GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Delaware 87ers won their second of three matchups against the Grand Rapids Drive so far this season with a 107-96 victory Saturday night at the DeltaPlex Arena.
Cat Barber and David Laury III led the Sevens to the win with 20 points each, followed by Dionte Christmas who put up 19. James Webb III captured 15 rebounds.
For the Drive, Detroit Pistons assignee Stanley Johnson posted a team-high 26 points. Fellow Pistons assignee Henry Ellenson recorded a double-double with 19 points and 10 rebounds.
After Grand Rapids gained a quick 10-4 lead in the first, Delaware could not quite catch up to the Drive. The Sevens came within two points three times during the remainder of the quarter, but the Drive maintained their lead and ended the first up 28-20. Barber paced the team early with nine points, and James Webb III snagged five rebounds.
Delaware came out playing hard in the second, gaining their first lead of the game since their initial 2-0 start as they went up 38-36 halfway through the quarter. As halftime neared, Grand Rapids gained some momentum and went on an 11-2 run to take a 53-44 advantage with two minutes left in the quarter. The Sevens answered with an 11-6 run of their own to narrow their deficit to four at the half, 59-55. Barber led Delaware with 12 points at halftime, followed by Christmas with 11
Going into the second half, it was Laury III who stepped up for Delaware, putting up 10 points in the third alone. Every time the Drive made a move, the Sevens seemed to have an answer. They outscored Grand Rapids 25-15 in the quarter to gain an 80-74 edge heading into the final quarter of action.
Delaware finished the game strong, hanging onto their lead for the entire fourth quarter and not allowing Grand Rapids to get within less than three points. The number of players scoring in double figures for the Sevens grew to five in the fourth as they sealed a 107-96 victory.