Ontario, CA—The Agua Caliente Clippers used 35 points from C.J. Williams to snap a three-game losing streak at home on Tuesday night, beating the Oklahoma City Blue, 109-107. With the win, the Clippers improve to 21-27 overall and are 3-0 over Oklahoma City.
The two teams swapped leads in the opening minutes of the game until the Blue went on an 8-2 run to go up by seven points. The Clippers responded with a 10-0 run of their own to take the lead briefly, but Oklahoma City answered with another run to regain control. Williams finished the quarter with 12 points to keep the Blue’s lead at just five heading into the second. The Blue extended their lead to as many as 12, but Tyler Roberson scored eight in the quarter and LaDontae Henton beat the buzzer with a three to put the Clippers within nine at the half.
The Blue came out hot in the third, going up by as many as 17 points, the Clippers, however, refused to away easily, and Henton hit again from deep at the buzzer to cut the lead to 11 heading into the final frame.
It would be Williams who would ultimately cause the Blue’s demise in the fourth, as he hit five threes and went for 17 points to lead the comeback. The Clippers trailed by 14 with just over 11 minutes to play, but Agua Caliente kept fighting and chipped away at the deficit. A three from Williams put them within four and forced Oklahoma City to call a timeout, and from there, the Clippers outscored the Blue, 17-11. Tim Quarterman finished a three-point play to give the Clippers a one point lead, and Henton hit a free throw for insurance with ten seconds left to complete the comeback.
Williams season-high 35 points led all scorers and his nine three pointers were good for a career-high night. Quarterman recorded a season-high 18 points to go with a season-high 11 assists. Seven of Quarterman’s points came in the fourth quarter to help keep the lead within reach for ACC. Roberson added 13 points, while DeAndre Daniels had 11 points and 8 rebounds. Henton led the Clippers bench with 13 points and Ike Iroegbu added 10 to round out the scoring effort.
“The comeback came with our defense,” said Williams. “We picked up the energy defensively and that turned us into a transition team and that’s when we’re at our best. When we did get into our half court sets, we did a great job of executing each play.”
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