Huge Fourth Quarter Lifts Arsenal
ANAHEIM, Calif., April 6, 2007 - Heading into the final quarter down by three points, the Anaheim Arsenal overwhelmed the Los Angeles D-Fenders by outscoring them by 21 points (35-14) in the fourth to secure the 97-79 victory and keep playoff hopes alive for the Arsenal.
The Arsenal, who trailed the D-Fenders by one and a half games for the final playoff spot entering tonight's game, now only trail the D-Fenders by half a game, which will play a big role as the two teams square off again tomorrow evening.
Jamaal Thomas led the surge as he scored ten points in the fourth quarter to end the game with a total of 18 points, to go along with his ten rebounds. Jawad Williams continues to contribute for the Arsenal, finishing with 25 points and seven rebounds. Davin White finished with 13 points and seven assists.
"It was a big win for us tonight," said Arsenal interim head coach Reggie Geary. "From our starters to our bench, everyone came out and contributed. At times, our defense was special tonight."
Brian Chase led the D-Fenders with 21 points. Nick Vander Laan also put in solid effort for the D-Fenders, finishing with 14 points and 14 rebounds. Andre Patterson scored ten points and grabbed ten rebounds for the D-Fenders.
"We played well tonight until the fourth quarter," said D-Fenders head coach Dan Panaggio. "We had too many turnovers which led to fast break points, and from there it was like trying to stop a freight train."
The Arsenal (22-26) and the D-Fenders (21-25) will face off again tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m.
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