It was a tale of two halves as the Raptors 905 erased a point deficit in a come from behind win over the Capital City Go-Go. Trailing by 24 points, the 905 regrouped during half-time before going on a 12-0 run to begin the third quarter. Tightening up the defence, the 905 were able to limit Kris Dunn, the former fifth overall pick in 2016, to just two points in the second half, and sharp-shooter Jordan Schakel to only five points in total.
Offensively, Jeff Dowtin Jr. led the team with 28 points, including a jumper to tie the game at 104-104, and a pair of made free throws to secure the win in the final seconds of the game. Dowtin also led the team in assists, with 6 in under 36 minutes. Saben Lee’s natural hustle and ability to finish through contact allowed him to tally 20 points, with most coming primarily in the paint.
While Melvin Frazier Jr. tied Capital City’s Johnny Davis with two blocks in the nail-biter, it was Kenny Wooten Jr.’s emphatic block in the third quarter that changed the tempo of the game in favour of the Raptors 905.
With Justin Champagnie, Obadiah Noel, and David Johnson out, Reggie Perry was the only returning member of the Raptors 905 to play in the season opener, and the defensive skills he honed during the off season were on full display. Along with his 23 points - the second highest scoring total of the night for the 905 - Perry grabbed 10 defensive rebounds. Recording the only double-double of the night for Toronto, Perry joins Bruno Caboclo (2015), Edy Tavares (2017), Chris Boucher (2018), Dewan Hernandez (2019), Alize Johnson (2021), Aaron Best (2022), and Kevon Harris (2022) as the only players to score a double-double in the opening game of the season.
The Raptors 905 will stay in Washington as they try to take both games of the back-to-back against Capital City on Sunday, November 8th at 3:00 p.m.
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