Arsenal Come Alive Late to Split with Fort Worth
ANAHEIM, Calif. (Mar. 21, 2007) - The Anaheim Arsenal came out in the fourth on a 9-0 run in route to a 36-point quarter and a 111-94 victory over the visiting Fort Worth Flyers Wednesday at the Anaheim Convention Center.
After trailing by five at halftime, the Flyers put together a solid third quarter and closed the gap to one on the period's final play behind a Jeremy Richardson three-pointer. Anaheim's Steven Smith and company could not be stopped, however, as the Arsenal again put five players in double figures and outran their opponents down the stretch to rebound from Monday night's loss to the Flyers.
Smith had 33 points to lead all scorers, followed by Andre Owens with 24 and Tyler Smith with 16. The home side played catch-up all night two days before against Fort Worth but the tables were turned this time as Anaheim led from start to finish behind strong defensive pressure and a considerable rebounding advantage.
"We played some solid defense, some of the best we've played all year," Arsenal interim head coach Reggie Geary said. "We had great focus coming into tonight to give us a complete team win, and hopefully it will continue into these last games."
Ndudi Ebi led the Flyers with 25 points, 10 of which came in the second quarter, but Fort Worth opened the game slow and fell behind by seven late in the first. Jeremy Richardson and Kevin Burleson had 16 and 10 points, respectively.
The Arsenal are now 20-25 and will be back in action Tuesday, March 27th to battle the Bakersfield Jam at the Anaheim Convention Center before finishing the season with four straight against Los Angeles. Forth Worth ends a four-game California road trip to face Texas intra-state rivals Austin this Friday and Saturday followed by another six straight away from home.
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