Drive Drop Third Straight, Fall to 905
MISSISSAUGA - Raptors 905 (9-3) overcame an early 17-point deficit to hand the Grand Rapids Drive (5-6) their third consecutive loss on Sunday afternoon, prevailing by a 106-91 final. The 905 were able to lower the Drive's early lead to two points by halftime and took control of the game in the second half to cruise to their fourth straight win.
After combining for 65 points in the 905's previous win, Jordan Loyd and Chris Boucher were again instrumental in the win over Grand Rapids. Loyd led all players with 30 points and also had five rebounds and five assists, while Boucher nearly had a 30-20 game with 29 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks. Deng Adel also added 20 points, eight rebounds and five assists for the host 905.
For Grand Rapids, Shep Garner had his best game as a G League player with 17 points and five rebounds off the bench, going 5-of-11 from three-point range. Johnny Hamilton added 15 points, 12 rebounds (nine of them coming on the offensive end) and four blocks in his return to the starting lineup and Zach Lofton had 15 points, six rebounds and five assists. Keenan Evans also chipped in 12 points and led the team with six assists.
The 905's dominance at the foul line was a big factor in the comeback win. The Drive played nine players, and six recorded at least three fouls and seven recorded at least two. The 905 shot 31 free throws and connected on 25 of them, more than doubling the Drive's total of 14 free throw attempts. Loyd and Boucher drew more foul shots than the entire Drive lineup.
The Drive also continued their unfortunate recent trend of struggling from the field against the traditionally stingy Raptors defense, as they shot under 40 percent from the floor for the fourth time this season and failed to reach the 100 point mark for the third game in a row. They were somewhat able to knock the 905 off their game early, though, and they held the home team to just 22 percent from three point range and Garner's 17 points equaled the total of the entire 905 bench.
The 905 will look to pick up their fifth straight win as they play host to the Iowa Wolves on Wednesday morning. The Drive will head to Memphis to continue their road trip against the Hustle on Tuesday.
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