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Raptors 905 Make Quick Work of Canton in 108-90 Game 2 win

The 905 are on to the next round with a 2-0 sweep of the Charge.

The 905 are moving on! Led by Brady Heslip’s team high 21 points the Raptors 905 have advanced to the Conference Finals with the convincing 108-90 win, sweeping away the Canton Charge two games to none and collecting their first ever playoff series victory.

E.J. Singler chipped in with 17 points and five assists, while John Jordan made good of his second straight start, scoring 12 points and adding six assists plus four steals.

The Raptors took claim to their home court, asserting themselves early on at both ends of the floor. A blistering hot start from beyond the arc (8-of-12), accompanied with some excellent defensive intensity saw the Raptors start the game on a 26-6 run on route to a 38-13 lead after the first quarter.

Despite a modest push from Canton in the second half, the 905 created a gap that was simply insurmountable and managed to hold down the fort with relative ease the rest of the way.

Eddy Tavares was a man on a mission underneath the rim, swatting away four Canton shot attempts in just the first quarter alone and finished with seven points, nine rebounds and eight blocks on the night.

“I just try and intimidate as much as I can on defense and help my guys when they get beat, that’s it,” said Tavares. “Just intimidate, grab the rebound and just run.”

It’s been a long road for the Raptors D-League affiliate as after finishing with a 23-27 record last season, the team increased their win total by sixteen games (39-11) and now find themselves as one of the four remaining teams competing for the championship.

In what is an interesting D-league wrinkle, Axel Toupane, who delivered a game high 41 points in Game 1, was signed earlier in the day by the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans and thus, was unavailable for Game 2 in Mississauga. Head coach Jerry Stackhouse was extremely proud of his former scoring maestro and wasn’t concerned about replacing the impact that Toupane brings.

“We’re a deep team, we pride ourselves on being a deep team and it’s just next man up,” said Stackhouse. “Axel has worked really hard and bought into what we were trying to do and it’s paid off for him and I’m real happy for him.”

John Jordan got his second consecutive start in an effort by Stackhouse to shut down Canton’s top scorer, Kay Felder. Jordan accepted the challenge and held the D-League’s Isaiah Thomas to just 8-of-25 shooting and 0-of-2 from three-point range.

“I just wanted to start off aggressive and take the fight to them,” explained Jordan. “I mean just little things like keeping my hands up at all time, try and distract him and deter him from shooting, those little things made the difference to me.”

E.J Singler also got his ninth start of the season, replacing the aforementioned Axel Toupane.

Brady Heslip came off the bench for the second consecutive game and got to work with no hesitation, dropping sixteen points on 3-of-4 from three-point land in the first half.

Felder did all he could to will the Charge, but as Heslip alluded to before tip-off, this played right into the Raptors hands.

“He’s definitely a very talented player and he scores a lot and has the ball in his hands a lot, but he also took a lot of shots so we’re okay with him scoring and getting his — we just have to work on shutting down everyone else,” said Heslip. “If he gets his 30 and everyone else does what they do, we don’t think its enough points to beat us so we’re focused on that.”

The 905 will play the winner between the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Maine Red Claws in the Eastern Conference Finals, with a chance to book their ticket to the big D-league dance.