Arsenal Holds Off Second-Half Rally by Colorado
Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 16, 2007 - The Anaheim Arsenal scored 69 points in the first half to bolster a 119-110 victory against the Colorado 14ers Friday night at the Convention Center in Anaheim. The Arsenal shot 60 percent from the floor in the first half to gain a 27-point halftime advantage, which they needed to hold off the 14ers' rally after intermission.
After jumping out to an early 22-6 lead in the first quarter, the Arsenal never let the 14ers back within 15 points in the first half. The 14ers made quite a run in the second half, outscoring the Arsenal 38-23 in the third quarter, and pulling within three with 42 seconds remaining in the game, but could not finish the comeback.
"It was a roller coaster game tonight," said Arsenal interim head coach Reggie Geary. "We played as well as we have all year, and we also struggled quite a bit in the second half, but it was good to get the victory."
The Arsenal was led by the trio of Andre Owens, Jawad Williams, and Steven Smith. Owens led the team in scoring with 33 points. Williams finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds, while Smith scored 20 points to go along with his 11 boards.
The 14ers were led by point guard Pooh Jeter, who scored a team high 25 points and collected seven rebounds. Elton Brown also had a big game for the 14ers as he recorded 24 points and collected seven rebounds.
"Our guys played hard tonight," said Colorado head coach Joe Wolf. "We came out slow in the first half, and we didn't have enough to get over the hump in the second half."
Taking care of the ball was key for Anaheim's win, as they recorded only 10 turnovers on the night, matching a season low.
The Arsenal (16-18) and the 14ers (19-12) will face off again Sunday afternoon in Anaheim with tip-off at 3:00 p.m.
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