DELAWARE 87ERS POSTGAME RECAP
NEWARK, DE – DECEMBER 27, 2017 – The Delaware 87ers (6-13) fell to Raptors 905 (9-10) by a final score of 117-92 on Star Wars Night presented by Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Though Delaware topped the 905 98-92 earlier this year, it could not repeat the feat. The Sevens trailed the defending NBA G League champions the entire game and their two-game winning streak was snapped as a result.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ second game versus the 905 this season:
The three-point disparity was too much for Delaware to overcome
Raptors 905 started the game scorching hot from distance, hitting on eight of their first 14 three-point tries, and finished 13-36 from downtown. The 87ers, meanwhile, ended up with eight made three-pointers for the entire game on 32 attempts. Alfonzo McKinnie and Bruno Caboclo both nailed four three-pointers and combined for 38 points and 17 rebounds. Though Delaware was plus-eight at the free throw line, it was minus-15 from the land of plenty.
James Blackmon Jr. continues his strong play
As previously mentioned, the Sevens only hit eight three-pointers. Blackmon Jr. connected on four of them in 10 tries. He had his strongest performance of the season against the South Bay Lakers at Wells Fargo Center last week and he’s continued to build on that sterling outing. Blackmon Jr.’s 22 points paced Delaware and he added four rebounds for good measure. It’s tough to find a groove when playing time isn’t consistent, but Blackmon Jr. has found a way to produce no matter his situation.
Lorenzo Brown was the difference maker
Brown’s 30 points were by far the most of any player in this game. The next closest total was 22, which was notched by Blackmon Jr. Brown shot 12-19 from the field, hit two three-pointers and went 4-5 from the charity stripe. Perhaps most impressive of all, Brown was an astonishing plus-35 in 30 minutes. Brown, who didn’t play against the Sevens in the two teams’ first meeting, made it clear why he’s one of Toronto’s two-way players.
The 87ers’ next game comes against the Iowa Wolves on Friday, Dec. 29. Game time for the road tilt is set for 8 p.m. ET.