The 905 almost gave it away but rallied in overtime for their third straight victory

Harley Kock
BarnBurner Sports Writer


Friday, November 29, 2019

Final Score, Raptors 905 - 112 Long Island Nets - 111

Mississauga, Ontario - “Missed lay-up and missed free throws and it's hard to win a game.” That was head coach Jama Mahlalela following the Raptors 905 hard fought overtime win against the Long Island Nets, 112-111. 905 have now won three straight after dropping their first 4 of the season.


Early on the Nets clearly wanted to take advantage of the 905s lack of size in the paint. They got straight to the rim on 5 straight possessions to start the game, only missing one. An 8-0 run prompting Mahlalela to burn his first timeout.


Tyler Ennis got the Raptors first bucket on a nice floater but it was a struggle to stop Long Island, who held a 12-2 lead. John Egbunu was on fire to start for the Nets, a perfect 4 for 4 from the field.


905 switched to zone defence, finally able to string a few stops together, threw 6 minutes it was a 19-9 deficit. 11-4 run capped off by an Anderson triple cutting the differential to just 3. 23-20 Nets with just over 4 minutes left in the first quarter. Ennis and Anderson led the 905 with 8 points a piece.


Some miscues on defence after switching back man-to-man for the 905. Nets were pounding the offensive glass with 6 second chance attempts. 


“I told my coaching staff its about challenges, we don't have a true centre in the lineup,” Mahlalela said pregame on the 905 having just 8 players dressed. 


Raptors got a chance of their own when Justin Reyes put it back up and through in the dying seconds of the quarter. After one, the up-and-down affair was 32-30 Long Island.


Shamorie Ponds made a nice step back three to open the scoring, taking a one point lead for the 905. Ponds continued breaking down the defence with another step back giving him 9 points off the bench, 14 minutes into the contest.


Anderson looked a lot more comfortable with his teammates in his second game. “You can't put tons of hours on his body at this point, but we can on his mind. So went spent a lot of time on film, we did extra film sessions everyday to try and get him caught up to speed.” Jama Mahlalela said pregame. So far it was paying off, Anderson led the team with 10 points.


A great start to the second for the 905 with a 11-4 run, forcing the Nets to call their first timeout. Ponds was having a stellar quarter with 7 points and was now leading the Raptors with 11.


Anderson got his third foul 6 minutes into the second and took a seat.


A total defensive turn around holding Long Island to just 8 points through the first 8 minutes of the second. Raptors held a 48-40 lead.


Ennis was showing his playmaking ability from the low block, making multiple passes to open shooters. “We found gold their for a little bit,” said Mahlalela.


Ponds hit another 3 extending the lead to 51-44. 


A back-and-forth few minutes was slowed by a lengthy review of a foul underneath the basket charged to Rodions Kurucs. The foul counted and Nicholas Baer hit his first three, following a 0 for 6 start to the game. 905 led the Nets 58-48 at the half.


Raptors shot 47 percent and after a tough job rebounding in the first, held Long Island to 2 offensive in the second. Ponds led all scorers with 16.


Duane Notice, who was held off the scoresheet in the first half, scored 5 of the 905s first 8 in the third. Then a three by Baer extended the 905 lead to 71-56, 4 minutes into the second half. The Raptors commitment to team rebounding was paying off, 6 different guys had 3 plus boards.


Even though they only had 3 subs, the 905 pushed the pace and extended their lead with Notice laying one in to extend it to 18, halfway through the third quarter.


An offensive drought as the 905 went almost 4 minutes without a basket, allowing the Nets to creep back in.


Notice missed a wide-open three at the buzzer but the 905 took a 80-68 lead into the fourth. Two great defensive quarters had the Nets shooting 39.4% going into the final frame.


One minute into the fourth, Anderson picked up his 5th foul, this one offensive and once again made his way back to the bench. “The reality is it was next man up mentality, guys stepped up, I told Jama I wasn’t going to get fouled out … the hardest part is just catching your rhythm offensively,” said Anderson on his foul trouble.


Nets cut the lead to single digits but Notice continued his great second half getting fouled and making his free throw, putting them back up 89-78.


Deng Adel was quietly having an excellent game. He led Long Island with 22 with 8 minutes to go. A run by the Nets forced another timeout as the 905’s lead shrunk to 7, 91-84 with 7:27 remaining. 


Ennis was thrown out with 6:36 remaining, getting two technicals for throwing the ball near the ref after being called for a travel, when he felt that they should’ve called a foul on the defense.


Anderson returned and hit a huge three pushing the 905 lead to 6 and giving him a team high 21. 


The ending would be wild.


A Raptors turnover by Notice and Adel cut the lead to 2. CJ Williams hit a three for the Nets, their first lead since the second quarter.


Ponds with back-to-back jumpers then Jawun Evans knocked down a three extending their lead back to six.


Then it was Ponds time once again.


A great screen by Baer gave him just enough room to get a three off, 905 led 106-99 with 2 minutes remaining.


Anderson missed and easy lay-in following a steal by Evans. Nets came right back with a three by Devin Cannady cutting it to one. Cannady had another chance on a wide-open three but missed.


106-105, An intentional foul, Evans stepped to the line but he missed both giving the Nets a shot.


Williams stepped up, Great defence but with a hand in his face he drained the triple for a 108-106 lead. 


Anderson came back with a strong lay-up, getting right to the hoop to tie it up.


A turnover by Williams and with 3.4 left the 905 had a chance…


Anderson was blocked attempting a three as we headed to 2 minute overtime. 40 points by the Nets in the fourth to just 28 from the 905. 


“We’ve done this before lets just make this a single one, not a triple,” was Mahlalela’s message going into extra time.


An and-one by Adel pushed the Nets to a three point lead. Anderson was fouled after getting an offensive rebound and made both, cutting it back to one. 


A great defensive stop and Ponds after almost losing it out of bounds got a tough reverse to go for a one point lead, 112-111 with 13 seconds remaining.


Williams missed the game winning three and the 905 won their third consecutive game, 112-111 over the Long Island Nets in overtime.


Ponds finished with a team high 29, “Each play down If I saw a gap I tried to attack it, kick-out, whatever my team needed me to do.”


Anderson had 25 but praised his teammates, “Even though they had an and-one to start the overtime, we still came back and fought back, which says a lot about what we are trying to do and I'm just glad we pulled out a win.”


Next up - The 905 cross the border and head down to Philadelphia to take on the Delaware Blue Coats(4-4) who lead the G-League in PPG at 124.7. 7:00pm start time.