FLASH OUTLAST STAMPEDE IN OVERTIME
BOISE, Idaho, Dec. 28, 2009 – It took the Utah Flash their first overtime game of the year to snap a three-game losing streak today with a win in Boise over the Idaho Stampede. The Flash were led by Andre Ingram who had 22 points in the 112-109 win. Sundiata Gaines led the way for the Idaho Stampede with 31 points.
Ingram paced the Flash with 14 points in the first quarter as the Flash got off to a 17-6 lead. Utah scored the most points of any first quarter all season ending the quarter with a 33-16 lead. Idaho was led by Cedric Simmons who scored nine points and pulled down three rebounds in the quarter.
The Flash’s hot start cooled off in the second quarter as Utah went into halftime with a five point lead. The Stampede turned up the offense going on an 18-6 run to start the second period led by Sundiata Gaines who notched 11 points in the quarter. Simmons went into the half having already tallied a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds.
In a game of runs, the Flash bounced back with a 12-4 run of their own to start the third quarter. Despite a quick start the Stampede stayed consistent putting up 31 points in the quarter and taking a four point lead into the fourth quarter.
The last period of regulation finally turned into a back and forth battle with nearly a dozen lead changes in the quarter. Each team seemed poised to win the game, and with a Roberto Bergersen three-pointer from the corner with 13 seconds left, Idaho took a three-point lead. Utah inbounded the ball and drove straight down the floor and with six seconds left an Orien Greene three-pointer sent the game to overtime.
During the overtime the Flash scored 14 points, and dodged a bullet after Cedric Simmons missed a layup with only seven seconds remaining. Utah held on with free throws and won their first and only overtime game of the year 112 – 109.
Six Flash players scored in double digits, and Orien Greene and Carlos Wheeler both notched double-doubles in points and rebounds. The Stampede were led by Gaines who scored a game-high 31 points and Simmons who had 29 points and 13 rebounds. The Flash return home to face the Albuquerque Thunderbirds on New Year’s Eve, while the Stampede travel to Reno to take on the Bighorns on New Year’s Day.