The Raptors 905 returned home on Sunday afternoon to take on the Erie BayHawks, who the 905 have defeated already this season back in November. But after a back-and-forth start, the BayHawks were able to separate themselves early in the game and hold off to take the 124-113 victory on the road.
“We were in there for 48 minutes, but there were some moments where we weren’t fighting,” 905 Head Coach Jama recalled on his teams performance.
The Erie BayHawks showed dominance and chemistry early on, as they had lots of movement on offense and were all over the 905 on defense.
Jordan Loyd has been called up to the Raptors, but the 905 had two-way player Chris Boucher back, who made his presence known in the first possession of the game with his elite shot blocking. His 32 points and 17 rebounds weren’t enough to help his team overcome the large deficit they faced since the second quarter.
Duane Notice, who has played with a new found confidence since he got helped Team Canada qualify for the 2020 FIBA World Championships, added a loud 25 points. The crowd were impressed with his near-perfect start, going 2/2 from beyond the arc and 4/5 from the field.
The BayHawks found themselves comfortable and successful out at the three-point line, shooting 42.9%, whereas the 905 shot a mere 20.6%. All of their starters were in double digits. The BayHawks look to continue this streak on the road as they take on the Wisconson Herd on Wednesday, January 16th at 12:30 PM.
The 905 are back on the road for their next game in North Carolina where they will take on the Greensboro Swarm at 7:00 PM on Thursday, January 17th.