The third time was a charm for the Delaware Blue Coats as they wrapped up a 2-0 series sweep of the defending champion Rio Grande Valley Vipers with a 114-110 win Thursday night, bringing home their first G League Championship. The Blue Coats, the G League affiliate of the Philadelphia 76ers, had made the finals for the third consecutive season. In 2021 a loss to the Lakeland Magic, and in 2022 a tough loss on their home floor to the Vipers. The loss was redeemed in 2023 as they returned the favor, celebrating on the home floor of the Vipers inside Ogden Arena.
The Blue Coats were led by the backcourt duo of former first-round pick Jaden Springer, and NBA Dunk Champion Mac McClung. Springer (43) and McClung (35) combined for 78 points in the 134-120 win in Game 1 Tuesday night at the Chae Fieldhouse. They followed it up by combining for 51 in Game 2, securing a 114-110 win on the road and a G League title. Jaden Springer was named Finals MVP after his 21-point, 9-rebound performance in the win. Head coach Koby Karl brings home his first championship as the lead man with Delaware.
The Blue Coats returned to the fieldhouse Friday afternoon to a crowd of supporters as they brought the trophy back to Delaware. The Chase Fieldhouse in Wilmington was the place to be during Game 1 Tuesday night. An electric crowd that featured CBS’ Nate Burleson, former NBA Head Coach George Karl, and G League President Shareef Abdur-Rahim. We will see now if the Philadelphia 76ers can follow suit and bring home an NBA Title in June.
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