The Raptors 905 were right back at it on the second half of a back to back following their 98-92 loss to the Delaware 87ers. This time the 905 were squaring off against the Dwight Buycks-less Grand Rapids Drive. The Drive going into this game were struggling mightily as they had lost six straight heading into this contest. However, this promised to be a matchup were both teams would come out hard considering the two teams were looking to get back into the win column and end their respective losing streaks.
“The lineups don’t matter, its (about) focus… that’s what I’m looking for more so than anything.” said Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse before the game when asked about getting Lorenzo Brown and Alfonzo McKinnie back from the Toronto Raptors.
With that being said, the Mississauga based club took advantage on the 1926 screaming fans in attendance and brought an intensity that the Grand Rapids Drive were unable to match. This was most evident when the 905 took control from the second quarter on. The 905 were up 56-39 at the half, thanks in part to a red hot Bruno Caboclo. The 6’9 forward was lights out as he had 19 points at the half. The Raptors assignee finished with 27 points, 6 rebounds, and 3 blocks as the 905 crushed the Drive 119-83. Caboclo was very lethal from beyond the arc as he made 4 threes. This is something he spoke about post-game. “The other games I was trying to go inside first, but today I just shot open shots. They were giving it and I was shooting it.” said Caboclo on his performance.
Caboclo was not the only one who filled the cup as he was one of six 905ers to score double digits. One of the other six men who eclipsed the 10 point mark was Alfonzo McKinnie. McKinnie had 18 points and 7 rebounds in the win. McKinnie, along with 905 guard Lorenzo Brown, are on their own personal two game winning streak as the two played in the Toronto Raptors 112-78 win over the Atlanta Hawks. Even though the two did play and had to travel back for this game, McKinnie insists he felt great for this game. “I had a lot of Energy coming into this game actually. I was with the Raptors all weekend, playing limited minutes so I was just excited to come back.”
In all the 905 had a good win as their offense and defense was clicking. Coach Stackhouse was especially pleased with the defense as the 905 held the Drive to 39% from the field and 22% from three. This was a far cry from just a day ago as the 905 allowed the Delaware 87ers to shoot 48% from three. Coach Stackhouse attributes the change in the 905 perimeter defense to just playing good on ball defense this time around.
“A whole lot of difference a day makes… nothing really changed but the on ball defense”
The 905’s are back in action on December 1st as they take on the Maine Red Claws.
Game Highlights: Grand Rapids Drive at Raptors 905
Raptors 905 Post-Game: Jerry Stackhouse
Post Game – Alfonzo McKinnie