Idaho 95, Anaheim 91
Anaheim, Calif., Feb. 2 — It was a familiar scene for the Anaheim Arsenal on Saturday night.
The Arsenal played well for three quarters, then fell apart in the final period, in a 95-91 loss to the red-hot Idaho Stampede.
The Stampede made D-League history with their 16th consecutive win, eclipsing the previous mark of 15 set by the Greeneville Groove during the 2001-02 season.
“It was a record for the team, and the franchise, and I’m happy to be a part of it," Idaho coach Bryan Gates said. "Both teams gave their all. If we played three or five quarters, Anaheim would have won. I’m thankful we only play four quarters.”
Cory Violette led the way for the Stampede with 20 points, while Seattle SuperSonics assignee Mickael Gelabale finished with 16 points in his second game with the D-League club. Both were among six Stampede players in double figures.
Gelabale helped Idaho go on a 20-6 run in the fourth quarter that triggered the victory. Gelabale also scored an easy fast break lay-up with 1:11 left, giving the Stampede its first lead of the game at 89-87.
The Arsenal tried to regain the lead with one minute left in the fourth on a 3-pointer by Will Blalock and a slam dunk by Ivan Johnson, who led the Arsenal with 20 points. However, poor clutch shooting from the field and from the free throw line hurt Anaheim down the stretch.
“It was a tough loss. We’re still playing better though," said Anaheim assistant coach Dean Murray. "At the end Idahomade a couple more plays than we did, we need to reverse that on Monday and learn from our mistakes.”
The teams are slated for a rematch on Monday when they meet again at the Arena at the Anaheim Convention Center. Tipoff is 10:30 p.m. ET.