Jawad Williams Comes up Clutch in Anaheim's First Victory of the Season
ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 28, 2006 - Jawad Williams scored 16 points in the final seven minutes of the game, including two free throws with one second remaining on the clock as the Anahem Arsenal won their first game of the young season, 93-92, over the Arkansas RimRockers.
The RimRockers led 92-91 with 4.6 seconds remaining on the clock in the fourth quarter. After calling a timeout, Williams received the inbound pass, drove to the hole and was fouled with exactly one second remaining. He hit both free throws and sealed the first victory for the first-year franchise in Anaheim.
"My team just gave me the confidence to keep shooting the ball" said Williams, "We realized we can't win games without playing defense, and everybody took it upon themselves to step it up tonight."
Although the Arsenal committed 26 turnovers, they only committed three of those 26 turnovers in the final quarter. They also used a 43-26 advantage of free throw attempts to secure the victory.
"We know we have people that can get to the bucket" said Arsenal coach Larry Smith. "Now we know we can win games, and that builds our confidence."
The game was close at the half, with the RimRockers leading 41-38. The RimRockers used points off turnovers to extend their lead in the second half to 66-58 at the end of three quarters.
The RimRockers had five players score in double figures, but that was not enough to match the performance by the Arsenal in the final minutes. Matt Haryasz led the RimRockers with his solid effort of 20 points, and pulled down 14 rebounds. Marcus Campbell also contributed a double-double, scoring ten points and pulling down ten rebounds.
"You can't come in here thinking you are going to win by 20 points" said RimRockers head coach Andy Stoglin. "And tonight they were scared to move; they were scared to play."
Andre Owens also came up big in the victory for the Arsenal, scoring a season high in points and rebounds, having 19 and 14, respectively.
"It always feels good to get that win," said Owens. "Everybody is a leader on this team, and we showed that tonight."
The Arsenal (1-2) will look to notch its second consecutive victory as they head to Austin on Friday to take on the winless Toros, while the RimRockers (1-2) will travel to Bakersfield to take on the Jam on Wednesday.
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