The Delaware 87ers have not had the best of luck this season with going winless in their last 8 games but that all that changed Saturday when the Sevens finally earned that first win of the season.
The 87ers took down the Raptors 905 98-92 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario Canada, Saturday night.
So how did the Sevens get their first win?
Well, it all started in the first quarter where at first for the Delaware 87ers were not looking so hot. The Raptors came out of the gate really hot by going on a 5-0 run to start the quarter.
Raptors center Shevon Thompson was the leader on that run with five points and 2 rebounds during that time.
Then the Delaware showed what they were made of and went on their own 10-4 run which tied the game at 10 a piece with 8:52 remaining in the first quarter.
Sevens forward Darin Johnson was the difference maker in that run by scoring four points during that period.
The game went back and forth for the next couple minutes with the two teams trading buckets with each possession until at the 7:48 mark where the Raptors were leading 15-14.
That is where the Delaware 87ers outscored the Raptors 13-11 for the rest of the quarter to put the Sevens ahead 27-26 to end the first.
The game changing moment of this game was in the second quarter where Delaware pounded the Raptors in points by outscoring them 38-13.
The Sevens James Webb III lead the way for his team in the second quarter with scoring 10 points. Webb III made three 3 pointers in the quarter as well.
The score at the end of the half was 87ers 65 and Raptors 905 39.
The scoring leader for the Sevens was James Webb III with 16 points in the first half.
The scoring leader for the Raptors was Kethan Savage and Davion Berry who each had 8 points in the first half.
Delaware’s field goal percentage in the first half was 57.9 % and Raptors was 42.1 %.
The 87ers were 9 for 14 taking three pointers and the Raptors were 3 for 11 in the first half.
Delaware was 12 for 15 with free throw shots and Raptors was 4 for 4 for free throw shots in the first half.
Also, Delaware had 5 turnovers and Raptors had 8 in first half.
The third quarter showed that even though the Raptors were down 26 points they were not throwing down the towel just yet. Raptors outscored the 87ers 27 to 22 in the third with center Shevon Thompson leading the way with 9 points.
The Sevens still had a commanding 21 point lead when the third quarter ended with the score being 87-66. The 87ers can thank guard Tyshawn Abbott who had the hot hand for the team with 11 points in the quarter. Abbott also hit three out of five three pointers he attempted in the quarter.
Then in the fourth quarter, things started to get dicey for the 87ers because that 21 point lead they had vanished with the Raptors outscoring them 26-11 in the quarter.
Davion Berry led the charge for the Raptors scoring nine points in the quarter for them.
For the Sevens to keep their lead, James Webb III was the man of the quarter for them with scoring six points.
So how close did the Raptors come to the Sevens lead?
Well they came within four points of Sevens lead around with 12 seconds left in the game is was 96-92. Then the Raptors had to foul to give themselves a chance but the Sevens took advantage and knocked down the two foul shots to seal the win at 98-92.
Was it the Thanksgiving break that did for the Delaware 87ers? Could be, but one thing were are thankful for the Sevens finally got a game in the win column this year.
The leading scorer of the night was Raptors Davion Berry with 24 points.
The 87ers leading scorer was James Webb III with 23 points.
Along with Webb III, five other Sevens players hit double digits and they were Devin
Robinson (10), James Blackmon Jr. (16), Tyshawn Abbott (16), Christian Wood (10) and James Michael McAdoo (10).
The Sevens (1-8) head home to the Bob Carpenter Center to take on the Northern Arizona Suns on Tuesday, November 28th at 6:30 pm ET.
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