The Delaware Blue Coats (12-9), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Grand Rapids Drive (13-10), 100-91, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, scored a game-high 19 points (6-9 fg, 4-6 3fg, 1-1 ft) with three rebounds and four assists in 29 minutes for the Blue Coats. Smith’s 19 points match his career-high total in the G League.
76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok added 14 points and six rebounds in 30 minutes of action for Delaware, while Jared Brownridge came off the bench to tally 13 points and five rebounds in 21 minutes of work. Christ Koumadje, the NBA G League leader in blocked shots per game (3.8), added five rejections and corralled a team-high 13 rebounds in a game-high 36 minutes for the Blue Coats. Koumadje was the team’s leading rebounder for the ninth-straight game.
The contest featured 13 lead changes and was tied seven times. The Blue Coats led 43-42 at the halftime break and 69-66 after three quarters. The Drive out rebounded the Blue Coats, 66-48, marking a season-high total for the visitors.
A pair of 16-point performances paced Grand Rapids. Donta Hall registered his sixth-straight double-double with 16 points (8-12 fg) and 16 rebounds in 27 minutes for the Drive, while Adam Woodbury came off the bench to collect a double-double of his own with 16 points (8-18 fg) and 10 rebounds in 20 minutes. Detroit Pistons two-way contract player Louis King posted 12 points (5-18 fg, 2-2 ft) and eight rebounds in 27 minutes as a Drive reserve, and Tra-Deon Hollins was a game-high plus-29 while stuffing the stat sheet with game-high totals in assists (12) and steals (5) to go along with his eight points (3-8 fg, 1-1 ft).
The Delaware Blue Coats (11-8), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Long Island Nets (6-13), 111-88, on Saturday afternoon at 76ers Fieldhouse. Christ Koumadje recorded a triple-double with 12 points (6-11 fg), a season-high 16 rebounds and a franchise-record 10 blocked shots in 32 minutes for the Blue Coats. Koumadje, who was a game-high plus-36, previously tied the franchise record with seven blocked shots (76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle, three times) on Dec. 19 against Stockton.
76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok, the NBA G League’s leading scorer, tallied a game-high 22 points (8-18 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) with five rebounds and three steals in 26 minutes for the Blue Coats. Delaware’s Xavier Munford posted 18 points (6-10 fg, 2-4 3fg, 2-3 ft), five rebounds and eight assists in 20 minutes of action, while Michael Bryson added a season-high 14 points (6-12 fg, 2-5 3fg) in 25 minutes off the bench. Munford’s eight assists came without a single turnover.
The Blue Coats held a 66-39 advantage at halftime and led by as many as 28 points in the contest. Six Delaware players reached double figures scoring for the sixth time this season, while the team hauled in more than 50 rebounds (54) for the 14th time.
Long Island was led by John Egbunu’s near double-double with 18 points (7-13 fg, 2-4 ft), nine rebounds and three blocked shots in 23 minutes as a reserve. Jaylen Hands scored 17 points (5-19 fg, 2-10 3fg, 2-2 ft) with four rebounds in 34 minutes for the Nets.
The Delaware Blue Coats (10-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the College Park Skyhawks (10-8), 132-125, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. The Blue Coats connected on a season-high 21 3-point field goals in a game that saw 17 lead changes and nine ties. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted a game-high 29 points (11-19 fg, 6-10 3fg, 1-1 ft) with six rebounds in 29 minutes in front of a sold-out crowd. Six 3-point field goals made were a career-high total for the rookie.
Haywood Highsmith scored 18 points (6-12 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats, while Jared Brownridge also totaled 18 points (7-9 fg, 4-6 3fg) as a reserve. Xavier Munford tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points (6-13 fg, 3-6 3fg, 1-2 ft) and 10 assists in 32 minutes, while Christ Koumadje also secured a double-double for the home team with 15 points (6-14 fg, 2-3 ft), 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in a game-high-tying 33 minutes of action. Koumadje has now recorded a double-double on six occasions this season.
Delaware’s previous season-high total for 3-point field goals made was 20, set on Dec. 17 in a road win at Greensboro. The Blue Coats led 79-78 at halftime after a Shayok three-pointer beat the first half buzzer. The team’s 21 triples came on a season-high 46 attempts from downtown, good for its second-highest 3-point field goal percentage (.457) of the season.
College Park saw eight players reach double figures scoring in the victory. Philadelphia native Tahjere McCall tallied a career-high 28 points (7-13 fg, 4-6 3fg, 7-9 ft) with six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench for the Skyhawks. Cat Barber posted his third double-double of the season with 23 points (10-17 fg, 2-2 ft) and 10 assists in 33 minutes for the visitors, while Nick Ward added 16 points (8-11 fg) and six rebounds in his first-career start.
