The 905 were in tough against the Legends. No Lorenzo Brown, No Alfonzo McKinnie and coming into this contest, the 905 were on a 4 game losing streak. To make matters worse, the Legends’ guard Justin Dentmon had been averaging 28 points a game heading into the contest. However the 905 were not going to let that intimidate them on this night. With that being said, the Mississauga club came out a little slow to start. 905’s star forward Bruno Caboclo ran into some early foul trouble after scoring a quick 7 points in the first frame. As a result, the 905 came out in the first quarter a little worse for wear. The Mississauga club found themselves down 29-26 and allowed the Legends to shoot at a 50% clip at the time. The Legends would eventually put up 58 points in the half and the trio of Jameel Warney, Brandon Ashley and Justin Dentmon combined for 36 of those points on 52% shooting from the field. With that being said the 905 were only down by 4 at the half. This was mostly due to Carleton Ravens product Kaza Keane who had 13 points and 7 assists at the half.
The second had was a completely different story as the 905 came out hot. Caboclo scored 17 of his game high 24 points in the second half to go along with his 10 rebounds and 2 blocks as the 905 pulled away for a 111-100 victory. Other than Keane and Caboclo, four other 905 players scored double figures. Malcom Miller scored 18 points, Kennedy Meeks chipped in with 12 points, Aaron Best scored an efficient 10 points and Shevon Thompson scored 11 off the bench. However, as usual, Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse was talking about defense after the game. “Defensively, we’re getting there. We still got a ways to go (from earlier in the year), but we’re really starting to turn a corner a bit defensively.” Coach Stackhouse was also impressed with his team’s resilience in this game “They (the Raptors 905) just continue to work and fight and put themselves in a position to win this game tonight.”
Most of the 905’s stellar defense came in the second half as the Legends were held to 42 points and Legends’ star guard Justin Dentmon was held to only 5 points in the second half. A big part of that was 905 guard Kaza Keane who was guarding Dentmon for a majority of the night’s possessions. Kaza Keane was also huge in this one from a stat sheet perspective as he was one rebound shy from a Triple double. Keane finished with 13 points, 15 assists and 9 rebounds in the contest and had a 5 to 1 assists to turnover ratio. With that being said, Keane was only focused on one thing and that was the team’s success.
“The winning competitive edge that we all put in today, it was just my day. It could have been anyone’s day and anyone could have came through and performed at the highest level but winning is what is important for us. ” said Keane after the game
If there was any a negative in the Raptors 905 win, it was turnovers. Turnover as whole were a major issue for the 905 as they totaled 20 turnovers in this contest. This was something that Coach Stackhouse addressed post-game “I just think guys were a little careless. From some of the numbers I’ve seen this year, I’ll take a 15 but it’s still too many. We’d still like to that somewhere to 9 or less but when you got new guys you’re mixing in the fold, sometimes it will be a little sloppy. ”They look to clean that up tonight against the Greensboro Swarm. Next home game for the 905 is December 18th against the Salt Lake City Stars.
Raptors 905 vs Texas Legends Gallery by Rhyan Correia (@rhyancorreia)