Zhaire Smith matches G League career-high in Blue Coats’ loss

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).


Zhaire Smith drops season-high 18 points for Blue Coats

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.

Medical update on 76ers’ Zhaire Smith

Philadelphia 76ers rookie Zhaire Smith is recovering well after receiving additional medical treatment for complications derived from the allergic reaction that initially required a thoracoscopy, which was performed back in September when Smith had an allergic reaction to a food product.

According to the team, his return to athletic training has yet to be determined, and as such, there is no timetable for his return to play.

Before the thoracoscopy, Smith was recovering from surgery after he was diagnosed with a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his left foot back in August.