The Raptors 905 started the game on an 11-0 run and did not look back as they cruised to a 117-83 victory over the Long Island Nets. Defensively the 905 went absolutely berserk, as they held the Long Island Nets to a chilling 36.4% from the field and 19.2% from the three point land. Raptors 905 Coach and former NBA All-Star Jerry Stackhouse was very pleased with the defensive effort.
“We did a great job contesting shots. Their Big guy (Long Island Nets center Egidijus Mockevicius) was rolling, he had a couple early layups but our job is to be inside first then to kick out to contest these shots. I think we did a great job on that.”
The defensive pressure on the Nets was key for the North Side as the 905 forced 29 turnovers. Stackhouse also commented on that as well “we had pressure on the passer that was kicking it out. It made the passes a little more ‘hangtime’ passes to get our guys some time to cover all those shooters” the 905 were also very impressive in their ability to score as well. Eight players wearing the 905 white scored double figures. The Raptors 905’s leading scorer was none other than coveted prospect Bruno Caboclo who finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists and 7 blocks.
Caboclo had 12 points, 5 rebound and 1 assist and a block in the 1st quarter alone. When asked about his good performance, Caboclo said this “I am a lot more confident and I have been working on my game a lot”. Caboclo continues to impress with his athleticism and skill this season. A play that demonstrated both was his dive to prevent a backcourt violation. As Caboclo dove, he launched an overhead pass to Yanick Moreira which led to a dunk by Moreira and a tick in the assist column for Caboclo.
However what was most impressive to the coaching staff was his defense. Caboclo had the overwhelming majority of the 905’s blocked shots which did not come as a surprise to Stackhouse. When asked about Caboclo’s defensive abilities Stackhouse quickly harkened to Bruno’s length being a positive for Caboclo on the defensive end
“It’s almost like you can’t see anything when he is on you and when he is aggressive and he has the ability to even get beat and still be able to recover and protect the rim and contest the shot.”
Caboclo and the team’s defense will be key moving forward. The 905’s next game will be on Wednesday November 23rd vs. the Windy City Bulls. Tip-off is at 11am inside the Hershey Centre
905 led points in the paint 56-46
905 led 2nd chance points 21-12
905 led fast break points 23-19
905 Shot 50.6% from the field