It was a Rollercoaster, Raptors 905 Prevail in Overtime!
Final Score: 112-11
905 Leading Scorer: Shamorie Ponds with 29 points
905 Starters: Duane Notice, Justin Anderson, Nicholas Baer, Matt Morgan, Tyler Ennis
905 2-Ways: Shamorie Ponds
905 Assignees: None
Friday evening got off to a slow start for the shorthanded Raptors 905 as they feel behind to 10-0 to start the game. Half way into the first quarter, the 905 still trailed by10 points and that is the when the party started. Behind 8 points from Tyler Ennis and Justin Anderson, the 905 closed the gap to 2 points and trailed 32-30 after the first quarter.
Shamaroie Ponds took over in the second quarter scoring 12 points in the quarter on 5-8 shooting. After two quarters, the 905 found themselves up by 10 points, leading the Nets 58-48.
To start the third quarter, the 905 threatened to push the game out of reach. However, the Nets pushed back and the 905 finished the quarter with an additional two points on their lead, 80-68.
In the fourth quarter, with the 905 leading 93-87 af the 6:36 mark, Ennis picked up two technical fouls (one for complaining about a foul call and one for throwing the ball in the direction of the referee. Things would get worse from there as the 905, noticiblity tired and short handed, would see the Nets take the lead 97-92.
Sparked by Ponds, the 905 surged back pushing the lead back up to 106-99. Only to see it evaporate after two missed free throws by Duane Notice (apparently the one shot, two points rule does not apply in the last two minutes or overtime), followed by a contested ripple from C.J. Williams of the Nets.
The 905 called timeout and Anderson was able to drive, largely uncontested, for an easy layup to tie the game at 108. Following a Nets turnover and a rushed three by Anderson, we headed to overtime.
In overtime, the 905 manged to come out with a 112-111 win behind tough buckets by Anderson and Ponds.
Proud of their effort and their fight. When the game stalls a little bit you have to find some magic sometimes and Shamorie gave the to us tonight.
- Coach Jama Mahlalela on team rallying late in the game