SEVENS’ COMEBACK ATTEMPT FALLS SHORT AGAINST SPURS
By Varun Raghupathi, 24/Sevens Insider
SAN ANTONIO, TX – The Delaware 87ers (22-19) fell to the Austin Spurs (19-21) 102-93 at the AT&T Center on Thursday night. The loss dropped the Sevens to 1-2 on their four-game road trip.
Playing in the second game of a back-to-back, the Sevens kept up with the Spurs to start. Aaron Harrison continued to haul the scoring load for Delaware, dropping 10 points in the first quarter. The 87ers trailed by two after 12 minutes.
The second period featured an entirely different outcome. Austin jumped out on a 16-3 run to extend their lead, and Delaware couldn’t gain any traction the rest of the quarter. The Spurs won the frame 33-15 and went into the locker room up 62-42 at the half.
Though Delaware’s offense didn’t necessarily pick up in the third, a strong defensive effort set the ground work for a comeback attempt. The Sevens began the fourth quarter on a 16-5 run to claw to within eight points of the Spurs.
While the 87ers continued to make inroads, getting as close as six points, the hometown Spurs kept Delaware at arm’s length. Austin finished with five players in double figures.
The 87ers, meanwhile, also had five in double figures. Harrison (23) was the high-man on the team, with Carlos Lopez’s 19 points coming in second. Roscoe Smith (15), Russ Smith (14) and Mikh McKinney (10) rounded out the group. Carlos Lopez (11 rebounds) and Roscoe Smith (10 rebounds) each racked up a double-double.
The Sevens’ next game comes Saturday night against the Texas Legends. For the third-straight game, Delaware is playing a team for the first and only time this season. Tipoff is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. ET.