn Curry miss and converted the and-one layup, giving the Armor the lead at 95-94 with only just 20 seconds left. Bobbitt traveled on the other end and the Armor shot 5-6 from the free throw line to close out the game and clinch the win.
The Armor and Red Claws square off again on Thursday, January 21st at the MassMutual Center at 7 p.m.