Arsenal Blinded by the Flash
ANAHEIM, CA (Feb. 20, 2009) - Atlanta Hawks assignee Thomas Gardner led the Arsenal with 21 points which wasn't enough at the Utah Flash dominated the Arsenal 105-89 Friday night at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Both teams started off well in the first quarter but the Flash gained control of the game after that. Utah forward James Lang scored 10 points in the second quarter on his way to finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
The Arsenal struggled throughout the game shooting only 37.9% (33-87) on the night while losing 16 turnovers. The Flash defense jumped on the struggling offense and blocked 9 shots and collected 13 steals. James White, the D-League's second highest scorer was kept to 12 points and 5 rebounds.
"It was just one of those nights," Anaheim coach Sam Vincent said. "We struggled offensively and it just spread to other areas of our game."
In addition to Utah's strong defense throughout the game, their offense put on a show with all five starters scoring in double digits. Forward Ronald DuPree collected a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Flash in both categories. While the Flash's field goal percentage was 44.3%, their free throw percentage was a staggering 96.8% (30-31).
Fellow Atlanta Hawks assignee Othello Hunter contributed 3 points and 8 rebounds for the Arsenal while Cedric Bozeman collected 8 points and 10 rebounds in the contest.
The Arsenal wrap up their home stand tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. when they take on the Los Angeles D-Fenders at The Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. The Flash will return home tonight to take on the Iowa Energy with tip off at 7:00 p.m.
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