Idaho 100, Utah 99
UTAH, March 13 -- Cory Violette tipped in a missed shot with 1.9 seconds remaining in the game to give the Idaho Stampede a 100-99 NBA Development League victory over the Utah Flash Thursday night at the McKay Events Center.
After Luke Jackson drove the lane and missed a layup that would have put the Stampede ahead with three seconds remaining , Mouhamed Sene missed a putback attempt off the rebound, but Violette was there to clean up for the go ahead score.
“We basically told them what was coming there, and I thought we defended the first shot attempt really well.” Flash coach Brad Jones said. “I told them that games were usually not won on the first shot, it is usually on the second shot, and so make sure we box out.”
The Flash drop to 18-21 on the season and bring a four-game losing streak back to the McKay Events Center to face the 29-10 Stampede Saturday night at 7 p.m.
Despite a sluggish first half, the Flash found itself in a 48-48 tie at the half. Utah re-energized and rallied in the third quarter behind Gabe Pruitt’s 11 consecutive points to open up a six-point lead at the end of the period. The Flash also failed to hold onto a nine point lead in the last two minutes of the game.
“I was really disappointed in our lack of focus tonight to start the game. We really struggled out of the gate.” Jones said. “I thought in the second half we had a lot of energy, but if I am not mistaken that is six of our last seven losses we have been tied or had the lead in the last couple minutes and could not close it out.”
Pruitt, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, finished with a game-high 24 points. Utah Jazz assignee Morris Almond recorded 23 points, while fellow Jazz assignee Kyrylo Fesenko just missed a double-double with 18 points and eight rebounds. Brian Hamilton added 12 points and Brian Jackson chipped in 10 for the Flash.
Six Idaho players finished in double figures, led by Violette’s 21 points. Roberto Bergersen had 20 points, while Luke Jackson added 16. Randy Livingston had a double-double for the Stampede with 11 points and 12 assists. Jason Ellis and Mike Taylor added 12 and 10 points respectively off the Idaho bench.