FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | POST-GAME RECAP
February 21, 2018
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL – The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, tied a season-high and nabbed their fourth consecutive win a 118-112 victory over the Delaware 87ers on Wednesday afternoon at Sears Centre Arena.
Antonio Blakeney led all scorers and poured in a game-high 34 points and added a career-high five steals. Jarell Eddie scored 31 points to set a season-high and he tied his career-high with four steals, while Ryan Arcidiacono recorded his first triple-double and second in franchise history with 14 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists. Will Davis added 13 points and eight rebounds off the bench, with Mychal Mulder and Alex Hamilton scoring six points apiece.
Offense was plentiful and Eddie had the hot hand early. He scored 17 points in the first quarter, including the first nine points for Windy City on two three-pointers and an old-fashioned three-point play. The Bulls jumped out to an early seven-point advantage and went to lead by as many as nine in the quarter. Trailing 26-17, the 87ers rattled off nine consecutive points of their own to even the score at 26 with just over a minute remaining in the period. As a team, Windy City shot over 50 percent and scored the final five points of the stanza. Back-to-back buckets by Eddie put the Bulls ahead once more and they led by five at the end of the opening 12 minutes.
Five Delaware players scored in double figures led by Christian Wood who amassed 29 points and a season-high 16 rebounds for his 17th double-double of the season. Shawn Long collected his seventh double-double with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while Darin Johnson scored 15 points. James Young tallied 13 points along with seven assists and Shannon Brown pitched in with 10 points and nine assists off the bench.
Windy City scored the first six points of the second quarter and grabbed their second nine-point lead of the game. Delaware responded in kind and used a 10-3 spurt to pull within two. The 87ers went on to grab their first lead of the night on a Cameron Oliver put-back layup and led 43-42 with 5:29 left to play before halftime. The Delaware advantage didn’t last long as Blakeney and Arcidiacono knocked in consecutive three-point shots to shift things back in the Bulls favor. The period featured three ties and eight lead changes, but Windy City found their way on top and were ahead 60-57 at the intermission.
Windy City opened the second half on a 9-2 run and stretched their lead to double figures within the first three minutes of the third quarter. Eddie was the high-point man, scoring 11 points in the period, including consecutive baskets to give the Bulls a 73-69 lead, which turned out to be the largest of the night. Windy City led by double digits for most of the period before the 87ers pieced together a late quarter run. Delaware scored 11 of the final 16 points and trimmed a 14-point lead to four heading into the final 12 minutes.
The fourth quarter featured a seesaw battle as each team traded baskets to start the period. For every shot the Bulls made, the 87ers responded with a bucket of their own. Blakeney took control in the final six minutes scoring 19 points in the stanza, while collecting four of his five steals. Delaware turned the ball over eight times in the quarter and had a stretch where they coughed the ball up on three consecutive possessions. Windy City led by eight with 65 seconds left in the game and used the free throw line to seal their 17th win of the season.
Windy City is undefeated in their Education Day games and are now three games away from the.500 mark. The Bulls are back in action on Friday night as they take on the Erie BayHawks for Movie Night. Tip-off is 7:00 p.m. CST at Sears Center Arena.
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