Wisconsin Wins Third Consecutive Game, Beat Raptors 905 115-109
The Wisconsin Herd, the NBA G League affiliate of the Milwaukee Bucks, collected its third consecutive win with a 115-109 victory over the Raptors 905 on Friday night inside Menominee Nation Arena.
Wisconsin was shorthanded as they were without the services of Two-Way player Frank Mason and guard Jaylen Adams who missed the contest due to injury. However, three Herd players scored in double figures led by Cam Reynolds who scored a team-high 27 points on 11 made field goals. For the fourth straight game, Dragan Bender was in action as he was assigned to the team by the Milwaukee Bucks. He collected his second consecutive double-double and posted a stat line of 26 points, 14 rebounds, four assists and two blocked shots, while Rayjon Tucker totaled 20 points on 6-of-15 shooting. Jemerrio Jones tied his season-high and grabbed 17 rebounds and added a season-high 13 points, and Luke Maye tallied 12 points and six rebounds off the bench.
Affiliate player Devin Robinson paced all players and poured in a game-high 40 points. The 40-point performance also served as a new career-high for him personally, surpassing his previous high of 33 points which he scored against Long Island on Dec. 29, 2018. Tyler Ennis recorded 21 points and added a game-high 13 assists, while Paul Watson totaled 18 points and 11 rebounds. Duane Notice tallied 11 points and Shamorie Ponds, one of the Raptor's Two-Way players, posted nine points, four rebounds, five steals and a blocked shot.
Wisconsin struggled to find their bearings in the first half as they shot 32 percent from the floor and trailed by as many as 11. Adding to the slow offensive start were the rash of turnovers. The Herd committed 17 first half turnovers, which subsequently lead to 17 Raptor's points. Bender and Reynolds combined to score 26 points in the opening 24 minutes, but it was the 905 who had a stranglehold on the game for the majority of the first half. Wisconsin trimmed the deficit to as few as six, but the Raptors scored the final points of the second quarter and led 86-77 at the intermission.
The 905 tallied the first basket of the third quarter and extended their lead back to double figures. Wisconsin's deficit swelled to 15 points and ultimately reached 19 on a three-pointer by Notice. The 19-point advantage served as the largest of the night for either team, and it forced a Herd timeout with 5:48 left to play in the period. Wisconsin responded by scoring five unanswered points to trim the 905's lead to 14, but they were unable to pull within single digits until Maye nailed a jumper with 65 seconds remaining in the quarter. Despite shooting 52 percent in the frame and getting 10 points apiece from Bender and Tucker, the Raptor's outscored the Herd by one and led 86-77 heading into the final 12 minutes.
Wisconsin's offensive success persisted in the fourth quarter and the defense came to life. The Herd shot 63 percent from the floor, made five three-pointers, forced seven Raptor's turnovers and outscored the 905 38-23. Reynolds served as the spark plug, scoring 13 of his 27 points in the stanza, while burying three three-pointers. Wisconsin battled all the back and tied the game at 96 on a long ball from D.J. Hogg with six and a half minutes remaining in the contest. Minutes later, the Herd took a 101-100 lead when Maye nailed a three-pointer with 4:18 left to play. The lead served as the Herd's first since midway through the first quarter. The period featured five ties and three lead changes, but down the stretch, Wisconsin's timely shot making is what propelled them to a 115-109 victory.
With Friday's result, Wisconsin improves to 3-1 on the year, marking the first time the team has won three of their first four games to begin a season.
The Herd will now hit the road and embark on a four-game road trip that'll feature stops in D.C., Lakeland, Westchester and Delaware. Wisconsin will take on the Capital City Go-Go on Sunday, Nov. 17 inside the Entertainment and Sports Arena. The Herd won the first meeting of the season with a 123-113 win on Nov. 13. Tip-off is set for 2:00pm CT.
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