DELAWARE 87ERS POSTGAME RECAP
NEWARK, DE – MARCH 6, 2018 – The Delaware 87ers (13-31) dropped their final meeting with the Grand Rapids Drive (23-20) 121-112. All three losses to the Drive came by less than ten points, with the first two ending as eight-point differences. Delaware outscored Grand Rapids 33-22 in the third quarter and led by as many as 17 points in the frame, but the team put up just 17 points in the fourth quarter for the second straight game and lost as a result.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ game against the Drive:
The Sevens turned the ball over at costly times
Delaware had 10 turnovers in the first quarter and seven in the fourth. The 87ers finished with 22 total turnovers, many of them coming at the worst possible time. Be it moving screens, errant passes or quality defense from the opponent, Delaware has been bitten by the turnover bug in a big way this year. The Drive produced 24 points off of the Sevens’ turnovers and won a close game fairly easily because of their opportunistic play.
Delaware’s offense stalled out for the second straight game
Against Wisconsin on Monday, the 87ers had 106 points before the start of the fourth quarter. The team put up just 17 points in the final frame and lost by four. Versus the Drive, the same thing occurred. Delaware had 95 points through three stanzas and only mustered 17 points in the final 12 minutes. Meanwhile, Grand Rapids dropped 38 in the fourth. The Drive had 37 fourth quarter points in the two teams’ most recent meeting before this one and they won that game as well.
Former Sixer K.J. McDaniels was explosive
McDaniels was a fan favorite during his short time in Philly thanks to his bouncy, explosive style of play. Though the Clemson product has become a journeyman, he continues to be a showman. McDaniels has always been known for ferocious dunks and he brought out plenty of those tonight, finishing with 22 points off the bench. It seemed as though the game’s leading scorer got all of his points off of dunks, especially towards the end of the game. Here’s hoping he sticks with an NBA team at some point soon. Whichever fans get to watch him every day will like what they see.
The 87ers are back on the road to face off against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Friday, March 9. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.