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.
"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.....