Slow Start Dooms Armor in Iowa
DES MOINES, IA---The Springfield Armor trailed by 30 points at halftime and despite a late rally, dropped a 92-83 decision to the Iowa Energy on Sunday evening in Des Moines.
One night after a closely contested battle on the road against the Dakota Wizards, the Armor (11-12) were sluggish in the first half against the Eastern Conference-leading Energy (16-6) and never recovered. The Armor outscored Iowa 53-32 in a rousing second half, closing the gap to 88-83 with just under a minute to go in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t quite get over the top.
Jerry Smith led six players in double figures with 15 points and New Jersey Nets’ assignee Jordan Williams posted a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jeff Foote chipped in with 14 points and 8 rebounds and L.D. Williams (12 points), JamesOn Curry (10 points) and Dennis Horner (10 points) rounded out the double figures scorers on the evening.
The Energy got a game-high 23 points from Mike Efevberha and Marqus Blakely contributed 19 points and 7 rebounds. Nick Murphy added 17 points in the winning effort for Iowa.
The Armor shot just 39.7% from the field and 66.7% from the foul line.
The Armor return to action on Tuesday when they look to complete their three-game road swing on a high note when they battle the Canton Charge. The Energy will be back on the court when they host the NBA D-League-best Austin Toros on Friday.