HIDALGO, Texas, March 24, 2018 – The Oklahoma City Blue (28-22) beat the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (29-21), 114-99, to close out the regular season on Saturday night.
The Blue led 63-58 at halftime but the two teams played a tight third quarter, with Oklahoma City only leading by four heading into the fourth quarter. Two-way player Daniel Hamilton scored seven points in the final frame, as the Blue outscored the Vipers 29-18.
Hamilton finished just short of a triple-double with 13 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds. Darius Morris led the way for Rio Grande Valley with 26 points.
After the first quarter, Oklahoma City trailed 26-23. The Vipers opened the game strong and led by as many as eight before an 8-2 run, punctuated by a jump shot from Michael Carrera, trimmed the deficit.
The Blue continued the run into the second quarter, scoring 40 points behind 15 points from Bryce Alford on 5-7 shooting from beyond the arc. The league leader in three-pointers made, Alford finished with a team-high 24 points.
Oklahoma City tallied 11 steals to the Vipers’ six, behind Justin Leon’s career-high five steals. Leon was one of six in double figures for the Blue, contributing 16 points and nine rebounds.
Oklahoma City is the three seed in the Western Conference and its playoff schedule will be announced at a later date.