Blue Falls in Double Overtime Thriller
OKLAHOMA CITY, March 10, 2015 - The Oklahoma City Blue fell in double overtime to the Santa Cruz Warriors, 117-115, at Chesapeake Energy Arena on Tuesday. The Blue hosted over 100 schools from throughout Oklahoma as part of Thunder Field Trip Day, boasting an attendance of 10,119.
After trailing by as many as 11, the Blue was down 107-104 with two minutes remaining in regulation. After exchanging baskets with the Warriors, Oklahoma City made it a one-point game on a dunk by Maurice Sutton with just under a minute to play. After stopping Santa Cruz on the other end, OKC grabbed a critical offensive rebound to set up a shot for Dwight Buycks with 2.7 seconds on the clock. Buycks was fouled on the attempt and sunk one of his free throws to tie the game and send it into overtime.
Each team only scored two points in the first three-minute overtime period, forcing the Blue's first double overtime game of the season. Santa Cruz scored four straight to lead 115-111 but the Blue refused to go away. Chris Singleton tipped in a second-chance bucket followed by a Josh Huestis block on defense that led to a dunk by Huestis on the fast break, tying the game at 115 with 2.5 seconds remaining. Ognjen Kuzmic, on assignment from Golden State, sunk a game-winning turnaround jumper on the following play.
"I was pleased with our defense in the second half and in the overtimes," said Blue Head Coach Mark Daigneault. "I thought we made it really difficult for them but they made some tough shots down the stretch. We're moving in the right direction, we just need to take the good from today and build on it and come back ready to go against the same team on Thursday."
Three Oklahoma City players recorded doubles-doubles with Talib Zanna posting 10 points and 15 rebounds, Maurice Sutton tallying 13 points and 12 boards and Marquis Teague scoring 11 points with 10 assists.
Frank Gaines led the Blue (22-19) with 24 points and three boards and Chris Singleton scored 20 points alongside six rebounds, three steals and three blocks. Dwight Buycks added 18 points and nine dimes.
Santa Cruz (28-13) was led by Mychel Thompson and James Michael McAdoo with 26 points each.
Tuesday's Thunder Field Trip Day featured numerous game night elements of Oklahoma City Thunder games, including Rumble the Bison, the Thunder Girls, the Storm Chasers and more. Students in attendance were also treated to educational elements on living a healthy and fit life.
"We're really appreciative that the kids took the time to come to our game today," Daigneault said. "It was a great environment. I know it's cool for the kids but it's also really cool for our players. A big 'thank you' from the Blue team to all of the schools and communities that were represented."
The Blue and Warriors will meet again on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the COX Convention Center. For ticket information, visit OklahomaCityBlue.com.
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