It was Education Day at the Bob Carpenter Center for the Delaware 87ers and the team sure did educate the fans on how to be effective on both sides of the ball with a 121-118 win against the Maine Red Claws.
Sevens Jacob Pullen put on a clinic against the Red Claws with scoring 35 points in the game.
The two teams had big day on the defensive side with a combined 21 steals ( 87ers had 12 and Maine had nine) and 19 blocks ( 87ers had nine and Maine had 10).
Sevens Devin Robinson was the block leader for the team with five and Christian Wood was right behind with four blocks.
87ers forward James Webb III was a takeaway machine with five steals and his teammates Tyshawn Abbott (4) and Jacob Pullen (3) were right behind him in steals.
It all started in the first quarter where the Maine Red Claws jumped out to a early 8-2 lead, thanks to their guard Trey Davis who scored all eight points to start the quarter.
Then the Red Claws added another seven points to the score to make the lead 15-6 with 7:05 remaining in the first quarter.
The Delaware 87ers were little rusty to start the quarter but found their grove around the 6:36 mark where the team went on a 11-2 run to tie the game at 17 a piece with 4:38 left in the 1st quarter.
James Webb III and Jacob Pullen led the way for the Sevens on the run with Webb II scoring five points and Pullen four points.
The Sevens were not done yet as they went on another run but this time it was a 7-2 run to put the team up 24-19 with 2:11 remaining in the quarter.
Maine outscored Delaware 6-4 for the rest of the quarter with the score at the end of one being in the Sevens favor with 29-25.
In the first quarter alone the Red Claws had three blocks shots to their name already.
In the second quarter, the Sevens were led by Jacob Pullen who scored 13 points in the quarter. The Sevens outscored the Red Claws 36-31 in the second quarter and the first half ended with the 87ers having a 65-56 lead.
The scoring leader for the Sevens in the first half was Jacob Pullen with 24 points.
The scoring leader for the Red Claws in the first half was Trey Davis with 18 points.
Delaware’s field goal percentage in the first half was 53.3 % and Maine’s was 46.7 %.
The 87ers were 8 for 14 taking three pointers and the Red Claws were 6 for 18 in the first half.
Delaware was 9 for 9 with free throw shots and Maine was 8 for 10 for free throw shots in the first half.
Also, Delaware had 5 turnovers and the Red Claws had 9 in first half.
In the third quarter both defenses came out strong with the two teams combining for 8 blocks in the quarter ( 87ers had four and Maine had 4). Maine also had four steals in the quarter.
Maine outscored Delaware 29-21 in the third quarter, thanks to going 5 for 11 at the three point line.
At the end of three, Maine clawed their way back within one point with the score being 86-85 in the Sevens favor.
Then in the fourth quarter things started to get dicey for the Sevens when the Red Claws took the lead for the first time in the second half at the 9:03 minute mark. Maine’s Daniel
Dingle hit the three to put the Red Claws ahead 97-95.
A minute later Sevens James Webb III gets fouled and makes both free throw shots to tie the game at 97 a piece.
It did not look good for Delaware as the Red Claws went on a 7-2 run to put them up 104-99 with 6:18 remaining in the game.
Delaware was not deterred though as they hit three shots in a row to tie the game again, this time at 104 a piece with 4:06 remaining in the game.
Then the 87ers outscored Maine 17-14 the rest of the way to secure a 121-118 win at home.
The leading scorer of the night was Sevens Jacob Pullen with 35 points.
The leading scorer of the night for the Red Claws was Trey Davis with 34 points.
Along with Pullen, five other Sevens hit double digits and they were James Webb III (19), Christian Wood (16), Devin Robinson (18), Tyshawn Abbott (11) and Marc Loving (10).
The Sevens (4-11) travel to Grand Rapids Michigan to face the Grand Rapids Drive on Friday, December 15th at 7pm ET.
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