RECAP – MLS 2017 – Apr 14 – New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0


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Jack Harrison’s 51st minute goal from a Ronald Matarrita assist and one of the best goals MLS has ever seen from David Villa gave New York City FC their first away win of the 2017 MLS Regular Season at Philadelphia Union’s Talen Energy Stadium.

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) attempts to make the save in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) was credited with goal in 52:00 minute. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Midfielder JACK HARRISON (11) celebrates with teammates after scoring in the 52nd minute of the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By: Saquan Stimpson

 

David Villa produced one of the best goals of his entire career, shooting from 53.5 yards out, volleying over Blake into the net to deservedly earn his team their third win of the campaign in jaw-dropping style.

GOLAZO: David Villa scores an incredible goal from 50 yards away

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) kicks the ball 60 plus yards for the score in 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

MLS 2017 - Apr 14 - New York City FC defeated Philadelphia Union 2-0

Philadelphia Union Keeper ANDRE BLAKE (1) looks at the ball in disbelief after New York City FC Attacker DAVID VILLA (7) scored in the 90th minute in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and New York City FC Friday, Apr. 17, 2016 at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Man of the Match…

Jack Harrison

The winger always looked like the most likely source of a goal to break the deadlock and he delivered it in fine style with a crashing finish under Blake after a clever run around the back of the Philadelphia defense.

It wasn’t just his goal which caught the eye on the night – he was a constant menace to the Union backline, slaloming through challenges and exchanging passes with teammates throughout the contest.

What’s Next?

NYCFC return to Yankee Stadium on Sunday, April 23, 2017, where they will take on Orlando City at 1.30pm at YANKEE STADIUM

Broadcast: FS1, WFAN (Online), WQBU

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SMITH 45 PTS; 87ERS TWO GAMES BACK OF PLAYOFF BIRTH


87ers Top Swarm To Keep Playoff Hopes Alive

NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (26-22) topped the Greensboro Swarm (18-31) 123-114 in a must-win game that keeps the 87ers playoff hopes alive. Russ Smith led the way with a season-high 43 points as the Sevens topped the Swarm for the third time in four meetings this season.The game began as a battle of starting point guards, with Delaware’s Russ Smith and Greensboro’s Cat Barber trading blows in the early part of the first. Smith put up 10 of the Sevens’ first 12 points, while former 87er Barber scored 11 of the Swarm’s first 13 points. The first quarter stayed close and became a high-scoring affair, ending with the 87ers holding a 36-30 lead.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) dribbles the ball down the floor in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens controlled the beginning of the second quarter, leaping out to a 41-32 lead before allowing an 8-0 run from the Swarm. The game was tied at 47 at the midway point of the second, but Delaware outscored Greensboro 18-8 the rest of the frame to take a 65-55 lead into the locker room. Russ Smith had 25 at halftime to lead all scorers.

It didn’t take long for Russ Smith to reach the 30-point plateau. He scored the Sevens’ first five points of the third quarter within a minute to hit the mark. Delaware maintained its lead throughout the period, but Greensboro cut into their deficit by three across the third to make the score heading into the final quarter 91-84 in favor of Delaware.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Greensboro Swarm Guard Cat Barber (7) drives to the basket for the easy lay-up in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Greensboro scored the fourth’s first basket to bring them to within five points, but the 87ers responded with a 10-0 run to give themselves a bit of a cushion. Though the Swarm continued to make things interesting, Delaware kept them at bay. When the score was 102-95, Russ Smith ripped off eight unanswered to give the Sevens a 15-point lead. Greensboro proved a tough out, but Devondrick Walker’s three-ball with 18.8 seconds left iced the affair and gave Delaware a 123-114 win.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (0) drives towards the basket as Greensboro Swarm Guard Rasheed Sulaimon (0) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 87ers had five players finish in double figures. Russ Smith (43), Shane Edwards (18), Walker (13), Roscoe Smith (12) and Terrence Jennings (11) made up the group. Barber had 23 for Greensboro, which was led in scoring by former Kansas standout Perry Ellis, who dropped 25.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 29 - Delaware 87ers defeated Greensboro Swarm 123-114

