OKLAHOMA CITY, Jan. 21, 2018 – The Oklahoma City Blue (16-13) fell to the Memphis Hustle (12-18), 103-98, on Sunday afternoon.
After trailing by as many as 11 in the first half, Oklahoma City held a slim 77-76 advantage heading into the fourth quarter, but Memphis went on a 13-0 run to open the fourth to take control of the game.
“I thought we came out and didn’t really play our style in the first half,” said Head Coach Mark Daigneault. “I thought we got back to that, but they gained a lot of confidence at that point and they played well.”
The Blue trailed 52-47 at halftime, but battled back in the third quarter behind eight points from Thunder assignment player Dakari Johnson. He finished with 16 points and eight rebounds.
Oklahoma City got off to a slow start, and trailed Memphis 13-2 midway through the first quarter. Behind seven points from Javan Felix, the Blue went on a 13-0 run and led 24-22 after the first.
Felix tied his career high with 12 points in the first half and finished with a team-high 24 points. Two-way player PJ Dozier finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and two assists, while Daniel Hamilton tallied a game-high 10 assists, seven points, and eight boards.
Trahson Burrell, Kobi Simmons, and Marquis Teague led Memphis with 25 points each.
The Blue returns to action on Tuesday at 12 p.m. at the Northern Arizona Suns in the Prescott Valley Event Center.