The Armor turned a 17-point deficit into a seven-point third-quarter lead but collapsed in the fourth and lost their home opener, 118-111, to the Sioux Fall Skyforce, whose roster includes several NBA players including Troy Hudson, who at 36 is trying to make a comeback.
The three former Nets on the Armor roster played well, with James Mays getting his second double double (16 and 11) in two games, Carleton Scott scoring 15 while shooting poorly. He also had six steals. Ben Uzoh played another strong game, with 17, seven and eight. Two Armor draft picks also played well. Willie Reed, a 6'9" power forward, had a good night off the bench with 14 points and eight boards in 23 minutes. Christian Polk, a 6'3" three-point specialist out of UTEP, was high scorer for the Armor with 21 points, including five from deep.
Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor are expected to join the Armor roster in a few weeks.
Hudson, who's played 517 NBA games, finished with 20 points and five assists. Andrew Goudelock, who played last season for the Lakers, led all scorers with 24. Other former NBA players on the SkyForce roster included Gabe Pruitt, formerly of the Celtics and Demetris Nichols, who's played with three NBA clubs.
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