DELAWARE 87ERS POSTGAME RECAP
WILMINGTON, DE – NOVEMBER 15, 2017 –The Delaware 87ers (0-5) lost a close one to the Windy City Bulls (2-3) by a final score of 112-110. Delaware got off to a strong start, outscoring Windy City by 12 in the first quarter, but couldn’t hold off a tough Bulls squad. The Sevens got a stellar performance from newly-reacquired Christian Wood, but Villanova legend Ryan Arcidiacono and company made enough plays down the stretch to secure the win.
Here are three big takeaways from the 87ers’ third home game of the season:
Christian Wood is going to help the Sevens in a lot of ways
The big man didn’t need any time to get situated in his second go-around with Delaware. Wood was picked up by GM Elton Brand two days ago and made the first-year general manager look like a genius with his play. Wood, who can score with the best of them at this level, poured in 23 points and added 10 rebounds in 28 minutes of work off the bench. He shot 9-13 from the field and even hit a three late in the game. Look for him to fill up stat sheets all year long in Delaware.
Delaware got off to arguably its best start to a game all season
At one point, it felt like the 87ers were going to run away with their first win of the year. Delaware hit six of their first nine three-pointers and scored 35 points in the first quarter. The Sevens also looked razor sharp on defense and held Windy City to 23 points in the opening frame. The Bulls controlled the contest in the middle two quarters and for the second straight game, a late Sevens rally wasn’t enough.
Windy City got contributions from everyone
Eight Bulls played. All eight scored at least 11 points and hit at least four field goals. Windy City isn’t a deep team, but it does have solid young talent. Diamond Stone was the bell cow for Charlie Henry’s team and, at 20 years old, he’s got a bright future. Stone ended with a team-high 25 points and hit two three pointers in the second half, one of which beat the third quarter buzzer. Ryan Arcidiacono, who was the MOP of the 2016 Final Four at Villanova, added 12 points, four rebounds, six assists and numerous winning plays. He’s a thrill to watch.
Delaware’s next game is on the road against the Erie BayHawks. The contest is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. ET.