Springfield A. - Santa Cruz W. 111-100 (1/26/2013)
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Regular Season Round 34: Springfield A. - Santa Cruz W. 111-100 (34-23, 35-29, 20-21, 22-27)
Date: January 26, 2013 It hasn’t happened since the third and fourth games of the season, but the Springfield Armor finally have their second two-game win streak. Tornike Shengelia and Tyshawn Taylor combined for 50 points and 19 rebounds to lead the Armor to a 111-100 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors before 4,359 Saturday night at the MassMutual Center. The wins over Santa Cruz (15-9) and Maine were not just positives for a Springfield team struggling for wins, but they were victories over two of the top teams in the D-League. “It’s nice to take care of home and obviously (Santa Cruz) had a tough deal, they played a heck of game last night in Maine then had to come here right after the game,” Armor coach Bob MacKinnon said. “We have to do the same thing, turn around and play at 3 p.m. tomorrow (at Maine), but hopefully we have enough in the tank to get it done.” Shengelia, coming off a 39-point performance against Maine that tied the D-League mark for the most points in a game this season, was efficient on offense with 8-for-12 shooting for 24 points, and strong on the glass with 13 rebounds. Over the last two games Shengelia is 25 for 33 from the field for 63 points and 31 rebounds. “As a team I’m really glad we won both games, especially against Maine when we had won none against them,” Shengelia said. “We came as a group and won the game.” Taylor scored 20 of his game-high 26 in the first half when the Armor went up by as many as 24 points and settled for a 69-52 halftime lead. The first halves of Saturday’s game and Thursday’s contest could not have been much different for the Armor (8-15). Thursday the Armor fell behind by as many as 17 points in the first quarter and spent the rest of the half playing catch-up against Maine. On Saturday it was all Springfield from the tip to the closing horn of the half, the Armor scoring a season-high 69 points to take a 17-point lead on Santa Cruz at the intermission. Springfield shot 57 percent from the floor, hit 5-of-8 3-pointers and outrebounded the Warriors 23-14, including 10 offensive boards. Willie Reed (16 points, 13 rebounds) led the way on the glass, the 6-foot-10 forward recording a double-double in the first half with 11 points and 10 rebounds, five on the offensive end. Courtesy of: masslive.com
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