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Arsenal Defeat Vipers in Overtime

February 19, 2009 - NBA G League (G League) - Anaheim Arsenal News Release

ANAHEIM, CA (Feb. 18, 2009) - Jawad Williams scored 43 points but the Anaheim Arsenal (12-19) were able to defeat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (10-19) in overtime 120-116 at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.

The Vipers were able to control the pace early in the first quarter and kept the Arsenal from setting up defensively. Vipers forward Trent Strickland led the Vipers in the first by scoring 12 of his total 23 points in the opening period.

Cedric Bozeman was able to bring the Arsenal back on track by answering in the first with 9 points. Bozeman posted his second consecutive double-double with 27 points and 11 rebounds.

The game remained an offensive showcase as both sides continued aggressively moving the ball. The night ended with the Arsenal attempting 96 shots while Rio Grande Valley followed with 95.

Jawad Williams, a former Arsenal All-Star (2007) and recent Cleveland Cavalier, poured in 13 of his 43 points in the pivotal fourth quarter including the game tying shot with 2.3 seconds left. Williams tied a NBA D-League season high with 29 attempted field goals.

Othello Hunter made a splash in his first NBA D-League game with the Anaheim Arsenal after being assigned by the Atlanta Hawks yesterday. In addition to contributing defensively with a couple of big blocked shots, Hunter scored 12 points and brought in 11 rebounds for the night.

"It's really nice to have Othello with the team," Arsenal coach Sam Vincent said. "Notching a double-double in his first game is impressive and he will only get better."

Last time the Arsenal faced the Vipers, forward James White dropped 47 points which is still the D-League season high. While unable to top his own record, White came up big in overtime and sank two free throws with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to close out the Vipers. White shot 10 of 11 from the line and finished with 35 points to lead the Arsenal in scoring.

Rio will continue on the road and face the Los Angeles D-Fenders this Friday at the Staples Center with tip off at 3:30 p.m. The Arsenal remain home and will take on the surging Utah Flash this Friday at 7:00. For more information, contact an Arsenal representative at (714) 635-2255.

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