Doug Overton got his first win as a head coach Friday night in Portland, Maine, as the Armor defeated the Maine Red Claws, 92-81. Springfield had been 0-5 under Overton, the long-time Nets development coach who moved north this season to get a chance at being in the big seat on the bench.
After one of their typical slow starts, the Armor recovered. Then, as the game wore on, the Nets' D-League affiliate built up the lead, to the point where it was a blowout late. The Armor were led by Nets training camp invitee Gary Forbes and two of the team's lesser used players, shooting guard Lance Hurdle and power forward Marcus Hubbard. Neither are considered Nets prospects.
Hubbard (22 and 12), Hurdle (15 points) and Quinn McDowell (seven points) all tallied season-high marks as the Armor (46.8 percent) out-shot the Red Claws (36.7 percent). Forbes had 14 and six, but also five turnovers and only shot 3-of-14. Willie Reed, the Armor's 6'10" center, tallied 13 and five. He's among the league's top prospects, having played for Memphis at the end of last season. Adonis Thomas, who the Nets signed so he could play in Springfield, didn't play, nursing a sore knee.
- Game Info: Armor at Red Claws - D-League
Springfield Armor score first win, 92-81 over Maine - Kevin Thomas - Springfield Republican