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 offensive side of the ball. As the Sevens went on to beat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 127-120 in a offensive heavy game.
Three Sevens scored over 20 points in the game and they were Shawn Long, Askia
Booker and Christian Wood.
Askia Booker led all players with 27 points on the day and Christian Wood followed right behind with 26 points. Long had 21 points in the game.
Wood also had 10 rebounds to give him a double-double in the game.
The recently signed Demetrius Jackson scored 10 points in his debut with the Sevens.
It all started in the first quarter where Delaware got off to a quick start by going on a 8-2 run to start the quarter. It was Sevens center Emeka Okafor who was hot right out the gate scoring six out the eight points on the run.
Then the Mad Ants went on a 7-0 run of their which gave them a 9-8 lead with 8:33 left in the first. Jarrod Uthoff hit the three pointer to give the Mad Ants the 9-8 lead in their 7-0 run in the early first.
Then the next couple of minutes the two teams kept trading buckets and the lead which was up until 5:00 minute mark in the first where Fort Wayne started to put some distance between them and the Sevens.
The Mad Ants outscored the Sevens up to the point 16-10 to take a 36-28 into the second quarter.
In the first quarter, Fort Wayne was hot on the three point line going 4 for 6 at the line.
Mad Ants Stephen Hicks led all players with nine points in the first quarter.
The second quarter started pretty how much the first quarter ended with the Mad Ants adding to the lead but the Sevens were not giving up just yet.
With 6:24 left in half, the Delaware 87ers finally went on a run that would put them back in this game which was 13-5 run. That put the score at 57-54 with the Sevens trailing with 3:11 left in the half. Christian Wood and Askia Booker were big on the run as they scored four points and five points respectively on the run.
Then at the 2:35 mark in the second, the Sevens finally took the lead for the first time since the first quarter with two good made free throw shots from Darin Johnson to make it 58-57.
As the half winding down the two teams just battled it with trading buckets and the lead until Mad Ants Jarrod Uthoff made a free throw to give his team a 63-62 lead going into halftime.
In the early minutes of the third the Sevens came out firing by outscoring the Mad Ants 19-7 in the quarter. That run helped them take a 82-72 lead with 6:55 left in the third quarter. Sevens Christian Wood led the way on this run with scoring six points.
The Sevens outscored the Mad Ants 15-11 for the rest of the quarter to give them a 97-83 lead going into the fourth quarter.
In the fourth quarter, Fort Wayne did battle their way back into the game but the Sevens always had answer for it. It did get a little dicey at the end but the Sevens hung on to win 127-120 as the buzzer sounded for the end of the game.
As I mentioned earlier, Sevens Askia Booker led all players with 27 points in the game.
The leading scorer of the night for the Mad Ants was Ben Moore and Stephen Hicks with 21 points.
Along with Booker, six other Sevens hit double digits and they were Shawn Long (21), Christian Wood (26), Devin Robinson (10), Emeka Okafor(10), James Blackmon Jr.(11) and Demetrius Jackson (16).
The Sevens (9-17) stay at the Bob Carpenter Center to take on the Long Island Nets on Friday at 7 PM ET.
Fort Wayne: 43%
3 Point %
Fort Wayne: 35%
Free Throw %