Raptors 905 (8-10) survived a late scare from the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (11-8) Saturday afternoon and now head into the holiday break with a 98-94 victory. Alfonzo McKinnie, on assignment from the Toronto Raptors, led all scorers with 26 points. Stephan Hicks led the Mad Ants attack with 19 points off the bench.
The game began with an evenly matched opening quarter, both teams exchanging baskets, resulting in a 24-21 advantage for the 905. In the second quarter, the 905 gradually grew its lead, closing the frame with a 47-37 lead. At the break, McKinnie led all scorers with 14 points, including 10 in the second quarter.
Coming out of the half, Raptors 905 used a 10-2 run midway through the third to build a 17-point advantage, its biggest of the game. Fort Wayne clawed back slowly, cutting its deficit to eight points by the end of the period. The 905 would regain momentum to start the final frame with a 9-2 run, extending its lead to 15 points by the 8:06 mark of the quarter. The Mad Ants once again battled back, eventually tying the game at 92-92 with 1:31 remaining. A quick Aaron Best basket and a strong performance at the free throw line would seal the 905 victory, its third in a row.