The Arsenal were unable to snap the Stampede’s winning streak last night, losing 93-87 in a game that was close throughout. As a fan, it’s frustrating to endure three close losses in a row to quality teams — I can only imagine the frustration the team is feeling. Positive highlights include Marcus Campbell recording a double-double (albeit on horrendous 4-for-17 shooting — probably about 8 of those misses were off of tips on maybe 3 total offensive possessions), and Mo Charlo coming off the bench to score 21 points on 70% shooting from the floor. Concerns include Ivan Johnson’s continued woes at the free throw line — he went 2-for-6 in this game, and a combined 4-of-10 over the last two games.
The attendance was not listed on the box score, but I can assure you that, as a Monday night game, it was sparse. I would estimate 150 people, maybe. Of course, the lower noise level makes it easier to heckle and try and get inside the visiting team’s heads, which can be amusing. It’s easy to understand, though, why the league tries to schedule as many games as possible on the weekend — even if there are other entertainment options in town on those days, it’s still easier to get people out of the house and into seats on their days off.
On the league transactions page, I saw that the Arsenal have dealt Davin White to the Colorado 14ers in exchange for another forward, Terrence Crawford. It looks like Yuta Tabuse worked his way up the depth chart, and took the place of White, who was one of the opening-day starters. I would surmise that, with the trade for another forward in exchange for a guard, the coaching staff are anticipating that Guillermo Diaz won’t be called up again in the near future.