Jorge Gutierrez, who was in the Nets training camp this fall, got some revenge for being cut by Brooklyn Saturday when he put up a triple-double against the Armor. Gutierrez had 25, 12 and 11 as his Canton Charge won its third straight, 107-96, in Canton. Springfield is now 0-3.
It was the second game in two nights for the two teams. Trailing 68-57 with 6:44 left in the third, Springfield initiated a 9-4 run to get their deficit within single digits at 72-66. After the Charge were at 57% from the field offensively for the first half, the Armor held them to just 6-of-16 shooting in the third (38%) to continue to hang around as Canton’s lead was 76-70 heading into the final frame.
The Charge picked it back up offensively to close the game, never letting their lead slip below two scores and increasing it to as many as 13 by hitting 11-of-19 shots from the field (58%) in the fourth. Gutierrez sealed the deal with a dish to Kevin Jones under the hoop for a layup with 2:04 left in the game.
For the Armor, their three top prospects, Willie Reed (14 and 11), Dennis Horner (18 and 6) and Adonis Thomas (11 points) all played well. Reed, a 6'10" PF who played at Springfield and Memphis last year, is rated the D-League's sixth top prospect. Gary Forbes, ranked No. 8, started but scored only seven points on 3-of-10 shooting. Armor shooting guard Justin Johnson, out of tiny Concordia-Irvine, led the Armor with 24 points on 11-of-22 shooting.
The Nets would have liked to send Gutierrez to Springfield but his D-League rights were held by the Charge.
- NBA Development League: Armor at Charge Game Info - D-League
- Undefeated Canton Charge roll past Springfield Armor, 107-96 - Jim Smith - Springfield Republican
- Gutierrez records triple-double in Charge win - Josh Weir - Canton Repository