DIAA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS 2017 – NOV 25 – FINAL: #2 Smyrna Eagles DEFEATED #3 Hodgson SilverEagles 48-8


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.

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Smyrna Eagles running back WILLIAM KNIGHT (25) rushes for a touchdown in the second quarter of a DIAA Division I football playoff semifinal game between the Smyrna Eagles and Hodgson SilverEagles, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

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Smyrna Eagles running back WILLIAM KNIGHT (25) celebrates with a family member after breaking Laurel’s Chris Jones all-time rushing record in the fourth quarter of a DIAA Division I football playoff semifinal game between the Smyrna Eagles and Hodgson SilverEagles passing Laurel’s Chris Jones as Delaware’s all-time leading rusher with 6,240 yards, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

DIAA HS FOOTBALL PLAYOFFS 2017 - NOV 25 - Smyrna Eagles Vs Hodgson SilverEagles

Smyrna Eagles running back WILLIAM KNIGHT (25) celebrates with a family member after breaking Laurel’s Chris Jones all-time rushing record in the fourth quarter of a DIAA Division I football playoff semifinal game between the Smyrna Eagles and Hodgson SilverEagles passing Laurel’s Chris Jones as Delaware’s all-time leading rusher with 6,240 yards, Saturday, Nov. 25, 2017 at Smyrna High School in Smyrna, DE. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Jones rushed for 6,201 yards from 2008-11. Knight’s burst unofficially pushed his career total to 6,240.

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NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – NOV 07 – Westchester Knicks defeated Delaware 87ers 117-90


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.

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Westchester Knicks Guard TREY BURKE (23) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Guard JULIAN JACOBS (4) defends in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

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Westchester Knicks Forward NIGEL HAYES (20) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO (14) defends in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 07 - Westchester Knicks  defeated Delaware 87ers 117-90

Delaware 87ers Forward EMEKA OKAFOR (50) drives towards the basket as Westchester Knicks Center LUKE KORNET (21) defends in the first half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) Tuesday, Nov. 07, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

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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.

 

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NCAA FIELD HOCKEY – 2017 – NOV 05 – Delaware shuts out William and Mary 3-0 in CAA Championship


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Delaware Forward GRETA NAUCK (21) advances the ball down field in the second half of a CAA field hockey Finals game Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017, at Rullo Stadium on the campus of The University of Delaware in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

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The University of Delaware Field Hockey Team celebrates there fifth consecutive CAA Championship after defeating William and Mary 3-0 Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017, at Rullo Stadium on the campus of The University of Delaware in Newark. Clinching the CAA’s automatic bid into the NCAA Tournament, the Blue Hens will learn their destination and opponent this evening as part of the NCAA Selection Show at 10 p.m. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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.

Senior Emmeline Oltmans logged her 10th career complete game shutout and finished the contest with two saves while sophomore defender Sarah Horgan notched a defensive save.

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Delaware Goal Keeper EMMELINE OLTMANS (22) makes a diving save in the box in the second half of a CAA field hockey Finals game Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017, at Rullo Stadium on the campus of The University of Delaware in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Knotted 0-0 at halftime, senior Taylor Lister scored just 27 seconds into the second half to put UD (15-4) ahead before junior Greta Nauckposted her ninth multi-goal game of the season with tallies in the 54th and 58th minutes.
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Delaware Forward TAYLOR LISTER (2) scores off an assist from Midfielder FEMKE STRIEN (18) as William and Mary Midfielder BOOTER ELLIS (20) defends in the box in the second half of a CAA field hockey Finals game Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017, at Rullo Stadium on the campus of The University of Delaware in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Lister finished the game with three points after dishing out an assist on Nauck’s first goal while freshman Lotte de Koning and redshirt senior Kayla Devlin  also collected assists for the Hens.
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The University of Delaware Field Hockey Coach Rolf VAN DE KERKHOF receives a gift commemorating his 100 win while celebrating his team fifth consecutive CAA Championship after defeating William and Mary 3-0 Sunday, Nov. 05, 2017, at Rullo Stadium on the campus of The University of Delaware in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“We should be better prepared for whatever’s coming, because we’ve been there,” van de Kerkhof said.

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DELAWARE HIGH SHOOL FOOTBALL: Middletown defeats William Penn 29-0


NEW CASTLE – Zach Blum was Middletown’s defensive coordinator before he was promoted.

So the new head coach always loves a shutout, and the top-ranked Cavaliers delivered the goose egg on Saturday with a 29-0 road victory over No. 4 William Penn at Bill Cole Stadium.

Here’s a recap of the early season Blue Hen Flight A game:

KEY PLAY: The Colonials were down 16-0 late in the first half, but driving to try to get back in it when Middletown’s Alexis Green intercepted a pass in the end zone. Then the Cavaliers covered 80 yards in just three plays, with Drew Fry’s 47-yard strike to Esaias Guthrie making it 22-0 with nine seconds left in the half.

