The Raptors 905’s offense erupted against the Greensboro Swarm, as the 905 earned a 122-109 win over the Swarm. While the score would suggest otherwise, the game was close. In the half 905 were clicking on all cylinders as they proceeded to bring their A game offensively against the Swarm. However, the Swarm came back and at one point cut the lead to single digits. In the end, the 905 were able to come away with win thanks to a great offensive performance.
Despite a 30 point, 12 rebound game from Christian Wood, and a second half in which the 905 gave up 71 points, the 905 were able to fight back and still win the game. In doing so the Raptors 905 demonstrated that when needed, they have ability to be resilient. For Raptors 905 head coach, Jerry Stackhouse, the North Side’s resiliency was what impressed for him.
“It’s a positive sign when guys keep battling. It’s tough to play when you have a big lead like that.” Said coach Stackhouse who went on to say “Proud of the (Raptors 905) guys, kept battling and kept battling. Give credit to that team (Greensboro Swarm), I don’t think it was a fluke. Every time we play them, they find a way to get back in the game and tonight was no different but we were able to hold on.”
While Brady Heslip was the 905’s leading scorer with 25, many 905 players stood out. Seven 905 players scored double figures. As a whole, the team shot incredibly well. The 905 finished win 50.6% shooting from the field, and 51.6% from three. For coach Stackhouse, he was very impressed that the good shooting was the product of the entire team’s hard work
“I love it when we have those nights, when we have multiple guys in double figures, I mean were sharing the ball. Its allowing the game to dictate who gets the points and not us trying to single out one guy.” Said Jerry Stackhouse when talking about his team.
Of those seven players who finished with double figures in scoring, one was Bruno Caboclo. For the 2016/2017 campaign, Caboclo has been playing the as a power forward and tonight it was something that worked well for him. Caboclo went 6/11 from the field to finish with 14 points and 7 rebounds. Caboclo was also very impressive on defense, as he had 3 blocks and finished with a +/- of 25. Bruno commented on why he has been so successful playing the four spot “It’s more easier. The Bigs are not as fast as the guards” said Caboclo
If any a negative point to mention about this game, it was foul trouble. Bruno Caboclo, Edy Tavares, E. J Singler and Yannick Moreira each had 4 or more fouls. Also Yannick Moreira was ejected for arguing with the referees on calls. For 905 fans, foul trouble is something that can be considered a one-off and it is very likely that the 905 will be focusing on getting the win next game.
That next game will be a road game against the Maine Red Claws. It will be the 905’s next game before the D-League Showcase and hopefully the 905 players do not look ahead. Tip-off for their tilt with the Red Claws game will be at 7:00pm.