In his second game in as many nights against the Mad Ants in Fort Wayne, Toronto Raptors Bruno Caboclo found the range and poured in a game-high 25 points on 10-18 shooting from the field and 3-8 from deep in a 112-92 Raptors 905 loss. As head coach Jesse Mermuys insisted prior to the start of the season, the focus of the 905 is on player development with a strong emphasis on those players assigned to him by the Raptors.
Caboclo played 34.8 minutes and had an obvious green light to fire away whenever he was open. He also contributed 6 rebounds and a block. The young forward was getting pushed around by players with more experience and strength and it ran up his personal foul total to five, but he has already played more meaningful minutes this season with the 905 than he did all of last year in both the NBA and the NBA D-League.
After getting into foul trouble in his first game with the 905, center Lucas Nogueira managed to stay on the court for 27 minutes this time, however, he struggled from the field, missing open shots and chippies at the rim. He finished shooting just 3-11. It wasn’t all bad, Nogueira used his superior size and length to grab 9 rebounds and help his team control the glass 51-43.
As noted by the in-game play callers, as Nogueira goes, so go the 905 and with Nogueira having a bad night finishing around the rim and picking up two quick fouls in the first quarter, this game got quickly out-of-hand. Then the 905 gave this game away with 24 turnovers – 11 in the first quarter alone.
The D-League is just a little more relaxed about some things than the NBA. With the game winding down in the fourth quarter, about 40 kids that appeared to run out of the stands joined the Mad Ants dancers on the court during a timeout to get in on the entertainment.
Next up, Raptors 905 home opener is on Thursday, November 19 when they host the Maine Red Claws at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.
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RECAP: FORT WAYNE MAD ANTS – 112, RAPTORS 905 – 92
Caboclo records game-high 25 points in defeat
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants carried a 23-point lead into the second half and held on the rest of the way for a 112-92 win over Raptors 905 on Sunday evening at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Mad Ants’ win moves them to 2-0 on the season, while Raptors 905 falls to 0-2.
Fort Wayne jumped out to an early 26-13 advantage after the first quarter, led by 10 points from Terran Petteway and aided by 11 opening-frame turnovers by Raptors 905. The Mississauga club lessened their turnovers to six in the second quarter, but the gap widened, as Fort Wayne outscored Raptors 905 37-27 in the quarter to take a 63-40 score into the break. A strong third quarter for Raptors 905 got the deficit back to 20, but the Mad Ants held them in check in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Leading Fort Wayne offensively were Petteway (22 points, four assists), Rakeem Christmas (19 points), Walter Lemon Jr. (game-high 16 bench points, four assists) and Shayne Whittington (12 points). Bruno Caboclo (game-high 25 points), Scott Suggs (18 points), Melvin Johnson (15 points) and Jay Harris (11 points) were the top offensive producers for Raptors 905. Fort Wayne’s Christmas and Raptors 905’s Lucas Nogueira shared the game high for rebounds with nine each.
The Mad Ants bested Raptors 905 in field goal percentage (45.4-41.2), three-point percentage (42.9-37.0), free throw percentage (75.0-63.2), points in the paint (48-36) and fast-break points (9-8), while Raptors 905 held the advantage in second-chance points (13-7).
Raptors 905 is back in action on Thursday, November 19 when it plays host to the Maine Red Claws at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.