“It was huge, getting a score before halftime,” Fry said. “We went in with the momentum, so it was pretty big for our team.”

Middletown running back KEDRICK WHITEHEAD (3) dives over the pile into the end zone in the first quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

Middletown wide receiver LARRY GRIFFIN (10) catches a pass for a gain of 50 yards in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

OFFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Fry passed for 161 yards and three touchdowns for Middletown. Kedrick Whitehead rushed 15 times for 160 yards, including a spinning, 68-yard touchdown run for the game’s final score late in the third quarter. Isaiah Gaynor led William Penn with 10 carries for 52 yards.

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Middletown quarterback DREW FRY (8) attempts to throws a pass in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

DEFENSIVE GAME BALLS: Green and Nick Johnston picked off passes for Middletown, and linemen Josh Freeman, Jon Smith and Ryan Fields were part of a front seven that held William Penn to 121 total yards – minus-2 in the first half.

Middletown defensive back ALEXIS GREEN (15) interception the pass in the end zone in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

 

THEY SAID IT: The head coach lauded his defense.

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Middletown head coach ZACH BLUM celebrates a touchdown in the second quarter of a week two DIAA game between Middletown and William Penn, Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at Bill Cole Stadium in New Castle, DE.

“The players and the coaches on that side of the ball are doing a fantastic job, across the board,” Blum said. “They put in a ton of work. They get together on Wednesday nights and they watch film together, eat some brownies together and spend a lot of time together. It shows.”

Fry, who also flipped TD passes of 9 yards to Johnston and 42 yards to Larry Griffin, said the Cavaliers worked to set up his two long throws.

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Duffy’s Hope 15th Annual Celebrity Basketball Game


This year Duffy”s Hope partnered with talent acquisition firm Agency for Artists.

TV personality Ray J, KC Undercover’s Tammy Townsend, actor Christian Keyes, actor Bobb’e J Thompson, rapper Matt Ox, Harlem Globetrotter Tammy Brawner, and actor Jackie Long

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Actor Bobb’E J. Thompson drives for the ball in the first period of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope, founded in 1998 by Allen “Duffy” Samuels, is a service provider for at-risk and hard to reach youth ages 12-17 with DOCUMENTED  proof of success. Located in the heart of Wilmington, Delaware Duffy’s Hope has changed lives for the better for over  4,500 youth.

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Actor Jackie Long (25) advances the ball as Singer and TV personality Ray J (22) defends in the first half of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

Of the 4,500 youth served, 2,500 were participants in Duffy’s direct services programs.  Duffy’s Hope uses a HOLISTIC approach that includes 10 components to not only determine the root causes in the lives of at-risk youth but also address, and more importantly, helps to rectify those issues.

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Performing Artist Matt Ox performs in the mist of half time during The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

Duffy’s Hope programs include the following: One-on-One Mentoring, Parent and Family Participation, School & Home Visits, Life changing “shock therapy, Tutoring, Educational & Enrichment Trips, Guest Speakers, Financial Literacy, Group Discussions and Etiquette Training.

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Christian Keyes and players greet each other after the conclusion of The 15th annual Duffy’s Hope Celebrity Basketball Game Saturday, August 05, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center, in Newark, DEL. Proceeds will benefit The Non-Profit Organization Duffy’s Hope Youth Programming. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 

MLS 2017 July 26 Philadelphia Union defeats Columbus Crew SC 3-0


Four days after falling on the road to Crew SC 1-0, the Union exacted revenge by posting a big 3-0 victory at home against a Columbus side that finished with nine men. C.J. Sapong led the way in the Eastern Conference tilt at Talen Energy Stadium with a goal and two assists. The other two tallies came from Ilsinho and Marcus Epps.

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Philadelphia Union Attacker C.J. SAPONG (17) celebrates his goal with teammate Philadelphia Union Midfielder ILSON PEREIRA DIAS (25) in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC Wednesday, July. 26, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Crew SC fell behind in the 20th minute, but their challenge became steeper once Jonathan Mensah was sent off with a straight red card in the 35th minute. Columbus then lost Lalas Abubakar to an ejection in the 76th minute, all but ending their chances of pulling off a late comeback.

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Columbus Crew SC Defender JONATHAN MENSAH (4) receives a red card and ejection in the second half of a Major League Soccer match between the Philadelphia Union and Columbus Crew SC Wednesday, July. 26, 2017, at Talen Energy Stadium in Chester, PA. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

C.J. Sapong drew a first-half penalty that he was upset about not taking, and he responded by scoring a goal in the second stanza and setting up an insurance goal with a nice header. Combine those contributions with his first-half assist on Ilsinho’s winner and this was a very good day at the office for Sapong.

