NEWARK, Del. — The Delaware 87ers (9-18) dropped a heartbreaker to the Long Island Nets (15-13), 112-110, on Service Appreciation Night presented by Delaware Citizen Corps at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. Long Island’s Isaiah Whitehead hit a runner in the lane with 0.3 seconds remaining to give the Nets a 112-110 lead. The loss marks the third time the Sevens have lost in crushing fashion at home, with defeats at the hands of the Westchester Knicks and Erie BayHawks happening because the 87ers hit long twos instead of threes at the end of regulation.
Here are three takeaways from the 87ers’ first game against Long Island this year:
Turnovers overshadowed another solid shooting night
First things first: Delaware committed 15 first-half turnovers and 28 cough-ups for the game. Those 28 miscues led to 32 Long Island points, while the Nets only had 11 turnovers, just four of which came in the second half. Every 87er who played more than 10 minutes had multiple turnovers. It’s amazing that Delaware kept itself in the game, and you can credit the team’s continued good shooting for that occurrence. The 87ers shot 49 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point range. Had the team not ended up with so many turnovers, there’s a strong probability they would have walked away with a win.
Bench play on both sides was stellar
Both teams got quality production from the reserves, with Delaware finishing with 51 bench points and Long Island getting 58 points from its bench. There were four different double-figure scorers who came off the pine tonight, two from each squad. Devin Robinson led the way for the Sevens’ second unit, notching 17 points on 7-8 shooting and 3-4 from three-point land. The Wizards’ two-way player hit two crucial triples late to tie the game at 108. However, it was a Long Island reserve who had the game’s final highlight. Former Seton Hall standout Isaiah Whitehead hit a floater in the lane with 0.3 seconds on the clock to send the 87ers to another devastating loss. Whitehead had 21, good for the second-highest total in the game.
Welcome back, James Webb III
It was weird seeing Webb III at the Bob without an 87ers uniform on. He was greeted with cheers by the fans and congratulated by a few others for securing a two-way contract with the Brooklyn Nets. He finished with seven points and three rebounds in 22 minutes of work. He should be making his NBA debut shortly and it’s tough to find an easier guy to root for, especially considering he successfully came back from a season-ending injury that cut his first pro season short.