Stampede 120, Arsenal 113
BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 29 – The Idaho Stampede utilized a team-oriented effort, as seven players scored in double digits, to defeat the Anaheim Arsenal for the second straight night 120-113. The win gives Idaho a 6-0 record at home so far this season.
The Stampede had two players with double doubles, as Randy Livingston led Idaho with game-highs of 26 points and 12 assists, while Lance Allred finished with 22 points and 11 rebounds. It was Allred’s eighth and Livingston’s seventh double doubles of the season.
In a turnaround from the previous night, the Arsenal started out the game with a hot shooting stroke, making 15-of-24 field goals in the first quarter. Anaheim built as much as a 13 point lead with 3:40 left in the period, after a 6-0 run on three straight lay ups, two by Kedrick Brown and one by Ivan Johnson. Anaheim led after the first quarter 34-23.
The game changed gears in the second and third quarters, as the Arsenal shooting cooled off and the Stampede heated up. Idaho outscored Anaheim 61-40 in the second and third quarters, shooting a scorching 63% to overcome the Anaheim lead and build a 10 point margin of their own at the end of the third.
Idaho started the fourth period with a 22-11 run to give them a 106-85 advantage with 5:45 remaining in the game. Anaheim roared back with a 24-5 run of their own to cut the lead to two points at 111-109 with 1:46 remaining, though Idaho held on as Allred and Livingston together made 7-of-8 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.
The Stampede took advantage of their size, outrebounding the Arsenal 44-30 as well as outscoring them in the paint 66-46.
Though led by Allred and Livingston, Idaho’s Mouhamed Sene, on assignment from the Seattle SuperSonics, finished the game with 17 points and eight rebounds off the bench. Also coming from the bench, Ernest Scott and Mike Taylor scored 13 and 12 points respectively. Starters for the Stampede, Cory Violette added 13 points and Roberto Bergersen finished with 12 points.
Anaheim had big games from five of their players finishing in double figures. Johnson led the Arsenal off the bench with 25 points, while Steven Smith put up 19 points and grabbed six rebounds. Marcus Campbell, who played for Idaho earlier this season, finished with 18 points and seven rebounds, while Will Blalock added 18 points and eight assists. Brown also added 15 points before fouling out late in the contest.
Anaheim (4-10) returns home for back-to-back games next Friday and Saturday versus the Albuquerque Thunderbirds and Dakota Wizards, both games tip-off at 7:30 p.m. at the Anaheim Convention Center.
Idaho (10-5) continues their home stand next Friday and Saturday against the Tulsa 66ers and Bakersfield Jam. Both games tip-off at 7 p.m., and Friday’s game is the SuperSonics Affiliate Night, presented by adidas, as Idaho will wear Sonics jerseys that will be available to bid on as a silent auction during the game.