Blue Edged by Lakers in Final Minutes
OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma City Blue (25-12) fell to the South Bay Lakers (14-22), 113-110, on Sunday afternoon.
With four minutes to go, the Blue held a 10-point lead at 108-98 before the Lakers took off on a 15-2 run. In the final 10.4 seconds of the game, South Bay's Justin Harper drained a three-pointer followed by two Lakers free throws to go up by three. With 2.7 seconds remaining, a three-point attempt from Scotty Hopson rimmed out at the buzzer, resulting in a win for the visitors.
"Obviously really disappointed with the loss but I thought we came out of halftime and really made some good adjustments," Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. "We got control of the game, just didn't do a great job at closing."
The Lakers were the first to strike, but the Blue quickly gained the upper hand, going up by as many as 13 points in the first frame and ending the quarter up 30-22. In the second, Andre Ingram scored 13 of his 14 points to help South Bay outscore Oklahoma City 37-26 in the quarter, giving the Lakers a 59-56 lead at the break.
Oklahoma City came out of halftime on a 14-4 run to earn a 70-63 advantage. The home team then widened the gap to as many as 11 points midway through the final frame but were unable to stop South Bay's final run.
Five Oklahoma City players scored in double figures with K.J. McDaniels leading the way with 23 points, five rebounds and four blocks, shooting 10-of-18 from the field and draining three shots from beyond the arc. Thunder assignment player Hamidou Diallo was close behind with 21 points, eight rebounds, three assists and three steals.
Two-way player Donte Grantham grabbed a game-high 11 rebounds and three steals while Chris Wright shot 6-for-8 en route to 13 points and five boards.
Marcus Allen led the charge for South Bay, turning in 20 points.
The Blue will return to action after All-Star break on Wednesday, Feb. 20, facing off against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at 7 p.m. inside Cox Convention Center.
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