The Stockton Kings are came into this game right off the flight from Toronto where they beat the Raptors 905 in a close game. Marial Shayok was back with the team but, Koumadje didn’t play due to an ankle injury which continues the stretch of low numbers for the Blue Coats.
The Blue Coats unlike the Sixers have struggled at home this season and thrived on the road.
Coach Johnson when asked about their struggles at home this season said “Overall, there isn’t one thing that really sticks out. I think we have had a couple rough ones especially to start the year, our first couple were ugly here but, I don’t know they say it’s hard to win on the road and we are having trouble winning at home compared to the road.”
The Stockton Kings are 4th in the western conference and have some offensive firepower with Isiah Cannon and Kyle Guy. This made the matchup of the 4th best offense vs. the 7th best defense an interesting focus for this game.
The first half the Blue Coats and Kings went back and forth in a high scoring fast paced half as it ended at 68-64. Justin Robinson and Marial Shayok combined for 30 points while Robert Franks and Kyle Guy combined half of the King’s 64 points.
The Kings came out hot going on a 16-2 run right out of the gates in the third quarter. This run included a technical from coach Connor Johnson for arguing a no call on the defensive end.
Brownridge caught fire late in the third quarter hitting three threes in the span of two minutes to pull the Kings lead to five.
By the time the 4th quarter rolled around it just seemed like the Blue Coats couldn’t get a rhythm going as every time they hit a bucket the Kings had an answer. There were some promising moments as back to back triples pulled the Blue Coats within ten with a little under five minutes to go.
A crucial moment came after this as Micheal Bryson took a huge charge as the momentum seemed to be shifting the Blue Coats way. Coach Ty Ellis used the Kings coach’s challenge on the charge call saying Micheal Bryson was in the restricted area. The Kings ended up winning the challenge which is rarely seen since the rule was implemented in the NBA and G-League this year. This put the Kings up 12 and put the momentum back on their side.
The Blue Coats had one last chance down 7 with 40 seconds left with Jared Brownridge on the line but, he missed both of his free throw attempts. Shayok ended the game with 25 points and Brownridge ended with 20.
Haywood Highsmith had some high praise for Brownridge saying “He’s the best shooter by far I’ve seen come into the G-league. He’s got a great release, quick shot, and can do a lot of different other things, gets to the rim, and he’s getting better on defense.”
This is the Blue Coat’s 10th home loss in 34 games as they look to bounce back against the Canton Charge February 21st in Wilmington.