Blue Coats keep it cruising winning 3 straight

Nick HallidayHeadlines, Sports

Delaware Blue Coats Jared Brownridge attempts a shot against Motor City, photo courtesy of Ben Fulton


The Delaware Blue Coats (15-6) played three games in the last four days and won each contest coming back off the All-Star break. They defeated Grand Rapids Gold twice and the Motor City Cruise Sunday to complete the three game winning streak. 


In game one against the Gold, Terquavion Smith led the way for the Blue Coats finishing with 33 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists. Smith had a huge second quarter scoring 15 points going 6-10 from the floor and 3-6 from the three-point line. Jarron Cumberland finished with 19 points which is a new season-high and a season-high in steals with 7. Darius Bazley (22) Kenneth Lofton Jr (22) and Pat McCaw (14) joined Smith, and Cumberland also scored in double figures in the game.


In game two against the Gold, Kenneth Lofton Jr. scored a game-high 43 points and pulled down 9 boards to lead the way for Blue Coats. The Coats trailed by as many as 20 points in the first half but Lofton’s (13) big second quarter behind some good defense allowed the Coats to climb back out of the deficit. 


Then in the third quarter the Coats outscored the Gold 42-27 taking a 19-point lead over Grand Rapids. In that third quarter Jared Brownridge drained four three-pointers to score all 12 of his points to help lead the Coats to a sweep over the Gold. 


In game three against Motor City Brownridge continued his hot shooting, scoring a personal season-high and team-high 24 points which included 7-13 shooting from three-point line. However the Coats had a very balanced scoring attack as the whole starting five scored in double figures with Smith (23), Kenneth Lofton Jr. (23) Cumberland (20) and Melvin Frazier Jr. (18).


 The bigger story of this game was not the win, but the celebration of Delaware Blue Coats mascot Coaty who celebrated his 5th birthday with a lot of his friends. He had YoUDEE and baby Blue from UD, Rocky Bluewinkle from the Blue Rocks, Hooter from Temple and a few more A List mascots from the area there to celebrate. 


The Coats will be on the road for their next game as they visit Greensboro South Carolina to take on the Greensboro Swarm this Wednesday night at 7PM. The game will be aired on ESPN+ for those who want to watch and see if the Blue Coats can continue their winning streak.

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