Raptors 905 fans enjoyed some holiday hoops Thursday night as the Raptors 905 were able to pull away with the 122-111 victory against the Lakeland Magic.
The Lakeland Magic (10-8) came out lacking their aggressive nature, which the 905 (13-7) capitalized on. A missed dunk by the Magic’s Braian Angola-Rodas led to two consecutive three-pointers by Rodney Pryor, which forced a Magic timeout. It seemed as though the 905 had this game on lock, taking a solid 16 point lead going into the second half of the game.
The Magic seemed like a new team in the third quarter, forcing turnovers and hitting threes in transition. Troy Caupain put up 11 points, helping his team cut the deficit to just two going into the fourth quarter.
The 905 were missing Chris Boucher, who has been called up to play with the Raptors while center Jonas Valanciounas is out with a hand injury. The lack of his presence on the court, especially defensively, was felt. “His shot blocking is elite, and it allows us to have some lapses [on the defensive side],” Coach Jama recalled. Without Boucher, the 905 defense has to start above the three-point line to fill in some gaps.
Collinsworth and Loyd went off in the fourth, grabbing defensive boards and attacking the rim to regain a comfortable lead.
Loyd put the 905 up 11 after landing awkwardly following a tough move to the basket in traffic late in the game and was taken to the locker room for what has been diagnosed as an ankle sprain. He will be further evaluated within the next few days.
Alongside Collingsworth’s game-high 24 points and 10 rebounds, Loyd added 23 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds.
“His ability to handle the ball and score at the rim, and find people offensively,” Coach Jama mentioned on Loyd’s role as a point guard, “has really become special.” After his performances during the last few games [tonight and against Texas in Las Vegas], Coach Jama is excited for Loyd as a point guard and what he has been able to achieve.
The Raptors 905 look to maintain their lead in the eastern conference by finishing off 2018 with a win at home on Saturday, December 29th at 2 PM against the Maine Red Claws.
Lakeland Magic travel to Pennsylvania to take on the Erie Bayhawks on December 28th at 7 PM.