Markel Brown scored 16 points in the opening quarter as the Oklahoma City Blue won their fourth straight game, beating the Sioux Falls Skyforce 115-108 on New Year’s Eve.

Brown finished with 23 points on 8-of-13 shooting and Myke Henry had 23 points off the bench for the Blue.

Oklahoma City is 12-10 on the season, first in the Midwest division.

If it wasn’t for Brown’s performance, it’s unknown what would’ve become of the Blue’s trip to Sioux Falls. He led all scores at that point and was really the only player stepping up when it was needed.

Myke Henry hit a big three-pointer with 2:42 left in the first half, tying the game at 52-all. Then, Brown hit a reverse lay up with 24 seconds left in the half to give Oklahoma City their first lead, taking a 58-56 lead into the break.

Ike Nwamu was the catalyst to an 11-2 run to start the second half, giving the Skyforce a 67-60 lead with 8:32 left in the third quarter. It wasn’t until Henry nailed a driving reverse lay up with 3:55 remaining in the third to give Oklahoma City a 73-71 lead. Sioux Falls would answer back but a Daniel Hamilton lay up put Oklahoma City up 75-74 with 3:30 left.

Oklahoma City would never trail again.

The Blue pushed the lead out to double digits, capping off a 15-3 run to end the quarter. Hamilton would account for seven of the 15 points.

Nwamu would cut Oklahoma City’s lead to 104-102 with 2:23 left in the game. Hamilton and Henry shut that down quick, scoring nine of the final 11 points.

Sioux Falls attempted 54 three-pointers in the game, hitting 22 of them. Which, for those who don’t follow the G-League, 54 isn’t any where near the record of 64 set back in 2014.

Hamilton finished with 16 points, 15 rebounds and 10 assists, his fifth triple-double of the season.

Six different players scored in double figures, including four starters. Only Thunder assignee, PJ Dozier was in single digits with seven points. He was 3-of-7 from the floor.

Oklahoma City travels to Iowa to play the Iowa Wolves on Jan. 2 at 7 p.m. The game can be viewed on Facebook Live.

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