The Delaware Blue Coats (7-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, defeated the Capital City Go-Go (5-6), 110-109, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse for the team’s fourth-straight victory. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok scored a game-high 31 points (13-23 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) in 30 minutes of action. Jonah Bolden, on assignment from the 76ers, converted a putback dunk with 5.4 seconds remaining to take the lead.
Bolden posted his third double-double of the season and his eighth overall in a Blue Coats uniform with 14 points (6-9 fg, 1-2 3fg, 1-2 ft), 13 rebounds and five assists in 31 minutes. Christ Koumadje also secured a double-double, his second of the season for the home team, with a season-high 20 points (7-9 fg, 3-3 ft), 12 rebounds and two blocked shots in 20 minutes as a reserve. Jared Brownridge added 16 points (6-11 fg, 4-8 3fg) in 22 minutes off the bench in the victory. Brownridge has now converted four triples or more on five occasions this season, after doing so in 30 of his 49 appearances (61 percent) with the Blue Coats during the 2018-19 campaign.
76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle nearly racked up his third consecutive double-double with the Blue Coats, finishing with 12 points (5-9 fg, 1-1 ft) and nine rebounds in 19 minutes.
Delaware grabbed 59 total rebounds for a plus-22 margin on the glass. Friday marks the second time this season that the team has recorded 59 rebounds, two shy of the season-high 61 rebounds posted on Dec. 1 at Lakeland. Delaware has corralled 55 rebounds or more in six of the team’s 11 games to this point.
The Blue Coats led 61-56 at halftime in a game that saw 12 total lead changes. The team improves to a perfect 6-0 overall when leading at the break.
For Capital City, Jerian Grant led the way with a season-high 25 points (6-13 fg, 2-4 3fg, 7-8 ft) to go along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals in a game-high 36 minutes. Jalen Jones collected 20 points (6-10 fg, 4-6 3fg, 2-3 ft) and eight rebounds in 34 minutes for the visitors, while Jalen Hudson added 19 points (8-18 fg, 3-6 3fg), seven rebounds and three steals in his first start of the season.
The Delaware Blue Coats (3-4), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Wisconsin Herd (7-1), 124-119, on Saturday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, posted a season-high 18 points (7-18 fg, 1-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) with seven rebounds and three steals in 32 minutes for the Blue Coats.
Six Blue Coats players, including Smith, scored in double figures in the loss. Tonight marks the third time in the past four contests that six Delaware players have scored at least 10 points. Jared Brownridge led the way with 23 points (8-16 fg, 5-10 3fg, 2-2 ft) in 25 minutes off the bench, while Xavier Munford tallied 15 points (7-17 fg, 1-4 3fg), six rebounds and seven assists in 31 minutes against his former team. Isaiah Miles scored 12 of his 14 total points (4-9 fg, 2-5 3fg, 2-2 ft) in the first quarter for Delaware, while Haywood Highsmith added 12 points (4-13 fg, 2-7 3fg, 1-1 ft), three rebounds and three assists in 21 minutes for the home team.
76ers two-way contract player Norvel Pelle recorded his second double-double of the season for the Blue Coats with 10 points (5-9 fg) and 12 rebounds, to go along with a pair of blocked shots, in 27 minutes of work.
With the win, Wisconsin extended its franchise-record winning streak to seven games. Rayjon Tucker posted a season-high 30 points (9-14 fg, 4-5 3fg, 4-7 ft) with six rebounds in 32 minutes for the Herd, as the visitors saw seven players reach double figures for the first time this season. Former Blue Coat D.J. Hogg contributed 10 of his 17 points (6-8 fg, 2-4 3fg, 3-3 ft) in the first quarter. Hogg, who sunk a pair of free throws in the closing seconds to extend his team’s lead to five points, added six rebounds and three assists in 28 minutes. Luke Maye added 16 points (6-13 fg, 4-8 3fg) and seven rebounds in 28 minutes for Wisconsin.
Delaware led 37-34 after one quarter, but trailed the Herd 72-65 at halftime. The Blue Coats outrebounded Wisconsin, which entered the game leading the G League with 56.8 rebounds per game, 55-48, in the loss. Delaware also blocked 10 shots for the second time this season.
Because of the depth the Philadelphia 76ers have in the front-court, there probably won’t be a lot of minutes available for 76ers F Jonah Bolden. However, fortunately for Bolden, he can continue to develop with the 76ers’ G League team, the Delaware Blue Coats.
Recently, Bolden was sent down to the Blue Coats to get some playing time, and he has produced. On Friday against Long Island, Bolden dropped 34 points and 9 rebounds, and on Saturday, the 23-year-old Bolden had another strong game when he scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against Canton.
“He’s very versatile,” Blue Coats’ Haywood Highsmith said about Bolden after their 123-111 loss to Canton on Saturday. “He can do a lot of things: pass, score, shoot, so he’s just a great all-around player.”
Last season, Bolden averaged 4.7 ppg and 3.8 rpg in 44 games with the 76ers. The second-year player has a decent stroke and shot 35% from downtown last season.
