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Shock defense prides itself on late-game stands

The Shock celebrate after receiving the National Conference trophy after Saturday's win over Tulsa (Photo: SWX) The Shock celebrate after receiving the National Conference trophy after Saturday's win over Tulsa (Photo: SWX)

by Jim Meehan
jimm@spokesman.com; (208) 765-7131

When Tennessee Valley backup quarterback Tony Colston scrambled through Spokane's defense on a successful two-point conversion that clinched the Vipers' 56-55 overtime win in the 2008 ArenaCup, he handed the Shock a painful loss and unwittingly gave the 2009 Shock defense a rallying cry.

ArenaCup 2009

Spokane Shock
vs.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pioneers

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"When you look back at that last play, the defense didn't finish," Shock defensive coordinator Alex Sirianni said. "That's one thing we talked about in training camp this year - finishing, playing four quarters. Last week, we struggled the first three quarters (against Tulsa), but it came down to the last four plays and they didn't gain a yard."

The Shock (18-1) outlasted Tulsa 51-44 in the National Conference title game, the fourth time Spokane's defense has made late stands to preserve single-digit victories. The Shock's other 14 wins have been by at least 11 points.

Against Boise in early May, Sergio Gilliam's interception with 41 seconds left helped preserve Spokane's 64-62 win.....

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