Knight finished with 27 carries for 237 yards and three touchdown ending his high school career with 6,485 yards. Second seeded Smyrna (10-2) joined Newark as the only D-1 teams to win three straight football titles in state history. Newark won five in a row from 1997-2001.
HARRIS BLITZER SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT PARTNERS WITH THE BUCCINI/POLLIN GROUP ON STATE-OF-THE-ART 76ERS FIELDHOUSE IN WILMINGTON, DELAWARE
140,000-SQUARE-FOOT FACILITY TO SERVE AS HOME TO 76ERS NBA G LEAGUE TEAM IN 2018-19 76ERS FIELDHOUSE TO ALSO SERVE AS A BEACON FOR YOUTH SPORTS IN DELAWARE NEW FACILITY TO BENEFIT THOUSANDS OF UNDERSERVED YOUTH EACH YEAR THROUGH PROGRAMS LEVERAGING THE POWERFUL PLATFORM OF SPORTS
WILMINGTON, DEL. – Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment (HBSE) on November 29th announced a partnership with The Buccini/Pollin Group (BPG) to establish the 76ers Fieldhouse, a state-of-the-art, 140,000-square-foot, multi-purpose sports complex and youth training center in Wilmington. The facility will be developed by The Buccini/Pollin Group on an 8.9-acre parcel of land off U.S. Route 13 and Garasches Lane.
Set to open in the fourth quarter of 2018, 76ers Fieldhouse will serve as home to the Philadelphia 76ers’ NBA G League affiliate team beginning with the 2018-19 season. The 76ers NBA G League affiliate team – which will be rebranded next year, pending league approval – will play its home games at 76ers Fieldhouse, configured to host approximately 2,500 fans per game.
Boasting three full-size professional basketball courts, two indoor turf soccer fields, a world-class sports performance and athletic training area, as well as retail and office space, this dynamic new facility will also serve as a beacon for youth sports in Delaware.
76ers Fieldhouse establishes a first-class destination for thousands of hours of youth basketball, soccer, volleyball, and other sport competitions and athletic training sessions each year. Additionally, this privately-funded facility will feature programming designed to benefit thousands of underserved youth annually by leveraging the powerful platform of sports. These programs will be centered around physical fitness, nutrition and wellness, in addition to basketball skills training and development.
BPG, whose assets have a value in excess of $4 billion, including 40 hotels, six million square feet of office and retail space, 10 major residential communities, and multiple entertainment venues, including Talen Energy Stadium, home of the Philadelphia Union, will lead the development and construction of the new facility. Meanwhile, the 76ers will leverage its sales and sponsorship expertise to secure unique partnerships for 76ers Fieldhouse, including naming rights partners.
A formal groundbreaking ceremony for 76ers Fieldhouse is being planned for the first quarter of 2018, with a season ticket deposit campaign for the NBA G League team also set to begin at the start of the new year.
Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki:
“We are proud to welcome the 76ers and their NBA G League team to the City of Wilmington. The new sports facility will be among the finest in the country for a city our size. This Fieldhouse, larger than the Chase Center, will be an outstanding venue for the Delaware sports-hungry public.
“This also answers our residents’ call for healthy options for our kids. Wilmington’s children will be primary beneficiaries of the many levels of programming provided by this magnificent facility. Our gratitude to Buccini/Pollin and the 76ers organization for placing their faith in our great city.”
Chris Heck, Philadelphia 76ers President of Business Operations:
“The Philadelphia 76ers are truly the Delaware Valley’s team, and we’re fortunate to have an incredible fanbase across Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. We are thrilled to partner with BPG on 76ers Fieldhouse in Delaware to serve as home to both our NBA G League team and hundreds of youth teams and athletes each year. We’ve set out to create a facility in a city on the rise like Wilmington for our NBA G League team that furthers the 76ers’ commitment to being leaders in sports performance and athlete care.
“We’re fortunate to partner with a group as respected and accomplished as BPG to reach this goal, while also bringing these amenities to youth teams and athletes in this area. With the support of Delaware Governor John Carney, Wilmington Mayor Michael Purzycki and our fans across the state, we’re excited to further demonstrate our commitment to Delaware by launching 76ers Fieldhouse.”
Rob Buccini, The Buccini/Polin Group:
“I am gratified by the Sixers decision to be part of this transformative project for Wilmington. Their confidence and commitment affirms that Wilmington continues to move in the right direction.
“In addition to providing sports, training and health services for youth in our City and throughout the region, the facility will be a significant economic generator. With the addition of tournaments and associated visitors, 76ers Fieldhouse will positively impact the local economy.”
Malcolm Turner, NBA G League President:
“I’m thrilled to congratulate the Philadelphia 76ers organization and HBSE on what is sure to be a best-in-class NBA G League facility. It’s wonderful to see the 76ers invest not only in the continued development of young players, but also in the Delaware community through this innovative, multi-use building. I can’t wait to watch the team in action there for the 2018-19 season!”
