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Willie Reed stars but Springfield Armor lose again

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The Nets send Tyshawn Taylor and Tornike Shengelia down to Springfield Saturday morning but when the Armor played against Sioux Falls Saturday night, the best player on the court was Willie Reed, the 6'10" center who had a cameo with the Grizzlies last season.

Taylor shot  29.4 percent (5-of-17 overall, 0-of-2 from deep), scoring 15 points but turned the ball over five times. He had four assists. Shengelia scored 11 points on five shots while grabbing four rebounds.

The 23-year-old Reed shot 10-of-11 from the floor to finish with 21 points to go along with seven boards and two blocks. He's listed at No. 10 in the D-League's NBA Prospect Watch. For the season, he's averaging 17.3 points, 9.2 rebounds and 2.1 blocks, while shooting 65.7 percent from the floor.  Reed was called up by Memphis last April, but never made it into a game. He was among the last players cut in the fall after averaging 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds in five preseason games. In 2012, the Kings cut him in training camp.

The Armor lost for he ninth time in five games to the Skyforce, the Heat's D-League affiliate. Climbing out of a 17-point hole at halftime, the Armor came roaring back to pull within eight halfway through the third quarter after forward Dennis Horner drilled a three from the top of the key. The Skyforce offense responded once again, finishing the quarter by outscoring Springfield 18-6 over the remaining 5:47 for an 88-76 lead with just 12 minutes to play.

After allowing Springfield to hold a 36-31 edge in third-quarter scoring, Sioux Falls proceeded to salt the game away with a 24-18 advantage in the fourth quarter for the 112-94 victory.  Dennis Horner and Gary Forbes finished with 15 each. The Armor play the Maine Red Claws on Sunday afternoon.