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Unlikely hero leads Armor in comeback win


D-League players are not just auditioning for NBA call-ups.  Scouts are looking for players to fill NBA summer league  or training camp rosters. So if you do well, you may get a call next summer.

So, for Larry Anderson, a 6'5" shooting guard for the Armor, did well for his team and himself Sunday, leading a Springfield comeback with a 24-point, nine-rebound performance. The Armor beat the Erie Bayhawks, the Knicks D-league affiliate 113-109.  Anderson was one of six players who finished in double figures.  In addition to Anderson, Khalif Wyatt (19), Devin Ebanks (18), Willie Reed (16 and 15), Jeff Foote (15 and 11) and Darius Johnson-Odom (13).

Erie (13-27) jumped out to a quick 17-4 lead to start the game thanks to 11 points from Micah Downs. The BayHawks continued to shoot well for the duration of the quarter and held a 32-21 advantage after the frame. Erie stretched their lead to 17, their largest of the game, on a reverse dunk by Solomon Jones with 2:58 left in the half. Springfield (17-23) closed the half on a 10-0 run and trailed 51-44 at the intermission.

Downs led all scorers with 14 first half points. Ebanks and Foote both scored nine points for the Armor in the first two quarters.

The Armor knocked Erie’s lead down to just one with 4:45 left in the third on a Larry Anderson offensive putback. Ricky Davis --yes, that Ricky Davis-- nailed four three-pointers for the BayHawks in the final minutes of the quarter and Erie held an 83-79 lead with just 12 minutes remaining. With 6:16 left in the game, Anderson connected on the second of two free throws to give Springfield their first lead of the game. The Armor never looked back and led the rest of the way, downing Erie by a final score of 113-109.

Terence Jennings led all BayHawks scorers with 23 points and six rebounds. Davis finished with 22 points off the bench and Lewis Jackson recorded another double-double with 18 points and 15 assists. Jackson’s 15 assists gives him an 11-game streak of at least 10 assists, trying Will Conroy’s Development League record.