Blue Coats’ Johnson is happy with what the team accomplished this season

The last time the Delaware Blue Coats battled the Lakeland Magic, they trailed by 22 points at halftime and ultimately would lose 115-107 in their regular season matchup, and on Thursday night in the NBA G League Finals, Delaware again got down early and trailed by 12 at the break. From there, Lakeland would push the lead to as much as 25 points in the third quarter and would capture their first NBA G League title by defeating Delaware 97-78 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.

Devin Cannady led Lakeland with 22 points, while Rayjon Tucker led the Blue Coats with 20 points. Lakeland held Delaware to 31% from the field, including 20% from three-point range.

“We really struggled just to kind of get anything going,” Blue Coats head coach Conner Johnson said after the game. “I think that’s on us for sure. We could have done a better job in some areas. I think it’s a huge credit to them(Lakeland).”

While the Blue Coats did not win a championship, the 2020-21 season was filled with a lot of great accomplishments for Delaware, including making the playoff for the first time, getting their first playoff victory, and making their first appearance in the G League Finals, so in many ways, this season was a success for Delaware, which Johnson discussed.

“I think to the whole season a positive we take away are we crossed off some firsts for our team that we were hoping to accomplish by making the playoffs, having a playoffs game, and now getting to the Finals,” Johnson said. “I think that the development of these guys kind of from the top and bottom of the roster. It’s something that we really look at and take a lot of pride in.”

Based on the way they were playing in the playoffs, you thought Delaware was built and ready to win a G League title, but in a single-elimination game, you have to be at your best, and the Blue Coats were not at their best on Thursday night. 

Blue Coats are one game away from an NBA G League title

The Delaware Blue Coats got revenge against the Raptors 905 on Tuesday night, and more importantly, Delaware is one game away from winning an NBA G League title. 

Behind 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed, who posted a double-double with 26 points, 10 rebounds, five assists, and three blocks, and Isaiah Joe’s 24 points, the Blue Coats defeated the Raptors 905, 127-100 in the G League semifinals at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 

Delaware will meet the Lakeland Magic on Thursday at 4:30 pm ET(ESPN2) in the NBA G League Finals.

The Blue Coats dished out 36 assists against Raptors 905, their highest assist total for any game this year, including the regular season. Delaware also had 17 steals as a group, which is also a season-high mark.

Toronto 905 routed the Blue Coats 138-107 in the regular season, and they evened the score against them on Tuesday, and they will have the same opportunity against Lakeland, who defeated the Blue Coats 115-107 in the regular season.

“The thing is lining up pretty good, where Toronto got us pretty good in the middle of the season, and we had a chance to kind of redeem ourselves here,”  Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson said. “Lakeland got us. We played a poor first half in the regular season. Now, we got one chance to play for the most important one at the end.”

Just as they did to start the season when they won seven straight, Delaware is playing some good basketball right now, and having Joe, who is on assignment from the 76ers, around elevates this team. He’s a weapon, and if he continues to shoot at this level(12 three-pointers made in the last two games), the Blue Coats will probably capture their first G League title.

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Blue Coats’ Johnson on playing Raptors 905: ‘I think it’s exciting for us to try to get revenge’

The Delaware Blue Coats got their first postseason victory in franchise history as they defeated the Austin Spurs 124-103 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida on Monday night. With the victory, Delaware advances to the G League semifinals to battle the Raptors 905 on Tuesday at 9:15 p.m. ET(ESPNU) 

Isaiah Joe was huge for the Blue Coats on Monday night. Joe, who is on assignment from the 76ers, had game-high 28 points, including seven threes. 76ers two-way contract players Paul Reed (17 points, six rebounds, three assists, two steals, one block) and Rayjon Tucker (14 points) combined for 31 points. The Blue Coats had six players in double figures scoring, including all five starters.

Cameron Reynolds led Austin with a team-high 26 points and a game-high 14 rebounds. 

After the game, Blue Coats head coach Connor Johnson talked about Joe’s ability to get good looks from three-point range.

“If you make one a game, it’s not much,” Johnson said about Joe. “For him to get 15 pretty good looks and make seven of them, I think that’s impressive, and that stands out to me right away.”

Delaware’s Justin Robinson recorded a double-double with 16 points, a G League career-high-tying 13 assists, and four steals in 33 minutes. Robinson’s previous 13-assist game came in the first meeting against the Spurs on Feb. 21. Michael Frazier II, celebrating his 27th birthday on Monday, came off the Blue Coats bench to score 18 points.

Now, the Blue Coats have to play the team with the best record in the G League, Raptors 905. These two teams met in the regular season, where Raptors 905 routed the Blue Coats 138-107. However, Johnson is excited about the opportunity to get revenge.

