Sydney had to come from seven points behind at three quarter-time against Melbourne but put in a tremendous last period to come away with the four-point victory largely due to the youth and size of Ogilvy and the experience, and pure skill of veteran James Harvey.
The win for the Kings ends the opening round of NBL action for the 2013/14 season that began back on Thursday night at Auckland's Vector Arena with the triple defending champion New Zealand Breakers beating the Wollongong Hawks 92-73.
Then the first game of the new season in Australia was at the Perth Arena on Friday night with the Perth Wildcats winning a thriller 83-80 over the Adelaide 36ers before the Cairns Taipans won a Reptile Rumble over the Crocs in Townsville on Saturday night 103-92.
Not only is it the opening round of the season, but also the first weekend of action of the new-look NBL after the league decided to make the bold step and break away from Basketball Australia in the off-season, and go off on their own.
The action on the court suggested that all eight teams will be competitive throughout the year with no doubt that New Zealand, Perth and Cairns look to be the genuine championship fancies with Adelaide not far behind given the Sixers just lost to the Wildcats without captain Adam Gibson and import Jarrid Frye on Friday.
Crowds were also impressive on the opening two nights with over 16,000 fans attending New Zealand's win over Wollongong, and Perth's win over Adelaide, but the Saturday and Sunday attendances were disappointing.
The Townsville Crocs only survived to play on this season in the league because of strong community support, but just 3265 turned out to open the new campaign against the traditional rivals in a Reptile Rumble.
Then in the opening game for Sydney and Melbourne in another clash of traditional rivals, only 4424 people showed up at the Kingdome on Sunday.
However, those fans that did come out in Sydney did see a see-sawing battle right from the start on Sunday between the Kings and Tigers.
The game was even early on until the Kings broke away in the second quarter to go into half-time leading 40-31.
However, Chris Anstey obviously said all the right things to his Melbourne players at the break and the Tigers came out an inspired outfit in the third quarter scoring 26 points to just 10 from Sydney and suddenly it was the visitors leading 57-50 heading into the final period.
Things took a complete turn in the fourth quarter, though, with Sydney inspired by some sharp-shooting from Harvey and inside presence from Ogilvy to outscore Melbourne 23-12 in the period to end up winning 73-69.
Neither team lit it up with their shooting, but Melbourne's 3-of-19 at just 16 per cent from three-point territory proved costly in the end.
Harvey top-scored for the Kings with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting from the field while Ogilvy contributed 14 points, 12 rebounds and five blocked shots in his professional basketball debut coming out of St Mary's University in the United States.
Tom Garlepp also had a strong game for Sydney with 13 points and six rebounds while Brad Hill added 13 points and nine boards.
Melbourne was without captain Tommy Greer and star shooting guard Chris Goulding with point guard Ayinde Ubaka having had only a week to acclimatise on his return to the Tigers after import Stephen Dennis ruptured his Achilles tendon on the eve of the season.
The Tigers still went close to pulling off the win in Sydney, though, with the returning Mark Worthington leading the way with 17 points and nine rebounds.
Nate Tomlinson also had 14 points, five assists and four boards for Melbourne with big man Scott Morrison impressing on debut with 13 points, 10 rebounds, five assists and two blocked shots.
NBL Round 2 begins next weekend with two games on Friday night with the Townsville Crocs hosting the New Zealand Breakers with the Perth Wildcats also playing the Sydney Kings at Perth Arena.
Then on Saturday night, the Adelaide 36ers take on the Wollongong Hawks in Adelaide while the Cairns Taipans host the Breakers coming off taking on the Crocs the night before.
Sunday's only match features the Melbourne Tigers playing the Perth Wildcats at The Cage.