Maine Red Claws Win 115-89 over the Springfield Armor

Springfield, Mass. -- Springfield Armor took on the Maine Red Claws for the first time in Springfield territory for “Crush The Claws Night” on December 5, 2009. The Armor struck first on foul shots when Dante Milligan was hit and benched with a bloody nose early in the first quarter. The two teams would evenly match up offensively but with just under five minutes to play the Red Claws would slip away. The first quarter ended with a 34-23 Red Claws lead despite the 10 points put up by newly acquired Major Wingate.

The second quarter would prove to be all Red Claws as their offense took charge. Mario West dunked on a breakaway and the Claws defense double teamed the Armor almost every trip down the court causing numerous turnovers. At the end of the half the Armor gave up the ball 16 times most of them on bad passes. The Red Claws had 6 turnovers. The Armor looked to make a comeback as JamesOn Curry made a shot from the three-point line and put up 7 points in the second quarter. However, Red Claws forward Darnell Lazare would retaliate with 15 points of his own.

In the third, the Red Claws would prove their lead would be too great to pull the score closer together. The Claws lead by as much as 30 points shortly into the third quarter of play. The Armor went on a small run scoring 7 unanswered points but the Claws offense would put up 23 points in the third while the Armor added 17. The score after three was Armor 60, Red Claws 89.

In the last quarter the Armor played a better game however with half the team in foul trouble including Perrin Johnson who fouled out early in the fourth the Armor had to play conservatively. The final score was 115-89 in favor of the Red Claws. Top Armor point leaders were JamesOn Curry with 20 points, Major Wingate and Maurice Maxwell with 17 points each. Maine top scorers were Trey Gilder with 20 points, Bill Walker with 17, and Darnell Lazare with 15.

Dante Milligan would leave the game after just 33 seconds of play due to injury and would not return.

The fans attendance for “Crush the Claws Night” was 2,752. The Armor take on the Tulsa 66ers this coming Thursday December 10, 2009.