“They crushed us last time, and I think it’s exciting for us to try to get some revenge,” Johnson said. “They’re very talented; they have a lot of shooting… I think it’s a great challenge. We played some good defense today that we’re proud of, but another step for us to play probably the most talented teams in the G League.”

The Blue Coats will have Joe this time around against Raptors 905, so that should help, but there is a reason why they are the number one seed, so this will be a huge challenge for Delaware.

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Blue Coats to battle Spurs in G League playoffs on Monday night

It’s onto the playoffs for the Delaware Blue Coats (10-5), who lost their regular-season finale to the Memphis Hustle, 106-95, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida.

Paul Reed posted his league-leading 12th double-double of the season with a game-high 27 points and season-high-tying 16 rebounds. Reed added a rookie career-high six assists, three steals, and two blocks. 76ers assignment player Isaiah Joe scored 12 points, including a pair of three-pointers for the Blue Coats.

Delaware, the No. 4 seed in the NBA G League playoffs, will play the first playoff game in franchise history on Monday at 8:15 p.m. ET(ESPNews) against the No. 5 seed, the Austin Spurs (10-5). It is a single-elimination format, so it’s win or go home.

These two teams met in the regular season on February 21 when the Blue Coats defeated the Spurs, 122-107, in the only regular-season meeting between them.

In that contest, Reed delivered his seventh straight double-double to begin the season with 15 points (7-14 FG), a game-high 14 rebounds (six offensive), and a pair of steals in 31 minutes of action. Rayjon Tucker posted 23 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds, and a game-high three steals in a game-high 35 minutes.

In a single-elimination game, anything can happen. Both of these teams have identical records, so even though Delaware defeated San Antonio in the regular season, these teams appear to be evenly matched on paper.

 

 

Blue Coats rout Ignite to move to 8-4

The Delaware Blue Coats (8-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the NBA G League Ignite (7-5), 120-92, on Monday at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. The Blue Coats shot .475 (48-101) from the field, including 18-37 (.486) from three-point range. They pulled down a season-high 54 rebounds and won the battle on the boards 54-41. Delaware also recorded 13 steals, marking their league-leading fourth game with at least 13.

76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed notched his ninth double-double through the team’s first 12 games with 13 points, a game-high 12 rebounds, three assists, two steals and one block in 31 minutes. Delaware’s Justin Robinson also posted a double-double with 13 points and a game-high 12 assists in 27 minutes. Rookie Braxton Key provided a spark off the Blue Coats bench with a season-high 19 points (8-10 FG, 3-3 3FG), five rebounds, two assists, two steals and a game-high two blocks in 21 minutes of action.

76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker scored a game-high 21 points (8-15 FG, 3-6 3FG, 1-1 FT) with seven rebounds en route to a game-high plus-29 rating. Michael Frazier II added 20 points and four rebounds for the Blue Coats.

Delaware led 69-44 at halftime. Seven Blue Coats scored in double figures for the second time this season (2-0). Delaware’s 34 fast-break points are a new NBA G League season high for a single game.

NBA G League Ignite was led by a double-double from Jonathan Kuminga, who finished with 19 points (5-15 FG, 1-5 3FG, 4-9 FT), 11 rebounds and four assists in 33 minutes. Brandon Ashley and Cody Demps (5-6 FG, 4-5 3FG) each added 14 points.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats meet the Canton Charge (4-8) on Wednesday at 11 a.m. ET.

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Paul Reed records another double-double as the Blue Coats remain undefeated

The Delaware Blue Coats (7-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Austin Spurs (6-2), 122-107, on Sunday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. Seven Blue Coats reached double figures scoring for the first time this season, as the team tied the franchise record for consecutive wins with its seventh straight victory.

76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed delivered his seventh straight double-double to begin the season with 15 points (7-14 FG), a game-high 14 rebounds (six offensive) and a pair of steals in 31 minutes of action. Fellow 76ers two-way contract player Rayjon Tucker posted 23 points (7-13 FG, 5-6 FT), five rebounds and a game-high three steals in a game-high 35 minutes.

Delaware’s Michael Frazier II came off the bench to net a season-high 24 points (9-18 FG, 3-8 3FG, 2-2 FT) along with five rebounds, one steal and two blocks. Frazier II posted a game-high plus-17 rating in 28 minutes of play. Justin Robinson notched his first double-double of the campaign for the Blue Coats with a season-high 19 points (7-14 FG, 3-8 3FG, 1-1 FT) and a career-high 13 assists.

The Blue Coats led the Spurs 65-55 at halftime. For the game, Delaware outrebounded Austin 46-39 and won the battle for points in the paint by a 70-42 margin.

