Idaho 110, Utah 103
BOISE, Idaho, March 28 -- Mike Taylor was among seven Idaho Stampede players to reach double-digits with 18 points as the West Division-leading Stampede posted a 110-103 win over the visiting Utah Flash Friday night in NBA Development League action at the Qwest Arena.
Idaho improved to 31-12 on the season and picked up its fifth consecutive victory over the Flash, who dropped to 20-24 on the season. The teams meet in the rematch at 9 p.m. (ET) tonight at Qwest Arena.
Utah Jazz assignee Morris Almond scored 11 of his game-high 36 points in the second quarter to give the Flash the advantage a 51-49 at the break.
Almond averaged 21 points in the first five games against the Stampede this season.
Trailing at the half, the Stampede responded in the third quarter, finishing off the quarter on a strong 11-3 run to take a 77-71 lead into the final period.
The Flash rallied in the final minutes of the game to trim the Stampede lead to 102-101, after Kevin Kruger drained a three-pointer. But the Stampede responded with an 8-2 run in the final 1:56 to ice it for good.
Randy Livingston scored 12, while Jason Ellis added 10 points for Idaho. Roberto Bergersen chipped in 14 points and Luke Jackson and Cory Violette finished with 16 and 15 points, respectively, while Portland Trail Blazers assignee Josh McRoberts doubled up for the Stampede with 16 points and 10 rebounds.
Boston Celtics assignee Gabe Pruitt recorded 19 points for the Flash in the loss, while Kruger chipped in 13 points. Brian Jackson also reached double digits with 10 points, while Utah Jazz assignee Kyrylo Fesenko grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.