Toronto Raptors young forward Bruno Caboclo continues to see a lot of playing time with the 905 and he has been taking advantage of the very long leash afforded to him in the NBA D-League. In the 112-93 loss to the Red Claws at the Portland Expo Building he posted a 15 point 11 rebound double-double on 5-19 shooting from the field in 35.5 minutes of action.
Caboclo filled out his line by going 1-10 from three, grabbing a steal, blocking 3 shots and picking up 5 personal fouls. 905 head coach Jesse Mermuys wasn’t kidding when he said development of the players assigned to him by the Raptors would be his top priority.
Through his first four games with the 905 Caboclo is averaging 34.5 minutes, 16.3 field goal attempts, 8.5 three-point attempts, 8.6 rebounds, 1.3 assists, 1.3 steals, 1.8 blocks and 16.3 points. Ignore the poor shooting percentages and the team’s 0-4 record, this opportunity is just what Caboclo needs to develop his game.
Toronto Raptors center Lucas Nogueira had 4 points, 4 rebounds and 4 blocked shots in 13 minutes action – all in the first half.
RECAP: MAINE RED CLAWS – 112, RAPTORS 905 – 93
Raptors 905’s Bruno Caboclo, Maine’s James Young record double-doubles
Maine Red Claws forward James Young had 26 points and 15 rebounds to lead the Red Claws to victory over Raptors 905 for a second straight evening Friday, this time 112-93 at Portland Exposition Building in Portland, Maine. Maine (3-1) also edged Raptors 905 (0-4) 109-104 Thursday night in the Mississauga club’s inaugural home game at Hershey Centre.
A two-point game in Maine’s favour after one quarter, the Red Claws expanded their lead in the second quarter to take a 46-34 advantage into the half. Maine widened the gap to 21 midway through the third quarter, but then Raptors 905 stormed back with a 20-6 run in the final five minutes of the frame to reduce the deficit to seven heading into the final period. That’s as close as Raptors 905 would get, as the Red Claws shot 61.9 percent (13-for-21) on field goals in fourth quarter to seal the win.
In addition to Young’s game highs in points and rebounds in his double-double effort, Maine had double-digit point totals from Omari Johnson (17), Jordan Mickey (17), Terry Rozier (16) and Coty Clarke (12). Jay Harris led the way offensively for Raptors 905, with a team-high 20 points off the bench, 13 of which came in the third quarter and all of which came in the second half. Melvin Johnson also had 15 points off the bench, while Scott Suggs (18) and Bruno Caboclo (15) also reached double-digit points on the night. In addition, Caboclo had a team-high 11 rebounds – all defensive – for his second double-double of the season.
The Red Claws led Raptors 905 in field goal percentage (43.3-41.1), three point percentage (36.4-28.6) and free throw percentage (85.7-68.8), while Raptors 905 topped Maine in points in the paint (46-38) and fast-break points (9-6). Both teams had 11 second-chance points.
Raptors 905 and the Red Claws tip off again Sunday, November 22 in Portland, Maine at 1 p.m.