Raptors 905 Update: Team holding pace after All-Star Break

OSKOSH, WI - MARCH 3: James Blackmon Jr.
OSKOSH, WI - MARCH 3: James Blackmon Jr. /

Since the G-League All-Star Break, the Raptors 905 have went 3-2, keeping pace with the rest of the league and managing to hold on to their second place standing.

After starting out horrendously, then winning 14 of 16, the Raptors 905 have finally startled to settle into a sustainable pace. No longer sitting in the dweller or setting the league on fire, the 905 went 3-2 over the past week.

The week included two wins against a below average Wisconsin Herd team and a critical victory against a very competitive Erie BayHawks squad. Meanwhile, their losses came to inter-division rivals and two teams they will be battling for seeding.

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With just 7 games remaining the 905 currently sit 2.5 games back of the Westchester Knicks. Considering the Knicks also own the tie-breaker, it is a long-shot for the 905 to gain the first overall spot. More likely is a slip below the two-seed, as both the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the Erie Bayhawks are within two games.

As the team gets ready for the stretch run, lets take a look back at the team performances since the G-League All-Star Break.

Raptors 104, Erie Bayhawks 94

The 905 got off to a hot start in this game and never looked back. Outscoring the Bayhawks 24-15 in the first quarter allowed the 905 to overcome a poor offensive second-quarter where they scored just 19 themselves.

Individually, the team was led by Malcom Miller who put up 28 points and eight rebounds on a very efficient 9-15, including 4-8 from beyond the arc. In addition to Miller, recently acquired Malachi Richardson also pitched in 13 points, including 10 in the opening quarter.

Raptors 107, Westchester Knicks 110

In a game critical to the Eastern Conference standings, the 905 came up just short. A 14 point difference in the second quarter ended up proving too much to overcome as the Knicks pulled out an important victory. The win all but sealed the Knicks as the one seed in the Eastern Conference, leaving the 905 to battle for the two seed.

Individually, the team received big games from Malcolm Miller and Alfonzo McKinnie. For the Knicks, current Raptor, Nigel Hayes dominated the game scoring 27 and grabbing eight boards.

OSKOSH, WI – MARCH 3: Malachi Richardson
OSKOSH, WI – MARCH 3: Malachi Richardson /

Raptors 129, Wisconsin Herd 119

Propelled by another quick start, the Raptors 905 scored a team high 129 on their way to victory against the Herd. The team shot greater than 50-percent from the field and 40-percent from beyond the arc.

Individually, the team experienced a wealth of impressive performances, including Kennedy Meeks 23 points and eight rebounds, as well as, Alfonzo McKinnie’s 27 and eight.

Raptors 105, Long Island Nets 109

Another critical game in terms of final seeding, once again the 905 came up short. The game consisted of 24 lead changes and was back-and-forth all night.

Once again, Alfonzo McKinnie provided the 905 with a solid performance, notching a double-double with 17 and 10. Meanwhile, after finding success in his first game, Malachi Richardson was relegated to coming off the bench and struggled for the third consecutive game.

Raptors 104, Wisconsin Herd 83

You would forgive anyone who turned this game off after the first-quarter. The score was an ugly 15-13, while both teams struggled to hit shots. While the 905 managed to turn their offense around, the Herd did not.

Coming off of another poor performance, Richardson was inserted back into the starting lineup and responded with 20 points. Right behind him in points was McKinnie, who gave the team another 16 and eight, and is quickly becoming the team’s most consistent contributor.

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As the next stretch of games for the Raptors 905 will be critical deciding the team’s seeding. Check in next week to find out how the 905 fared.