Delaware turned its defensive intensity up a notch
Head Coach Eugene Burroughs was adamant before the game that his team’s biggest focus was defense. Burroughs relayed the idea that if the Sevens’ defense was up to snuff, the rest would take care of itself. He was spot on with his assessment. The 87ers played a ferocious brand of basketball from the jump, closing out on three-point shooters and hounding would-be drivers. Nothing came easy for the Suns tonight. Northern Arizona entered the game tops in the G League with an average of 15 makes from distance per game, but Delaware held the Suns to just 7-26 from beyond the arc. Northern Arizona also committed 20 turnovers and had only 14 assists on 35 made baskets.
Darin Johnson made the most of his court time
It’s a long road from G League draft pick to G League rotation player, but Darin Johnson is traveling it with aplomb. He’s slowly but surely upped his productivity as his opportunity to play has expanded and tonight was his best game as a pro. Johnson spent his 18 minutes racking up 13 points, four rebounds and a steal. He shot 6-9 from the field, had a highlight-reel dunk and played annoying defense throughout. Look for Johnson to remain a permanent fixture in the Sevens’ rotation if he keeps this up.
This was going to be a close game and Delaware made plays when it counted
Northern Arizona came into the game 3-5. The Suns three wins were by a combined 15 points, while their five losses were by a total of 14 points. Additionally, the team hadn’t played in a game where the margin of victory was greater than nine. The Sevens have had their share of late-game struggles in the past, but the team took a step forward this evening. Delaware won the fourth quarter 29-24, got big shots down the stretch from the likes of Devin Robinson, Furkan Korkmaz, Christian Wood and Jacob Pullen and maintained the same level of intensity on defense that it had early in the game. This was truly a team win.
SMYRNA – The teams that started the season ranked 1-2 in Division I football will finish that way.
The exact order will be determined next week. But Smyrna ensured the final pairing would be the one most fans expected with a 48-8 victory over Hodgson in the semifinals of the DIAA Division I playoffs on Saturday night at Charles V. Williams Stadium.
Second-seeded Smyrna (9-2) won its ninth straight game and will take on top-seeded Middletown in a bid for its third consecutive championship at 1 p.m. next Saturday at Delaware Stadium. Third-seeded Hodgson finished its impressive first season in D-I at 9-3.
Eagles running back Will Knight rushed 19 times for 151 yards and three touchdowns, and made some history in the process. Knight’s final scoring run, a 46-yard romp down the sideline with 7:52 remaining, moved the superb senior past Laurel’s Chris Jones as Delaware’s all-time leading rusher.
Jones rushed for 6,201 yards from 2008-11. Knight’s burst unofficially pushed his career total to 6,240.
GREENVILLE — Te’Shawn Dennard paused, thought for a second and just started giggling for a brief moment.
He couldn’t explain this.
Dennard scored eight touchdowns as the eight-seeded Delmar High Wildcats downed No. 2 seed A.I. du Pont 56-21 in the semifinals of the Division II DIAA state football tournament on Friday night. The Wildcats are back in the state championship game for the first time since 2009.
Dennard said it didn’t even feel like he scored eight touchdowns.
“Honestly no, we got close to the end zone and I was there,” Dennard said. “My teammates helped me get close to the end zone. It was easy to get inside. I don’t know what to say.”
The state championship will be on Saturday, Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m. at Delaware Stadium in Newark on the University of Delaware’s campus. The Wildcats will face the winner of today’s Milford-Wilmington Friends matchup.
The Windy City Bulls the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, hung on and grabbed their first road win of the season with a 112-110 win over the Delaware 87ers who opens the season at 0-5.
Balance was the name of game as all eight players who saw action in Wednesday’s contest scored in double figures, which ties a franchise record. Diamond Stone paced the Bulls with a team-high 25 points (11-14 FG), six rebounds and two steals. Jaylen Johnson (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyler Harris (11 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles. Jarell Eddie scored 16, while Jon Octeus and Brandon Wood combined for 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench.
The first 12 minutes were not kind to Windy City as they fell behind early when Delaware opened the game on a 19-4 run making six of their first nine three-point shots in the first five minutes. Conversely, the Bulls would struggle shooting 2-of-8 from the field in that time span. The 87ers would enjoy a double-digit lead for the majority of the first quarter and would lead by 35-23 at the end of the first stanza.
Without the services of Emeka Okafor who missed the game with an illness, the 87ers had six players in double figures including three players with 20 or more points. Jacob Pullen poured in a game-high 26 points and added three rebounds and two assists. Newly acquired Christian Wood made an immediate impact registering a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) and James Michael McAdoo pitched in with 20 points and eight rebounds.
