Blue Coats Fall Short of Sioux Falls
WILMINGTON - The Delaware Blue Coats (10-16), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, dropped an up-and-down affair to the Sioux Falls Skyforce (21-10), 134-123, on Friday night in the second-ever game at the all-new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington.
Cameron Oliver led all scorers with a career-high 28 points on 11-14 shooting, including 2-2 from three-point range and 4-4 at the free throw line. Oliver finished with a double-double, adding 14 rebounds in 30 minutes of action.
Rashad Vaughn made his first start as a Blue Coat and tallied 27 points (10-17 fg, 2-5 3fg, 5-6 ft), four rebounds and four assists in 31 minutes. Jared Brownridge added 23 points (7-16 fg, 4-12 3fg, 5-6 ft) in 36 minutes.
Sioux Falls took a 69-59 lead into the halftime break.
Miami HEAT two-way contract player Duncan Robinson posted a team-high tying 23 points (6-11 fg, 3-5 3fg, 8-9 ft) in 40 minutes for the Skyforce. Raphiael Putney also scored 23 points (8-15 fg, 5-12 3fg, 2-3 ft), with his total coming in 30 minutes off the bench. Emanuel Terry contributed 16 of his 20 points (10-12 fg, 0-4 ft) in the first half.
The Blue Coats conclude a home back-to-back at 76ers Fieldhouse on Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. against the Greensboro Swarm.
"I think that's kind of the beauty of it, in some respects," said head coach Connor Johnson. "You get to come back around, do it again, and give yourself another chance. We're excited that we don't have to think about this one too long. We can get back and get ready to play Greensboro tomorrow."
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