MISSISSAUGA – Raptors 905 (25-9) used a strong second half to earn its 25th victory of the season against the Westchester Knicks (14-20) Tuesday night. CJ Leslie returned to the starting lineup for the 905 to lead all scorers with 25 points and 13 rebounds for his sixth double-double of the season. Von Wafer recorded 23 points for Westchester in the loss.
The Knicks began the game shooting 50 per cent from the floor, leading to a 29-23 lead after the first quarter. Courtney Fells paced Westchester with seven points and two blocks in the frame, while Edy Tavares responded for the 905 with a quarter-high nine points while adding two blocks of his own.
In the second quarter, Westchester continued to convert from the floor, shooting 52 per cent from the field. John Jenkins nine points in the quarter, and 14 first half points, sent the visiting Knicks into the half leading 55-47 against the 905.
Raptors 905 opened the second half with a 14-2 run in the third as CJ Leslie and Bruno Caboclo scored 12 and 10 points respectively to catapult the 905 ahead of the Knicks 86-80. Through three quarters, Wafer led all scorers with 21 points off the Westchester bench. For the second straight game, Tavares entered the fourth quarter having already secured a double-double, his tenth of the season.
Both teams struggled offensively in the fourth quarter, combining to shoot 31 per cent from the floor. Each team scored 19 points in the final frame, Westchester’s John Jenkins led his team with six points while Yanick Moreira scored seven to seal the victory for the 905.
Raptors 905 head into the All-Star break on a three-game winning streak along with a 25-9 record. The 905 will be represented in New Orleans by Jerry Stackhouse and his coaching staff, Edy Tavares and Axel Toupane participating in the All-Star game, and John Jordan defending his Slam Dunk title.