Well, apparently the apple doesn’t fall to far from the tree. After the Sixers lost to the Blazers last night by a score of 139-105, the 87ers followed in their big brothers foot steps by losing to the Iowa Energy by a score of 136-113.
The Sevens jumped out to an early 12-0 lead, but the Energy quickly climbed back into the game and led the first quarter 36-23. If you couldn’t tell already, defense was at a premium in this contest.
Othyus Jeffers of the Energy (who is second in the NBADL in scoring at 25.3), chipped in 21 points and 12 boards, while Moses Ehambe scorched the 87ers for 34 points. Seriously, the funnest thing about watching D-League games is trying to figure out how to spell/pronounce some of these names.
T. Antetokounmpo hit a three early in the game and I proceeded to search Google for the next five minutes to find the correct spelling of his name. Seriously, my goal by the end of this season is to figure out how to spell Antetokounmpo’s name without looking at any references. Wish me luck!
Kendall Marshall shined again playing almost 40 minuets and totaling 17 points and 10 assists (6 turnovers). Overall, Marshall was 6-23 from the field, so that’s a bit disappointing. However, he’s showing that he isn’t afraid to lead this team, which is a positive sign.
Someone else who impressed me was LaSalle product, Steve Weingarten, who chipped in 12 points on 4-8 shooting from deep. He’s served as an outside scoring threat for the 87ers.
One of the more confusing story lines to me about the 87ers is the fact that Aquille Carr continues to sit on the bench. He only played 16 minuets last night and scored 6 points on 3-8 shooting, for the season he’s only averaging 14.6 MPG. I’m not sure why Carr isn’t receiving more minutes, because he has been extremely effective when placed in the game.
The 87ers fell to 2-7 on the season with this loss to the Energy and will play again tonight at 7:00 pm vs Fort Wayne. Check out the NBADL youtube/twitter pages to watch the full length games live.
Can the 87ers break the losing streak?
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