Austin’s Anthony Mathis scored a game-high 33 points on 10-15 shooting from the field, 5-9 from three-point range and 4-4 from the free-throw line. Sacramento Kings flex assignment player Robert Woodard II had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in a team-high 31 minutes. Galen Robinson Jr. dished out a game-high 14 assists, while London Perrantes had 10 assists of his own in the loss.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats play the second game of their current back-to-back on Monday at 3:30 p.m. ET against the Erie BayHawks. Erie holds a 6-1 record. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-GM.

Blue Coats move to 4-0 after defeating Swarm

The Delaware Blue Coats (4-0), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Greensboro Swarm (1-3), 127-98, on Tuesday night at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando, Florida. 76ers two-way contract player Paul Reed totaled 19 points (8-16 FG, 1-3 3FG, 1-1 FT) and a rookie career-high 16 rebounds, including six on the offensive glass, with a steal and two blocks. Rayjon Tucker, also on a two-way contract with Philadelphia, posted a double-double of his own with 13 points, a career-high 10 assists, three steals and a block. The Blue Coats are one of two remaining unbeaten teams in the NBA G League, alongside NBA G League Ignite.

Delaware’s Jared Brownridge poured in a game-high 24 points on 9-15 shooting from the field and 5-9 from three-point range. Justin Robinson and Jordan Bone each posted 17 points, with Bone converting five of his seven three-point attempts.

The Blue Coats’ 127 points, 49 field goals, 17 three-pointers and 34 assists all represent new season-high totals. Ten turnovers were the fewest the team has committed this season, while they forced the Swarm into 23 turnovers on the back of 13 steals. Delaware has now swiped at least 13 steals in three straight games.

Six Blue Coats scored in double figures of the first time this season. They led 72-58 at halftime.

Greensboro’s Kobi Simmons led the team in scoring with 19 points on 7-11 shooting from the floor, 2-3 from beyond the arc and 2-2 at the free-throw line. Vernon Carey Jr., on assignment from the Charlotte Hornets, had 18 points and eight rebounds in the loss. Admiral Schofield added a double-double for the Swarm with 14 points (6-14 FG, 2-8 3FG) and 10 rebounds.

UP NEXT: The Blue Coats play the second game of a back-to-back tomorrow night at 7 p.m. against the Iowa Wolves. Iowa is 0-4 this season. The game can be seen locally on DETV Channel 28 and heard on Rowan Radio 89.7 WGLS-FM.

Shayok named to All-NBA G League Third Team, All-Rookie Team

The NBA G League announced today that Philadelphia 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok has been named to the 2019-20 All-NBA G League Third Team, as well as to the NBA G League All-Rookie Team, while 2019-20 NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year Christ Koumadje has been named to the NBA G League All-Defensive Team. The players earned their respective honors in a vote by the league’s 28 head coaches and general managers.

Shayok, the No. 54 overall selection in the 2019 NBA Draft by Philadelphia, appeared in 35 games (33 starts) with the Delaware Blue Coats this season. He averaged 23.0 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 30.0 minutes per contest.

The Ottawa native finished third in the league in scoring average and led all rookies in total points (805) and field goals made (309). In November, he was tabbed as the first NBA G League Player of the Week for the 2019-20 season, and was later named to the Eastern Conference Midseason All-NBA G League Team in February. Shayok is the first player in Delaware franchise history to receive All-Rookie honors.

Koumadje, a Chad native, became the first player in Delaware franchise history to receive NBA G League Defensive Player of the Year honors on June 17. The 7-foot-4 rookie appeared in 33 games (23 starts), averaging 11.3 points, 10.9 rebounds and a G League-best 4.0 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game. His 133 blocked shots were 37 more than any other G League player and marked a Delaware single-season franchise record.

On Feb. 1, Koumadje recorded the only triple-double with blocks in the NBA G League this season, posting 18 points, 20 rebounds and an NBA G League season-high 12 blocks in a 111-103 road victory over the Erie BayHawks.

Below are the complete All-NBA G League Teams, the All-Rookie Team and the All-Defensive Team.

