Arsenal Upend Flash 99-91
Anaheim, Calif., December 5, 2007 - For the second consecutive game the Utah Flash and the Anaheim Arsenal faced off in Anaheim but this time the results were different with the Arsenal coming away victorious. On Wednesday night, the Utah Flash were beaten by the Anaheim Arsenal 99-91 at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Anaheim forward Steven Smith stole the show pushing the Arsenal to victory with 28 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals on 9 for 18 shooting from the field. Arsenal forward Kedrick Brown, #9 overall draft pick in the 2007 D-League Draft, also helped out with 20 points and 3 assists. First year player in the NBA Development League, Marquis Webb, started his third game in a row and scored 12 points.
"This was a good, solid win for us. We did the things we talked about and put in a good defensive effort. It's a good win to build upon." Arsenal head coach Reggie Geary said after the game.
The game's high scorer, Steven Smith, said, "This was a great win for us. We hope to take this momentum into Saturday and Sunday's game against the Jam."
Flash center James Lang led the Flash charge on Monday with 17 points and 8 rebounds. On Wednesday the winning team was different, but Jason Lang put on another great performance with 23 pts and 8 rebounds. Flash guard Gabe Pruitt also put in 21 points and had 2 steals. Utah forward Brian Jackson also helped out with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
Utah Flash Coach Brad Jones said, "Anaheim made some great plays tonight. We have to give them credit. It was a wonderful game for both teams but Anaheim made the plays we couldn't."
"We played hard tonight but in the end it didn't work out for us. Anaheim made some big plays in the game to get the win. We are looking forward to the game against the Los Angeles D-Fenders on Friday." Said Flash center James Lang after the game.
The Anaheim Arsenal play the Bakersfield Jam on Sunday at 3:00PM PST at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. For ticket information please call (714)635-BALL. For all Arsenal and D-League news make sure to click on anaheimarsenal.com
In 2006-07 there were 62 former D-League players on end-of-season NBA rosters accounting for approximately 15 percent of the entire league. Also 17 D-League alumni started at least one game last season, including Kelenna Azubuike of the Golden State Warriors, Matt Carroll of the Charlotte Bobcats, Mikki Moore who's currently with the Sacramento Kings, Gerald Green who won the 2007 Sprite Slam Dunk, Martell Webster of the Portland Trail Blazers and Rafer Alston, a starter in every one of the Rockets' games during the 06-07 season. Azubuike, in particular, has continued his stellar play this year scoring 33 points in Golden State's second game of the 2007-08 season. In addition to consistent starters the D-League has produced a number of strong rotation players who sometimes start, but always contribute to their team's success. Those players include Houston's Chuck Hayes, Amir Johnson of the Pistons and Smush Parker of the Miami Heat.
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