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Raptors 905 124, Erie Bayhawks 123 | Box Score
Two-ways: Chris Boucher, Jordan Loyd (905)
Kay Felder scored a lay-up with 5.8 seconds remaining in the game to give Raptors 905 a 124-123 win over Erie Bayhawks on Tuesday night, remaining undefeated on the road this season.
Chris Boucher and Jordan Loyd both scored 30 points for the 905, as Felder added 22 points and 6 assists on the night.
Terrence Jones had 33 points and 8 rebounds for the BayHawks, while both R.J. Hunter and Jordan Sibert scored 26 points each (including a combined 11 for 23 from long-range).
Led by Boucher and Loyd, the 905 opened the game on an 11-3 run for what would lead to a commanding 45-30 score after 12 minutes of play. The 905 recorded over 40 first-quarter points for the second time this season (the first also came against the BayHawks on November 13th), with Boucher (13), Loyd (11) and Deng Adel (10) all reaching double-digits. The BayHawks cut the lead to 11 points (52-41) in the second quarter, but a 12-2 run by the 905 opened the lead to 64-43, their largest of the game.
The BayHawks returned the favour in third quarter, scoring 45 single-quarter points of their own, performing a Warrior-like third-quarter run as they would go on to outscore the 905 by 17 points in the period. The run started with back-to-back 3’s by Jordan Sibert, helping Erie open the second half on an 8-2 run, forcing Jama Mahlalela to call a timeout with less than two minutes into the quarter.
The stoppage in play did not slow down Erie, as Sibert and Jones would go on to shoot a combined 12 for 16 (33 points) in Erie’s third-quarter surge, including 5 3’s from Sibert, putting the BayHawks on top 100-99 heading into the final frame, their first lead of the game since the opening minute.
The 905 did not have an answer for the former Houston Rocket, Jones, as he continued to punish the 905’s interior defence with baskets off of post-up plays. A 3-pointer by Hunter with 5:27 left in the game gave the BayHawks some distance at 113-109, but an altercation two possessions after led to a Jones ejection, sending Erie’s leading scorer to the locker room with 4:27 left in the game.
Hunter continued his hot 3-point shooting in the quarter, sinking back-to-back treys to give the BayHawks their largest lead of the game, 121-113. A 9-2 run would ensue for the 905 following another timeout by Mahlalela, cutting the lead to 123-122. The BayHawks failed to convert after their own timeout, and the 905 ran their final play of the night off of Boucher’s rebound.
- Two-Way 905 Player Notes:
- An efficient Two-Way pairing: Boucher and Loyd came into tonight’s game shooting 50% and 48.1%, respectively, and continued their offensive dominance with 30 points each against the BayHawks. Boucher was 14 for 15 from the free throw line and grabbed 15 rebounds along with 3 blocked shots. Loyd was an efficient 10 for 15 from the field, scoring 4 3-pointers and grabbing 8 rebounds.
- Other 905 Player Notes
- Duane Notice was not with the club tonight as he is part of the Canadian Senior Men’s National Team that will be competing in the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 Americas Qualifiers games this Friday against Venezuela, and then next Monday versus Brazil. The 905 added Rodney Pryor with their FIBA exemption.
- BayHawks notes:
- The BayHawks did not have any two-way players active tonight, as starting point guard Jaylen Adams was ruled out with an illness, and Alex Poythress has been sidelined since November 17th with an ankle injury. Although Poythress has yet to suit up for Erie this season (playing for parent club Atlanta Hawks), Adams has been a key contributor averaging 17.4 points and 3.6 assists.
- Jones, who was teammates with Boucher on last season’s Santa Cruz Warriors squad, has been dominating the NBA G League much like Boucher himself, averaging 26.6 points, 11.3 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 2.3 steals, and 1.0 blocks per game coming into tonight’s game.