OKLAHOMA CITY, Nov. 5, 2017 – The Oklahoma City Blue (1-1) fell to the Reno Bighorns (1-0) 123-101 inside the Cox Convention Center on Sunday afternoon.
The Blue trailed 27-19 after the first quarter, but were able to cut the lead to three at 41-38 midway through the second quarter. This would not last long as Reno went on a 24-9 run to finish off the first half and take a 65-47 lead into the break.
“I thought we showed good resolve in the second quarter, but they were just the better team tonight.” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “We’ve got to take the lessons from the game, make the corrections and be a better team tomorrow than we are today.”
The second half saw two-way player Daniel Hamilton score 13 of his 18 points as the Blue attempted multiple comeback charges. In the end, the Bighorns were up to the challenge as they won the final period 31-25. PJ Dozier produced eight points, four assists and grabbed a rebound.
Markel Brown and Myke Henry each scored 20 points with Brown coming off the bench to shoot 5-6 from three and Henry adding three rebounds, two assists and two steals.
Jack Cooley led the charge for the Bighorns with a double-double of a game-high 36 points on 15-17 shooting from the field and game-best 11 rebounds.
The Blue hit the road for the first time this season for a matchup against the Windy City Bulls on Friday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m.