Neither team could get any offensive rhythm going early as Springfield jumped out to a 19-16 after a tight first quarter. After scoring a season high 41 points last night, Desmon Farmer was held scoreless until late in the first half but finished with 25 after a stellar second half. Reno center Cezary Trybanski came alive in the first half, scoring 11 of his 15 points in the first two quarters and helping the Bighorns build a lead as big as 12. Kyle McAlarney shot 5-6 from the field and scored 12 points in the first half but Springfield trailed 53-37 going into the third quarter.
Reno’s lead increased to 20 midway through the third quarter as Farmer and guard DJ Strawberry attacked the basket at will and nailed outside jumpers. Tony Bobbitt shook off an 0-5 start to score 12 points in the quarter but Reno was able to hold the Armor at bay and led by 22 heading into the final stanza.
Springfield couldn’t get any closer than 12 in the fourth quarter and their record fell to 5-24. Reno’s record improved to 15-17. Justin Hawkins chipped in 19 points off the bench for Springfield and Bobbitt finished with 23.
Farmer led all scorers with 25. Strawberry added 20 for the Bighorns.
Springfield takes on Sioux Falls next in a two game stint on March 3rd and 4th; both at 7 p.m. Tickets are still on sale and can be purchased by logging on to www.armorhoops.com or by visiting the MassMutual Center Box Office. Box Office hours are Monday through Friday, 9-5, Saturday, 10 to 4.