With both teams dressed in their NBA affiliates' uniforms, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants were in control most of the way, shooting 53.4 percent from the floor to take a 112-96 win Friday over the Utah Flash.
"Fort Wayne played well and made shots," Flash coach Brad Jones said. "When teams make shots, they typically do other things well. They usually play better defense. They had great team speed, which really hurt us."
Wearing the Detroit Pistons' red, white and blue uniforms, Fort Wayne improved to 8-9 on the season, while the Flash fell to 10-8.
Playing in the Utah Jazz's powder blue uniforms, the Flash fell behind 13-6 early. Fort Wayne guard Earl Calloway scored six straight points in one stretch, the last four on consecutive fast-break layups after steals.
That set the tone for the game, as the Mad Ants scored 34 points off 22 Utah turnovers and outscored the Flash 22-8 on fast-break points.
"It's the same thing that's been sticking with us all year long," Jones said. "When we turn the ball over, we get beat. Most of our turnovers were off of us not executing what we're supposed to do."
The Flash rallied to tie the game at 17 with 4:39 left in the first after center Kyrylo Fesenko dribbled baseline, collided into a defender, and when there was no call, he picked the ball back up and drove baseline for a powerful dunk.
The Mad Ants closed with a 12-8 run to take a 29-25 lead into the second quarter. Utah cut the lead to one and tied the game several times, but they finally took their first lead of the game when guard Kevin Kruger made a pull-up jumper with 1:34 left in the half for a 46-45 lead.
The Flash extended their lead to 53-49 after Kruger banked in a 3-pointer from the left wing with 1.1 seconds left, and Fort Wayne threw away its inbounds pass. Flash forward John Millsap made a bank shot on Utah's inbounds play as time expired.
The Mad Ants came out strong at the start of the second half, outscoring the Flash 30-12 in the third quarter to take a commanding 79-65 lead into the fourth quarter. They scored consecutive fast-break layups off steals to end the quarter.
Utah couldn't get closer than 12 the rest of the way, as the Mad Ants cruised to victory.
Calloway led all scorers with 27 points, while forward Corey Minnifield had 25, and three other Fort Wayne players had at least 16.
Six Flash players were in double figures, with Fesenko leading the way with a double-double of 21 points and 11 rebounds on 7-11 shooting.