This season, Bolden came into the 2019-20 NBA season looking noticeably different. Bolden’s body looks different and he appears to have worked hard to improve his game in the offseason. One thing that he showed is the ability to put the ball on the floor. Last season, he did a lot of his scoring in spot-up situations but watching him in Delaware, he made an effort to do more things off the dribble.
Bolden is still a young player, but barring injuries to Al Horford or Joel Embiid, will not have much of a role with the 76ers this season. But, hopefully, for him, he can continue to work on his game and continue to grow as a player.
The Delaware Blue Coats (1-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, posted the team’s highest point total ever at 76ers Fieldhouse in a 141-135 victory over the Greensboro Swarm (1-1) on Monday night. The team previously scored 140 points in a victory over Fort Wayne on Feb. 20, 2019. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok totaled 20-or-more points in both halves of Monday’s game, finishing with 42 points (14-27 fg, 3-9 3fg, 9-9 ft), nine rebounds and three assists in 34 minutes, as the Blue Coats picked up their first win of the 2019-20 season.
Shayok has now scored 76 points through Delaware’s first two games of the season. Xavier Munford was a game-high plus-16 in tallying 36 points (9-18 fg, 6-10 3fg, 6-7 ft), six rebounds and six assists in 35 minutes for the Blue Coats. Haywood Highsmith (18 points, 10 rebounds) and Christ Koumadje (10 points, 12 rebounds) each registered a double-double, while Julian Washburn added 12 points (5-7 fg, 2-4 3fg) and four rebounds in 25 minutes as a reserve.
“We played at a great pace,” said Munford. “We kicked the ball ahead and we moved the ball. Our big emphasis coming into the game was more passes per possession, and I feel like we really focused on that tonight.”
For Greensboro, both players on assignment from the Charlotte Hornets—Caleb Martin and Jalen McDaniels—scored 30 points in the contest. Martin posted 30 points (10-19 fg, 1-6 3fg, 5-6 ft) with seven rebounds and five assists in 34 minutes, while McDaniels finished with 30 points (9-17 fg, 5-6 3fg, 4-4 ft), eight rebounds and five steals in 31 minutes. All five starters for the Swarm reached double figures scoring, including Hornets two-way contract player Robert Franks, who notched 27 points (10-19 fg, 3-7 3fg, 2-3 ft) and seven rebounds in 35 minutes of action. Fellow two-way contract player Kobi Simmons secured his second-straight double-double with 18 points (7-14 fg, 2-5 3fg, 1-1 ft) and 10 assists in 28 minutes.
The Blue Coats return to action on Friday night when they take on the Long Island Nets on the road at 7:00 p.m.
The Delaware Blue Coats (0-1), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the Maine Red Claws (1-0), 148-125, on Saturday night in the season opener at 76ers Fieldhouse. In front of a sellout crowd, 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted a game-high 34 points (14-24 fg, 3-7 3fg, 2-3 ft) with six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes.
Xavier Munford poured in 25 of his 29 points (8-16 fg, 3-4 3fg, 4-4 ft) in the second half for the Blue Coats, adding six rebounds and three assists in 29 minutes of action. Zhaire Smith, on assignment from the 76ers, tallied 14 points (5-12 fg, 1-5 3fg, 2-2 ft), five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. Christ Koumadje added 10 points (3-5 fg, 2-2 ft), five rebounds and four blocks in 22 minutes as a starter.
Boston Celtics two-way contract player Tremont Waters paced Maine with a team-high 28 points (9-18 fg, 7-11 3fg, 2-3 ft), four rebounds and three assists in 27 minutes. Romeo Langford, on assignment from the Celtics, posted 27 points (10-15 fg, 2-6 3fg, 3-4 ft), five rebounds and a game-high six blocks in 32 minutes for the Red Claws. Yante Maten totaled 24 points (7-12 fg, 2-3 3fg, 4-4 ft) and five rebounds in 20 minutes as a starter, while Boston Celtics two-way player Tacko Fall posted a double-double with 13 points (6-9 fg, 1-2 ft) and 11 rebounds to go along with three blocked shots in 25 minutes as a reserve.
The Blue Coats return to action on Monday night at home when they take on the Greensboro Swarm at 7:00 p.m.
Zeke Upshaw, who played for the Grand Rapids Drive of the G League, died today after collapsing on Saturday in a game against the Long Island Nets. Upshaw was 26-years-old.
Here is a statement from Upshaw’s mother, Jewel:
“After continued efforts from the medical team at Spectrum Health, Zeke made his transition at 11:16 am. To family, friends, teammates, coaches, fans & confidants, thank you for your prayers and support during this most difficult time.
“Details of his memorial will be announced at a later date. We’d like to thank the many doctors and nurses at Spectrum Health for their efforts in caring for our son. We’d also like to thank the Drive for the support they have extended to our family.”
Upshaw was in his second year with the Drive. He played collegiately at Illinois State and Hofstra.