L.D. Williams, Armor Stun Red Claws on Buzzer-Beating Dunk
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts -- L.D. Williams slammed home a missed jump shot as the final horn sounded to break a tie game and vault the Armor to a stunning 93-91 victory over the Maine Red Claws tonight inside the MassMutual Center.
The Armor (11-10) led 91-88 before Maine's (7-15) Dominic Calegari buried a three-pointer to tie the game 91-91 with 30.1 seconds to play in the fourth. After an Armor turnover, Calegari missed a midrange jumper that was snared by the Armor's Damian Johnson, prompting a timeout with 2.0 seconds remaining in regulation. On the ensuing inbounds play, Lance Hurdle shot an air ball from the corner that was grabbed in mid-air by L.D. Williams and dunked emphatically as the buzzer sounded to cap a stirring fourth quarter rally.
The Armor trailed by as many as 11 points in the final period, but went on a 15-1 run to roar back into the game and set themselves up for L.D. Williams' last-second heroics.
L.D. Williams finished the evening with his second double-double of the season, scoring 19 points and corralling 12 rebounds. Jerry Smith stuffed the stat sheet with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 5 steals and Damian Johnson (13 points, 9 rebounds), Jeff Foote (12 points, 8 rebounds) and Hurdle (10 points) all scored in double figures.
New Jersey Nets' assignee Jordan Williams made his Armor debut tonight, posting a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds in 36 minutes.
The Red Claws had five players score in double figures, led by Lawrence Hill's 16-point, 10-rebound performance. Former Armor forward Morris Almond added 15 points and former Boston Celtic Ricky Davis scored 14 points.
The Armor out-rebounded the Red Claws 52-29, including a 17-5 edge on the offensive glass. Springfield has now defeated Maine in five of six meetings this season.
The Armor will take a two-game winning streak on the road when they travel to Bismarck, ND to take on the Dakota Wizards on Saturday. The Armor will return home on Thursday, Jan. 26 when they host former Boston Celtic Antoine Walker and the Idaho Stampede at 7:00 PM at the MassMutual Center.