Anaheim Rallies Late Against L.A.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - After trailing by as much as 14, the Anaheim Arsenal rallied late in the fourth quarter to defeat the Los Angeles D-Fenders 97-95.
Los Angeles' Dwayne Mitchell came out strong in the first quarter and scored 10 points as the D-Fenders outscored the Arsenal 33-22 in the opening period. Mitchell would end up with 21 points and 5 rebounds. The Arsenal's Kedrick Brown led the home team early with 9 points on his way to lead all scorers on the night with 33.
Anaheim came out in the second quarter with a more aggressive approach and immediately fought to get back in the game. In addition to out rebounding Los Angeles 16-6, the Arsenal kept the D-Fenders' to a 33.3% (6-18) shooting average in the quarter as they were able to cut the deficit to six points. Arsenal guard Cedric Bozeman led the team with 8 points in the quarter. Bozeman, who ended up playing all 48 minutes, finished with 26 points and 4 rebounds.
The second half featured Los Angeles Lakers assignee, Sun Yue, going on a hot streak where he sank a trio of jump shots to maintain a 9 point D-Fenders lead. Yue finished with 12 points and 4 blocked shots on the night. D-Fenders' center Gabriel Hughes also added 8 points in the period and finished with 21 points and 14 rebounds.
With five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, Arsenal guard Ray Reed scored the Arsenal's first point off the bench. Reed continued to make plays as Anaheim was able to fight back in the closing minutes of the contest. Reed's lay-up with 45.2 seconds left put the Arsenal up by one for good. Reed finished with 6 points and 7 assists and was the only Arsenal bench player to record any field goals.
After taking the lead, Anaheim survived one last second scare as D-Fenders' guard Joe Crawford put up a shot at the buzzer only to have Arsenal center Marcus Campbell block it. Campbell finished with 18 points and 7 rebounds while Crawford ended with 17 points and 5 rebounds.
The Arsenal win wraps up the season series with the D-Fenders' as both teams won three a piece. Anaheim will now travel to Idaho to take on the first place Stampede on Wednesday, March 11th while Los Angeles will take on the Stampede on Friday, March 12th.
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