Blue Coats Stunned by the Raptors 905

Noora Popal
BarnBurner Sports Writer

@NooraPopal

Sunday, March 8, 2020


Raptors 905 do a phenomenal job shutting down Delaware

MISSISSAUGA-  The Raptors 905 blew the Delaware Blue Coats out of the water Saturday afternoon, 117-98. This was a must-win game for them as the playoff season is right around the corner, and there are only a few games left for them to try to clinch a playoff spot. 

The 905 started the game with some aggressive defense, however offensively, even though they had many shot opportunities, they weren't as effective. Although they missed a lot of their shots, they weren’t that far behind in points. 

They were creating a lot of turnovers, but that didn't seem to have a large negative impact on the 905. The Raptors had 5 turnovers in the first quarter, which made the start of the game look like the Blue Coats were going to take control of the game. This, however, was not the case. 

The end of the 1st looked much different than the start. The score was 25-22, with the 905 in the lead. The only ones who scored points in the 1st were Brissett, Watson, Ellenson, and Reyes. Justin Reyess was on fire, and he did a lot of damage to Delaware's defense in the limited minutes he played.

Even though the Delaware Blue Coats attempted to cut the lead, the 905 clung on and barely let them make it a single-digit deficit. This was a theme through the next 3 quarters. 

Sagaba Konate had an impressive performance despite the limited minutes he had. Though he only played just over 11 minutes, he managed to put up 14 points 8 rebounds. The work he has been putting in is paying off. 

Oshae Brissett has been putting up pretty consistent numbers for his G-league team. His game has improved tremendously from the start of the season, and its what the 905 needed to give them hope of a post-season. He led the team in scoring with 27 points, plus 8 rebounds and 3 made 3's. 

Paul Watson Jr. was 50% from beyond the arc (4-8), and he also had an impressive 22 points.

Since Jauan Evans is going to be out for the rest of the season with an injury, the Raptors brought in a 6.5' guard, Jared Wilson-Frame, to take his place. He played just over 3 minutes even though Coach Jama didn't plan on playing him.

Tyler Ennis had a bit of an off night shooting wise, getting his first bucket of the night with less than 10 seconds left in the 2nd. But despite that, having him on the floor was heavily beneficial. He had 8 assists along with his 12 points, most of which came in the 4th quarter. 

The Raptors 905 are now tied with College Park Skyhawks, with records of 20-21. They are both 2 games behind the Capital City Go-Go. This shows that the Raptors 905, despite their shaky start to the season and many disappoint losses, have a very strong chance of making the playoffs. It is a big deal for the 905 to still be playoff contenders given the fact that for the last few years, the teams not only made it to the playoffs but also won a championship.

As they prepare to take on a team they have a tied record with for two games in a row, Coach Jama said that their “take it one game at a time” approach has been working well for them. They will focus on winning the first game against them on Monday, and then the next game on Wednesday. 

Their next game will be on Monday, March 9th, at Paramount Fine Foods Center at 7:30 pm ET.