Champagnie shines as 905 defeat Go-Go at home

On Wednesday evening, the Raptors 905 trumped the Capital City Go-Go in their return home after splitting the series in Maine against the Celtics. 

From the jump, the 905 made it a point to get themselves into the paint, and they sure found their bread and butter in there. After the Go-Go went up 10-14, the 905 embarked on a 10-0 run going up 20-14. The Go-Go answered with an 8-0 run of their own, ending the quarter with a 22-20 lead. The bucket-trading continued in the second quarter, and the 905’s Justin Champagnie netted 20 of his game high 34 points in the first half alone. The teams went into the half with the Go-Go leading the 905 53-50. 

The 905 continued to attack the paint in the second half, and trey balls began to fall for the team in the third. After a 4 point play from two-way guard Jeff Dowtin Jr, the Raptors 905 went on a 20-10 run taking an 81-73 lead. Once again in the ongoing game of runs, the Capital City Go-Go answered with their own 7-2 run to end the quarter, and cut the deficit to five for a 78-83 score heading into the final frame. 

Capital City’s Vernon Carey Jr., coming off of a 25 point, 14 rebound performance in a win against the Long Island Nets, put up 11 of his team high 27 points in the fourth quarter. The Go-Go made their run but ultimately the 905 were able to put the game to rest for a 103-111 dub. 

905’s Jeff Dowtin Jr. dished seven of his 10 assists in the second half, five of them coming in the third quarter. Dowtin Jr. ended the contest with his third double double on the season. 

With starting center Reggie Perry among the five players out of the lineup, Kenny Wooten got the start as the middle man and gave the 905 efficient minutes with a 13 point, 11 rebound double double of his own. Wooten added in 3 blocks and two power dunks in transition in the fourth to complete his performance. 

The 905 are back in action on Friday for their final home game of 2022, against the College Park Skyhawks. 

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