Greensboro Swarm Forward Perry Ellis (34) drives to the basket in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Greensboro Swarm (Charlotte Hornets) Wednesday, March 29, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Though the Sevens are alive in the playoff race, they have zero margin for error. They are two games back of the final playoff spot and must win their next two games and have fourth-place Maine lose its final two contests. The 87ers hold the tiebreakers with the Red Claws, who have lost three straight and finish the year with a road back-to-back.

Former VP Joe Biden Attends 87ers Game


Bulls’ Balance Too Much For Sevens

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (25-22) fell to the Windy City Bulls (22-25) 110-99 on Beau Biden Foundation Night. This was a well-contested, back and forth game, but when the Bulls took a 46-44 lead with 6:57 to go in the second quarter they never let go of their advantage. The Sevens and Bulls tied the season series 2-2.

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game

Former VP JOE BIDEN salutes the crowd during Half time of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The game had a similar feel to the Reno and Long Island affairs earlier in the week. In those two games, Delaware got timely buckets whenever their opponent got close. Tonight, the tables were turned when it became clear the Bulls had an answer for every Sevens push.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) looks to take a shoot in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Aaron Harrison led the way for Delaware with 32 points. He hit five three-pointers and also added eight rebounds. He was one of four 87ers in double figures, with Nate Robinson (23), Roscoe Smith (13) and Russ Smith (11) rounding out the group.

In a cruel twist of fate, Fort Wayne lost to Grand Rapids by two. Had the Sevens won, they would have moved to within 1.5 games of the Mad Ants for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. As it stands, Delaware is still 2.5 games back of Fort Wayne. The 87ers have three games left, while the Mad Ants have two contests remaining.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) drives his shoulder in the chest of Windy City Bulls Forward THOMAS WALKUP (0) in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Windy City had an astounding eight players finish in double figures. The Bulls only had nine guys see the court, making the feat all the more impressive. Former 87er David Laury III was a high man for Windy City, pacing the club with 17 points. He was traded to the Bulls on March 2.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - MAR 25 - Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

Windy City Bulls Forward DAVID LAURY III (22) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Saturday, March 25, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

 

GALLERY: NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – MAR 25 – Windy City Bulls defeated Delaware 87ers 110-99

 

Cape boys’ lax opens season with 16-6 win over Dover


The Cape boys’ lacrosse team opened the season March 22 with a 16-6 victory at Dover.

Jaycob Trimmer and Erik Stancofski each had a hat trick with three goals, while Luke D’Ambrogi and Robbie Neall were the other multiple-goal performers each with two goals. Patrick Monigle, Ethan Ghabra, Devin Bennett, Dillon Mocci, Liam Zolper and Adem Tekman each scored a single goal.

HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE 2017 - MAR 22 - Cape Henlopen defeated Dover Senators 16-6

Cape Henlopen Vikings Attacker Gregory Boyce (15) advances the ball in the first half of an DIAA regular season boys’ lacrosse game between Cape Henlopen and the Dover Senators Wed, Mar. 22, 2017 at Dover High School in Dover, DEL

Brendan Kane started in goal and was replaced late in the game by Sean Griffith.

Cape’s scheduled Friday night home game versus Parkside (Md.) has been canceled due to a scheduling snafu on the Rams’ side.

HIGH SCHOOL LACROSSE 2017 - MAR 22 - Cape Henlopen defeated Dover Senators 16-6

Dover Senators Keeper Kyle Potter (7) makes a save during the first half of an DIAA regular season boys’ lacrosse game between Cape Henlopen and the Dover Senators Wed, Mar. 22, 2017 at Dover High School in Dover, DEL

The boys’ team next hosts Sussex Central Wednesday, March 29, then Worcester Prep (Md.) Friday, March 31.