2019-20 ALL-NBA G LEAGUE TEAMS

FIRST TEAM

Jaylen Adams – Wisconsin Herd

Jarrell Brantley – Salt Lake City Stars

Devontae Cacok – South Bay Lakers

Frank Mason III – Wisconsin Herd

Jarrod Uthoff – Memphis Hustle

SECOND TEAM

Donta Hall – Grand Rapids Drive

BJ Johnson – Lakeland Magic

Josh Magette – Lakeland Magic

Johnathan Motley – Agua Caliente Clippers

Tremont Waters – Maine Red Claws

THIRD TEAM

Justin Anderson – Long Island Nets

Dusty Hannahs – Memphis Hustle

Jemerrio Jones – Wisconsin Herd

Vic Law – Lakeland Magic

Marial Shayok – Delaware Blue Coats

2019-20 NBA G LEAGUE ALL-ROOKIE TEAM

Jarrell Brantley – Salt Lake City Stars

Devontae Cacok – South Bay Lakers

Donta Hall – Grand Rapids Drive

Marial Shayok – Delaware Blue Coats

Tremont Waters – Maine Red Claws

2019-20 NBA G LEAGUE ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM

Tacko Fall – Maine Red Claws

Trae-Deon Hollins – Grand Rapids Drive

Christ Koumadje – Delaware Blue Coats

Sir’Dominic Pointer – Canton Charge

Kenny Wooten – Westchester Knicks

Shayok scores 26 points in Blue Coats’ win

The Delaware Blue Coats (22-21), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Maine Red Claws (28-14), 113-92, on Wednesday afternoon at 76ers Fieldhouse. The Blue Coats swiped 15 steals and held the Red Claws to a season-low 92 points, including just 12 points in the second quarter.

76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok scored 26 points (9-15 fg, 3-6 3fg, 3-3 ft) for the second-consecutive contest, adding seven rebounds and three steals in 24 minutes for the Blue Coats. Delaware’s Jared Brownridge was a game-high plus-38 in tallying 26 points (8-13 fg, 4-9 3fg, 2-2 ft), four assists and a career-high four steals in 23 minutes of action.

Norvel Pelle, on assignment from the 76ers, nearly registered a double-double with 12 points (5-7 fg, 1-2 ft), eight rebounds and three blocked shots in 21 minutes for the Blue Coats. Zhaire Smith, also on assignment from Philadelphia, added 10 points (3-6 fg, 2-3 3fg, 1-1 ft) and a pair of assists in a game-high 37 minutes.

The Blue Coats led 53-44 at halftime and outscored Maine 52-31 in the second and third quarters combined. Delaware, which led by as many as 34 points in the victory, totaled 24 points on the fast break.

Yante Maten paced the Red Claws with a double-double performance of 23 points (9-18 fg, 1-5 3fg, 3-5 ft) and 12 rebounds, adding four steals in 30 minutes of work. Boston Celtics two-way contract player Tacko Fall secured a double-double of his own with 12 points (6-12 fg) and 14 rebounds in 21 minutes off the bench for the Red Claws. Justin Bibbs posted 17 points (8-13 fg, 1-3 3fg) in 33 minutes as a starter for Maine.

The Blue Coats host the Long Island Nets on Saturday at 7 p.m. at 76ers Fieldhouse.

Shayok scores 25 points, Koumadje grabs 24 rebounds in Blue Coats’ win

The Delaware Blue Coats (20-18), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Windy City Bulls (16-23), 122-99, on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Christ Koumadje notched the 15th double-double of his rookie season with 13 points (6-12 fg, 1-2 ft) and a season-high 24 rebounds in 30 minutes to help the Blue Coats even the season series.

Koumadje’s 24 rebounds match the total for the most rebounds by a player in a single game in the G League this season (Eric Mika, Stockton Kings). Koumadje previously recorded 20 rebounds in an 18 point, 20 rebound and 12 block triple-double at Erie on Feb. 1. The 7-foot-4 center added three blocked shots to bring his season total to a league-leading 124 rejections.

Seven Blue Coats players scored in double figures for the eighth time this season.

76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok led the way with 25 points (9-16 fg, 4-7 3fg, 2-2 ft), four rebounds and five assists in 27 minutes of action. Jared Brownridge and Justin Robinson combined for 40 points off the Delaware bench. Brownridge netted 21 points (7-10 fg, 5-8 3fg, 1-1 ft) with four rebounds in 22 minutes, while Robinson tallied 19 points (8-11 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-1 ft), three rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes.

The Blue Coats led 52-40 at halftime and by as many as 26 points late in the fourth quarter. The team improves to 13-4 overall when leading at the break and 18-3 when leading at the start of the fourth quarter. Delaware outrebounded Windy City 52-40 and has now hauled in 50 rebounds or more on 22 occasions.

Jaron Blossomgame secured a double-double for the visiting Bulls with 26 points (11-18 fg, 1-2 3fg, 2-2 ft) and 11 rebounds in a game-high 37 minutes of work. Justin Simon added 21 points (9-23 fg, 2-7 3fg, 1-2 ft), seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes for Windy City.

The Blue Coats will embark on a three-game road trip that begins on Monday night at 7 p.m. ET against the Capital City Go-Go. The team then visits the Long Island Nets and Raptors 905 before returning home for a meeting with the Lakeland Magic next Sunday at 2 p.m. ET at 76ers Fieldhouse.