Sevens Rally Late, but Fall to Armor
By Bill Hyland
After trailing by 18 points at halftime, the Delaware 87ers (7-23) rallied late to fight their way back against the Springfield Armor (8-17) but could not finish the comeback effort losing (112-115)
The Delaware 87ers returned home Saturday night with a bitter taste in their mouth after losing the night before to the Maine Red Claws and hoped to continue their hot play at the Bob Carpenter Center where they had won 3 of their last 4.
Getting off to a slow start the Sevens found themselves trailing by 13 points (26-39) after the first quarter. Starting guard Lorenzo Brown was the Sevens lone bright spot scoring 16 of the teams 26 first quarter points. Brown led all players in scoring with 33 points, 6 rebounds, 8 assists, and three steals.
The second quarter was much of the same for the Sevens who found themselves down by as many as 23 points but just 18 going into the half. The Sevens shot 18-46 from the field for 39.1% and only 3-10 for 30% from behind the arc in the first half and their team defense was not much better allowing the Armor to shoot over 50% from the field and three point range.
Coach Baker must have delivered a strong message to his players because the Sevens came out ready to play in the second half and looked like a completely different team. The Sevens starting back court in Brown and Matt Bouldin led the way scoring 21 of the teams 33 points. Bouldin found his shot in the third dropping 4-6 from the field and 3-4 from long range scoring 11 of his 22 total points to help the Sevens cut their deficit to single digits entering the fourth.
The 87ers continued to playing tough in the fourth and eventually made it a one possession game trailing by 3 points late but never got any closer. Brown’s last attempt three was just off the mark as the Sevens fell for consecutive games.
All five starters scored in double figures for the Sevens. Forward Tiny Gallon had another strong performance pulling down a game high 15 boards and scoring 20 points to record another double-double and starting center Kyrylo Fesenko scored 10 points and was 1 board short of a double-double with 9. While Thanasis Antetokounmpo provided the Sevens with their only spark off the bench scoring 11 points, 4 boards, and 1 assist in the loss.
The Armor played well Saturday night winning two consecutive games for the first time this season. Scoring 39 first quarter points was a season high for the Armor who had 5 players in double figures for the game. Armor guard Darius Johnson-Odom led his team in scoring with (25 points, 8 assists, and 2 rebounds). Guard Larry Anderson (21 points, 11 rebounds 5 assists) and forward Dennis Horner (13 points, 11 rebounds, 1 assist) each recorded a double-double in the Springfields win while Willie Reed came off the bench for the Armor scoring 21 points and grabbing 6 off the glass.
The Delaware 87ers have a quick turnaround and look to get back on the winning track when they host the Maine Red Claws Tuesday night February 4th, at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.