The Vikings will travel by ferry Monday, April 3, to play Ocean City (N.J.) High School.

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Sixers sign Shawn Long to multi-year deal.


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives to basket in second first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

The 76ers signed Shawn Long to a partially guaranteed, multiyear deal on Thursday morning, confirming a Philly.com report.

The contract is guaranteed for the remainder of the season. Long will have two seasons remaining in his deal.

 

The final day of the rookie’s 10-day contract with the Sixers was Wednesday. Long averaged 4.8 points, 3.3 rebounds and 7.8 minutes in four games.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - JAN 30 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 116-105

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Grand Rapids Drive Forward HENRY ELLENSON (8) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Monday, Jan. 30, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Saquan Stimpson

 

The 6-foot-9, 255-pounder finished with 13 points and seven rebounds in 15 minutes in his debut against the Milwaukee Bucks on March 6. Then he played only one second against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday before not seeing any action against the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday.

Long scored six points on 2-for-3 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in 12 minutes Sunday against the Lakers. He didn’t score a point and attempted one field goal in four minutes against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday.

Source: Keith Pompey | phillynews.com

 

 

SEVENS TO WELCOME VICE PRESIDENT BIDEN FOR BEAU BIDEN FOUNDATION NIGHT ON MARCH 25


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WILMINGTON, DE – MARCH 17, 2017, – The Delaware 87ers today announced the team will host Beau Biden Foundation Night on Saturday, March 25 when the Sevens host the Windy City Bulls at 7:00 p.m. Former Vice President of the United States Joe Biden is scheduled to be in attendance as the two organizations look to raise awareness for the Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children.
Vice President Biden is scheduled to address the crowd during a special halftime ceremony.
Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased at SEVENS.COM, by calling 302-504-7587 or by visiting the Bob Carpenter Center box office. Admission starts at just $14 and portions of all sales will be donated to the Beau Biden Foundation. Sevens players will also wear custom Beau Biden Foundation uniforms designed by Unique Image, available to fans in a silent auction to benefit the organization.
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“The 87ers organization is excited to partner with the Beau Biden Foundation, which stands for a cause that deserves so much attention and support from our community,” said Sevens President Larry Meli. “We are thrilled to use our platform to help disseminate the Foundation’s message and we look forward to welcoming the Biden family to join our fans for a fantastic evening of philanthropy and basketball.”
“We’re thrilled to be able to engage with so many families through our partnership with the Sevens,” said Patty Dailey Lewis, Executive Director of the Beau Biden Foundation. “The Child ID Kits we will be making at the game are an important resource for parents, and a critical part of our mission to shine a bright light on child sexual abuse.”
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children continues Beau Biden’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect. The Foundation works to end child sexual abuse by effectively educating adults and children, developing the next generation of child welfare professionals and strengthening child protection laws around the country.
The game on Beau Biden Foundation Night on March 25 is also scheduled to be broadcast live on The Comcast Network (TCN) and Facebook Live beginning at 7:00 p.m. Please visit SEVENS.COM for more information.
 
ABOUT THE BEAU BIDEN FOUNDATION:
The Beau Biden Foundation for the Protection of Children was established in June 2015 as an operating non-profit to continue Beau Biden’s commitment to protecting the most vulnerable among us, especially children who have fallen victim to abuse and neglect. We believe that no child should be threatened by a predator – either an adult or a peer.  We believe that child abuse can be prevented through effectively educating adults and children, developing the next generation of child welfare professionals and strengthening child protection laws around the country. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.beaubidenfoundation.org. Follow the Beau Biden Foundation on Facebook (facebook.com/BeauBidenFdn) and Twitter (@BeauBidenFdn).

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS 2017 – Feb 17 – Spring Ford High School defeats Avon Grove 59-54


ROYERSFORD >> Not pretty and it didn’t need to be. 

For advancing is the only necessity in the district playoffs. 

