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Armor win one, lose one in weekend back-to-back as Reed, Mays continue to excel


The Springfield Armor's season continues to falter but even though they're 6-15, there have been bright spots, specifically the play of James Mays, Willie Reed and Ben Uzoh.

In a weekend back-to-back, the two bigs and the point guard had good games, just not together, and they won Friday night, but lost Saturday to the Canton Charge, the D-League's leading defensive team.

Mays, a 26-year-old Nets camp invite, was the closest to consistent, with 20 and 6 in Friday's win and 18 and 13 in Saturday's loss, but he shot only 15-of-35 while manning the center position. Uzoh, the ex-Net and Raptor, shot 9-of-16 Friday with no turnovers, then 8-of-21 Saturday with five. He missed all five three-pointers he shot over the weekend.

Reed, at 22, the youngest of the Armor, continued his development if in fits and spurts. In the win, he had only eight points on 2-of-10 shooting but on Saturday he exploded for 21 and 10, his best outing since he wowed NBA scouts at the D-League Showcase. The 6'9" (he says 6'11") power forward out of St. Louis University is averaging 12.3 and 6.5 in 27 minutes. Although hyper-athletic, Reed is a poor shooter, particularly at the foul line, where he's hitting only 54 percent.

Meanwhile, Dennis Horner, the ex-Net, is expected to leave Springfield soon and return to Germany.