Flash Defeat Arsenal 102-90
Anaheim, Calif., December 3, 2007- The re-assignment of Boston Celtic Gabe Pruitt to the Utah Flash on Monday brought back a bad memory for the Anaheim Arsenal left by Pruitt on November 24th when the guard sunk the go-ahead basket with 10 seconds left in the game to spoil Anaheim's home opener. On Monday, the bad memories continued with the Utah Flash beating the Anaheim Arsenal 102-90.
Gabe Pruitt's assignment to the Flash on Monday was the talk of the pre-game but it was Flash center James Lang who helped lead Utah with 17 points and 8 rebounds on 7 for 9 shooting from the field. Whether travel fatigue was an issue or not, Pruitt only contributed 3 points to the Flash effort in 12 minutes of play after first entering the game with five minutes left in the first quarter. Flash guard Brian Hamilton had a season-high 17 points to go along with 4 steals. Flash point guard Kevin Kruger also put in 17 points to go along with 6 assists.
"We played with a lot of energy on both offense and defense. Bringing that level of energy to the floor tonight was the reason we came away with a victory," said Utah Flash head coach Brad Jones after the game.
Anaheim point guard Davin White hit two free throws with 2.4 seconds left in the first half to put the Arsenal up 52-51 heading into the locker room but the Flash's high-pressure defense held the Arsenal to just 38 points in the second half. White helped the Arsenal scoring attack with 16 points and 4 assists.
After the game, Anaheim Arsenal head coach Reggie Geary said,"The team is not playing with any sense of urgency. With 25 turnovers it is hard to win. Our defense had its moments but we have no chance to win when we keep making offensive mistakes."
Coming off the bench for the third game in a row, Anaheim guard Guillermo Diaz kept his place as the high scorer for Anaheim pouring in 10 points in the first half and 19 points total going 6 for 12 from the field. Arsenal forward Steven Smith contributed with 15 points. Tonight's game marks the second game this year that the Arsenal have been held under 100 points.
The Arsenal look for revenge against the Utah Flash on Wednesday, December 5 at 7:30PM at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. For ticket information call (714)635-BALL. For all Arsenal and D-League news make sure to click on anaheimarsenal.com
Entering its seventh season, the D-League has grown from eight teams in 2001 to 14 teams for the 2007-08 season. The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league established to develop talent across all disciplines for the NBA. It has relocated its headquarters from Greenville, S.C. to New York City in order to help foster its continued growth by giving it direct access to the support and resources of the NBA.
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