MISSISSAUGA — In front of thousands of screaming school children, Raptors 905 (3-2) won a tightly contested game against the Westchester Knicks (3-3), 112-109 Tuesday morning. Lorenzo Brown led all scorers with 29 points for the 905, who also benefited from a 21-point, 10-rebound performance from Bruno Caboclo. The Knicks were powered by 24-point efforts from Trey Burke and Luke Kornet. The 11 a.m. start was the first of five early start times this season for the 905, accommodating participation from local school children.
The first half of the game was a shootout between the two clubs, who combined to shoot 68.0 percent from 3-point range and 53.1 percent from the field. Kornet did most of his damage in the half for the Knicks, scoring 16 points on 6-for-10 shooting, including 4-for-7 from 3-point range. Burke and Nigel Hayes chipped in with 12 and 11 points, respectively, to lead Westchester into the half ahead 61-49.
The third quarter of play proved pivotal, as the 905 outscored Westchester 34-20 in the frame, propelled by Brown who scored 12 points. Davion Berry chipped in with seven points for the 905, who took a two point lead into the final quarter. In the fourth, Markham native Xavier Rathan-Mayes would do his best to lead the Knicks to victory, scoring 10 points while also converting a three-pointer with 7.7 seconds left to pull Westchester within one point. Free-throws would determine the rest of the game, Raptors 905 converting three of its four opportunities down the stretch to seal the victory.