87ers Snap 2 Game Skid with Win Against Red Claws
By Bill Hyland
The Delaware 87ers (8-23) jumped on the Maine Red Claws (12-15) early Tuesday night winning 126-116 and snapping their 2 game losing streak.
Playing in his first action since last season 76ers regular Arnett Moultrie was reassigned to the Sevens and contributed valuable minutes in last night’s win. Moultrie was taken 27th overall in the 1st round of the 2012 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat before being traded to 76ers on draft night. Offseason surgery has kept Moultrie off the court all year but his offensive skills were on display last night in the 2nd quarter when he scored 4 consecutive points on a wicked spin move layup followed the next time down the court with a put back two hand slam which brought the crowd to their feet.
The Red Claws came into the Bob Carpenter Center for the first time this season riding a three game winning streak but had no answer for the 87ers who set the tone with an 11-2 lead out the gate. Delaware never trailed in the game and starting point guard Lorenzo Brown led the way for the Sevens scoring a team high 28 points. Brown showed off his accurate shooting skills at the end of the first half when he hit a running three just as the buzzer sounded to send the Sevens into halftime with a 66-58 point lead.
Delaware had 6 players score in double figures Tuesday night including starting guard Matt Bouldin who continued his strong offensive play draining two from behind the arc while scoring 19 points. Vander Blue, playing in his first game back with the 87ers after his 10 day contract with the Boston Celtics expired, scored 17 points and power forward Tiny Gallon scored 12.
The Red Claws won the previous two meetings this season with the Sevens but fell short last night despite having three players score above 20 points. Claws guard Frank Gaines averaged 26 points in his two games against the Sevens this year and did much of the same last night pacing his team with 28 points. Guard Chris Wright, who leads the Claws in PPG with 20.2, came out firing scoring 27 points in the game and dropped 20 of those in the first half. Big man Vitor Faverani rounded out the Red Claws scoring with 27.
The Sevens are 5-3 in their last 8 games and look to continue their hot play when they travel to Tulsa for back to back games Friday and Saturday night against 66ers (10-19) who sit at the bottom of the Central Division.
Delaware returns home to the Bob Carpenter Center Monday, February 10th, when they play Maine for the third time in 11 nights.