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

 

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

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

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

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

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 – DEC 30 – Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95


NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (9-8) overcame their lowest scoring output in a first half this season to down the Long Island Nets (6-13) 111-95 in their final game of 2016.
The Nets, one of three D-League teams playing in their inaugural season, held a 50-39 advantage at halftime. In the third quarter, the Sevens looked like a completely different team and outscored Long Island 34-21 in the period to take a 73-71 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I thought we just came out and played a little bit harder,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said after the game. “I think we were playing in the mud in the first half; in the second half, basically we just challenged the guys that ‘we just have to play hard, play more together, be selfless, set screens for each other, rebound the basketball’ and we actually came out and defended.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Delaware 87ers Head Coach EUGENE BURROUGHS, RIGHT, provides instructions to his players in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The 87ers not only had all five starters reach double figures, they got ample production from a short bench. Devondrick Walker and David Laury III had 13 and 16 points, respectively, while Laury III added 15 rebounds to notch the double-double. Delaware’s reserve point guards also played a big role in the win, with Mikh McKinney and Brandon Triche combining for six points, seven rebounds, nine assists and three steals in 31 minutes of work.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Delaware 87ers Guard BRANDON TRICHE (7) drives past defender Long Island Nets Guard DONNIE MCGRATH (7) in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“It’s a great tribute to those guys that practice hard every day and compete every day,” Burroughs said. “I think to be a good team, you have to have guys that step up and play, you know, great minutes in times when you don’t think they’ll play great. I thought it was a great time to let those guys keep going and they shared the ball and moved the ball and they were, I think, the reason we won this game.”

Of all the bench players who stepped up, it was Laury III who took center stage. The Iona product finished off his brilliant December with one of his best performances of the year.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Delaware 87ers Forward DAVID LAURY (13) fights for the rebound as Long Island Nets Forward DWAYNE POLEE JR. (12) defends in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I think he has been doing what he has been doing for the last, you know, five, six, seven games,” Burroughs said. “He’s a second-unit scorer for us. He’s a guy that we can post up and make plays around the rim. He’s unselfish; he passes the basketball. I think he’s been playing great for us.”

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3), RIGHT, flies to the hoop for the dunk in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season game between the Delaware 87ers and the Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

One player who had been struggling coming into this one, however, was James Webb III. You wouldn’t know it by watching him swish threes and finish highlight-reel dunks on Friday night, but over his last three games, Webb was averaging just five points per game on 30 percent shooting from the field. Webb bounced back against the Nets with a team-high 18 points and 10 rebounds. He also shot 4-6 from distance.

 

“I think he was just a recipient of the ball moving,” Burroughs said. “When we move the basketball, I tell our guys everyone’s going to have the opportunity to make plays and get shots, but when the ball stops and we play a lot of one-on-one basketball, then we’re in trouble.”

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 30 - Delaware 87ers defeats Long Island Nets 111-95

Long Island Nets Guard YOGI FERRELL (11) dribbles towards the center lane 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 Long Island Nets (Brooklyn Nets) Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Nets were led by electric point guard Yogi Ferrell, whose 34 points led all scorers. The Sevens meanwhile, had seven players finish in double figures.
These two teams meet again Monday, Jan. 2 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. The tip is set for 1:30 p.m.
By Varun Raghupathi, 24/Sevens Insider

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 – DEC 06 – Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102

Santa Cruz Warriors Guard PHIL PRESSEY (26) dribbles the ball as Delaware 87ers Guard MIKH MCKINNEY (10) defends in the second half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

NEWARK – Dec. 06, 2016 – The last time Santa Cruz visited The Delaware 87ers back on Jan. 13, 2015, The sevens cruised to a 109-96 win over the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Despite Former Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo posting game-highs in points and rebounds for Santa Cruz, putting up 28 and tearing down 18 rebounds.

Tuesday night was a different story at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware when the warriors saw five players finish the game in double figures, led by PHIL PRESSEY who scores 21 points while DENNIS CLIFFORD pulled down 9 rebounds while collecting 14 points, as CAMERON JONES amassed 41 minutes of work finishing the game with a total of 18 points.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Santa Cruz Warriors defeats Delaware 87ers 116-102

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Forward ELGIN COOK (23) blocks the shot in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

In the second half leading by ten points “60-50” the Waaaarrrrrriiiorsss, came out to pla-ay!!! quickly elevating their lead when SCOTT WOOD  goes up for a lay-up scoring while getting fouled in the process at the 11:15 mark starting a Santa Cruz 21-15 third quarter run.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Delaware 87ers VS Santa Cruz Warriors

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Forward ELGIN COOK (23) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

CAT BARBER puts up a season-high 31, BARBER was heard yelling “We have to help each other” during the third period but help came too late for the Sevens, Shawn Long added 16 points and 9 rebounds, while Lorrenzo Wade added 16 points.

