Photo: Twitter, Jared Brownridge (@23Jbrown)
The Delaware Blue Coats defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 98-88 on Tuesday at the Sanford Pentagon.
The leading scorer of the game for the Blue Coats was guard Jared Brownridge who had 23 points.
Three other Delaware players scored in double-digits which they were point guard Justin Robinson (21), guard Xavier Munford (16), and center Christ Koumadje (10).
The leading rebounder of the game for the Blue Coats was center Doral Moore with 10 rebounds.
Delaware had the advantage in multiple categories in the game which included rebounds (50-48), assists (21-20), steals (9-8), turnovers (15-19) and block shots (8-7).
Delaware also had the advantage over the Sioux Falls in shooting percentage as the team had 41%( 34-83) and Skyforce had 40%( 32-81). At the three-point line, the Blue Coats bested the Sioux Falls with a 29%(11-38) shooting percentage to Skyforce’s 28% (8-29).
Blue Coats Down By Seven After One Quarter
The game started with the Blue Coats coming out quick with a 5-0 lead which was led by power forward Julian Washburn who scored three of the five points.
After that small run by Delaware, the game was an intense battle between the two teams as there were four lead changes and one tied score in the next six minutes of the game.
It was all tied up at 10 with 6:41 left in the quarter but the Skyforce decided this was their time to break out with a good size lead. Sioux Falls went on an 11-4 run which gave the team a 21-14 lead with 4:15 left in the first quarter.
Both teams would score eight points each for the rest of the quarter but the Skyforce would still hold a 29-22 lead.
Delaware Struggles In The Second Quarter Which Gets Them Down By 19
The Skyforce would come out in the second quarter, fast and striking often as the team went on a 17-8 run which pushed their lead to 46-30 with 5:17 left in the half.
Sioux Falls would continue to widen the gap of their lead, as the team outscored the Blue Coats 11-8 for the rest of the quarter to give them a 57-38 halftime lead.
Blue Coats Outscore Skyforce In Third To Overtake The Lead
The Blue Coats came out of the half, looking like a different team because the team that showed up in the third quarter was not the same one who was down 19 points in the second.
Delaware started the third quarter with a 23-2 run which gave the team a 61-59 lead with 5:32 left in the quarter. The Blue Coats made five shots from the perimeter on this run which came from Julian Washburn (1), forward Haywood Highsmith (1), Xavier Munford (2) and Jared Brownridge (1).
Starting at the 3:53 minute mark, Delaware would outscore Sioux Falls 9-7 which extended their lead to 72-70 going into the fourth quarter. Brownridge scored all nine points during that scoring stretch.
Offense Remains Hot For Delaware Which Helps To Seal Win
In the first four minutes of the fourth quarter, The Blue Coats would storm out to a 12-2 run which pushed their lead to 84-72. Justin Robinson was the leader of this run as he scored nine of the 12 points.
The Blue Coats had a comfortable lead for most of this quarter but the Skyforce would go on a 13-2 run at the 5:37 minute mark to close Delaware’s lead to two points (90-88).
Delaware would answer back with scoring eight unanswered points which would seal a 98-88 road win. Robinson was the leading man of this run as he scored five of the eight points.
The Blue Coats head back home to Delaware to take on the Stockton Kings on February 13th at 7 PM ET.
FG%: DE41%& SXF40%
3P%: DE29%& SXF28%
FT%: DE 59%% & SXF 80%
Rebs: DE50& SXF48
TO: DE15 &SXF19