OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 28, 2016 – The Oklahoma City Blue (11-7) grabbed a last-second victory from the Reno Bighorns (5-11), 109-108, on Wednesday night in Oklahoma City.
Down 108-105 with 14.5 seconds left in the game, Daniel Hamilton rebounded his own miss and laid it in. He stole the inbounds pass from Reno and hit the go-ahead layup for the Blue.
Hamilton finished with 20 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists, the first triple-double of his professional career and the first of the season for Oklahoma City.
Reno led by as many as nine in the fourth, but OKC responded and took its first lead of the game, 105-103, on a layup from Kameron Woods with 1:24 left in the game.
“I am happy and proud of their resiliency and the fact that we are playing 48 minutes despite a tough start like we had tonight,” Head Coach Mark Daigneault said. “You always want your team to compete as long as there is time left on the clock and these wins are a testament to that.”
The Blue fell behind by 18 in the first quarter, but worked to cut the lead to 53-42 at halftime.
Oklahoma City began its comeback in the third quarter, when it outscored Reno, 33-25. The Blue came out of the half on a 13-2 run, behind eight points from Josh Huestis, including two three-pointers.
Huestis, on assignment from the Oklahoma City Thunder, scored 11 in the quarter, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds.
“I think [being in close games] is something that makes us better,” Huestis said. “To be able to have the mental focus and lock down and defend in crucial times; makes a team better. If you can grind out the win, I think that takes you a big step forward in your development.”
OKC finished with six players in double figures for the fourth time this season.
Up next, Oklahoma City faces the Rio Grande Valley Vipers on December 30 at 7p.m. in the Cox Convention Center.