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Dial 905: Losses pile up despite a big showing at the ACC, and more

Despite a record-breaking G League attendance during a day game at the ACC, it was a rough week for the 905. Three straight losses will do that to a team.

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The Raptors 905 have struggled out of the gate this season after winning the championship last year. It shouldn’t be an extreme surprise, given the huge amount of change to the roster. But still, after three more losses, it’s got to sting anyway.

Here’s the recap for the week that was for the 905 in the G-League.

Friday Dec. 1 — vs. Maine Red Claws

Final Score: 102-93 for Maine

The 905 went on the road to take on the Maine Red Claws, who always seem to be a top team in the G League somehow. Meanwhile, as the score suggest, this one was a tough one for the 905

Malcolm Miller Leads the Way

Malcolm Miller a two-way player for the Raptors hasn’t gotten much action this year due to his ankle injury he suffered in the off-season. Miller has been on a minute restriction but as of late, he’s slowly getting back to form.

Against his old team, Miller led the way for the 905, putting up 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals, and an assist. He was also a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. This was easily Miller’s best game so far this season.

Davion Berry, Team MVP?

Davion Berry has been an absolute force this season, and a consistent player for coach Jerry Stackhouse as he continues to figure out his team’s rotation. Coming off the bench in this one, Berry put up 18 points, 4 rebounds and an assist in 30 minutes of action.

Notes

  • Bruno Caboclo recorded a double-double with 13 points, 10 rebounds, 5 blocks and 2 assists. However, he shot an awful 4-of-20 from the field.
  • Negus Webster-Chan played his first game of the season and recorded 9 points and 1 rebound, while going 3-of-5 from three in 15 minutes.
  • Shevon Thompson was inactive and not with the team due to VISA issues, while Lorenzo Brown was with the Raptors.

Sunday Dec. 3 — vs. Long Island Nets

Final Score: 95-88 for Long Island

Unfortunately, this game was not streamed and only shown on NBA TV, which, uh, college dorm rooms, in fact, do not get. I was unable to watch it, so we’re going off the box score and highlights here.

Kaza Keane Impresses

Out of the four Canadians on the roster, Kaza Keane may be the best. When Lorenzo Brown is with the Raptors, it is Keane who often gets the starting point guard duties, or the bulk of the minutes there.

In this one, Keane finished with 19 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists and a steal in 28 minutes of play.

Kennedy Meeks Returns in Style

With Thompson still not with the team due to VISA issues, it has been Meeks who has stepped up in the team’s frontcourt. Against Long Island, Meeks was very productive with 16 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals and a block in 34 minutes.

Notes

  • Davion Berry also recorded a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds in 29 minutes.
  • Aaron Best continued his production off the bench with 12 points, 4 steals, 3 rebounds and 2 assists in 36 minutes.

Tuesday Dec 5 — vs. Rio Grand Valley Vipers

Final Score: 117-109 for RGV

In what’s becoming a cool tradition, the Raptors 905 played a school day game before a packed house at the Air Canada Centre. This one also acted as a Finals rematch from a year ago. The 905 struggled early but made a huge comeback to cut the deficit to two points. Sadly, RGV was able to pull off the win from there.

Lorenzo’s Triple-Double Game

Have a day Lorenzo Brown! After being assigned to the 905 for this school day game, Brown had a huge game, putting on a show for the kids at the ACC.

Brown played 39 minutes, scoring 36 points, while adding 11 rebounds, 11 assists and a steal. He was then called back to the Raptors and managed to appear in their game that night against the Suns. (For less than a minute, but still.) Brown mentioned he couldn’t even get a nap in between the games because he needed to get his phone fixed.

Alfonzo McKinnie Comes Up Big

McKinnie, like Brown, was assigned to the school day game and was back up with the Raptors later that night to play against the Suns. Likewise, McKinnie had a monster game for the 905 dropping 23 points, while adding 16 rebounds and 2 assists in 36 minutes of action.

Notes

  • The Raptors 905 beat their own attendance record they set last season. For the morning contest, 18,900 fans went to the ACC to watch the 905.
  • Shevon Thompson returned to the lineup and had a huge game with 19 points, 8 rebounds, a block and a steal in 29 minutes.
  • Malcolm Miller was inactive due to his ankle injury, and Andre Washington was hit with a DNP-CD.

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