On a snowy day in Wilmington, the Delaware Blue Coats were able to heat up the court and pick up a 140-129 win against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on Wednesday at the 76ers Fieldhouse.
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The leading scorer of the game for the Blue Coats was point guard Matt Farrell who scored 26 points.
Center Ryan Anderson recorded a double-double in the Blue Coats win with scoring 13 points and collecting 12 rebounds.
Five other Blue Coats players scored in double digits and they were small forward Rashad Vaughn (22), forward Haywood Highsmith (15), shooting guard Jared Brownridge (17) , center Justin Patton (20) and power forward D.J. Hogg (18).
Delaware had the advantage in one statistical category in the game which was in Assists (32-21).
Blue Coats also won the turnover battle in the game by 9-13.
Delaware also had the advantage in shooting as well, with the team shooting 53% (49-92) and with Fort Wayne shooting 49% (48-98). Blue Coats also bested the Mad Ants at the three point line with the team shooting 50% (23-46) and with Fort Wayne shooting 47% (15-32).
Patton & Anderson Combine For 14 Points As The Two Teams End 1st Qtr Tied
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the first quarter was Ryan Anderson who scored eight points. Anderson’s teammate, Justin Patton was right behind him with scoring six points in the first quarter.
As a team, the Blue Coats shot 44.4% (12-27) in the first quarter and they also shot 100% (3-3) at the foul line.
The Mad Ants shot 43.8% (14-32) in the first quarter and they also shot 50% (1-2) at the foul line.
Fort Wayne out rebounded Blue Coats 17-14 and won the turnover battle by 2-3 in the first quarter.
The game started with the Mad Ants jumping out to a quick 6-0 lead which was thanks to Omari Johnson who scored four out the six points on the run.
Delaware was trailing most of the first quarter until the team outscored Fort Wayne 11-7 with 3:46 left to end the quarter with the score tied at 31.
Vaughn & Farrell Combine For 24 Points To Give Blue Coats The Halftime Lead
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the second quarter was Rashad Vaughn who scored 14 points in the quarter. Vaughn’s teammate, Matt Farrell was right behind him in scoring 10 points in the quarter.
As a team, the Blue Coats heated up the court in the second quarter as they shot 60.9% (14-23). Delaware also was feeling it at the three point line as well, as the team shot 71.4% (10-14) in the second quarter . The Blue Coats also went 100% (6-6) at the foul line as well in the second quarter.
Fort Wayne also improved their shooting in the second quarter by shooting 54.5% (12-22) and they also shot 100% (6-6) at the foul line. The Mad Ants also did well at three point line by shooting 50% (4-8) in the second quarter.
The second quarter started with the Blue Coats going on a 19-9 run which gave them a 50-40 lead with 8:17 left in the half. Vaughn led the charge on the run with scoring 12 ( made four three pointers) of the 19 points in the run.
Around the 2:06 minute mark, Delaware would go on a 13-5 run to give them a 75-65 lead at halftime. Farrell was the man in charge of that run which he scored six of the 13 points.
First Half Stats
Blue Coats shot 52% (26-50) in the first half and the Mad Ants shot 48.1% (26-54).
Blue Coats shot 58.3% (14-24) at the three point line and Fort Wayne 40% (6-15).
Delaware’s leading scorer in the first half was Rashad Vaughn with 16 points.
Mad Ants leading scorer in the first half was Rob Gray with 21 points.
Farrell, Brownridge & Highsmith Combine For 16 Points As Blue Coats End With 12 Pt Lead In 3rd Qtr
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in third quarter was Jared Brownridge who scored six points. Brownridge’s teammates, Matt Farrell and Haywood Highsmith were right behind him scoring five points each in the third quarter.
The Blue Coats cooled down some in their shooting but were still finding good looks on a pretty consistent basis with the team shooting 52% (13-25).
The Mad Ants also cooled down some in their shooting as well but they also still found a lot of good looks as the team shot 50% (11-22) in the third quarter.
Delaware won the turnover battle in the third by 1-5.
Around the 8:42 minute mark, the Blue Coats went on a 11-3 run which increased their lead to 91-73 with 6:37 left in the third quarter.
Fort Wayne would outscore Delaware 21-15 for the rest of the quarter but the Blue Coats would still take a 106-94 lead into the fourth quarter.
Farrell, Brownridge & Patton Combine For 20 Points To Help Seal Blue Coats Win
The leading scorer for the Blue Coats in the fourth quarter was Matt Farrell who scored eight points. Farrell’s teammates, Jared Brownridge and Justin Patton were right behind him with scoring six points each in the fourth quarter.
The Blue Coats improved their shooting in the fourth quarter as the team went 58.8% (10-17). Delaware also went 58.8% (10-17) at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
The Mad Ants stayed at the same shooting percentage in the fourth as where the team was in third quarter by shooting 50% (11-22). Fort Wayne also went 81.8% (9-11) at the foul line in the fourth quarter.
The fourth quarter started with the Mad Ants going on a 7-2 run to decrease Blue Coats lead to 108-101 with 10:24 left in the game.
Then around the 8:13 minute mark, Blue Coats would go on a 9-3 run which increased their lead to 123-110 with 6:25 left in the game.
Fort Wayne would go on a 8-2 run with 3:13 left in the game to decrease Delaware’s lead to 132-129 with 2:08 left in the fourth.
The Blue Coats would answer back with their own 8-0 run which would give them a 140-129 victory at home.
Delaware hosts the Maine Red Claws at the 76ers Fieldhouse on February 22nd at 7:00pm ET.
FG%: DE53% & FW 49%
3P%: DE 50%& FW 47%
FT%: DE 73% & FW 82%
Rebs: DE36 & FW 50
Ast: DE32&FW 21
Stl: DE6 &FW 7
TO: DE 9 & FW 13
Blks: DE 4&FW 5