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Dial 905: Winning ways continue, McKinnie and Brown do it up, and more

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Don’t look now, the Raptors 905 have a bit of a win streak going.

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The Raptors 905 have turned their season around after a miserable start, and a .500 is now closer than ever. They’ve now got a 4-game win streak going after a pair of games this past week. Here’s the latest edition of Dial 905.

Saturday Dec. 23 — vs. Fort Wayne Mad Ants

Final Score: 98-94 for the 905

The 905 were at home for their final game before Christmas and were looking to enter the break with a win. The team was led by Raptors-assignee Alfonzo McKinnie, and two-way player Lorenzo Brown against the Mad Ants, who ran out of time to complete the full comeback.

Alfonzo Produces a Big Game

Alfonzo McKinnie is normally one of the better players on the 905, but he absolutely dominated against Fort Wayne. McKinnie’s energy was much needed on the offensive and defensive end and he had his shooting stroke going.

McKinnie ended up with 26 points, 8 rebounds, 2 steals and an assist in 34 minutes while shooting 4-of-9 from three. McKinnie has been getting better and better every game he is with the 905.

Brown Is The Man Again

Lorenzo Brown was on top of his game again in this one with a double-double of 17 points, 11 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals in 34 minutes. He kept the 905’s offense moving throughout, and played with a wisdom he doesn’t get to show often while with the Raptors.

That said, Brown’s struggle with turnovers are something to keep a watch on. He committed ten turnovers in this one, and for a starting point guard, that’s just not going to cut it.

Notes

  • Fuquan Edwin had his best game as a member with the 905 with 15 points in 22 minutes.
  • Shevon Thompson had another productive game with 10 points and 7 rebounds
  • Jerry Stackhouse looks like he is starting to figure out his rotation as Kethan Savage and Andre Washington were hit with DNP-CD, while Negus Webster-Chan was out with an injury and Malcolm Miller was with the Raptors.

Wednesday Dec. 27 — vs. Delaware 87ers

Final Score: 117-92 for the 905

The Raptors 905 flat out dominated Delaware from start to finish in this one. The 905’s three-point shooting, which is something they’ve been struggling with, got them the lead and put the game away.

Lorenzo Brown Shines

Lorenzo Brown has been amazing for the 905 this season. Brown continues to look more and more like an NBA player. And in response to the previous turnover prone performance, Brown had only one turnover, and didn’t force passes which helped the 905. Brown ended up with 30 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds in just 30 minutes of action.

McKinnie Continues the Hot Streak

With the Raptors finally, Alfonzo McKinnie will now see more time with the 905. The experience with the big club is valuable, but steady playing time is still the best way to improve.

Through regular minutes with the 905, McKinnie continues to excel. He had 19 points and 9 rebounds in just 28 minutes in this contest, while shooting 4-of-8 from three to continue his hot streak.

Notes

  • Bruno Caboclo put up a quality stat line with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists in 35 minutes.
  • Kennedy Meeks continues to show why he deserves to be in the NBA with another double-double, in which he had 12 points and 15 rebounds and 3 blocks.
  • Stackhouse continues to shape his rotation, this time with Aaron Best and Davion Berry seeing fewer minutes, and Kethan Savage completely out with a DNP-CD.
  • Negus Webster-Chan was out of the lineup again with an injury, and it is now hard to see a spot for him in the rotation when he returns.

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