Sevens Dominate in Matinee Win
The Delaware 87ers (6-21) dominated early and often Monday afternoon, in their matinee matchup against the Austin Toros (10-13), cruising to a 99-87 victory.
Playing their third game in four days, the Sevens showed no signs of being tired as they jumped on the Toros early and never let up. Starting Forward Tiny Gallon was a force underneath and what is becoming a trend the Sevens dished him the ball early and let him get to work. Gallon had 14 of his game high 22 points in the 1st quarter on (6-9 FG) shooting and contributed 6 boards for the game. Gallonís strong play ignited the Sevens who went into the half leading by 18 pts (60-42).
The second half started poor for the Sevens who allowed the Toros to make a brief 12 -4 run and cut the lead to 10 points (64-54). The Sevens responded going on a 9-0 run of their own which was brought on by hustle and tough team defense. Starting forward Rodney Williams helped the Sevens defense hold Austin to a season low 87 points, 3 points below their previous season low.
Known for his clutch shooting and big air dunks Williams defense was swarming in Mondayís game against the Toros. He led all players in steals with 3 and had a 1 block shot to round out an impressive offense night (12 pts, 2 reb, 1ast). Williams did not disappoint the 2,000 plus kids in attendance and showed why heís known for jumping out of the gym when he ended the 1st half on a fast break monster two hand jam that shook the rim.
When the game ended the Sevens had 5 players score in double figures and two of these players were the starting back court Lorenzo Brown and Matt Bouldin. Brown was called down from the 76ers and had the only double-double for the Sevens with (12 pts, 10 ast, 6 reb). Bouldin was on from longe range draining 3-7 3FG and again had an excellent game filling the stat sheet with (16 pts, 6reb, 6ast).
Austinís leading scorer was starting forward Josh Howard who had the teams only double-double with (18 pts and 12 reb). Forward Courtney Fells shot the ball well going 8-14 from the field for 17 points and had 4 assists and 1 rebound. Guards Flip Murray (14pts, 2reb, 2ast) and Charlie Westbrook (10pts, 2reb, 1ast) both scored in double figures and rounded out a poor offense night for the Toros.
The Delaware 87ers end their 4 game home stand Tuesday night, January 28th, against the Austin Toros at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE. Having won 3 of their last 4 games the 87ers enter Tuesday nightís game playing their best basketball of the season.