The Raptors 905 only had one game this week but it was a tough one as the defending champion Sioux Falls Skyforce came into town.
Here’s a summary of the week.
Friday Dec. 9th — vs. Sioux Falls Skyforce
Final Score: 101-81 for the 905 as they improve to 8-2
Axel Toupane Stays Hot
Sorry 905 fans, but with January right around the corner and players being able to sign 10-day contracts, Axel Toupane seems destined for one soon. In the game, Toupane once again came off the bench in his super sixth man role and played in 29 minutes, scoring 22 points, grabbing six rebounds and adding one steal. It was another gem of a performance for one of the 905’s legit NBA talents.
Brady Heslip Keeps Things Cooking
Most times this year, Heslip has followed good games with bad performances, often off the bench. However with Fred VanVleet currently with the Raptors, Heslip has gotten his chance to start consistently and the move has paid off on the court.
In this game Heslip started at point guard and played in 31 minutes. He scored 18 points, while adding five assists and going perfect from the free throw line (6-of-6). Funnily enough, it was Heslip’s 3-point shot — long his speciality — that was off this game as he went only 2-of-9 from three.
John Jordan Provides a Spark
At the beginning of the year, Jordan was an inactive player while VanVleet ran the team. With FVV not around, Jordan has now made the most of his time on the court, adding more depth to this already stacked roster. Jordan got in 19 minutes of action, scoring 14 points while adding four assists, three steals and three rebounds.
Edy Tavares Records Monster Double-Double
Ever since Tavares joined the 905 he has given coach Jerry Stackhouse and the 905 a legitimate starting centre. The guy is legit huge. As a result, Tavares got the start again for the 905 and put up 10 points along with an astonishing 17 rebounds — including six on the offensive end.
- Once again Goodluck Okonoboh was inactive, though he was joined surprisingly by Antwaine Wiggins, the defensive specialist, who had chipped in some nice performances for the team.
- Let it be noted once again: the 905 defeated the defending champions with none of their recent NBA assignees. Both VanVleet and Bruno Caboclo were with the Raptors.
Delon Wright Close to Assignment
After having off-season shoulder surgery Delon Wright has now been cleared for 1-on-1 on-court contact and is close to returning to game action. It seems likely that Wright will play with the Raptors 905 to ease him back into the swing of things after his long lay-off.
As reported by Sportsnet’s Eric Smith, Wright is aiming for a January 17th return, but could be with the 905 sooner to practice with the club while the Raptors are on the road over the holidays. Good news all-around for Delon and the Raptors organization.