Red Claws Fall on Late Surge
Mississauga, ON - February 12, 2018 - The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, hung tough but couldn't defeat Raptors 905 tonight, 102-94 at Hershey Centre.
Maine (16-21) was led by Boston Celtics Two-Way Player Kadeem Allen with 24 points, 5 rebounds and 8 assists. Anthony Bennett added 23 points and 7 boards for the Claws, while L.J. Peak scored 14 points in the loss. Devin Williams tallied another double-double with 10 points and 11 rebounds, and Trey Davis added 10 points, 6 rebounds and 7 assists off the bench.
Raptors 905 (23-14) was led by Alfonso McKinnie with 22 points. This is the first time ever that Maine has lost on the road to Raptors 905, now 5-1 all-time.
The Red Claws and 905 traded buckets early. Allen buried a corner triple, and Peak followed that up with a trey of his own to give Maine a 12-6 lead. Former Red Claw Malcolm Miller kept Raptors 905 close with 5 early points. Peak dropped in another three-ball, but the 905 held a 20-18 lead. Off a steal, Dixon's lay-in at the buzzer gave Maine a 24-23 lead after 1.
Vitto Brown's monster slam opened the 2nd quarter with Maine on a 9-0 run and a 29-23 lead. Aaron Best followed that up with a two-handed flush for the 905. After a slow start, Ontario native Bennett got on the board with a three-point play. Peak's three-point play put Maine up 4, but Raptors 905 buried back-to-back three's, but Allen buried a deep three at the buzzer - Raptors 905 led 49-48 at halftime. Allen led all scorers with 12 points at the break, with the Red Claws shooting 39% (17-44) in the first half.
Williams opened the second half with back-to-back buckets to tie the game at 52. The 905 would go on a run, but Allen's three-ball tied it once again, this time at 57-57. Bennett and Casey Keane traded three's. Raptors 905 scored 4 quick points. Allen and the Red Claws went on a run to cut it to two, but former Red Claw Davion Berry buried a half-court shot to give Raptors 905 a 74-72 lead after 3.
In the 4th, the 905 surged up by 5, but Williams brought it back - his jumper cut it to 3, and Bennett's three tied the game at 88. Davis buried a deep three to put the Red Claws up 3. Best gave the 905 the lead back, then Alfonso McKinnie's three-point play and McKinnie's follow slam put the 905 up 8, putting the game away. Maine shot 38% (33-86) from the field, 39% (19-49) from three-point range, and 9-9 from the free throw line. Raptors 905 shot 51% (41-81) from the floor, 37% (13-35) from downtown, and 7-12 from the charity stripe.
The Red Claws now hit the All-Star Break and will return to action on Feb. 21 at Long Island. Maine's next home game is Feb. 25 against Windy City. Tickets are on sale by calling 207-210-6655 or visiting MaineRedClaws.com.
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