OREM The Utah Flash lost star player Morris Almond, who had been leading the NBA Development League in scoring at 29.8 points per game, when he was recalled by the Utah Jazz on Tuesday.
The Flash didn't miss him, at least not for one game, as they pounded the Rio Grande Valley Vipers 102-86 Wednesday night, using a 38-point third quarter to turn a relatively close game into a blowout.
Utah's scoring was balanced as six players scored in double figures with forward Brian Jackson leading the way with 19 points.
"I knew we would be able to find some scoring," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "It took us a while, but I really believe in our guys. We really played some good team basketball, offensively. Once we settled down, we really executed in the second half."
Utah improved to 10-7 on the season, while the Vipers fell to 9-8.
The Flash never led in the first quarter, falling behind 19-11 with two minutes to go in the period before a 5-1 spurt to go into the second quarter trailing 20-16.
Utah scored the first nine points of the second quarter to take a 25-20 lead. The run was highlighted by a play in which center James Lang caught the ball in the high post and passed to a cutting Brian Hamilton, who dunked the ball.
The Vipers couldn't pull closer than three points the rest of the half, and the Flash eventually extended their lead to 42-34 at halftime.
The Flash blew the game open in the third quarter, extending their lead to 24 points at one point, outscoring the Vipers 38-25 during the period to head into the fourth quarter with an 80-59 lead.
"I thought our depth would come into play in the second half if we had a little more smarts and toughness about us," Jones said.
The Flash will next play the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday at 7 p.m. at the McKay Center in Orem.