The Canton Charge came into Springfield Friday night with the best record in the East while the hometown Armor has had tough times. Until recently, they didn't have a point guard and were led by a rookie head coach, Doug Overton.
But by the end of the night, the Armor had their most satisfying win of the season and their top NBA prospects all played well. Darius Johnson-Odom, ranked No. 6 in the D-League's "Prospect Watch," finished with 11 points and five assists while Willie Reed, the 16th best player on the "Watch," had 14 points and five rebounds.
Adonis Thomas, the hyper-athletic 20-year-old swingman, isn't ranked, but he had another strong outing. Thomas finished with 23 points on 10-of-16 shooting, including 3-of-5 from deep. Over the last five games, Thomas has averaged 17.4 points, shooting 51.3 percent overall and a torrid 57.4 percent from deep. The Nets signed Thomas in October so they could cut him and assign him to Springfield. So far, it's worked out.
Overall, the Armor had seven players in double figures. They stayed close to the Charge throughout the game. With Canton ahead 82-76 to start the fourth, Springfield climbed its way back to pull within just one with six minutes to play courtesy of six fourth-quarter points from seven-foot center Jeff Foote. After tying the game at 93 apiece with five minutes remaining, the Armor closed out the game on a 17-10 run to secure the team's second straight home victory and first of the season over Canton. Justin Johnson scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter, including the game-tying shot with 1:48 left.
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