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Stampede Trample Arsenal 95 - 91

February 3, 2008 - NBA G League (G League) - Anaheim Arsenal News Release

Anaheim, Calif., February 2, 2008 - It was a familiar scene for the Anaheim Arsenal on Saturday night when they took on the blazing hot Idaho Stampede. Anaheim played well for three quarters, and then fell apart in the final quarter, losing to Idaho 95 - 91, extending Idaho's winning streak to 16 games.

Anaheim started off strong with Guillermo Diaz leading the charge, scoring 10 points by the end of the first quarter. Ivan Johnson also contributed to the offense with inside scoring, finishing with 20 points, but was plagued by foul trouble throughout the game only playing 34 minutes.

Going into the final period, Anaheim led 72 - 63. Outstanding corner shooting from forward Mickael Gelabale, on assignment from the Seattle Supersonics, helped Idaho go on a 20 - 6 run in the fourth quarter. Gelabale also scored an easy fast break lay-up with 1:11 left, giving the Stampede its first lead of the game, 89-87. In just his second game with Idaho, Gelabale finished with 16 points, and was 1 of 6 Stampede players to score in double-digits.

The Arsenal tried to regain the lead with one minute left in the fourth with a 3-pointer by Will Blalock and a slam dunk by Ivan Johnson. However, poor clutch shooting from the field and from the free throw line cost the Arsenal the game.

Assistant coach Dean Murray said, "It was a tough loss. We're still playing better though. At the end Idaho made a couple more plays than we did, we need to reverse that on Monday and learn from our mistakes."

Idaho's 16th win in a row marked a franchise winning streak record for the ball club.

Idaho head coach Bryan Gates commented, "It was a record for the team, and the franchise, and I'm happy to be a part of it. Both teams gave their all. If we played three or five quarters, Anaheim would have won. I'm thankful we only play four quarters."

Anaheim will attempt to snap Idaho's 16-game winning streak when the two teams meet again on Monday night at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tip-off is at 7:30 PM. For more information about the Arsenal, call (714) 635-BALL or visit

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