Spring-Ford, led by a quartet of players that scored in double figures, shook off its first-half rust to dispatch No. 24 Avon Grove 59-54 in the opening round of the District 1 Class 6A boys basketball playoffs Friday night at Spring-Ford. 

“This time of the year, any time you get a win it’s a good thing,” Spring-Ford head coach Chris Talley said. “We kind of expected to start off slow with a hangover from the (PAC) championship game and having an inservice day. We battled, we made it ugly and we grinded it out.”

HIGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL PLAYOFFS 2017 Playoffs - Feb 17 - Spring-Ford High School defeats Avon Grove 59-54

Avon Grove Junior Guard Jordan Brown (23) fouled out of the game early in the fourth period during a District 1-6A opening round post season basketball game between Avon Grove and Spring-Ford High School Friday. Feb. 17, 2017 at Spring-Ford High School Royersford in Pennsylvania. Avon Grove hadn’t made the playoffs in nine years but fell 59-54 to Spring-Ford High School. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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Father honored for rescuing his eldest teenage son from drowning off the Virginia coast in September 2015


Michael J. Manley was posthumously awarded the Carnegie Medal on Saturday before family and friends, celebrating the life of a man deemed a “humble hero.”

Honoring individuals who risked their lives to save another, the hero fund commission recognizes civilians whose heroic acts are not required as an on-the-job responsibility such as a firefighter or police officer. Manley was announced as an honoree last September after rescuing his elder teenage son, Andrew Short, from drowning off a Virginia coast in 2015.

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Michael J. Manley son Andrew Short (18) holds the Carnegie Award presented by The Carnegie Hero Fund Commission Saturday, Feb. 18, 2017, at North Quarter Creole in Wilmington, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

At the North Quarter Creole in Wilmington, Eric P. Zahren, executive director of the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission, presented Manley’s girlfriend of more than 10 years, Amy Jo Fosdick, and their 5-year-old son, Michael Manley Jr., with the medal honoring his heroic actions on Sept. 27, 2015.

“Heroes are very humble people,” Zahren said before the ceremony. “I know Michael is with us here today and is probably saying he doesn’t deserve all of this and what he did wasn’t heroic and downplay it … but I tell everybody that I come in contact with, certainly in regard to the commission’s work, do it anyway. It’s important.

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NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – FEB 14 – Delaware 87ers defeated Maine Red Claws 123-101


WEBB III SHOWS NO LOVE TO RED CLAWS, DROPS 40 ON MAINE
NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (18-16) romped into the All-Star break on the back of their second consecutive strong performance against a playoff team, demolishing the Maine Red Claws (22-14) 123-101 on Tuesday night at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3) drives towards the basket in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens outscored the Red Claws 70-43 in the second half after trailing 58-53 at intermission. The third quarter was one of the finest 12-minute stretches of basketball Delaware has put together this year; the team outpaced Maine 40-15 in the period to put the game away for good.
James Webb III dropped a season-high 40 points and added 13 rebounds. Shawn Long and Carlos Lopez also had double-doubles, with Long going for 24 and 16 and Lopez chipping in with 12 and 10. It was Long’s 20th double-double of the season and Lopez’s first. But Webb III was the star tonight.
“You know what, it’s funny, the other day they were joking in practice that he didn’t shoot the ball great doing spot-shooting, but he still shot probably 60 percent,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “In his mind, he was probably like ‘I didn’t shoot seven out of 10 for every spot’ and Coach Martelli told him he was going to make seven today and he made nine. So, he had a great day. He was feeling it.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) listens to Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS during a time out in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Lopez’s double-double came in just 20 minutes off the bench. He also added two assists and continues to show superior passing skills for a big man.
“He’s been playing great; he plays with a motor,” Burroughs said. “He sets screens. He’s probably the most unselfish guy on our team and when he’s active and moving the basketball and setting screens for guys, with our team, it really helps us.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) shoots a three pointer in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Nate Robinson, the NBA veteran who has been playing professional basketball since 2005, had just three points on 1-8 shooting in his Sevens debut. Still, the three-time Slam Dunk champion showed flashes of his old self and managed to distribute the ball well, picking up three assists despite only having one practice with Delaware under his belt.
“I thought he played well,” Burroughs said. “For a veteran guy like that, you could see the pace that he plays with. Under control, he was great in pick-and-roll. He didn’t make some shots today, but you could tell once he gets a little more familiar and get his legs under him, he’s going to make those plays and he’s going to help our team.”
Robinson’s veteran leadership was evident as well. He used his time on the bench to mentor the younger players.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 14 - Delaware 87ers Vs Maine Red Claws

