MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Despite a strong second half, Raptors 905 (3-5) came up just short of victory against the Delaware 87ers, losing 98-92 Saturday afternoon. James Webb III led the 87ers to victory with 23 points off the bench, while Davion Berry led all scorers with 24 points for the 905 in defeat.
The opening half was a tale of two quarters, as the two teams were neck and neck in the first frame then Delaware seized control of the game in the second, outscoring the 905 38-13. In the pivotal second quarter, the 87ers bench combined for 27 of the team’s 38 points to head into the half ahead by 26 points. Webb III led all scorers with 16 points and five rebounds in the opening 24 minutes.
Coming out of halftime, Raptors 905 began chipping away at the 87ers lead, outscoring the visitors 27-22 in the third quarter. Shevon Thompson recorded nine of his 20 points and four of his 10 rebounds in the third quarter for the 905. Tyshawn Abbott paced Delaware with 11 points in the frame and his 87ers went into the final period of play with an 87-66 lead.
The fourth quarter saw a furious comeback from Raptors 905, who outscored Delaware 26-11 in the frame, pulling within four points. Andre Washington came off the bench for the 905 in the fourth, scoring four points and helping to swing the momentum in the 905’s favour, while Berry led the team offensively with nine points. Raptors 905 ultimately fell just short of completing the comeback and Delaware escaped with its first victory of the season.