Summer Sixers grab their first win

By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)

Sixers 94, Spurs 86 – Box Score

Some summer league games are a fun peek into the future of your team and the league at large, while others leave you wondering whether your time might not have been better spent reading a book or polishing your CV. With Markelle Fultz and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot sitting for the Sixers, and Dejounte Murray doing the same for San Antonio, Thursday night’s Utah Summer League finale largely fell in the latter category.

Yet, these guys are still fighting for their professional lives and the Sixers could ultimately hang their hats on pulling out a victory before bagging their bags for Vegas. Buoyed by 23 San Antonio turnovers and a 13-0 4th quarter run, Philadelphia overcame 21 points from Bryn Forbes and got the W.

Leading the way was a familiar face for Philadelphia basketball fans. Former St. Joseph’s standout Isaiah Miles dropped a team-high 18 points on 7-10 shooting, adding 7 rebounds. Miles also offered good production in limited minutes earlier in the week against Boston. Although a bit undersized as a stretch four, Miles has been active on the glass and shown he can get up and down the floor well for a big. After playing in France last year, Miles is playing well enough to earn himself a training camp invite from some NBA club.

Finishing up an excellent week in Utah, Jonah Bolden shined again with 16 points, hitting 3-6 from three, to go along with 8 rebounds and 3 steals. Bolden’s MO is pretty clear by now. He will be all over the floor on both ends, and will shoot the ball whenever he’s given a moment’s window to do so. Given how well he’s played the last three games, he’s earned a chance to see how he performs against (and with) better competition in the fall.

Finally, with the team’s two most prominent NBA-ready players on the pine, more of an opportunity opened up for Furkan Korkmaz to show what he can do. Furkan did hit 2 of 4 threes for 10 points, showing off his range with one of those triples coming from a couple feet from behind the line. Otherwise though, another poor performance from the young Turkish star, who missed all three of his field goal attempts inside the arc and committed 4 turnovers. On one of those turnovers, Korkmaz flat out dribbled the ball off his foot in an ugly unforced error. 87ers fans, get ready for a lot of Furkan in your life this season. The kid needs some time to develop.

It’s wheels up for Vegas for the Summer Sixers, who take on the G-league version of the defending champion Warriors Saturday night. It’ll be good to see them in the always fun Vegas setting and, of course, with Markelle Fultz back on the court.

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