NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – NOV 28 – Delaware 87ers defeats Northern Arizona Sun 103-96


NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (2-8) threw shade at the Northern Arizona Suns (3-6) by a final score of 103-96 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Delaware. The Sevens earned their first home victory of the season and have now won two straight games. Delaware had a slim lead throughout most of the contest and used a 29-point fourth quarter to finish off Northern Arizona.

Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ first and only meeting with the Northern Arizona Suns:

Delaware turned its defensive intensity up a notch

Head Coach Eugene Burroughs was adamant before the game that his team’s biggest focus was defense. Burroughs relayed the idea that if the Sevens’ defense was up to snuff, the rest would take care of itself. He was spot on with his assessment. The 87ers played a ferocious brand of basketball from the jump, closing out on three-point shooters and hounding would-be drivers. Nothing came easy for the Suns tonight. Northern Arizona entered the game tops in the G League with an average of 15 makes from distance per game, but Delaware held the Suns to just 7-26 from beyond the arc. Northern Arizona also committed 20 turnovers and had only 14 assists on 35 made baskets.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 28 - Delaware 87ers defeats Northern Arizona Sun  103-93

Delaware 87ers Forward JAMES MICHAEL MCADOO (14) and Northern Arizona Suns Forward RAHLIR HOLLIS-JEFFERSON (11) dives for the ball in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Northern Arizona Sun (Phoenix Suns) Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Darin Johnson made the most of his court time

It’s a long road from G League draft pick to G League rotation player, but Darin Johnson is traveling it with aplomb. He’s slowly but surely upped his productivity as his opportunity to play has expanded and tonight was his best game as a pro. Johnson spent his 18 minutes racking up 13 points, four rebounds and a steal. He shot 6-9 from the field, had a highlight-reel dunk and played annoying defense throughout. Look for Johnson to remain a permanent fixture in the Sevens’ rotation if he keeps this up.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 28 - Delaware 87ers defeats Northern Arizona Sun  103-93

Northern Arizona Suns Forward DERRICK JONES JR. (10) dunks the ball in the second half as Delaware 87ers Guard and 76ers Assignee FURKAN KORKMAZ (30) defends during a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Northern Arizona Sun (Phoenix Suns) Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

This was going to be a close game and Delaware made plays when it counted

Northern Arizona came into the game 3-5. The Suns three wins were by a combined 15 points, while their five losses were by a total of 14 points. Additionally, the team hadn’t played in a game where the margin of victory was greater than nine. The Sevens have had their share of late-game struggles in the past, but the team took a step forward this evening. Delaware won the fourth quarter 29-24, got big shots down the stretch from the likes of Devin Robinson, Furkan Korkmaz, Christian Wood and Jacob Pullen and maintained the same level of intensity on defense that it had early in the game. This was truly a team win.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 28 - Delaware 87ers defeats Northern Arizona Sun  103-93

Northern Arizona Suns Forward MIKE YOUNG (23) drives towards the basket as Delaware 87ers Forward CHRISTIAN WOOD (35) defends in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Northern Arizona Sun (Phoenix Suns) Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

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NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 – NOV 15 – Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers 112-110


The Windy City Bulls the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, hung on and grabbed their first road win of the season with a 112-110 win over the Delaware 87ers who opens the season at 0-5.

Balance was the name of game as all eight players who saw action in Wednesday’s contest scored in double figures, which ties a franchise record. Diamond Stone paced the Bulls with a team-high 25 points (11-14 FG), six rebounds and two steals. Jaylen Johnson (13 points, 11 rebounds) and Tyler Harris (11 points, 10 rebounds) each tallied double-doubles. Jarell Eddie scored 16, while Jon Octeus and Brandon Wood combined for 24 points, five rebounds and seven assists off the bench.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Windy City Bulls Center DIAMOND STONE (00) takes a jump shot as Delaware 87ers Forward CHRISTIAN WOOD (35) defends in the first half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The first 12 minutes were not kind to Windy City as they fell behind early when Delaware opened the game on a 19-4 run making six of their first nine three-point shots in the first five minutes. Conversely, the Bulls would struggle shooting 2-of-8 from the field in that time span. The 87ers would enjoy a double-digit lead for the majority of the first quarter and would lead by 35-23 at the end of the first stanza.

Without the services of Emeka Okafor who missed the game with an illness, the 87ers had six players in double figures including three players with 20 or more points. Jacob Pullen poured in a game-high 26 points and added three rebounds and two assists. Newly acquired Christian Wood made an immediate impact registering a double-double (23 points, 10 rebounds) and James Michael McAdoo pitched in with 20 points and eight rebounds.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Delaware 87ers Forward CHRISTIAN WOOD (35) dunks the ball in the second half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens continued to hold a double-figure lead, but the Bulls found consistency halfway through the second quarter and Windy City would end the half on a 12-3 run to cut a 15-point deficit down to one. The momentum carried into the second half as the Bulls sprinted out to a five-point lead within the first five minutes of the third quarter. Aided by a 34-point quarter, the Bulls would take a double-digit lead into the final 12 minutes.

The 87ers would make things interesting despite trailing by 13 early in the fourth quarter. Led by Christian Wood who scored 10 of his 23 points in the fourth, Delaware would battle back and cut the lead to one, 106-105 with just over 90 seconds to play.

NBA G-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2017 - NOV 15 - Windy City Bulls defeats Delaware 87ers  112-110

Windy City Bulls Guard RYAN ARCIDIACONO (15) bring the ball down the floor in the first half of a NBA G-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Windy City Bulls (Chicago Bulls) Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2017, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

However, Ryan Arcidiacono would answer right back with a three-point shot to extend the lead to four. With 12.9 seconds remaining and the ball, the 87ers had a chance to tie or take the lead, but Jon Octeus came up with a steal on the inbounds, to help seal the win in the first game of a five-game road trip for the Bulls.

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.

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

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.

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

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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Young, Boyette to Atlanta Dream in Trade


Two people familiar with the deal say the Chicago Sky have traded Imani Boyette and Tamera Young to Atlanta for Jordan Hooper and the Dream's first-round pick in next year's draft.

The people spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Monday because the deal hadn't been officially announced yet.

WNBA PRESEASON BASKETBALL 2016 - MAY 01 - Chicago Sky defeats New York Liberty 93-59

Young is averaging 10.8 points for the Sky, who are in 10th place in the WNBA playoff race. Boyette is averaging 4.6 points and 4.4 rebounds. She was the 10th pick by the Sky in the 2016 draft.

Hooper is averaging 2.6 points for the Dream, who are in eighth place in the postseason chase.

Reported By The Associated Press

WNBA PRESEASON BASKETBALL 2016 - MAY 01 - Chicago Sky defeats New York Liberty 93-59

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