After going 2-1 on their recent road trip, the Sevens returned home to the Bob Carpenter Center and continued their winning ways. The Delaware 87ers beat the Oklahoma City Blue 104-95 on a chilly Tuesday night.
It might of been cold outside but Sevens were hot on their home court playing one of their best quarters of the season when they went up on the Blue 30-16. The lead was thanks to a 14-0 run by the 87ers near the end of the first quarter. The 16 points scored by the Blue is the second least points the Sevens have given up in a quarter this season.
Sevens Head Coach Eugene Burroughs was very impressed what he saw in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game.
“I thought we moved the basketball. We made shots. I think our team is progressing and getting better the more we share the ball,” Head Coach Eugene Burroughs said. “I think Cat Barber was kind of a catalyst for us. He’s been moving the ball very well the last three or four games, and when he does that it gets other guys involved and guys can make shots and it breeds that sharing of the basketball.”
Recent Philadelphia 76ers assignee Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot had nice first quarter with 6 points, 2 assists, 2 rebounds ( all defensive) and one steal.
Sevens Dionte Christmas led the Sevens in points in the first quarter with 8. Christmas also went 2 for 3 from the three point line in the first quarter.
The first quarter was all Sevens, well the second quarter it was all the Oklahoma City Blue. The Blue outscored the Sevens 37-18 in the second quarter and ultimately took a 53-48 lead into halftime. Josh Huestis was one of the hot shooters for the Blue going 4 of 4 from the field and had 9 points in the quarter. The Sevens were only 1 for 7 from the three point line in the second quarter, where as they were 2 for 6 in the first. The Blue out rebounded the Sevens 16-6 in the second quarter.
Sevens Head Coach Burroughs after the Blue’s Second quarter run:
“Honestly, I think our game is a game of runs,” Burroughs said. “Someone’s going to come out early and make some shots and the other team is going to go on a run. It’s ‘can you withstand run?’”
Daniel Hamilton led the Blue with 18 points in the first half.
Dionte Christmas led the Sevens with 10 points in the first half.
In the third the Sevens came charging back into the game outscoring the Blue 24-16 in the quarter. After trailing most of the quarter the Sevens finally took a 63-62 lead with a David Laury III free throw with 3:35 left in the quarter. After that the Sevens never released the lead to the Blue again in the game. David Laury III and Lorrenzo Wade Jr. both led the Sevens with 6 points in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter the Sevens were able to hang on for the win with great defensive plays and the offense kept chugging along. 87ers cashed in on their 2nd chance points and went 3/3 when the opportunity arose. James Webb III led the Sevens with 8 points in the fourth quarter.
Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot the 76ers assignee and first round draft pick had 16 points, 2 steals, 5 assists and 6 rebounds on the night.
Sevens Head Coach said this about Luwawu-Cabarrot’s performance:
“I think confidence-wise, it helps him because now, again, he’s playing in NBA games and to come down here and play against the talent level here, which is good talent, but it’s different,” Burroughs said. “The style of play is different, the game is different. When you watch him play, he’s in pick-and-rolls with us and I’m quite sure with the Sixers he’s not in a lot of pick-and-rolls.
“He’s still developing and growing and that’s what our league is for and that’s what our team is for is to help him be in situations where he can improve and get better.”
Along with Luwawu-Cabarrot, Sheldon McClellan and Lorrenzo Wade Jr. also had 16 points on the night vs the Blue.
Three other players hit double digits with points vs the Blue and they were David Laury III (15), Dionte Christmas (15) and James Webb III ( 11).
Sevens (6-6) head to Canton to face the Canton Charge on Friday at 7 pm ET.
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