The pregame experience provided another chance to look at the progress of first round pick Zhaire Smith. Smith worked on a few aspects of his offensive game during shootaround, including passing, driving, and shooting.
He continues to build strength and will hopefully make his Blue Coat debut soon. A video of all workout footage of Zhaire Smith from Saturday can be found here:
The Delaware Blue Coats took on the Iowa Wolves in a Saturday night matchup. The game started off slowly for the Blue Coats, who did not score until four minutes into the game. However, they were able to set a defensive tone with two monster blocks by Norvel Pelle. Keenan Evans stopped the early scoring drought with a pair of free throws and the team’s first points. Center Justin Patton checked in midway through the first quarter and quickly threw down an alley-oop from Matt Farrell. Jared Brownridge caught fire from deep late in the first, nailing two threes in a row. He finished the quarter with 10 points with the Blue Coats trailing the Wolves 26-22.
The second quarter was all about the three-ball for the Blue Coats. Brownridge stayed hot shooting the basketball. Rashad Vaughn also found his shooting stroke, hitting 3 three-pointers and giving the Blue Coats a one-point lead roughly halfway through the quarter. Even Justin Patton added a three-pointer himself. Nearing half-time, Matt Farrell threw another lob, this time to Norvel Pelle for a slam dunk. The Blue Coats were up 63-51 at half, led by Brownridge’s 16 points.
Jared Brownridge opened up the third with his 5th three of the game. A few minutes later, D.J. Hogg buried a deep three-pointer to cement a 10-0 run for Delaware. Proving just how hot he was, Brownridge grabbed a rebound off a Haywood Highsmith missed dunk-attempt, dribbled beyond the arc and splashed another long-ball. Matt Farrell closed off the quarter with a tough bucket and a foul, also sinking the free throw. The Blue Coats led the Wolves 105-78 after the third.
Justin Patton opened up the final period with a layup, and one. Vaughn and Brownridge continued to shoot the ball incredibly well this quarter. Delaware completely had control of the game all quarter. They won the game 134-111.
- PFO’s own Austin Krell (@AustinKrellNBA) noted the difference between the Blue Coats’ early offensive struggles and outburst the rest of the game was their increase in ball movement. They got away from dribble-handoffs and began passing the ball well, leading to better shots that their shooters knocked down all night.
- Rashad Vaughn finished with 29 points shooting 7/10 from 3.
- Jared Brownridge had 25 points and was 7/14 from 3.
- Norvel Pelle had a game-high 4 blocked shots.
- Matt Farrell scored 16 points and dished a game-high 9 assists.