With the win The Warriors (3-7) completes five-game East Coast trip and will return home to face the Austin Spurs on December. 9, 2016 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz, CA.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 06 - Delaware 87ers VS Santa Cruz Warriors

Delaware 87ers Guard LORRENZO WADE (31) drives towards the basket as Santa Cruz Warriors Center DENNIS CLIFFORD (42) defends in the first half of an NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Santa Cruz Warriors (Golden State Warriors) Tuesday, Dec. 06, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens will hit the road to face ATLANTIC DIVISION leading Westchester Knicks (6-1) Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at The Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York.

The 87ers will return home to the Bob Carpenter Center Tuesday, December. 13, when the Oklahoma City Blue pays a visit to the first state. In the last meeting between these two franchises Delaware dropped an overtime contest 124-120 to City Blue at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 22, 2015.

Delaware was led by a breakout performance from Philadelphia 76ers draft pick Jordan McRae, who scored a career-high 39 points and added 13 rebounds on that night.

 

 

 

 

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 – NOV 29 – Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104


On the night when former 87ers guard Sean Kilpatrick goes for 38 points in a overtime win over the LA Clippers, as well as a visit from former head coach Kevin Young; Delaware collapsed in the second-half and lack of depth on the bench didn’t help the 87ers situation falling to the Drive 118 – 104 Tuesday night at The Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 29 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104

Grand Rapids Drive Guard JORDAN CRAWFORD (15) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) defends in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Tuesday. Nov. 29, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo Saquan Stimpson

The sevens trailed most of the first half but fort arduously to keep the game close taking a 37-36 lead with 3:21 left on the clock in the second period after Grand Rapids Drive Head Coach REX WALTERS was charged with a technical sending 87ers Guard CAT BARBER to the foul line furthering the 87ers lead heading into halftime.

In the third period the rapids reclaim the lead trading buckets with the sevens, Grand Rapids Drive Guard RAY MCCALLUM heated up scoring (10) of Grand rapids 33 points in the third period.

The Sevens started off the fourth when Forward James Webb III blocked Drive Guard CHRIS ANDERSON shot attempt at the 11:35 mark, but Grand Rapids Drive Guard JORDAN CRAWFORD answered with and one and trip to the foul line after getting fouled by 87ers Forward DAVID LAURY . A few  possessions later Grand Rapids Drive Guard JEFF NEWBERRY dishes it out assist to Crawford who drains a three pointer giving the rapid 82-77 lead which they never relinquished.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 29 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES WEBB III (3) blocks Grand Rapids Drive Center CHRIS ANDERSON (24) shot attempt in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Tuesday. Nov. 29, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Jordan Crawford came off the bench for the Drive to finish the game with 28 points, Kevin Murphy went 9-22 for 25 points while snatching eight rebounds and Ray McCallum had 23 points and Chris Anderson registered his second double-double of the season with 15 points and 11 rebounds.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 29 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) as Grand Rapids Drive Center CHRIS ANDERSON (24) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) Tuesday. Nov. 29, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Cat Barber finished the game with 22 points, (7) rebounds and (3) assist on 8-14 shooting from the field and was 6-6 from the free throw line. Meanwhile LongChristmasWade and newcomer Wafer all finished in double figures.

Delaware heads to Michigan face the Drive on Sunday, Dec. 4. at DeltaPlex Arena.

The Delaware 87ers released center Jordan Railey


The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has added veteran NBA journeyman guard Von Wafer to the active roster. In a related move, the team has released center Jordan Railey and guard Roberto Nelson.

The Former Washington State cougar, Railey, was a member of the 2015-2016 87ers team started 18 games while averaging 3.3 points per game notwithstanding grabbing 4.1 rebounds during the 2015-2016 season.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Delaware 87ers Center JORDAN RAILEY (32) attempts to block Iowa Energy Guard Mardracus Wade (10) shot attempt in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Jordan has some success during his career with the 87ers scoring 9 point vs Westchester on APR 01 2016, Bring down 9 rebounds vs Maine on MAR 31 2016, accumulating 4 assists twice vs Raptors on JAN 29 2016,  Rio Grande Valley on NOV 23 2015,  in addition Railey had two game where he cumulated 3 steals vs Maine on MAR 31 2016 and
Grand Rapids on JAN 30 2016.

