By 24/SEVENS | November 8, 2017


WILMINGTON, DE – NOVEMBER 7, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers (0-3) fell to the Westchester Knicks (3-0) 117-90. The Sevens got down into an early 12-0 hole and couldn’t overcome the early deficit. Westchester led by as many as 32 and has won each of its first three road games this season. Emeka Okafor recorded a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Nigel Hayes paced both teams with 37 points.

Here are three big takeaways from the 87ers’ third game of the season:

Emeka Okafor does not look like he’s 35 years old

It really is amazing how some of these guys stay in this kind of shape this late in their careers. Okafor, who hasn’t played in the NBA in four years, turned back the clock with 17 points and 11 rebounds on 8-11 from the field. He consistently crashed the glass and showed an effort unmatched by most of his teammates.

The Sevens couldn’t keep pace with the Knicks’ fast start

This one belonged to Westchester. The visitors jumped out to an early 12-0 advantage in what felt like the blink of an eye. The Knicks outscored Delaware 38-14 in the first quarter. Amazingly, the Sevens won the second and third quarters, but by only two points in each instance and never really put a scare in the Knicks late in the game.

Nigel Hayes carried the load for Westchester

Hayes, who spent four years honing his craft at Wisconsin, poured in 37 points on 14-20 from the field. He added nine rebounds and four assists and was an astonishing plus-44 in 35 and a half minutes. The former Badger essentially inherited Trey Burke’s stat line (Burke had 43 points last night) and led the Knicks to their second straight victory over the 87ers.

Furkan Korkmaz was available to speak after the game and gave his thoughts on a few different subjects.

On playing with new teammates:

“We just have to play with each other. The mentality has to be the same and I think we will play better.

On what he is working on:

“Here, I play the two to create with the ball, to get experience, especially defensively. I’m always looking to set my teammates up for success.”

How the American pro game compares to overseas: 

“There are so many talented guys. Here, all the players give their best and try to show their abilities. The game is more like a one-on-one game and everybody likes playing more individually to show off their skills.”

The Sevens’ next game is a road fixture versus the Sioux Falls Skyforce on Friday, Nov. 10 at 8 p.m. ET. Delaware lost its only meeting with the Skyforce last year.