Shengelia Shines as Armor Fall to BayHawks
Springfield, Mass. - The Springfield Armor rallied in the fourth quarter, but fell to the Erie BayHawks 127-119 at the MassMutual Center tonight.
The story of the evening for the Armor (3-5) was a pair of assignments from the Brooklyn Nets, Toko Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor, both of whom were assigned to Springfield earlier today. Shengelia recorded a triple-double in his first-career NBA D-League appearance, scoring 22 points (6-of-15 FG, 8-of-13 FT), grabbing 10 rebounds and handing out 12 assists in 42 minutes. The triple-double was the second of the season in the NBA D-League and the first for the Armor since Terrence Williams achieved the feat on Dec. 4, 2010.
Tyshawn Taylor, also making his first-career appearance in the NBA D-League, scored a game-high and Armor season-high 32 points (13-of-28 FG) in 38 minutes in the losing effort.
The Armor led by as many as 10 points in the first quarter tonight, but the BayHawks (5-4) closed the first on an 11-2 run to trim the deficit to 28-27 by the end of the first. Erie scored the first basket of the second quarter and never looked back, as the BayHawks led by 11 at halftime and extended the advantage to as many as 27 points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Springfield finally got the lead down to single digits with just under three minutes remaining and got as close as six points twice in the final two minutes, but couldn't overcome a solid effort by the BayHawks.
James Mays complemented Shengelia and Taylor's sterling performances with his sixth double-double in eight games (16 points, 14 rebounds). Ben Uzoh added 14 points and Christian Polk chipped in 12 points in 10 minutes off the bench by knocking down four-of-five shots from behind the arc.
Erie's D.J. Kennedy was one of four BayHawks to score more than 20 points, with 29 points and 11 assists tonight. Keith Benson contributed a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds, Henry Sims posted 21 points and Tirrell Baines came off the bench to score 23 points and pull down seven rebounds.
The Armor will look to snap a four-game losing skid tomorrow night when they host the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7:00 pm at the MassMutual Center before they hit the road for three games to close out 2012.
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