By 24/SEVENS | November 22, 2017


NEWARK, DE – NOVEMBER 21, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers (0-8) lost to the Wisconsin Herd (6-1) by a final score of 119-111. Despite never leading, the Sevens managed to slice into a formidable early deficit and kept the game close throughout the second half. Christian Wood and Furkan Korkmaz combined for 64 of Delaware’s 111 points, with Wood pacing the team with 37 points. The Herd’s James Young led all scorers; the Kentucky product dropped 41 points in the team’s fourth-straight win.

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

Furkan Korkmaz is not afraid to make plays down the stretch

It’s one of the most telling characteristics of any basketball player: how does he play during crunch time? Clearly, Furkan Korkmaz is a guy who wants the ball in his hands late. The native of Turkey, on assignment from the Philadelphia 76ers, scored 27 points, 11 of which came in the fourth quarter. Korkmaz scored the team’s final eight points. He added eight rebounds, four assists and four made three pointers against the Herd.

Christian Wood kept the team in the game early

Delaware got off to an inauspicious start and was down 16-2 at one point in the first quarter. Christian Wood was the only player keeping the 87ers afloat. He was getting to the basket, hitting from the outside and generally making plays when his team desperately needed a jolt. This game could have been a blowout if not for Wood, who poured in 37 points on 13-19 from the field, 3-5 from distance and 8-11 from the line. Wood also chipped in nine rebounds and three blocks. He’s played in 30 NBA games to this point. That number should increase substantially before the decade is out.

James Young couldn’t miss  

The MVP of this tilt was James Young, whose 41 points came out just 16 shots. He could’ve scored more if not for some late misses from the line, but it didn’t end up mattering. Young went 12-16 from the field, 9-11 from three and did all his damage in 37 minutes. It’s easy to see why he was selected 17th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.

Delaware’s next game comes against Raptors 905, the defending NBA G League champions. Game time is schedule for 2 p.m. ET on Saturday, Nov. 25.