87ers Exterminate Mad Ants, Win 116-98

87ers Exterminate Mad Ants, Win 116-98
March 19 00:03 2016 Print This Article

NEWARK, DE – March 18, 2016, – The Delaware 87ers defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 116-98 at the Bob Carpenter Center on Friday night.

Russ Smith produced his first triple-double for the 87ers (19-24), as the NBA D-League’s No. 1 prospect produced 20 points, 16 assists and 13 rebounds. Christian Wood led the 87ers with 40 points on 16-of-23 shooting and 13 rebounds. Rodney Carney added 14 points off-the-bench on 5-of-8 from the field, and David Laury III posted 13 points in the win.

The Mad Ants (18-26) were led by CJ Fair who had 25 points on 10-of-20 shooting from the field to go along with seven rebounds. Marcus Simmons recorded 16 points, while grabbing a team-high eight rebounds and five assists. Three other Mad Ants scored in double-figures including 16 points from Rakeem Christmas, 14 from Terran Petteway, and 14 from Walter Lemon Jr.

Philadelphia 76ers assignee, Center CHRISTIAN WOOD (33) dunks the ball with authority in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers (76ERS) and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Friday, Mar. 18, 2016. at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Philadelphia 76ers assignee, Center CHRISTIAN WOOD (33) dunks the ball with authority in the second half of a NBA D-league regular season basketball game between the Delaware 87ers (76ERS) and the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (Indiana Pacers) Friday, Mar. 18, 2016. at The Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center in Newark, DEL. Photo By Saquan Stimpson

Wood totaled 14 points and four rebounds in the first, giving the 87ers a 33-21 lead at the end of the opening period.

Carney came off the bench to knock down all four shots he attempted from beyond the arc, but Fort Wayne trimmed the lead down and trailed 59-49 at the half.

Fort Wayne limited Delaware to 6-of-23 from the field in the third, closing the deficit to 75-71 after three.

Smith completed his triple-double in the fourth quarter, scoring 16 points in the frame during the 87ers’ 41-point quarter.

The 87ers travel to face the Grand Rapids Drive for a game on Saturday, March 19th at 7 p.m. ET. Fort Wayne will play host to the Drive on Sunday, March 20th at 5:00 p.m. ET.

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About the Delaware 87ers

The Delaware 87ers of the National Basketball Association Development League (NBADL) were relocated to America’s first state in 2013 and named to commemorate the year in which Delaware ratified the U.S. Constitution, 1787. The Sevens are the NBADL affiliate of the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers and are owned by the Sixers. The 87ers play at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, DE.

About the NBA Development League

The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 26 percent of all NBA players at the start of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on nbadleague.com.