Delaware Blue Coats Ricky Council IV dribbles during the game against OKC photo courtesy of Delaware Blue Coats

Shooting woes sink Blue Coats in season finale

Patrick GaryantesHeadlines, Sports

Delaware Blue Coats Ricky Council IV dribbles during the game against OKC photo courtesy of Delaware Blue Coats

WILMINGTON- The Blue Coats closed their season out on Saturday night as the Oklahoma City Blue visited the Chase Fieldhouse.  The Blue entered the game with a 20-13 record and a handful of NBA prospects on their roster led by Ousmane Dieng (11th overall pick in 2024 draft).  


The length of OKC caused Delaware fits all night as they shot an abysmal 3-35 from the 3-point line & before a hot fourth quarter were shooting 22-77 from the field overall (28.6%).  The Blue also dominated the glass, out rebounding Delaware 59-32.  These two factors helped OKC earn their 21st victory on the season, 121-95.


With the prolonged scoring drought, the Blue Coats only had 4 players in double figure, a number that doubled during their 34-point outburst in the final quarter.  Jeff Dowtin led the way with 19, while Ricky Council netted 18, Jarron Cumberland added 19 & Melvin Frazier Jr. rounded out the double figure scoring with 14.


The Blue were led by their starting five primarily, as all of them netted double-figure points.  Keyontae Johnson finished with 12, Adam Flagler with 11, Lindy Waters III with 15, Dieng with 19 & Olivier Sarr led the way with 21.  Hunter Maldonado wasn’t too shabby either, as he scored 17 off the bench.  


While Delaware struggled to shoot, OKC shot 51-94 from the field with a ton of shots at the rim.  They would also outshoot the Blue Coats from deep, shooting 11-34.


The Blue Coats finish the season on a bit of a slide falling to 19-15 on the season and earning the 6th and final seed in the Eastern Conference Playoff picture.  The Blue earned the 3-seed out West.


The G-League Playoffs are set to kick off on April 2 with opening round games.  The way the playoffs are set up, the top two seeds in each conference earn a first round bye.  The opening-three rounds of the tournament are single elimination, with a 3-game series in the Final.  


The Blue Coats will open the tournament with a visit to Indiana to take on the Mad Ants.  Tip-off is set for 7:30 pm and can be viewed on ESPN News.

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