The Sevens continued to hold a double-figure lead, but the Bulls found consistency halfway through the second quarter and Windy City would end the half on a 12-3 run to cut a 15-point deficit down to one. The momentum carried into the second half as the Bulls sprinted out to a five-point lead within the first five minutes of the third quarter. Aided by a 34-point quarter, the Bulls would take a double-digit lead into the final 12 minutes.
The 87ers would make things interesting despite trailing by 13 early in the fourth quarter. Led by Christian Wood who scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth, Delaware would battle back and cut the lead to one, 106-105 with just over 90 seconds to play.
However, Ryan Arcidiacono would answer right back with a three-point shot to extend the lead to four. With 12.9 seconds remaining and the ball, the 87ers had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Jon Octeus came up with a steal on the inbounds, to help seal the win in the first game of a five-game road trip for the Bulls.
The Westchester Knicks (3-0), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, finished its first road trip of the 2017-18 season with a dominating 117-90 win over the Delaware 87ers (0-3), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate. Westchester heads into Friday’s home opener in Westchester undefeated.
Knicks affiliate Nigel Hayes dropped a game-high 37 points in the contest, narrowly missing a double-double with nine rebounds and four assists. Knicks affiliate Trey Burke followed up his record-breaking 43-point performance in last night’s win with 19 points, eight assists, and four rebounds and steals. Fellow affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes also had 19 points, adding four each of rebounds, assists, and steals. Two-Way player Luke Kornet contributed 14 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks, while his counterpart Isaiah Hicks notched his second double-double in a row with 10 points and 12 rebounds to go with two steals and a block.
Delaware had four Two-Way players on hand; two from Philadelphia and two from Washington. 76ers Two-Way player Jacob Pullen paced the Sevens with 18 points, four assists, and two steals while Emeka Okafor completed a double-double of 17 points and 11 rebounds. Wizards Two-Way player Mike Young came off the bench for 11 points and four rebounds, his Washington teammate Devin Robinson adding six points in eight minutes.
The Knicks commanded the first quarter from the beginning, jumping out to a 12-0 start. The Sevens, struggling to find its shots, added insult to injury with seven turnovers in the first twelve minutes to the tune of 12 points. Though the home team managed just 14 points in the first, Delaware fared better in the latter part of the half with 26 second quarter points while holding Westchester to 24. Still, heavy damage was done, and the Knicks held a 22-point lead heading into the locker room.
Down but not out, Delaware held it down in the third quarter with a 33-point showing, but Westchester answered back with 31 of its own. Unfortunately for the home team, its final quarter looked much like the first, and the Knicks ran up as much as a 32 point lead with Nigel Hayes combining for 19 points in the second half. The 117-90 final score in the under two-hour game put Westchester at 3-0 on the season while leaving Delaware winless.
NEWARK, Delaware — The Westchester Knicks (2-0) emerged as the victors tonight in a hot and cold game with the Delaware 87ers (0-2), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate. Down by as many as 16 points, the Knicks came back in a thrilling finish to win it all 113-111.
Knicks affiliate player Trey Burke set a new franchise record for Westchester with a game-high 43 points, adding on six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Fellow affiliate Nigel Hayes knocked in 22 points, notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks also recorded a double-double, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and an added two blocks. Luke Kornet, the Knicks’ second Two-Way player, contributed 13 points and seven rebounds while Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes supplied 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Sixers Two-Way player Jacob Pullen led the Sevens with 24 points, four assists, and three rebounds; his Two-Way counterpart contributing 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Fellow starter Furkan Korkmaz was just short of a double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. Mike Young and Devin Robinson came off the bench with double-digits, Young with 19 and Robinson with 10.
The teams were slow to start, with neither side breaking double-digit scoring until 6:50 through the first quarter. Only able to muster 17 points in the first twelve minutes, Westchester found itself down by 13 early in the second. Luckily for the visitors, Burke’s hot shooting picked up with the guard scoring 16 points in the second quarter alone. At the half, the Sevens’ lead was diminished, with the Knicks ahead by two.
The third quarter looked much like the first, as Delaware regained its commanding lead by outscoring the Knicks 34-18. Down 14 points heading into the final quarter, Westchester used a 19-5 run to make a game of it once again. Tying it up 100-100 with 4:33 on the clock, the Knicks then faltered as the Sevens regained a quick six points. In a thrilling finish though, Westchester would come out victorious, the final score 113-111.
Having secured the coveted conference prize Sunday, Delaware positioned itself to pursue its sport’s most treasured trophy.
Considering the Blue Hens have actually been there and done that, they’ll again enter the NCAA Field Hockey Tournament with a “Why not us?” attitude in their quest for another championship.
It worked a year ago, when they were surprise NCAA champs after finishing the regular season ranked No. 8 nationally. Delaware just so happens to be ranked No. 8 again, though the final Top 25 comes out Tuesday.