After trailing the entire first half, the Raptors 905 (6-2) protect home court against the Grand Rapid Drive (3-4) 106-91 Sunday afternoon at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre.
Jordan Loyd had a game-high 30 points while adding 5 rebounds and 5 dimes. Chris Boucher had an outstanding performance, a double-double for the night, scoring 29 points and grabbing 19 boards. The two-way players combined for 59 points in the win.
The force was with Deng Adel on this Star Wars themed afternoon, who exploded in the fourth quarter scoring 11 of his 20 points in addition to his 8 boards. He got the crowd on their feet while he slammed it home three consecutive times and scored the last basket of the game.
The first half seemed as though the 905 had let the game slip from their fingers as the Grand Rapid Drive took an early lead and ended the quarter on a 5-0 run and capped it off by a full-court hail mary buzzer beater from Shep Garner to get the crowd going.
Going into the second quarter down 17-31, Coach Jama made line-up changes by subbing in Boucher in for Khadeem Lattin, who added 8 points and 4 rebounds himself but found himself unable to stop the Grand Rapid Drive down low in transition, where they were scoring most of their points.
The 905 came back with fresh energy to start the second half, and the crowd could feel it. They had great ball movement in transition and were able to pull away 64-58 nearing the end of the third quarter. Boucher had 23 and 13, and Loyd added 20, 4, 3 and 2 with 16 minutes left to play in the game, which forced a Grand Rapids time out. However, they were unable to come back from the deficit.
The game was pretty much over when the 905 went up by 19, and Adel finished down loy then ran to the Raptors logo and jumped up with Loyd.
Loyd finished with a game-high 28 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Boucher added 27 points, 18 rebounds and 1 assist, with Adel making noise for himself dropped 14 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists.
The 905 play next at The ScotiaBank Arena as the first game in a double header with the Raptors for the 100th Year Celebration for Nelson Mandela.