The Raptors 905 snagged their 28th win of the season and their third consecutive on Tuesday, defeating the Greensboro Swarm behind a big performance from Kennedy Meeks.
The story of the game was the 905’s dominance on the glass, out-rebounding the Swarm by 19, including 22 total offensive boards. Meeks led all players in rebounds, hauling down 15 rebounds to go along with a game high 23 points.
“He was unbelievable on the offensive board,” 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse said. “When we struggled to score a little bit, he gave us those second chance opportunities.”
Although the 905 finished the game with a comfortable margin, the Swarm were well within striking distance after three quarters until the 905 pulled away in the fourth. Leading the charge for the 905 in the final quarter was Fuquan Edwin, who scored 11 of his 22 points in the final 12 minutes. This was Edwin’s first start of the season, replacing Malcolm Miller in the starting lineup as he spends time with the 905’s affiliate Toronto Raptors.
“The kid is doing a lot of good things for us,” Stackhouse said. “Defensively, how he’s guarding fours and making shots. When the ball swings, he’s taking the right shots.”
For the Swarm, it was a collective effort with seven of their nine players finishing in double figures, led by John Dawson who finished with 17 points including five three-pointers. Lorenzo Brown of the 905 did not have his best shooting game, going just 4-for-17 from the floor, but still managed to dish out a game high nine assists and ending with the highest +/- with +25.
The 905 will now hit the road for a four-game road trip before heading back home to wrap up the regular season on March 24 against the Maine Red Claws. With only five games remaining on the 905’s schedule before the playoffs, they are still eyeing the top spot of the Atlantic Division with the Westchester Knicks currently sitting 1.5 ahead.