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905 Kicks Off West Coast Trip with a Loss to Salt Lake City  

Raptors 905 108, Salt Lake City Stars 114 | Box Score
Two-ways: Jordan Loyd (905), Tyler Cavanaugh, Naz Mitrou-Long (Stars)

Raptors 905 came up short tonight to kick off a 3-game west coast trip, falling 114-108 to the Salt Lake City Stars.

Jordan Loyd led the 905 with 30 points, 8 assists and 6 steals, while Wade Baldwin IV scored 28 points on an impressive 12 of 25 shooting night.

Two-way player and Mississauga native Naz Mitrou-Long exploded for 39 for the Stars, and fellow two-way Tyler Cavanaugh notched his 8th double-double of the season with 17 points and 12 rebounds on the evening.

Led by Mitrou-Long’s 13 first quarter points, the Stars jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the game shooting a sizzling 65% from the field. The 905 were able to chip away in the second quarter, and a mini 7-0 run helped cut the lead to 54-53 with 2:20 left in the first half.

Despite the 905 carrying over momentum over into the 3rd quarter, including a Loyd 3-pointer that gave the team their first lead since the opening minutes of the game, Cavanaugh and Mitrou-Long continued to dominate, and the Stars lead grew to its largest of the game at 17 points early in the final period.

Numerous trips to the line for Loyd and MiKyle McIntosh helped the 905 chip away at the lead once again, and with just over a minute remaining in the game Baldwin IV converted on an and-1 attempt to turn the score into a one possession game at 106-103 – the closest the 905 would get in mounting a comeback.

Notes:

  • 905 Two-Way Notes
    • Jordan Loyd didn’t have a particularly dominant shooting night from the field, but he excelled at the free throw line shooting 13 of 15 accounting for nearly half of his 30 points. Loyd also had 8 assists, 6 steals and 4 rebounds.
  • Stars Two-Way Notes
    • Tyler Cavanaugh was a strong paint presence for the Stars, scoring 17 points and grabbing 12 rebounds. He was 7 of 9 from the free throw line and managed to knock down a couple of 3-pointers as well.
    • Naz Mitrou-Long scored his third 30-point game of the season, and the season-best 39 points came against his hometown team. Mitrou-Long was on fire to start the game, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and 24 by halftime. The former Iowa State Cyclone shot 11 of 21 from the field and was a perfect 13 of 13 from the free throw line. He has suited up in 10 games for the Utah Jazz this season,
  • Admin note
    • The 905 play again at home on Sunday. Raptors Republic readers can get a discount on tickets using the code REPUBLIC905.

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