Coat Check | 12.6.19
Each week, “Coat Check” will highlight the Delaware Blue Coats, the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers.
Face in the Crowd
You just never know who you might see at a Delaware Blue Coats game.
Last season, 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid and 76ers Head Coach Brett Brown sat in cushioned, front-row chairbacks while checking out the Coats.
Earlier this year, former Delaware General Manager and current 76ers GM Elton Brand took in a game from Row 1 at 76ers Fieldhouse.
This past Tuesday, it was one of Brand’s offseason acquisitions, Josh Richardson, who made an appearance.
— Delaware Blue Coats (@blue_coats) December 4, 2019
“I think it’s cool because [the 76ers are] the team that we represent,” said returning Blue Coat Jared Brownridge. “So for some of the players to come and visit us, it means a lot. It lets us know that they’re aware that we’re here playing in Delaware.
“For them to take time out of their busy schedules—their busy NBA schedules—it means a lot. And [Josh] even showed us on Instagram that he was representing, that he was happy to be here and he was interacting with the fans, too. It’s just great to see that kind of leadership from the program above us.”
The Blue Coats (6-4) head into the weekend winners of three-straight games. The team currently ranks second in the G League in points per game (120.7), rebounds per game (53.4), and blocks per game (7.1).
In Tuesday’s nine-point victory over Raptors 905 (Toronto Raptors), 76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle notched his third double-double of the season with 20 points (9-14 fg, 1-2 ft), a season-high-tying 14 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Six Blue Coats scored in double figures for the fourth time this season. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, tallied a season-high-tying 18 points (8-13 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-1 ft) and added five rebounds in 31 minutes.
On the road at the Lakeland Magic (Orlando Magic) two days prior, the Coats set new season-high marks for rebounds (61), steals (17), and blocked shots (11) in a 109-83 win. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half, while Doral Moore had a monster game with 19 points, a game-high 17 rebounds and five blocks. Moore, current Blue Coat Christ Koumadje and 76ers All-Star Ben Simmons played high school basketball together at Montverde Academy in Montverde, Florida.
24 PTS | 7 REB@MarialShayok is our Specialist of the Game, presented by Delaware Orthopaedic Specialists!
— Delaware Blue Coats (@blue_coats) December 1, 2019
As for the game that started the current winning streak, the Coats posted a dominant victory over the Westchester Knicks (New York Knicks) last Friday, 110-93. Three players (Moore, Koumadje, and Julian Washburn) corralled double-digit rebounds.
The 26-year-old Pelle reached an important milestone last week…his NBA regular-season debut, when the 76ers visited the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden.
It’s been quite the journey for Pelle, Delaware’s franchise leader in games played (80) and an original G League Draft selection by the team in 2013. After various stops overseas, he returned to the First State last season and dominated en route to G League All-Defensive Team honors.
His presence was certainly felt in his NBA debut, as well, to the tune of four blocked shots.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@sixers) November 30, 2019
Pelle currently holds G League averages of 15.4 points, 10.8 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 25.2 minutes per game.
Including his 24-point performance shown above, Shayok is currently averaging a Blue Coats-high 26.3 points (third in G League) to go along with 7.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 29.5 minutes per game. The rookie has scored at least 15 points and made at least two 3-point field goals in all but one of his G League appearances thus far.
Blue Coats rookie guard Shizz Alston Jr., on the support from Josh Richardson and the 76ers:
“It means a lot. Just knowing that the Sixers support us, just how we support them. They come out. So for [Josh] driving out here [on Tuesday], it just means a lot to us and we wanted to play hard for him.”
AT THE BUZZER
Shake Milton, on assignment from the 76ers, with the Drive(s) of the Game for the Coats last weekend.
The Blue Coats host the Capital City Go-Go (Washington Wizards) on Friday night at 7 p.m. ET.
The team will not return to 76ers Fieldhouse again until Friday, Dec. 27, following the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase in Las Vegas.
For information on Blue Coats tickets, visit SIXERS.COM/BlueCoats.