Armor Score Thrilling Overtime Victory Over Erie
SPRINGFIELD, MA- JamesOn Curry scored 19 of his team-high 27 points after halftime as the Armor captured a thrilling 113-111 victory in overtime over the Erie BayHawks tonight inside the MassMutual Center.
Playing their first game in Springfield in three weeks, the Armor (8-7) treated the home crowd to an exciting, back-and-forth affair that featured 44 lead changes and ties.
The BayHawks (6-10) got off to a strong start in the first quarter, taking a 29-25 lead fueled by 13 of Devin Green’s game-high 34 points. The Armor played Erie evenly in the second, with Jerry Smith scoring 13 of his 20 points to keep the deficit at just four, 54-50, at halftime.
The Armor roared out of the gate in the third and despite trading leads with Erie 15 times in the quarter, Springfield outscored the BayHawks 34-26 to take an 84-80 lead. In the fourth, the BayHawks whittled away at the Armor’s advantage to eventually tie the game with less than 15 seconds to go. In a frenzied final sequence that saw both teams commit turnovers rather than attempt a game-winning shot, the Armor and BayHawks found themselves knotted at 108-108 at the end of regulation.
In overtime, the Armor scored the first five points of the period to open up a 113-108 lead. A three-pointer by Erie’s Kyle Spain cut the lead to 113-111 and after the Armor lost a jump-ball with 13 seconds to play, the BayHawks held for the final shot. On the last possession, Erie’s Green was smothered by L.D. Williams, who forced Green into an off-balance three pointer that barely grazed iron to seal the Armor victory.
Jeff Foote scored a season-high 24 points and grabbed 8 rebounds for the Armor tonight. Curry (27 points), Smith (20 points), Lance Hurdle (17 points) and Williams (15 points) also scored in double figures for the Armor.
Green led the BayHawks with 34 points and 9 rebounds. Spain added 20 points, Chris Daniels scored 14 and D.J. Kennedy poured in 12.
The Armor and BayHawks will do battle again on Saturday evening at 7:00 PM inside the MassMutual Center. Saturday’s game will be the Armor’s second ‘Read to Achieve’ night of the season, as well as ‘Steal’s Birthday Bash’, the Armor’s annual mascot birthday celebration.