Running Diary: Raptors 905 fall to Erie BayHawks, 99-95

The Raptors 905 (12-5) tip off 2017 against the Erie BayHawks (5-12) and Ball On My Mind will be providing live updates and notes from the Hershey Centre. You can watch the game here.

Here are your starting lineups for tonight:

 

Erie BayHawks:

G: Gabe York

G: TJ Price

G: Anthony Brown

F: Alex Davis

C: Stephen Zimmerman

 

Meanwhile, the Toronto Raptors are on a west coast road trip so it will be interesting to see who steps up for their D-League affiliate in the absence of regular assignees like Bruno Caboclo and Fred VanVleet.

One of the matchups I am looking forward to tonight is between centres Edy Tavares and Stephen Zimmerman.  I saw Tavares at the Las Vegas NBA Summer League and later that night bumped into Zimmerman grabbing a bite at the UNLV In-N-Out Burger.

Anthony Brown

Anthony Brown recently had a short stint with the Pelicans. Being in the D-League has allowed him to expand his repertoire of moves being more than just a shooter. He showcased a nice fadeaway jumper from the low post and turnaround jumper off the dribble. Additionally, he was one of the more vocal leaders on the BayHawks. Brown is the 4th ranked prospect on the NBA D-League Prospect Watch.

Yanick Moreira

The first big off the bench – Moreira did a solid job so far on the glass with 4 rebounds in 6 minutes so far. Moreover, he was a vocal presence in pick-and-roll action. Raptors 905 “blued” most of their coverage in the PnR.

End of 1st quarter: BayHawks 26 Raptors 905 21

Gabe York

BayHawks offence features a steady diet of of pick-and-roll direction with York manning the point. He has made good reads in the halfcourt for most of the game, taking the jumper when the opposing big fails to hedge and choosing efficient shots.

End of 2nd quarter: BayHawks 45 Raptors 905 48

First half highlights:

Axel Toupane

Quietly, Toupane has a team-best +17 and 11 points off the bench in the first half. He attacked the rim hard and drew 9 free throw attempts. There is definitely potential for him to earn a call-up again soon when 10-day contracts are available for teams looking for a guard who can defend one through three.

At the midway point of the 3rd quarter, the Raptors 905 trail 64-54. Erie has shot the ball well after the break and taken advantage of the Raptors 905’s live-ball turnovers.

End of 3rd quarter: BayHawks 81 Raptors 905 68

With 8:39 remaining in the 4th quarter, the Raptors 905 have trimmed the BayHawks’ lead to six, 82-76. Toupane has shouldered the offensive comeback thanks to his team-leading three steals and knack for pushing the ball after missed shots.

We got a close one, BayHawks lead 95-91 with 42.4 seconds left.

A couple of controversial calls late in the game as the referees appear to have missed a double-dribble committed by York and intentional fouls from the Raptors 905 leading to less clock time.

Final score: BayHawks 99 Raptors 905 95

The comeback fell short as turnovers and missed free throws hurt the Raptors 905. “I think the trend that is bothering us the most is the sloppiness with the basketball. Our defence was good enough to win [but] our offence – we don’t hang our hat on the offensive end of the ball whether it’s a sluggish start or slow start, we know we are going to eventually get [enough points].When you throw it away 24 times and miss 13 free throws, it’s the game right there” said Raptors 905 head coach Jerry Stackhouse.

Next up: Wednesday January 4th vs. Canton Charge

Piece by Conrad Chow – Twitter: @chowster24

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