Coming off of a hard-fought win against the Maine Red Claws, the 905 came back home to the Paramount Fine Foods Centre last night looking to Continue their winning ways. Their opponent on this night was the Delaware Blue Coats, a team that coming into the game was winless. Easy opponent, right? Wrong. Such is the nature of basketball where a ‘lesser’ team can sneak up on a powerhouse to give them a fight and the Blue Coats gave the 905 all they could handle and then some.
However, at first the game seemed to going to plan in the first quarter as the Raptors raced out to a 35-27 point lead. It was the middle quarters that saw the Raptors 905 go cold on offence and unable to get stops. The 905 were outscored 37-25 in the second and 69-43 in the second and third quarter. That seemed to be the knockout blow as the 905 were unable to respond in the fourth quarter and ultimately fell to the Blue Coats 126-111.
Part of what got the Blue Coats the win was some good performances from some guys and some efficiency. The Blue Coats were an efficient 51% from the field as Delaware guard Shake Milton led all scorers with 33 points and 10 rebounds on 12-20 shooting. Cameron Oliver added some secondary scoring with 20 points on 9-12 shooting. The 905 were not as efficient as they shot 42% from the field and 37% from downtown. 905 guard Kay Felder led the Mississauga Mississippi based club with 23 points, 6 assists and four rebounds. Woodbridge, Ontario’s own Duane Notice added in 17 points.
However, the other part of that was also fatigue on the part of the 905. Coming into the game, the Blue Coats did not play since November 11th, whereas the 905 had a long stretch of games that included a back to back and were missing some key guys in the lineup, notably Chris Boucher. This is something that 905 head coach Jama Mahlalela eluded to in the press scrum.
“To me the season comes in stretches and we just had a long stretch. We played 6 games in the last 10 days, which is a lot for anyone.”
Coach Jama’s theme for the season is winning the moment and to him today was a learning experience for him and his team. “it’s what our theme for the season and how do we win the moment and sometimes it’s not the scoreboard… it’s all about growth.” and an area the Raptors 905 might be encouraged by is their play without some of the mainstays in the lineup.
The 905 get a much-needed rest and their next game is against the Windy City Bulls on November 21st. That game will be at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre and tip-off is at 7:30.