The Springfield Armor opened their season Friday in Portland, Maine, and like the parent club, came away with a loss. The Maine Red Claws beat the Armor by 13, 108-95, despite Springfield's seven returning veterans.
The Armor, coached by Nets assistant Doug Overton, looked good early. Springfield led 13-2 against the rookie-laden Red Claws, but shots stopped falling and Maine outscored Springfield, 59-39, in the middle quarters. Chris Wright, who played for the Nets summer league team, led all scorers with 27.
The Armor was led by Gary Forbes, the former UMass star and Nets training camp invite who had 18 points and seven rebounds. The Armor's two bigs, 6'10" Willie Reed and 7'0"Jeff Foote, both finished with double-doubles. Reed had 16 and 14 with four blocks and Foote 16 and 12 with three assists. However, two Armor players who the Nets have hopes for, didn't have good games. Dennis Horner, the former New Jersey Net, had only three points (on one shot) and two rebounds in 21 minutes. Adonis Thomas finished with nine points on 4-of-10 shooting, after starting 1-of-7.
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