The defending East Division champions Canton Charge (3-0) extended their early-season winning streak with a 91-88 victory over the Springfield Armor (0-2) in Canton Friday night. It was the second straight loss for the Armor who still must play another away game this weekend before their home opener next week.
The Armor, down early, tied the game at the half, led by Adonis Thomas, the Armor's 6'7" small forward.
The 20-year-old Thomas finished the first half with 10 points. Thomas, who was one of the country's top 10 high school prospects in 2011, went undrafted this June and was signed by the Nets so he could be cut and sent to Springfield.
The Armor closed the game on an 8-2 run to pull within 89-88 after JamesOn Curry hit a 14-foot jumper with 38.8 seconds to play. After a miss on the ensuing possession, Canton locked down on defense to force two misses on potential go-ahead shots and regained possession on a foul in the bonus with 4.2 seconds left. Michael Lee nailed both free throws, and the home team pulled out the victory after Justin Johnson couldn’t convert the 27-foot attempt as the buzzer sounded.
Thomas finished with 15 points on 6-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-4 from deep. Dennis Horner, the former New Jersey Net, led the Armor with 16 and nine rebounds. Gary Forbes, cut by the Nets as training camp ended, finished with 13.
Jorge Gutierrez, who played for the Nets in training camp, finished with 16 points, five rebounds, six assists, three steals for the Charge.
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