Goals

  • 20′ – PHI – Ilsinho Watch
  • 66′ – PHI – C.J. Sapong Watch
  • 81′ – PHI – Marcus Epps Watch

 

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2017 CLIFFORD BROWN JAZZ FESTIVAL


Gerald Chavis and the Clifford Brown Tribute Band, Alicia Olatuja, Theo Croker, Karen Rodriguez, Danilo Perez Trio, Grammy award winner Arturo O’Farrill/African-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, Brooklyn’s High and Mighty Brass Band, Frédéric Yonnet, MARSHA AMBROSIUS, Gerald Chavis and the Wilmington Youth Jazz Band, Rob Zinn, Sumi Tonooka, Somi and Regina Carter headlined the 29th edition of the DuPont Clifford Brown Jazz Festival, which ran from June 21–24 in Rodney Square in downtown Wilmington, Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware.

Marsha Ambrosius performs during day three of the 29th Annual Clifford Brown Jazz Festival Friday, June 23, 2017, at Rodney Square in Wilmington Delaware. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The fest showcased the global musical inventions and dimensions of musicians from three continents —from the French harmonica player Frédéric Yonnet to the New Orleans/Brooklyn-based High and Mighty Brass Band—in a free and fun setting.

The Clifford Brown Jazz Festival is a free jazz music festival held annually in June at Rodney Square in Wilmington, Delaware, USA. The first festival was held in 1989 on the open lawn in the center of the city, and has grown into the largest free jazz festival on the East Coast.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

 

 

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


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (15-13) dropped their third straight game and second to the Grand Rapids Drive (13-16) this season. The final score was 116-105 in favor of the Drive, which knotted the season series at two games apiece. This was the final meeting of the year between the two teams.
Shawn Long and James Webb III led the way for Delaware, with both notching double-doubles. Long finished with 31 points and 13 rebounds, his 12th double-double in the past 14 games. Webb III’s 13 and 12 gave him five-straight double-doubles.
Russ Smith got the start, his first of this season for the Sevens. He had just three points, but did dish out 10 assists in 33 minutes.
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Grand Rapids Drive Guard JORDAN CRAWFORD (15) attempts a Three-point field goal as Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3) defends in the second half of a 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

“I thought he did a great job of moving the basketball,” said Head Coach Eugene Burroughs. “For us, that’s a plus to have a guy with his ability to get guys shots.”
The two teams kept it close throughout the first three quarters. The Drive led by seven after one period and just one at halftime. The 87ers won a high-scoring third frame 34-32 to take an 84-83 lead into the fourth. Delaware kept pace with the Drive despite shooting just 6-33 from three-point land.
“I gave those guys the confidence to shoot the basketball,” Burroughs said. “We’re a pretty high-percentage three-point team. The first half, I felt like if we had gotten those same shots in the second half, we’d be in great shape. I think we got some of those looks but we just didn’t make them tonight.”
The game remained close through the midway point of the fourth quarter. From there, the wheels came off. Both teams played sloppily late, but Grand Rapids capitalized on Delaware’s miscues, while the 87ers could not return the favor.
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Grand Rapids Drive Forward RAMON HARRIS (3) attempts a Three-point field goal as Delaware 87ers Guard MIKH MCKINNEY (10) defends in the second half of a 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

“I think sometimes you have to play through that,” Burroughs said. “You always have spurts in games where it gets a little hectic, but sometimes I look at those opportunities as ways to get easy buckets.
“It helps us push the tempo a little bit. Unfortunately for us, I think we looked a little gassed as the game went on. We were down a body, which obviously plays a role in a game like that. But, we also have to just find a way to defend at a high level, and I don’t think we did that tonight.”
Delaware, playing without Cat Barber for the fifth-straight game, allowed 65 second-half points and lost the final period 33-21. Barber was sidelined with an ankle injury.
The Drive had a monster game from downtown. Grand Rapids went 18-34 from distance, good for 53 percent. Five different players had multiple three-pointers and the team knocked down timely threes late in the game.
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Grand Rapids Drive Guard JORDAN CRAWFORD (15) dribbles pass Delaware 87ers Forward CARLOS LOPEZ-SOSA (4) in the second half of a 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

“They made shots. Having the extra bodies helped,” Burroughs said. “They had three assignment guys that, you know, aren’t playing at the NBA level so they come in and give you a little injection of life and energy, and it made a difference tonight.”
Those assignment players were Henry Ellenson, Michael Gbinije and Darrun Hilliard. Ellenson and Gbinije were drafted by the Detriot Pistons, the Drive’s parent club, in the 2016 draft. Hilliard was selected in the second round of the 2015 draft after a standout four-year career at Villanova. All three players finished in double figures,and seven Grand Rapids players in total had more than 10 points.
Delaware had five players cross the 10-point threshold. Dionte Christmas had 19, Devondrick Walker racked up 15 and Brandon Triche finished with 13 off the bench.
Next up, the 87ers hit the road to take on the Maine Red Claws on Thursday, Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET.
By Varun Raghupathi, 24/Sevens Insider