Dennis Horner, Adonis Thomas and Willie Reed played well again vs. the Delaware 87ers but this time instead of losing a heartbreaker, they led the Armor to a 87-76 victory in Wilmington. It was the second game of a back-to-back. The 87ers beat the Armor Friday night, 92-91,when the Armor couldn't get a shot off with five seconds left.
Just as he did Friday, Horner led the Armor with 27 points on 10-of-17 shooting, including 2-or-4 from deep. Thomas, at 20 one of the D-League's youngest players, finished with 17 points after scoring 23 on Friday. Thomas, a 6'7" forward, had missed three weeks due to knee soreness. In the two games, Thomas has shot 17-of-29, including 4=of-9 from three. Willie Reed scored only six points but grabbed 14 boards. The 6'10" Reed is averaging nearly 10 rebounds to go with 14.5 points.
Lorenzo Brown, a 6'5" point guard who the Nets had lured to Springfield before he was called up by Philly, led the 87ers with 18 points and six assists.
The Armor won with its defense. Entering halftime trailing by three, they held the 87ers (3-11) to a combined 33 points in the second half to salvage a weekend split with an 87-76 win Saturday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Armor defense clamped down as Springfield outscored Delaware 47-33 over the final 24 minutes to climb out of an early hole and claim its third victory of the season.