Los Angeles D-Fenders guard Vander Blue had a game-high 37 points to lead his club to a 111-110 victory over Raptors 905 Wednesday night at Hershey Centre.
Raptors 905 led for most of the game, holding a 28-24 advantage after the first quarter, stretching that gap to as many as 15 points midway through the second quarter and maintaining a three-point lead heading into the final frame. The D-Fenders went on a 7-0 run in the latter half of the fourth quarter to erase a six-point lead Raptors 905 had with six minutes to go. From there, Los Angeles maintained a lead for the final four minutes to hold on for the win.
In addition to Blue’s 37 points, the D-Fenders also had double-digit points from Justin Hawkins (24), Justin Harper (19), Robert Upshaw (14), and Andre Ingram (10). Raptors 905’s top point producers included Norman Powell (28), Ronald Roberts Jr. (19), Bruno Caboclo (17), Shannon Scott (16) and Scott Suggs (game-high 14 bench points). Roberts Jr. added a game-high 16 rebounds for his ninth double-double in 12 games played.
Los Angeles led Raptors 905 in field goal percentage (48.2-43.2), while Raptors 905 held the advantage in three point percentage (41.4-32.1), points in the paint (48-46) and second-chance points (22-13). The two teams tied in free throw percentage (78.6) and fast-break points (13).
Raptors 905 is back in action Thursday, December 31 when the club hosts the Sioux Falls Skyforce at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.