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"How to play with a lead" - Raptors 905 learn lesson in loss to the Stockton Kings

Final Score: Stockton Kings 107 @ Raptors 905 104

905 Leading Scorer: Henry Ellenson with 19 points

905 Starters: Paul Watson, Oshae Brissett, Henry Ellenson, Jawun Ewans, Tyler Ennis

905 2-Ways: Oshae Brissett & Paul Watson

905 Assignees: None

 

Hump-day game in Mississauga...


While the temperatures were above seasonal outside, both teams were cold to start the game. The Kings went 8-24 (33.3%) in the first quarter while the 905 did not fair much better 9-22 (40.9%). After one, the 905 held a two point lead, 20-19.


Things heated up in the second as the Kings scored 32 points. The 905 responded with 31 and took a one point lead, 51-50, into the halftime break. It was a balanced attack for the 905, with Oshae Brisset and Duane Notice leads the way with 8 points each.


In the third, the 905 kept the momentum going on offence, while tightening things up on defence, resulting in a 10 point lead, 83-73, heading into the fourth. Notice continued his strong play with five more points in the quarter, while Henry Ellenson scored 10 points to become the 905's leading scorer with 16 points (along with seven rebounds) through three.


Alas, things slowed down for the 905 in the fourth. A dry spell in middle of the quarter and the inability to execute down the stretch was the team's ultimate demise as they found themselves down by three as the buzzer sounded. On a plus side, the 905 finished with seven players in double digits. "Our team is designed in a way that it has to be team wins", said Coach Jama Mahlalela after the game, "everyone has to do their part".


It's consistency and I think that's the biggest thing everyone always looks at when it comes to Devin.

- Coach Jama Mahlalela on what it will take for Devin Robinson, who struggled in the fourth quarter, to get to the next level