NEWARK, Del. — Delaware 87ers (9-19) lost another close one to the Erie BayHawks (14-15) by a final score of 128-123 in overtime on Beau Biden Foundation Night. It was the second time these two teams went to an extra session, with Delaware winning in the first instance. Christian Wood’s sublime performance (38 points, 14 rebounds) was barely outdone by Erie’s combination of Isaiah Taylor and Tyler Cavanaugh, both of whom have played good minutes with the Atlanta Hawks this season. The BayHawks have taken the season series three games to one.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ final meeting with Erie this season:
Christian Wood was even more monstrous than usual
Dudes who are 6-11, can handle and shoot and block shots are a matchup nightmare, and that’s exactly what Christian Wood embodies. Wood always gets his at this level, but tonight he was even better than usual. The UNLV product had a season-high 38 points, 14 rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Wood had 27 (!) second-half points and got whatever he pleased throughout the night. He sent the game into overtime with a three-pointer that knotted up the proceedings at 118 apiece. After starting the game 3-8 from the field, Wood made 13 of his next 17 shots and also notched his 14th double-double of the year. He’s a beast, plain and simple. Lock him in for a spot in the G League All Star game and look for him to compete for first team All-G League honors.
Isaiah Taylor and Tyler Cavanaugh led the way for Erie
It was easy to tell these guys had NBA experience, especially Taylor. The pair finished with a combined 57 points, 19 rebounds (18 for Cavanaugh) and 16 assists (all from Taylor). The two men shot 22-44 from the field and nailed six threes between them. When the game was close at the end, head coach Josh Longstaff knew exactly where he wanted the ball and his two best players paid it off.
Former Vice President Joe Biden spoke and halftime and stayed for the finish
Last year when the former VP spoke, he didn’t get a chance to stick around and watch the whole game. This year was different, and Mr. Biden saw one heck of a finish. After a rousing speech at halftime, during which he honored his late son’s work in protecting the children of Delaware, Mr. Biden stayed through the end of the game. The game was of course Beau Biden Foundation Night, and it was great to see the whole contingent witness the full game.
The 87ers next take the court to face Raptors 905. The game is Wednesday, Jan. 24 at Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia and begins at 11 a.m. It is the team’s second Philly Education Day game presented by Delaware Solid Waste Authority.