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Arsenal Fall To Flash In Home Opener

November 25, 2007 - NBA G League (G League) - Anaheim Arsenal News Release

Anaheim, Calif., November 24, 2007 - On a night highlighted by the season home opener for the Arsenal and the franchise's first game for the Flash, Utah came away with the first victory of the 2007-2008 season. On Saturday, the Utah Flash took down the Anaheim Arsenal 110-109 in a thrilling game highlighted by Gabe Pruitt's late basket to lead the Flash to victory.

Recently assigned to the Flash from the Boston Celtics, Gabe Pruitt put up a game-high 31 points and 8 assists for Utah. Pruitt's performance was complimented by another recent Celtic assignment, Brandon Wallace, who scored 14 points and ripped down 5 rebounds. With the game on the line and 10 seconds left in the fourth quarter, Gabe Pruitt came down the floor and hit a long basket to put the Flash up 110-109. A high screen and 20 foot jumper for Arsenal guard Guillermo Diaz in the final seconds of the game wouldn't go down and resulted in Anaheim's second loss of the season.

"It was another tough loss. We had an 18 point lead last night and tonight and we were not able to hold it. We have a good enough team to win, but we need to work on some things. We have to work on keeping those large leads," Arsenal Head Coach Reggie Geary stated after the game.

The Arsenal stat sheet was highlighted by Guillermo Diaz's team-high 29 points in 43 minutes of play. Adding to the Arsenal performance was forward Steven Smith who posted 20 points, 16 of which he scored in the second half to go along with his 4 rebounds in 28 minutes of play. Forward Noel Felix scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds despite being in foul trouble much of the first half.

The next game for the Anaheim Arsenal is on Wednesday, November 28 versus the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Fans are encouraged to call the Arsenal at (714)635-BALL for tickets. For team and D-League information please visit anaheimarsenal.com.

A total of 25% of NBA draft choices have played in the D-League over the past two seasons. During the 2006-07 season 24 NBA players were assigned to play in the D-League and a grand total of 53 NBA players have been assigned to play in the D-League since the creation of the affiliation system in 2005. Assigned players have included 2006 lottery picks Patrick O'Bryant (Ninth overall selection by Golden State, assigned to Bakersfield Jam) and Mouhamed Sene (10th overall pick by Seattle, assigned to Idaho Stampede). Many of the players utilized their time in the D-League to work on various aspects of their game which needed improvement, and then returned to the NBA where they made an impact. Gerald Green, for example averaged 5.2 points per game with the Boston Celtics during his rookie season of 2005-06. During that season he was sent to the D-League twice where the high-flier worked on his outside shot, his ball-handling and other skills which the club felt needed seasoning. Green utilized the D-League to improve his game drastically, and the result was evident the following year when he posted averages of 10.4 points and 2.6 rebounds, which doubled his output from his rookie campaign.

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