OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 13, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (8-8) was edged by the Sioux Falls Skyforce (7-7), 121-119, on Wednesday night.
Oklahoma City was down by as many as 21 points in the third quarter, but stormed back on a 16-3 run in the final four minutes of the game to knot the score at 119 apiece with 13.5 seconds remaining. The Skyforce followed the run with a put-back layup from Tony Mitchell with just 1.1 seconds to go that the Blue was unable to answer. Mitchell led Sioux Falls with a game-best 32 points, eight rebounds and four steals.
“I was obviously pleased with our fight in the fourth quarter,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “I thought our guys showed good resilience and toughness to come back in the game. We gave ourselves a chance to win. It obviously didn’t turn out our way, but I was pleased with how we fought.”
Three Oklahoma City players logged double-doubles, led by Myke Henry who came off the bench to produce a team-leading 23 points and 11 rebounds. Two-way player Daniel Hamilton recorded 18 points, 13 rebounds, five assists and two steals while Rashawn Thomas registered 18 points 11 rebounds and three assists.
Two-way player PJ Dozier finished with a career-high 18 points, five assists and four rebounds.
The Blue dominated the paint, outscoring the Skyforce 74-36 there. OKC also outrebounded Sioux Falls 51-47, allowing just eight Skyforce second chance points.
Oklahoma City returns to action on Friday, Dec. 15 when the team travels to Frisco, Texas to take on the Texas Legends at 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Pepper Arena.