Sixers sign Shawn Long to multi-year deal.


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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

Source: Keith Pompey | phillynews.com

 

 

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cat Barber TRADED to Greensboro


WILMINGTON, DE – The Delaware 87ers today announced that the team has acquired guard Aaron Harrison from the Greensboro Swarm in exchange for Cat Barber and the returning player rights to Sam Thompson. The trade is pending physicals.
NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 29 - Grand Rapids Drive defeats Delaware 87ers 118-104

Delaware 87ers Guard CAT BARBER (1) dribbles down the floor in the first half of an 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

Harrison (6-6, 209) averaged 18 points, five rebounds, three assists and one steal per game with Greensboro this season. He has appeared in 26 NBA games across two seasons, having spent parts of 2015-16 and 2016-17 with the Charlotte Hornets. While playing college ball at Kentucky, he was a two-time SEC All-Tournament Team selection (2014, 2015) and an All-SEC (Coaches) Second Team honoree (2015). He averaged 11 points, three rebounds, one assist and one steal per game in his senior season.

Chicago trades Elena Delle Donne for No. 2 overall pick, 2 players


The Washington Mystics have acquired Elena Delle Donne from the Chicago Sky for Stefanie Dolson, Kahleah Copper and the No. 2 pick in this year’s draft.

Chicago Sky Forward Elena Delle Donne (11) attempts to pass the ball as Washington Mystics Forward Monique Currie (25) defends in the first half of a WNBA preseason season game between The Chicago Sky and The Washington Mystics Tuesday, May. 13, 2014 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL.

The 2015 WNBA MVP is arguably the biggest name ever to be traded in the 21-year history of the WNBA. Thursday’s move gets Delle Donne closer to her Delaware home.

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College of Charleston women’s basketball improper basketballs to affect CAA tourney seeding


Graham Hays of espnW.com reported The Colonial Athletic Association on Thursday reversed the outcome of two women’s basketball games involving the College of Charleston because of the school’s use of improper basketballs.

However, the reversals apply only to seeding for the conference tournament. The CAA said this is because according to the NCAA, the situation did not meet the criteria necessary for an official forfeit or no contest.

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NCAA WOMENS BASKETBALL 2017 - JAN 22 Delaware leads College of Charleston 30-28

File Photo: Delaware Forward NICOLE ENABOSI (33) dives for the ball as College of Charleston Guard NOLA HENRY (1) gains control of the ball in the first half of a Colonial Athletic Association regular season basketball game between Delaware and College of Charleston Sunday, Jan. 22, 2017 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL

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

NCAA BASKETBALL 2016 – NOV 27 – Delaware defeats Bryn Athyn 84-51


NEWARK – The Blue Hens (4-3) returned home from a two-game losing skid falling to Austin Peay 76-75 and a (21) point lost to Northern Kentucky in Ohio to face Division III Bryn Athyn Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure why the Lions were even on the schedule this year. However, Delaware trounced Bryn Athyn 84-51 Sunday afternoon at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark.

NCAA BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 27 Delaware defeats Bryn Athyn 84-51

Delaware Forward Chivarsky Corbett (1) drives to the basket for an easy lay-up in the first half of a NCAA Non-Conf regular season basketball game between the Delaware and Bryn Athyn Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

This was the Blue Hens highest points win since the 75-40 win over Colonial Athletic Association rival James Madison back on Jan. 15, 2005. Four players finish the game in double figures Chivarsky Corbett ended the game with 18 points on 7 for 10 shooting while Cazmon Hayes ended his with 11 points on 4 for 5 shooting in (27) minutes of play, although Darian Bryant played (22) minutes he contributed 13 points off the bench whereas the big man Skye Johnson chipped in 14 points on 7 for 7 shooting.

NCAA BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 27 Delaware defeats Bryn Athyn 84-51

Delaware Forward Skye Johnson (23) attempts a shot under the rim in the second half of a NCAA Non-Conf regular season basketball game between the Delaware and Bryn Athyn Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

The Lions of Bryn Athyn where led by senior forward Troy Steed who scored 11 points, Steed also grabbed five rebounds and had one assist. Junior guard Devante Laws added 10 points. Freshman forward Lamarr Crenshaw  grabbed six total rebounds, three of them on offense, to go along with his seven points.

NCAA BASKETBALL 2016 - NOV 27 Delaware defeats Bryn Athyn 84-51

Delaware Guard Darian Bryant (4) passes the ball towards Guard Devonne Pinkard (11) in the first half of a NCAA Non-Conf regular season basketball game between the Delaware and Bryn Athyn Sunday, Nov. 27, 2016 at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Bryn Athyn opens their North Eastern Athletic Conference schedule on Tuesday, November 29, against Gallaudet University at 8:00 p.m.  While Delaware will resume their home schedule this Friday, Dec. 2, when the Hens host their intrastate combatants the Hornet’s of Delaware State at 7 p.m.

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