HOME AGAIN PREVIEW: SEVENS TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

Official Release | February 9, 2017

SEVENS TO PLAY BACK-TO-BACK HOME GAMES ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY

The Delaware 87ers return home tomorrow for First Responders Night, presented by Delaware Citizen Corps, to benefit American Red Cross when they take on the Canton Charge at 7 p.m. ET at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del.

Sevens players will wear special patriotic-themed jerseys featuring the Delaware Citizen Corps logo that will be auctioned off to fans to benefit American Red Cross. Fans can use promo code CITIZENCORPS at sevens.com/promo to purchase discounted tickets. Twenty percent of tickets purchased using the promo code will also benefit American Red Cross.

Prior to the game, there will be a “Guns vs. Hoses” charity basketball game. Local first responders will present the flag for the National Anthem and will later face off in a themed dress-n-dribble game. They will be recognized on the court during the game as well.

All fans are invited to bring teddy bears to the game to throw on the court during halftime. All teddy bears collected will be donated to local fire and police departments to be distributed to children in need.

Before heading into the arena, kids will be able to check out a Mill Creek Fire Safety House apparatus, in addition to a police car, fire truck and campus patrol car. Fans can also experience a digital fire extinguishing apparatus, courtesy of the UD Fire Marshall once they get in. Upon entry, the first 2,000 people will receive Delaware Citizen Corps reflective vest keychains.

Fans can visit concourse tables of 10 of their preparedness partners, including American Red Cross and DEMA. The UD Public Safety and UD Emergency Management table will feature a Pop-A-Shot and giveaway station.

The game will also feature KidZone entertainment by Party Business and Olympic course, super hoops and castle inflatables, in addition to Bump N’ Play and Delaware Children’s Museum. Fans can enjoy postgame Launch-A-Ball, player autographs and on-court free throws. The proceeds from Launch-A-Ball will also benefit American Red Cross.

The Sevens are looking to climb back into the playoff picture in their second meeting of the year against the Canton Charge. The Sevens took down the Charge in the first meeting of the year, placing six players in double figures en route to a seven-point win.

The Charge currently sit in the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, one above Delaware on the table. Both teams, however, have been struggling of late and are trying to get back on track. The 87ers do have a better conference and division record than Canton, but need a win to earn some breathing room as the hunt for a playoff spot continues.

In the first tilt between the two squads, six Sevens players finished in double figures, led by James Webb III’s 22 points. David Laury III put up 18, while Dionte Christmas, Shawn Long and Brandon Triche each scored 16. Then-newcomer Devondrick Walker added 15.

Delaware will be without the services of Dionte Christmas. The veteran suffered a right Achilles tendon rupture in the team’s loss to the Northern Arizona Suns. The Temple product will be out for the remainder of the season.

In the meantime, Long is going for his 20th double-double of the season. The Charge are led by Quinn Cook, who averages better than 25 points per game and had a strong outing the last time these two teams got together.

Friday’s game will be broadcast live on The Comcast Network, in addition to Facebook Live. Dei Lynam and Tom McGinnis have the call.

On Saturday night, the Sevens will face the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at 7 p.m. ET on You Make the Call! Referee Night.

There will be a pregame referee seminar featuring Scott Bolnick, Associate Director of Referee Development, NBA. VIP ticket packages include a halftime Q&A with legendary former NBA referee Joey Crawford.

In addition, fans can enjoy an in-arena African Heritage Celebration.

Although the 87ers are 0-2 against Fort Wayne this year (the two teams play four times in total), they are in the midst of the best home stand of the season. Delaware is currently enjoying a five-game home stint and, at one point, will have played six of nine games at home.

Still, Fort Wayne is an excellent road team. They’re 8-5 mark away from home is highlighted by a 106-97 victory at the Bob Carpenter Center on Dec. 23. The 97 points was the second-lowest output from Delaware at that juncture. The Mad Ants also beat the Sevens 120-109 in Fort Wayne earlier that December.

Delaware is led by D-League All-Star Shawn Long, who averages a double-double and has been churning them out with ease recently. However, the Sevens are without the services of Dionte Christmas. The veteran suffered a right Achilles tendon rupture in the team’s loss to the Northern Arizona Suns. The Temple product will be out for the remainder of the season.

Fort Wayne’s bell cow is Alex Poythress, whose average of almost 20 points per game paces the team. Jordan Loyd and Stephan Hicks are the only other two players who have appeared in every game and are averaging double figures.

Saturday’s game will be broadcast live on Facebook Live and Fox Sports 1290 AM. Varun Raghupathi has the call.

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