The Springfield Armor were supposed to have a lot of chemistry this season with most of their players either coming back from last year's squad or returning after a year overseas. It hasn't worked out that way. The Nets D-League affiliate lost to the Idaho Stampede, 117-107, in their home opener. They're now 0-4 under rookie coach Doug Overton.
The Armor fell behind 23-2 in the first quarter and never gained the lead but mounted a comeback late in the fourth, getting within seven with a little more than five minutes. The Stampede then pulled away, led by Pierre Jackson, who finished with 43 points. The 5'11' speedster out of Baylor is averaging 31.0 points a game.
For the Armor, Gary Forbes led the way. Forbes, who was in Nets camp, finished with 26 points. Dennis Horner, the 6'9" former Net, had 18 points but only four boards. JamesOn Curry and Willie Reed had 19 and 14 respectively. Adonis Thomas, the 20-year-old small forward signed by the Nets in October so they could ship him to Springfield, started for the first time, but took only four shots. He made only one and finished with two points. He had been averaging 11.7 points and shooting 44.4 percent from deep off the bench..
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