Raptors 905 (31-10) lost a tightly contested affair against the Santa Cruz Warriors (23-17) 128-122 Wednesday night. Phil Pressey led all scorers with 28 points while for the second straight game, the 905 had three players lead the team in scoring. Brady Heslip, E.J. Singler and Axel Toupane each scored 20 points for Raptors 905, who suffered just its third road loss of the season.
The first quarter of play featured stellar offence from both teams, as they combined to shoot 66.6 per cent from the floor and 67 total points in the frame. Raptors 905 had a slight 34-33 advantage after the opening period, benefitting from a 13-point effort from E.J. Singler.
Offence would continue to dominate in the second as Raptors 905 scored 35 points while Santa Cruz responded with 39 points. Cleanthony Early scored 11 points and James Southerland contributed 10 points to pace the Warriors in the frame. Yanick Moreira continued his strong play of late, scoring eight points in the quarter as the 905 head into halftime trailing 72-69.
The second half would continue much like the first, with teams trading baskets in the third quarter. Brady Heslip scored eight points in the third to give the 905 the 27-25 advantage over the Warriors in the frame. Entering the final quarter of play, Raptors 905 trailed by one point.
The fourth would prove decisive as Santa Cruz converted down the stretch to earn the victory and end Raptors 905 nine-game winning streak. Pressey asserted himself in the quarter, scoring 12 points for the Warriors, while Early added nine points to his 25 on the evening to seal the Santa Cruz win.