Flash defense slows down Stampede

Flash defense slows down Stampede

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Orem -- The McKay Events Center was again filled with enthusiasm as the Utah Flash finished up their three game home stand against the Idaho Stampede winning 104-98 in front of a nearly sold out crowd of 6,127 people.

Idaho came out of the gate Monday night taking a 10 point lead after the first quarter of play behind Roberto Bergersen's eight points and a pair of three pointers. The Flash were led by Dontell Jefferson's seven points but were down four at the end of the quarter.

The second quarter was highlighted by Anthony Tolliver's three 3-pointers in the quarter for the Stampede. Tolliver, 22.5 points per game, scored nine of his 10 points in the quarter and didn't score the rest of the game.

"It was a great team win for us tonight and we were very active on both sides of the ball" said Head Coach Brad Jones. "Carlos Wheeler had a big night for us both on the offensive and defensive side of the floor holding Tolliver to 3-11 shooting. Ingram and Richardson also did a terrific job defensively on Sundiata Gaines who leads the league in scoring."

The Flash were down 11 with 6:00 left in the half but responded with a 16-4 run to end the quarter shooting over 50 percent from the field. Andre Ingram led the charge for the Flash scoring 11 points in the quarter. Cedric Simmons added eight in the quarter Idaho.

The start of the third period looked like a dunk contest when Carlos Wheeler started if off with a two hand break away windmill dunk which was then followed by a big dunk from Cedric Simmons of the Stampede on the other end. Wheeler later had two dunks, one an impressive ally-oop slam, which increased the lead to nine with the score 79-70 with under two minutes to play. Orien Greene chipped in seven points in the quarter.

The Flash scored to start the fourth quarter making it a 10 point lead. Idaho made it close bringing the game to a tie at 92 midway through the fourth but were held to only six points the rest of the game thanks to great team defense from the Flash. Andre Ingram hit the dagger 3-point shot in the final seconds of the game to seal the victory. This is the first game of the season that Idaho did not reach the century mark in scoring.

Sundiata Gaines, the league leader in points at 27.3 per game, was held to just 14. Cedric Simmons led the way for Idaho putting in 26 points on 11-17 shooting from the field. The Utah Flash were led by Carlos Wheeler's 24 points and seven rebounds. Ingram added 21 and Jefferson had 19 points and seven assists.

The Flash improve to 6-2 on the season as the Idaho Stampede drop to 4-3. The Utah Flash will play their next home game on New Year's Eve at 7: 00 p.m.

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