Category - OKC Blue

Blue falls in Iowa to Wolves 124-102

The Iowa Wolves scored 73 points in the second half en route to beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 124-102 on Tuesday night in Des Moines, Iowa.

The Blue fall to 12-11 on the season.

For Oklahoma City, their four-game winning streak comes to an end and they fall a half-game back of the Wolves for first place in the Midwest division. Iowa has now won six straight, the hottest team in the G-League.

The Thunder took a 53-51 lead into halftime but really fell off and never could recover from the downward spiral.

Oklahoma City took a 60-59 lead with 9:46 left in the third quarter. That was the last time Oklahoma City would lead as Iowa would go on 11-0, taking a double digit lead with 7:05 left in the third quarter 70-60.

With a new quarter, the Thunder still couldn’t get over the hump. Another big run for the Wolves put the game away. The 18-2 run gave Iowa a 111-85 lead with 7:26 left in the game.

Iowa shot 57.1 percent in the second half from the field and 58.3 percent (14-of-24) from beyond the arc. The Blue only forced four turnovers and never had control of the second half.

PJ Dozier led the Blue with 19 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-14 shooting.

Daniel Hamilton finished with 14 points on 5-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-7 from beyond three-point range. He was a game worst negative-24.

Amile Jefferson, the former Duke Blue Devil, had a 20-point, 18-rebound game. Anthony Brown scored 35 points on 11-of-19 shooting to lead all in scoring.

The Blue only shot 32.4 percent from the the three-point line, going 12-of-37, and never really found themselves at the free throw line. Oklahoma City only took 13 attempts, making 10.

The Blue travel to Southaven, Misssissppi to play the Memphis Hustle, the G-League affiliate of the Memphis Grizzlies at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 4.

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Oklahoma City Blue keeps streaking, beats Sioux Falls 115-108

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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Oklahoma City Blue tops Salt Lake City Stars 117-103

While the parent club fell on Friday night, it was the Oklahoma City Blue who found the win column. The Blue beat the Salt Lake City Stars, G-League affiliate of the Utah Jazz, 117-103 in Salt Lake City.

One of Oklahoma City’s two-way players, Daniel Hamilton, had 28 points, seven rebounds and six assists. However, he had nine turnovers. Myke Henry had 25 points off the bench to lead the Blue. Henry is a small forward out of DePaul. He played with the blue last season but joined the Blue after playing for Rayos de Hermosillo out of Mexico.

Oklahoma City improves to 11-10 on the season, best in Midwest Division.

Despite Salt Lake City opening the game 5-0, the Blue answered back with a 22-5 run in the first quarter, capped off by a Bryce Alford three-pointer.

Alford finished with 15 points, all three-pointers as he finished 4-of-13 from beyond the three-point line.

Salt Lake City would answer back, cutting the lead down to 27-19 with 2:03 left in the opening quarter but that’s when Oklahoma City decided to put the game away. An 18-6 run to start the second quarter gave the Blue a 50-27 lead midway in the quarter.

The Stars cut the Blue advantage down to 19 with 6:32 remaining until halftime. The Blue did their own response, outscoring Salt Lake City 22-15, pushing the lead out to as many as 28 on multiple occasions.

Oklahoma City led 72-46 at halftime.

A 24-9 run to start the third quarter hurt the Blue’s advantage as a mix of Naz Mitrou-Long, Taylor Braun and Erik McCree brought Salt Lake City back into it. Oklahoma City only led 81-68 with 5:18 left in the third quarter.

However, Henry and Hamilton combined for 13 of the quarter’s final 15 points, giving them a comfortable cushion again.

Thunder player Terrance Ferguson was recalled before the Thunder played the Milwaukee Bucks and was unavailable.

Oklahoma City two-way assignee, PJ Dozier went 3-of-3 from the floor and finished with 12 points. He was the only starter in the negative on the plus/minuse at negative-9.

Former Oklahoma State guard Markel Brown went 3-of-8 from the floor in 32 minutes, finishing with eight points.

The Oklahoma City Blue will return to the court on Sunday at 5 p.m. against Sioux Falls Skyforce. The game can be seen on Facebook Live. The Blue don’t play back at the Cox Convention Center until Jan. 6. They’re in the middle of a five-game road trip.

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OKC Blue release training camp roster

The Oklahoma City Blue begin their fourth season in Oklahoma City after moving from Tulsa. Training camp begins this week, so they released their 2017-18 training camp roster

 

First thing we see when we glance at the roster: two Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Thunder add Michael Cobbins, who’s played with the Blue in the past. They also added Markel Brown, former Brooklyn Net draft pick. He was in training camp with the Thunder. He was waived on Oct. 11.

Also on the roster is Daniel Hamilton and PJ Dozier, the two players who signed two-way contracts with the Thunder. They can spend up to 45 days with the Thunder but must spend most of the season with the Blue.

Also on the roster are the other waived players from training camp. Rashawn Thomas, a Southeast OKC high grad; Yannis Morin, from France; and Bryce Alford, a UCLA alum.

The Blue drafted five on Saturday in the G-League draft. That led to TJ Wallace, a 6-3 guard out of Pacific University with their first round pick.

Chad Posthumus, Justin Leon and Javon Felix were all added on the local G-League try out.

Chris Wright, Myke Henry and Cobbins all return to the Blue from last season. Hamilton also played with the Blue last season.

The Blue also found new uniforms from Nike this season, too.

Training camp will come and go and the season starts on Friday, Nov. 3 against the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at the Cox Convention Center. The two teams met in the 2017 G-League Western Conference Finals, with the Vipers winning.

Oklahoma City will have some neutral site games this season outside of the annual G-League Showcase. The Blue travels to Wichita, Kansas to play at Intrust Bank Arena on Feb. 28. Then, on March 7, the annual game at the Peake at 11 a.m.

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