Armor Upended in Canton, 118-110
CANTON, Ohio - The Springfield Armor (16-23), presented by MGM Springfield, began a four-game road trip with a 118-110 loss to the Canton Charge (24-15) Saturday afternoon at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
A slow start saw the Armor fall behind by as many as 10 in the first quarter as Springfield failed to grab a lead through the first 12 minutes. A late surge helped the Armor trim the deficit to just two entering the second following an 8-2 run to close the opening frame.
Springfield eventually built a 40-34 lead, its largest of the half, after a 19-6 run capped off at the midway point of the second quarter. Canton battled back, but a jump shot from the right elbow with less than four seconds remaining by Darius Johnson-Odom gave the Armor a 49-48 edge at the break.
Devin Ebanks and Willie Reed led the Armor with 13 points and 11 points, respectively, through the first half. Springfield used a 40-36 advantage inside and a 4-of-11 effort from beyond the arc, two by Khalif Wyatt, to take a one-point lead into the second half.
Canton's Arinze Onuaku led all scorers with 14 on a 6-of-8 mark from the field and 10 boards for a first-half double-double, while Shane Edwards added 10 points. After 30 points in the first quarter, the Charge were held to just 18 in the second as the home team was limited to 33 percent shooting in the frame.
The Charge roared back from the one-point deficit in the third, outscoring the Armor 35-25 to take an 83-74 lead into the fourth quarter. Less than three minutes into the Stanza, Canton took a two-point edge which would be the 14th and final lead change of the afternoon.
The Armor would go on to outscore the Charge 36-35 in the fourth quarter behind 11 points from Wyatt in the frame as the Temple product finished with 17 on the day off the bench. Springfield made a late run in the final period but Canton's lead reached as high as 16 before the Charge finished off a 118-110 victory.
The loss would be just the second on the season for the Armor after holding an edge to begin the second half (6-2).
Ebanks led all scorers with 28 points, while Reed finished with his sixth double-double in his last seven games (21 points, 13 rebounds). Springfield turned the ball over just 15 times and created 17 steals, but a 61 percent clip from the field for the Charge was too much for the Armor in the eight-point loss to begin a four-game road trek.
The Charge were led by Edwards' 23 on the afternoon, while Cleveland assignee Sergey Karasev scored 21.
The Armor will continue the road trip in Erie Sunday afternoon with a 2:00 p.m. tip against the BayHawks at Erie Insurance Arena. For more information on the Armor, visit www.ArmorHoops.com or call (413) 746-3263. Keep up with the Armor on Facebook and Twitter!
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