Delaware Blue Coats head to first G-League Championship
For the first time in franchise history, the Delaware Blue Coats will be advancing to the G-League championship, facing the Lakeland Magic on Thursday night. Delaware pulled away in the fourth for a dominant 127-100 win over the Toronto 905.
The Blue Coats struggled early during the first quarter but found their way towards the end to pull out a 27-25 lead. During the second quarter is where the Coats really found their groove and never looked back. Isaiah Joe had another dominant showing, with an incredible 24 points, second-most for Delaware. Joe was unstoppable from three with 15 points from the perimeter.
Paul Reed continued his dominance on both ends of the ball tonight, especially on defense. B-Ball Paul pulled in ten rebounds and had three blocks to go along. Toronto center Henry Ellison shot just 4-14 from the field with Paul locking all windows and doors. On offense, he had another 20+ point outing, scoring 26, and had three threes.
Head coach Connor Johnson did a tremendous job with his players showing fantastic effort on both sides of the ball. Their hustle on defense and sharing of the basketball was vital in this win. Delaware held Toronto to their lowest scoring performance this season. Another great showing was two-way player Rayjon Tucker who was aggressive on all levels on offense. Tucker had 16 points and was 50% from the field, and did a tremendous job of commanding Delaware’s offense.
As a team, the Blue Coats shot 53% from the field compared to Toronto’s 45%. The most significant discrepancy was from three. Toronto was only 22%, while the Coats were an impressive 43%. This group has been nothing but spectacular during this bubble run and hopefully can continue this trend in the G-League championship on Thursday.
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