NBA D-LEAGUE BASKETBALL 2015 – NOV 14 – Delaware 87ers (76ers) FALL TO Grand Rapids Drive (Detroit Pistons) 113-101

November 15 00:40 2015 Print This Article

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – November 14, 2015, – The Delaware 87ers lost their season opener on Saturday night 113-101 to the Grand Rapids Drive.

Delaware was led by 24 points on 8-of-10 shooting from David Laury in his NBA Development League debut, and the rookie was a perfect four-of-four from beyond the arc. Guard Jordan McRae scored 22 points in 38 minutes, while John Jordan and Ty Greene each chipped in nine points off the bench.

Grand Rapids was led by 23 points and 15 rebounds from Devin Ebanks, who shot 9-of-15 from the floor. Guards Ryan Boatright and Keley Barlow scored 22 and 20 points, respectively, while big man Henry Sims notched 15 points off the bench.

An uptempo first quarter saw McRae lead all scorers with eight points, but the Drive held a 34-24 advantage after one.

Sims came on for Grand Rapids and scored seven points in the second quarter, which saw the Drive take a 61-45 lead into the half.

Greene went three-of-four from beyond the arc to spark a 28-point third quarter for the 87ers, who finished the quarter down 79-73.

The Drive held a 51-41 rebounding margin and also added 20 assists on 41 made baskets. The 87ers shot 43 percent from three-point land, hitting on 13-of-30 shots from deep.

The 87ers will return to Delaware for their home-opener on Tuesday, November 17th at 7 p.m. ET. against the Canton Charge. Grand Rapids will hit the road for their next game, on the road at 12 p.m. ET against the Austin Spurs on November 17th.

 

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.