Arsenal Down Bighorns for First Win of the Season
ANAHEIM, CA - The Anaheim Arsenal beat the Reno Bighorns for their first win of the 2008-2009 season. Opening night saw the Arsenal cheered on by a crowd of 2,222 at the Anaheim Convention Center.
The Arsenal got on the board first after Noel Felix won the tip off and dished it to Tierre Brown for an easy layup. The Arsenal expanded their lead to eight through the aerial clinic put on by the offense. The Arsenal ended up scoring 58 points in the paint that included highlight dunks by James White and Noel Felix. However, the Bighorns were able to keep the game close by hitting 55.6% of their three pointers in the first half.
The Arsenal came out of the locker rooms at half down by four. The offense immediately responded by shooting 65% from the field while the defense limited Reno to 32% from the field. James White, who led the Arsenal with 29 points and 3 steals, was able to continue to overpower the Bighorn defense throughout the game as he was the top scorer in each quarter.
Arsenal point guard Tierre Brown was named the Adidas Player of the Game after making two crucial plays in the fourth quarter. With eight minutes left in the game, Brown passed to Cedric Bozeman who was able to bring the game back to a two point deficit with a long jumps hot. On the next possession, Brown stole the ball and scored to tie the game at 97. Brown ended the game with 22 points, 3 assists, and 3 steals.
After coming off the bench, Mike Efevberha scored 19 points with 11 coming from the foul line and 17 coming in the pivotal fourth quarter. Cedric Bozeman tallied 15 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals.
Reno's Damone Brown led the Bighorns with 23 points with Antonio Meeking adding 20 points. Brown made the Arsenal pay for their fouls after sinking 100% (9-9) of his free throws. Andre Patterson (6-6) and Sung-Yoon Bang (5-5) also went 100% on free throws.
Coach Sam Vincent was happy to get the first win on the board. "We have the zero off our record. Sometimes that's the hardest thing to get done."
The Anaheim Arsenal face the Bakersfield Jam this Friday, December 7th with tipoff at 7:00 p.m. The Arsenal look to even out their record and win against the undefeated and first place Jam. Reno continues their road trip by heading to Utah to play the Flash on Friday at 5:00 p.m.
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