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BYU alumni JIMMER FREDETTE (16) and Delaware 87ers Center JORDAN RAILEY (32) battle for the rebound in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Westchester Knicks Tuesday, JAN, 19, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Railey, also played for current Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg at Iowa State before transferring to Washington State, Jordan was the 87ers only 7-footer.

The Sevens will return home to the Bob Carpenter Center Tuesday. Nov, 29, 2016 to face the Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) at 7:00 pm. For more information, please visit SEVENS.COM.

Fever hire Pokey Chatman as head coach


Pokey Chatman wasn’t out of work long.

The Indiana Fever are hiring her as their new coach, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press on Thursday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move ahead of a Friday news conference.

The 47-year-old coach was not retained by the Chicago Sky after she guided the team to an 18-16 record and an appearance in the WNBA semifinals this past season. She won 106 games in Chicago and led the team to its first-ever playoff appearance in 2013 and a trip to the WNBA Finals in 2014.

Chicago sky Head Coach Pokey Chatman yells instructions from the sidelines to her defense in the second half of a WNBA Preseason basketball game between The Chicago sky and the Washington Mystics, Tuesday, May 13, 2014, the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. Photo by Saquan Stimpson

She will take over a team that has a rich history in the WNBA, winning a title in 2012 and reaching the playoffs in each of the past 12 seasons. Indiana was 17-17 this past year, losing in the first round of the playoffs. Coach Stephanie White left the Fever after the season to become head coach at Vanderbilt.

The Fever will have a different look not only on the sideline but also on the court, as longtime star Tamika Catchings retired. Indiana still has a strong nucleus with Briann January, Erlana Larkins, Tiffany Mitchell and Marissa Coleman.
Before taking over Chicago in 2011, Chatman spent 16 years at LSU, her alma mater. The Louisiana native was an assistant from 1992 to 2004 before becoming the head coach. She was 106-19 at LSU, including a 15-5 mark in 2004 when she was the interim coach after longtime coach Sue Gunter left the team because of illness.
Source: Associated Press

Baron Davis Returns After 4-year, 87ers Fall To Energy 114-106


NEWARK, DE – March 05, 2016, – The Delaware 87ers were defeated 114-106 by the Iowa Energy at the Bob Carpenter Center Friday night.

“Integrating Baron Davis into our system has not been hard, that’s the nature of the beast in this league we have guys coming and going all year, you just have to figure out ways to integrate guys on a fly” said Coach Young.

13-year NBA veteran Baron Davis, who was acquired by the 87ers (17-22) on Wednesday, recorded eight points, four assists and three steals in 19 minutes of action off the bench, in his first game in 1,398 days. Russ Smith led Delaware with 31 points on 10-of-26 shooting from the field, in addition to five assists and four rebounds. Rick Jackson posted an 87ers season-high 20 rebounds, and Ty Greene added 20 points.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Delaware 87ers Guard BARON DAVIS (34) celebrates after knocking down a three point shot in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“I survived. It felt good. I definitely have to get myself into a rhythm. As we practice my court awareness and vision will become sharper”. Said Davis

How did you feel about that dunk? “I thought I was being chased by a pit bull, I thought it was LeBron James coming to block it, I didn’t want to lay it up; I figured why I’m up here I might as well dunk it”. Said Davis

The Energy (18-21) were led by Patrick Christopher who had 31 points on 11-of-23 shooting from the field in a team-high 42 minutes. Ramon Harris had the Iowa’s only double-double with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Terry Whisnant chipped in 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go along with six rebounds and four assists.

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - MAR 04 - Iowa Energy defeats Delaware 87ers 114-106

Iowa Energy Guard TERRY WHISNANT (6) drives to the basket for a easy lay-up in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Iowa Energy Friday, Mar. 04, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Davis came off the bench to play five minutes and 59 seconds, highlights by a breakaway dunk for his first bucket of his NBA D-League career, and the 87ers led 24-21 after one.

In the second quarter, Smith put up 13 points to give 87ers a 56-50 lead at the half.

Greene tallied eight points in the third quarter, which helped the 87ers to a 78-75 advantage heading into the final period.

Iowa put up 39 fourth quarter points, powered by 27 combined points from Whisnant and Christopher, which saw them complete the comeback.

The 87ers travel to Iowa for the last time of the season in their next game on Sunday, March 6th, at 4:00 p.m. ET.

 

About the Delaware 87ers

The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

 

About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.