Balanced Idaho Attack Gives First Place Back to Stampede
Boise, Idaho - Luke Jackson notched 24 points, and five players reached double-figures in scoring as the Idaho Stampede picked up a 104-96 NBA Development League victory over the Utah Flash Saturday night at the Qwest Arena.
The Stampede, who split the weekend series with the Flash, regains sole possession of the first place spot in the West Division with the victory.
"It's a battle every time we meet Idaho." Flash head coach Brad Jones said. "The three remaining games we have against the Stampede this season could prove to be valuable in the race for first place."
The Flash (19-13) will travel to Albuquerque for a showdown with the Thunderbirds on Mar. 6 before returning home for an eight game home stand. Idaho (22-14) will return to action Mar. 9 on the road against the Flash.
Both teams combined for 77 free-throw attempts, with the Stampede knocking down 28-of-39 (72%) from the line, and the Flash connecting on 31-of-38 (82%) shots from the charity stripe.
Idaho jumped out to a quick first quarter lead after a 17-3 run gave the Stampede a 17-5 lead with just under eight minutes remaining in the first period.
Jackson knocked down 15 first quarter points on 5-of-9 shooting-including 3-of-6 shooting from behind the arc.
Utah trailed by 12 points with just over four minutes remaining in the first half, but a Dontell Jefferson bucket at the halftime buzzer capped a Flash 14-7 run, and sent the Flash into the half trailing 56-51.
Back-to-back three-pointers from Jefferson and Ronald Dupree cut the Idaho lead to one in the opening minutes of the third quarter before a Bennet Davis bucket gave the Flash a short-lived lead, 67-66, mid-way through the third period.
Mildon Ambres knocked down two free-throws in the final minutes of the third quarter to give the lead back to the Stampede for good.
A Dupree lay-up brought the Flash to within four points in the fourth quarter, but Utah was unable to draw any closer down the stretch.
Toronto Raptors assignee Nathan Juwai dropped in 12 points in the win, while University of Michigan product Brent Petway added 14 points. Kevin Burelson chipped in 19 points, and Ambres added 16 points off the Stampede bench.
Jefferson notched a game-high 29 points for the Flash, while Carlos Wheeler added 14 points and eight rebounds off the Flash bench. Ronald Dupree recorded 17 of his 19 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds in the Flash losing effort.
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