The Raptors905 were back in action tonight against the Greensboro Swarm, the G-League affiliate of the Charlotte Hornets. The 905 would be without Kaza Kajami-Keane and Kennedy Meeks as they go play for their respective native countries participating in the upcoming FIBA World Cup America’s qualifying tournament.
The 905 stared off the game slow shooting 30% from the field in the first quarter and got out scored in the paint 14-4. Trailing by as much as 20, the refs didn’t make it any easier for 905 as they were loose with the whistle from early seeing the Swarm shooting 10 free throws in the quarter, 7 of them coming from Swarm forward, Jalen Jones. The 905 trailed by 16 with the first quarter coming to a close with the score 32-16.
The Swarm continued to terrorize the paint in the second quarter scoring 16 of their 29 points in the painted area. Swarm Guard Charles Cooke lead all scorers at the half with 22 but 905 guard Lorenzo Brown refused to let the game slip pitching in for a team high 11 points. The home team dug themselves a hole to start the game by not protecting the paint and giving up possessions with unforced turnovers leading to 20 points for the Swarm but it wasn’t a hole to big to climb out of and we’ve seen this team come back from deficits already to start the season.
The 905 picked up the defence early in the third quarter igniting an offence spark lead by forward Malcom Miller cutting the deficit to just 9 points forcing Swarm head coach Noel Gillespie to call a timeout. The 905 would continue to chip away at the lead with with hometown Guard Aaron Best converting on a 4 point play but Swarm guard Charles Cook answered that with a couple threes of his own. After the third the 905 trailed 71-83
The fourth and final quarter saw both teams battling hard but the Swarm began to pull away. The duo of Jalen Jones and Charles Cook seemed to be too much for the 905 tonight as they each poured in over 30 points. Brown did his best to lead the charge for the 905 dishing out 13 assist and finishing with 18 points. But it wasn’t enough. The 905 fell short in this one losing 109-90. After the game Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse talked about the slow start saying, “it’s due to a lack of focus. Those are the things where it’s my job to get them better and get the concentration level better and I think once we do that we can settle down and play but we’re just digging ourselves holes right now and it’s been almost insurmountable to get out of.” The 905 are back in action this Saturday where they look to bounce back against the Delaware 87ers.
Raptors 905 Post-Game: Jerry Stackhouse
Game Highlights: Greensboro Swarm at Raptors 905