MISSISSAUGA, Ontario — Raptors 905 (1-0) earned its first victory of the season Saturday, defeating the Delaware Blue Coats (0-1) 126-125 at Paramount Fine Foods Centre. In a tie game with less than two minutes to play, the Raptors 905 used stifling defense and executed offensively to secure the victory. The win was Jama Mahlalela’s first professional victory as a head coach.
Chris Boucher recorded a team-high 33 points and 14 rebounds while shooting 13-of-15 from the free-throw line. Jordan Loyd added 24 points, including two decisive free-throws at the end of the game, while Deng Adel chipped in 17 points. Delaware was led by assignment player Jonah Bolden who posted 28 points and a game-high 16 rebounds and two-way player Demetrius Jackson who recorded game-highs with 34 points and 13 assists.
The game began with an evenly matched first quarter before the 905 went on to score 40 points in the second frame to take a 72-65 lead into the half.
Coming out of the break, the Blue Coats outscored Raptors 905 39-28 to take a four-point lead into the fourth. After trading baskets late in the final quarter, Adel hit a three-pointer to tie the game at 122 and Loyd converted two free-throws with 7.3 seconds left to seal the win.