By 24/SEVENS | December 5, 2017


NEWARK, DE – DECEMBER 4, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers (2-10) fell to the Greensboro Swarm (4-9) by a final score of 103-91 at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. The Sevens came out of the gates scorching hot and won the first quarter 33-18. From there, the game belonged to the Swarm. Greensboro took each of the final three frames to secure the victory.

Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ first matchup against the Swarm this season:

Delaware couldn’t keep its hot shooting going after the first quarter

The Sevens were on fire to begin the game and had a 17-3 lead at one point. Delaware was crisp on offense, active on defense and consistently created quality looks in the first. The 87ers were 13-20 from the field at 5-10 from distance through the first 12 minutes. They finished the game 31-78 from the field (39.7 percent) and 7-31 from three-point land, meaning the Sevens went 2-21 from beyond the arc after the first frame.

Turnovers cost the Sevens down the stretch

A look at the stat sheet reveals that these two teams had similar games in many respects. Both squads finished with an equal number of rebounds (45), assists (14), steals (8) and blocks (4). The one area where the 87ers struggled, however, was in the turnover department. Delaware had 19 turnovers to Greensboro’s 13, and many of the Sevens’ miscues came at inopportune times.

Cat Barber looked great against his former team

Barber, who averaged 14 points across 21 games for the 87ers last season, was recently playing in Italy before the Swarm brought him back to North Carolina a few weeks back. The NC State product looked right at home in Newark, and he torched the 87ers’ defense to the tune of 23 points on 8-16 from the field. Though Charles Cooke was the high-man for the game with 30 points, Barber gave Delaware all it could handle in the middle of the contest.

The 87ers’ next two games are on the road. Delaware faces the Wisconsin Herd on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tip is scheduled for 8 p.m. ET.