WILMINGTON – DEC. 27, 2019 – The Delaware Blue Coats (10-7), the NBA G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, fell to the College Park Skyhawks (10-8), 132-125, on Friday night at 76ers Fieldhouse. The Blue Coats connected on a season-high 21 3-point field goals in a game that saw 17 lead changes and nine ties. 76ers two-way contract player Marial Shayok posted a game-high 29 points (11-19 fg, 6-10 3fg, 1-1 ft) with six rebounds in 29 minutes in front of a sold-out crowd. Six 3-point field goals made were a career-high total for the rookie.
Haywood Highsmith scored 18 points (6-12 fg, 4-7 3fg, 1-1 ft) and grabbed seven rebounds in 26 minutes off the bench for the Blue Coats, while Jared Brownridge also totaled 18 points (7-9 fg, 4-6 3fg) as a reserve. Xavier Munford tallied his fourth double-double of the season with 17 points (6-13 fg, 3-6 3fg, 1-2 ft) and 10 assists in 32 minutes, while Christ Koumadje also secured a double-double for the home team with 15 points (6-14 fg, 2-3 ft), 13 rebounds and three blocked shots in a game-high-tying 33 minutes of action. Koumadje has now recorded a double-double on six occasions this season.
Delaware’s previous season-high total for 3-point field goals made was 20, set on Dec. 17 in a road win at Greensboro. The Blue Coats led 79-78 at halftime after a Shayok three-pointer beat the first half buzzer. The team’s 21 triples came on a season-high 46 attempts from downtown, good for its second-highest 3-point field goal percentage (.457) of the season.
College Park saw eight players reach double figures scoring in the victory. Philadelphia native Tahjere McCall tallied a career-high 28 points (7-13 fg, 4-6 3fg, 7-9 ft) with six rebounds and five assists in 23 minutes off the bench for the Skyhawks. Cat Barber posted his third double-double of the season with 23 points (10-17 fg, 2-2 ft) and 10 assists in 33 minutes for the visitors, while Nick Ward added 16 points (8-11 fg) and six rebounds in his first-career start.
The Blue Coats will travel to Maine for a New Year’s Eve matinee with the Red Claws on Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 12:00 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s meeting marks the fourth meeting, including last Saturday’s contest at the 2019 MGM Resorts NBA G League Winter Showcase, between the two divisional opponents already this season.