OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma City Blue (15-18) defeated the Stockton Kings (17-13), 131-120, on Saturday night.
The Blue entered the fourth quarter leading 103-90 and stretched the lead to the largest of the game at 16 points with 1:44 remaining. The Kings managed score seven unanswered points to cut the lead down to 9 points with 42.9 seconds left in the game, but the Blueheld on to get the win.
“Give Stockton credit for being ready to play, especially on the glass in the first half,” said Head Coach Grant Gibbs. “Second half, I thought we made that adjustment, and then I was really happy with the passing, the assists and the willingness to move the ball and execute on offense. It’s a good win. I think we can learn from the slow start and continue to improve and play a full 48-minute game.”
Myke Henry led Oklahoma City with 23 points on 7-of-9 shooting to go along with eight rebounds, five assists and two blocks. Kadeem Jack was close behind coming off the bench to produce 20 points, six rebounds and three blocks, shooting 7-for-11 from the floor.
Oklahoma City started the game slow, trailing Stockton the entire first half by as many as 15 points. The Blue poured in 38 points in the third quarter behind 12 points from Thunder assignment player Isaiah Roby. Fellow assignee Deonte Burton logged 15 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
For the second consecutive game, the Blue won the rebound battle with 60 boards to the Kings’ 50. Seven Blue players finished with double-digit scoring.
Two-way player Kevin Hervey recorded a game-high 14 rebounds and narrowly missed a double-double with eight points. Abdul Gaddy tallied a double-double with 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting and 12 assists.
Stockton was led by two-way player Kyle Guy with 25 points, four assists and four steals, hitting six three-pointers.