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.

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


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

87ERS ACQUIRE THREE-TIME DUNK CHAMP NATE ROBINSON


WILMINGTON, DE – FEBRUARY 8. 2017, – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired NBA veteran and three-time NBA Slam Dunk Contest champion Nate Robinson.
Robinson (5-9, 180) won NBA Slam Dunk Contests in 2006, 2009 and 2010. He has 618 NBA games on his resume, with career averages of 11 points, two rebounds, three assists and one steal per game across ten seasons with New York, Chicago, Boston, Denver, Golden State, Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City and New Orleans.
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He most recently played in 2015-16 for Hapoel Tel Aviv of the Israeli Basketball Premier League, where he averaged 16 points, three assists, two rebounds and two steals per game. Robinson led the club to the playoffs, where he scored 46 points in a quarter finals matchup, which set a record for most points in a post-season game since 1985.
A collegiate standout at Washington, Robinson was a two-time Pac-12 All-Tournament Team selection (2004, 2005), NABC All-American Third Team selection (2005), AP All-American Third Team selection (2005), Frances Pomeroy Naismith Award winner (2005), Great Alaska Shootout Most Outstanding Player (2005) and Pac-12 All-Freshman Team selection (2003). He averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game in his college career.

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

Guess who’s back!!!! SEVENS REACQUIRE RUSS SMITH


WILMINGTON, DE – JANUARY 20, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has reacquired guard Russ Smith. He will be active for the Sevens’ NBA D-League Showcase game today against the Greensboro Swarm at 3 p.m. ET.

Delaware 87ers Guard RUSS SMITH (5) dribble the ball up court in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Maine Red Claws Friday, Feb. 19, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL.


Smith (6-0, 165) last played for the Sevens in the 2015-16 season, when he averaged 28 points, five rebounds, eight assists and two steals per game in 21 games. He holds the team’s single-game scoring record with 65 points.

87ERS ACQUIRE DEVONDRICK WALKER


NEWARK, DE – DECEMBER 14, 2016 – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired guard Devondrick Walker from the Westchester Knicks in a trade for guard Von Wafer.

Walker (6-5, 205) was averaging 10 points, two rebounds, one assist and one steal in 21 minutes per game with Westchester this season. While playing college ball at Texas A&M University-Commerce, he was a Lone Star Conference All-Second Team selection and averaged 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one steal in 28 minutes per game in his senior campaign (2013-14).

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Westchester Knicks Guard Devondrick Walker during the 2015-16 season. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 – DEC 13 – Delaware 87ers defeats Oklahoma City Blue 104-95


NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 13 - Delaware 87ers defeats Oklahoma City Blue 104-95

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) dribbles down the floor in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder) Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

NEWARK, DE – The Delaware 87ers (6-6) came into this game after recently completing an intense stretch of three road games in four days, and came out on top 104-95 against the Oklahoma City Blue (8-5), led by Philadelphia 76ers assignee Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot’s 16 points, six rebounds and five assists.
In the first quarter, the Sevens played some of their best basketball of the year and jumped out to a 30-16 lead. Delaware ended the period on a 14-0 run that snapped the frame’s final 3:30 minutes. The 16 points is the second-lowest output against the Sevens in the first quarter this year.
“I thought we moved the basketball. We made shots. I think our team is progressing and getting better the more we share the ball,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “I think Cat Barber was kind of a catalyst for us. He’s been moving the ball very well the last three or four games, and when he does that it gets other guys involved and guys can make shots and it breeds that sharing of the basketball.”
Barber, normally a potent scorer, finished with a clean line of seven points, seven rebounds, six assists and zero turnovers. The second quarter was all OKC. The Blue outpaced the Sevens 37-18 and went into the locker room up 53-48.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 13 - Delaware 87ers defeats Oklahoma City Blue 104-95

Delaware 87ers Guard TIMOTHE LUWAWU-CABARROT (20) drives towards the basket from the dunk as Oklahoma City Blue Center DAKARI JOHNSON (44) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder) Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

“Honestly, I think our game is a game of runs,” Burroughs said. “Someone’s going to come out early and make some shots and the other team is going to go on a run. It’s ‘can you withstand run?’”
The Sevens withstood the Blue’s barrage and did an effective job of playing post defense despite being undersized. OKC rotated 7-footers Dakari Johnson, the reigning D-League Player of the Month, and Kaleb Tarczewski to try and cause fits for the 87ers’ big men Shawn Long and David Laury III.
Long was mired in foul trouble throughout the game, but Laury III played well in his stead. The Iona product finished with 15 points and seven rebounds and neutralized the Blue’s frontcourt attack throughout his 25 minutes on the floor.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 13 - Delaware 87ers defeats Oklahoma City Blue 104-95

Oklahoma City Blue Center KALEB TARCZEWSKI (41) attempts a free throw in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder) Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

 “It’s hard, because with those big guys, they got some easy buckets down there that we couldn’t defend,” Burroughs said. “You just try to do your work early in the post and try to push them off the block and just do the best you can defensively.
“I think, for us, when they do miss those shots, that’s when we’re at our best because we can rebound and push the floor and try to get some easier buckets, and I think that happened towards the fourth quarter a little bit. We got a couple stops and were able to move the ball down the other end.”
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - DEC 13 - Delaware 87ers defeats Oklahoma City Blue 104-95

Delaware 87ers Center SHAWN LONG (21) drives towards the basket as Oklahoma City Blue Center DAKARI JOHNSON (44) defends in the first half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers and the Oklahoma City Blue (Oklahoma City Thunder) Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016, at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Sevens out-rebounded a bigger OKC squad 44-36. They also won the third quarter 26-14 and kept the Blue at bay throughout the fourth quarter, thanks to some timely defense, solid passing and clutch shots. Much of the strong play can be attributed to Luwawu-Cabarrot, one of the 76ers first-round picks this year.
“I think confidence-wise, it helps him because now, again, he’s playing in NBA games and to come down here and play against the talent level here, which is good talent, but it’s different,” Burroughs said. “The style of play is different, the game is different. When you watch him play, he’s in pick-and-rolls with us and I’m quite sure with the Sixers he’s not in a lot of pick-and-rolls.
“He’s still developing and growing and that’s what our league is for and that’s what our team is for is to help him be in situations where he can improve and get better.”
TLC was one of six players in double figures for the Sevens. They are back at .500 and have a 3-2 home record.
Delaware heads back on the road for a date with the Canton Charge on Friday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. ET.
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.

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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.

Norman Oliver’s turkey drive feeds almost 3,500 families again!


The final stop of a 12-plus hour work day to distribute turkeys statewide saw Norman Oliver and his volunteers, 4th District Council Member Hanifa G.N. Shabazz, United States Representative, DE (Elect) Lisa Blunt Rochester and countless others were welcomed by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Newark Tuesday evening.

The Delaware 87ers was also on hand spending some time playing basketball with the kids at the Greater Newark Boys & Girls Club before donating seven turkeys to Stormin’s Turkey Drive.

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87ers players Lorrenzo Wade and Brannen Greene delivers frozen turkeys during the 34th annual NOR Enterprises turkey give away Tues. Nov. 22, 2016, at The Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club in Newark. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

For more than three decades, thousands of families and seniors have been fed for the Thanksgiving holiday through Norman Oliver’s NOR Enterprises Annual Turkey Give Away. The event provides more than 3,000 turkeys to families in time for Thanksgiving in conjunction with Our Youth Inc.

Source: Alonso Small (The News Journal)

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Norman Oliver recaps the day’s events. Video by Saquan Stimpson