Delaware 87ers Guard NATE ROBINSON (1) and Maine Red Claws Forward DALLAS LAUDERDALE (52) go after the ball in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws ( Boston Celtics) Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“Just energy. Just get the guys playing,” Robinson said. “I tried to explain to them during a couple timeouts that, the second unit, we just have to come in and provide energy – regardless of if we make mistakes, if we make shots or don’t. We just have to play with energy, because the ball is going to find energy.”
The Sevens’ next game is next Wednesday, Feb. 22 at home against the Canton Charge, a team against which the 87ers are fighting for a playoff spot. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Bob Carpenter Center.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – FEB 11 – Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wayne Mad Ants 100-92


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (17-16) picked up a hard-fought, much-needed win over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (19-11) by the final score of 100-92. The win was Delaware’s first over the Mad Ants this season and featured 11 steals from the 87ers, as well as some of the best defense the Sevens have played all year long.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives to basket in second first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I thought we had a great effort,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “We talked about, you know, as a team we have to defend, because we’ll always score. But, can we get stops? And when we don’t get stops, we struggle, and today’s game I thought we did a great job defensively. We had some scrappy plays, which was great for us because a lot of times we are on the losing end of those scrappy plays and tonight we weren’t.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers Vs Fort Wanye Mad Ants

Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS draws up a play during a time out in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

This one was tight throughout, with the two squads tied at 22-22 after one, Fort Wayne ahead by five at halftime and Delaware leading by one heading into the fourth quarter. The Sevens held the Mad Ants to just 17 points in the final frame and, coupled with a solid 24 points of their own in the final 12 minutes, eked out a crucial eight-point victory.
“I think the group on the floor did a great job just sharing the basketball,” Burroughs said. “I don’t think one guy tried to take over the game and the ball moved, and when the ball moves they’re good enough players to make basketball plays, and we made shots during that time period.”
The leading scorer for Delaware in this one was relative newcomer Aaron Harrison. The Kentucky product poured in 19 points in 31 minutes off the bench. Harrison has now scored at least 10 points in three of his four outings with the Sevens.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers Vs Fort Wanye Mad Ants

Delaware 87ers Guard AARON HARRISON (15) handles the ball in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I thought he felt very comfortable today,” Burroughs said. “Aaron has only played a few games with us. We’ve had limited practices, so he’s kind of learning on the fly, and today I felt he felt a little more comfortable, you know, in the offensive schemes and defensively.”
Delaware couldn’t have asked for a performance like this at a better time. The Sevens came into the tilt having lost six of their past seven games, while red-hot Fort Wayne had won four of their previous five before Saturday night.
Three 87ers aside from Harrison finished in double figures, with Washington Wizards assignee Danuel House ending with 12 and Russ Smith and Shawn Long notching 16 points apiece. Fort Wayne had five players above 10 points, led by Stephan Hicks and his game-high 22 points.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - FEB 11 - Delaware 87ers defeats Fort Wanye Mad Ants 100-92

Washington Wizards assignee Danuel House (99) passes the ball while driving to the basket in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens are back home on Valentine’s Day to take on the Maine Red Claws at 7 p.m. ET at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. It is the fourth game in a five-contest home stand. Delaware is 1-2 against Maine this year.