DELAWARE 87ERS POSTGAME RECAP
NEWARK, DE – FEBRUARY 26, 2018 – The Delaware 87ers (12-28) dropped their second game against the Lakeland Magic (20-19), this one by a final score of 113-96. Playing without sharpshooter James Young, the Sevens found offense hard to come by in this one. Meanwhile, Lakeland racked up points more than usual, as their final tally is 11 points more than their season average for points per game.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ game against Lakeland:
Delaware struggled with its shooting from all over the court
The 87ers finished the game shooting 43 percent from the field (33-77), 25 percent from distance (7-28) and 62 percent from the line (23-37). All of those percentages are lower than what Delaware usually reaches, and it meant the team couldn’t climb out of a double-digit hole it got into in the second quarter. The Sevens were especially off at the foul line, a place where they normally excel. Hopefully the team turns it around against Windy City.
Lakeland played a bit out of character
The Magic came into this game dead last in the G League in points in the paint per game (41.6). Lakeland finished with 52 points in the paint, 10 more than Delaware could muster. Orlando’s minor league team is also 26th in the league in field goal percentage (43.5) and points per game (101.9) but ended up shooting 48 percent from the field and notched 113 points. For whatever reason, these guys turn it on offensively against the 87ers.
The 87ers fell victim in areas where the Magic excels
Lakeland allows the fewest points off turnovers in the G League (16) and the second-fewest second chance points (12.2). That held true tonight, as Delaware could only manage 18 points off of 16 Magic turns and nine second chance points. Lakeland played hard the entire game and was incredibly pesky on defense. Delaware got off to a strong start, but couldn’t match the Magic’s energy throughout the 48 minutes of this game.
The 87ers finish up a home back-to-back when they take on the Windy City Bulls on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Game time is set for 6:30 p.m.