OREM Just two days after blowing a late lead to lose in the final seconds to the Idaho Stampede, the Utah Flash were looking to make amends, as they hosted Idaho again.
But after getting off to a good start, Utah ran out of gas and lost 93-88. They were unable to overtake Idaho after the Stampede took the lead for good midway through the third quarter.
Despite shooting 44.6 percent from the field and holding Idaho to just 38.7 percent, the Flash lost because they gave up 31 points on 41 free throw attempts and were outscored 25-10 on fast break points.
"We didn't have energy," Utah coach Brad Jones said. "And a team that plays without any energy usually ends up fouling because they're looking for shortcuts. We couldn't even get them down the floor. How many times did they have an uncontested layup?"
The Stampede improved to 30-10, the best record in the NBA Development League, while the Flash fell to 18-22 Utah's chances at winning looked promising early, as they used an 8-1 run midway through the first quarter to take 17-9 lead. They maintained that margin, leading 26-18 going into the second quarter.
After the Flash extended their lead to 10 points with less than four minutes left in the half, Idaho went on a 13-4 run to close to within one point, and Utah ended up with a 48-45 lead at halftime.
The Stampede wasted no time taking over in the third quarter. They used an early 8-2 run to take a 53-50 lead, and they extended it to 69-60 with 2:37 left in the period.
The Flash responded by scoring the last six points of the quarter, capped off by guard Gabe Pruitt's pull-up 3-pointer with 0.2 seconds left to close the gap to three points heading into the fourth quarter.
Idaho once again began to pull away early in the period, stretching its lead to 79-70 with 7:50 left. Utah then went on a 10-2 run to cut the deficit to just one point.
Pruitt had back-to-back plays in which he posted up and spun around a smaller defender for a layup splitting a double team on the second one to make the score 81-80 with 3:34 to go.
But the Flash went cold, not scoring again until there was just 22 seconds left, and the Stampede had scored seven straight points in the mean time to put the game out of reach.
All five of Idaho's starters scored in double figures, with guard Randy Livingston leading the way with 22.