Not every game is won handily and in Thursday’s game, it came down to one crucial shot for Delaware Blue Coats to get a 109-107 win over the Long Island Nets at the 76ers Fieldhouse.
The game winning shot for the Blue Coats came from point guard Matt Farrell who hit a layup with one second left in the game.
Small Forward Rashad Vaughn led the Blue Coats in scoring in the win with 25 points.
Blue Coats center Ryan Anderson recorded a double-double in the win with 11 points and 18 rebounds.
Four other Blue Coats scored in double-digits in the game and they were center Justin Patton (14), point guard Matt Farrell (13), shooting guard Jared Brownridge (21) and power forward D.J. Hogg (10).
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included Fast Break Points (15-6), Assists (23-15), Steals (8-6) and Blocks (6-4).
Blue Coats also won the turnover battle by 11-15 in the game.
Delaware also had the advantage in shooting as well, with the team shooting 46% ( 45-97) and with Long Island shooting 42% (42-100). Blue Coats also bested the Nets in drowning the three pointers with the team shooting 37% (13-35) and Long Island shooting 21% (6-29).
Turnovers Kill Nets In First Quarter and Help Blue Coats Take Early Lead
In the first quarter, the Blue Coats as a team shot 44% (11-25) and they also shot 50% (3-6) at the foul line.
Long Island shot 38.5% (10-26) in the first quarter and the team also shot 50% ( 1-2) at the foul line.
The story of the first quarter would be the six turnovers from the Nets and while the Blue Coats only had two in the quarter.
The quarter started with the Blue Coats coming out quickly with a 4-1 lead but it did not last long as the Nets Theo Pinson hit a three pointer with 10:05 left in the quarter to tie the game.
Around the 9:05 minute mark, the Blue Coats went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-6 lead with 8:43 left in the quarter.
Then at the 6:34 minute mark, Delaware went on a 9-2 run which increased their lead to 19-12 with 4:16 left in the first quarter.
Long Island would outscore the Blue Coats 11-7 for the rest of the quarter but Delaware would still take a 26-23 lead into the second quarter.
Turnovers Hurt Blue Coats and Go Into Halftime Trailing
In the second quarter, the Blue Coats shooting improved as the team shot 50% (11-22) and they also 50% (3-6) at the three point line.
The Nets also improved their shooting in the second quarter as the team shot 44% (11-25) and they also shot 87.5% (7-8) at the foul line.
The story of the second quarter was the Blue Coats turning the ball over seven times and the Nets only four times.
The second quarter started with the Blue Coats outscoring the Nets 11-7 which increased their lead to 37-32 with 8:44 left in the half. Rashad Vaughn led the charge in that time span scoring five of the 11 points.
The Nets would go on a late 6-0 run to take a 52-51 lead into halftime.
First Half Stats
Blue Coats shot 46.8% (22-47) in the first half and the Nets shot 41.2% (21-51).
Blue Coats shot 28.6% (4-14) at the three point line and Long Island 13.3% (2-15).
Delaware’s leading scorer in the first half was Ryan Anderson with 11 points.
Nets leading scorer in the first half was Mitchell Creek with 12 points.
Vaughn Scores 12 In The Third Quarter But Blue Coats Still Trail
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the third quarter was Rashad Vaughn who scored 12 points. As a team, the Blue Coats shot 48% (12-25) in the third quarter and they also shot 100% (2-2) from the foul line.
The Nets continued to improve their shooting as the team shot 50% (12-24) and they also shot 80% (4-5) at the foul line.
The Blue Coats won the turnover battle in the third quarter by 1-4.
The third quarter started with the Blue Coats Vaughn hitting back to back three pointers to give his team a 57-52 lead with 10:20 left in the quarter.
Long Island would erase the Blue Coats lead with a 10-0 run which gave them a 62-57 lead with 7:49 left in the quarter.
Around the 6:48 minute mark, Delaware would go on a 6-2 run which would tie the game at 63 with 6:07 left in the third quarter. Justin Patton led the charge on the 6-2 run scoring four out of the six points.
The Nets would outscore the Blue Coats 21-17 for the rest of the quarter to take a 84-80 lead into the fourth quarter.
Farrell Hits Game Winning Shot With One Second Left To Get Blue Coats a Home Win
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the fourth quarter was Jared Brownridge who scored 12 points. Brownridge was hot from the three point line in the fourth as he hit three of five attempts.
As a team, the Blue Coats dipped in shooting for the second straight quarter as the team shot 44% ( 11-25) and they also shot 50% (6-12) from the three point line.
The Blue Coats did a good job in the fourth quarter to keep the Nets unable to find many good looking shots as the team shot 36% (9-25). The Nets also shot 62.5% (5-8) at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
Around the 7:56 minute mark, the Blue Coats went on a 18-0 run which gave them a 102-97 lead with 4:52 left in the game.
The game was tied at 107 with 48 seconds left and the Nets had a couple chances to go ahead but one of their shots was block by D.J. Hogg. The other shots from the Nets, the team just missed the hoop.
Matt Farrell sent the Blue Coats fans home happy when less then a second was on the clock as he hit a clutch lay up to give his team a 109-107 win.
The Blue Coats look to make it two straight victories at the 76ers Fieldhouse when they take on the Iowa Wolves on February 9th at 7:00pm ET.
FG%: DE46% & LIN 42%
3P%: DE 37%& LIN21%
FT%: DE 55% &LIN74%
Rebs: DE49 & LIN58
Ast: DE23& LIN15
Stl: DE 8 & LIN6
TO: DE 11 & LIN15
Blks: DE 6&LIN4