Raptors 905, Canton Charge, NBA D-League
Photo Cred: Charlie Graham (@offglass)

With Axel Toupane out of today’s game due to Flue Like Symptoms, the Raptors 905 were in tough against the Canton Charge. They fought hard but unfortunately the 905 were no match for the Charge. The North Side were on the losing side of a 109-99 game and as a result, they fall to 12-7 for the season. The Charge can thank Quinn Cook, John Holland and Chris Evans for the victory as all three combined for 86 of the Charge’s 109 points. Quinn Cook in particular was huge for the Charge in this game. Despite a technical foul, the Canton Charge guard exploded for 35 points and 7 assists. What was even more impressive was Cook’s fourth quarter performance as he scored 12 of his 35 points in the fourth frame.

“He made some incredible shots. We contested on him and he made an incredible shot. We tried to contain him on the screen, (but) he’s very good on the pick and roll. He gets a lot of good shots and a lot of good passes”

Said Edy Tavares who had a good game himself. The 7’3 big man had a double double of 21 points and 10 rebounds. “I feel more confident and my teammates pass the ball, with confidence, and expect me to do something with the ball.” With that being said, Tavares was quick to point out that his performance meant nothing without the win “We have to get the win” said Edy Tavares.

Third quarters were the Raptors 905’s Achilles heel once again. For the 905 this is the third straight game where they have been outscored by their opponent in the third quarter by double digits. While there is clearly a drop-off in performance when the third frame starts, no one can figure as to why. Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse commented on why that third quarter has crippled the 905 in recent games.

“I can’t really put my finger on it. Maybe we need to try to get our guys out a little earlier, maybe I need to talk less at halftime or something. We’ll try to work on it to try to maybe get guys out so they can get going, get some shots up at half before we start the second half but can’t really figure it out right now.”

Another area of the game where the 905 was turnovers. The 905 committed 22 turnovers in the game and Tavares commented on how the North sides struggles with taking care of the ball was crucial to the game “we gave away the win because we lost the ball and when we lose the ball, it was an easy basket for them”.

The 905 are now on a 3 game losing streak with this loss and obviously in a 50 game season there is some cause for concern. While a 3 game losing streak is cause for concern, 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse is confident that he has the right team that will overcome this adversity

“I think it’s a good test for us. I think things came easier for us at the beginning of the season and now you really find out what your team is made of. Bad teams crumble when a little adversity hits, good teams find a way to survive it. But really really good teams, great teams find a way to improve during these adverse times and I think we’ve got a really, really good team and we’ll find a way to come out of it.”

The 905’s next game is on the road as they take on the Fort Wayne Mad Ants on January 6th. Tip-off is at 7:00pm.