SEVENS STORM PAST ERIE TO SWEEP HOME-AND-HOME WITH BAYHAWKS
By Varun Raghupathi, 24/Sevens Insider
ERIE, PA – The Delaware 87ers (22-17) used one of their best second-half offensive performances of the season to zoom past the Erie BayHawks (11-28) 123-103. The Sevens are now 3-0 against Erie with one meeting remaining this season.
Scoring has never been a problem for Delaware against the BayHawks. The 87ers won the first two matchups 129-105 and 132-126. The 123 points in this game represents the lowest output for the Sevens versus Erie so far this year.
The game did not start out Delaware’s way, however. Erie won the first quarter 31-26 after leaping out to a fast start. Nine different Sevens played and the bench outscored the starters in the period 15-11. Aaron Harrison led the way with nine first-quarter points. The second quarter featured more of the same. The BayHawks took the frame 30-25, which made the halftime score 61-51.
The second half was a different story. Delaware started scoring early and often and took the lead for good after putting up 39 points in the third. The fourth quarter featured more of the same, with the Sevens not only racking up 33 more points, but holding Erie to just 16 of their own. All told, the 87ers outscored the Bayhawks 72-42 in the second half.
Harrison finished with a game-high 30 and went 8-8 from three-point land, but he was far from the only contributor. Seven different Delaware players ventured into double figures, including Russ Smith (17), James Webb III (15), Shawn Long (15), Devondrick Walker (13), Nate Robinson (12) and Carlos Lopez (12).
The Sevens are chasing the Canton Charge for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. The Charge took down the Westchester Knicks 120-112 to remain a half-game better than Delaware. However, the 87ers are only a half-game back of idle Fort Wayne and just one game out of Maine’s reach.
This win gets the Sevens’ four-game road trip off to a good start. The next contest comes Wednesday, March 8 versus Rio Grande Valley, the D-League affiliate of the Houston Rockets.