Summer League Game Recaps, Two For the Price of One

Thursday, July 16, 2009

I didn't delay this post on purpose. I've just been busy with freelance writing that I actually get paid for as opposed to this, which I simply do for the love of the game. But enough about me, there are two Raptors Summer League game reviews to do.

First, from Wednesday: Raptors 74, Suns 73

I didn't see the action, but it sounded like one of the better endings from Las Vegas this week. Here's the description taken from the official Summer League recap:

The Toronto Raptors (2-2) rallied from nine down in the fourth quarter to claim a 74-73 victory over the Phoenix Suns Wednesday night in the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS from the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas. The Raptors got game-ending heroics from DeMar DeRozen and Ekene Ibekwe, who nailed the game-winning basket and blocked a last second shot, respectively.

The Raptors rallied in the final 7:28 and got the game-winning basket via alley-oop from DeRozen with 46 seconds remaining in the game. The Suns’ Goran Dragic went coast-to-coast with seven seconds remaining and put up a running jumper that was swatted away by Ibekwe. Unfortunately, Ibekwe landed awkwardly and had to be taken off the court via stretcher.

Ibekwe sustained two sprained wrists and received six stitches in his chin.

Then, earlier tonight, the Raptors won yet another one-point contest, edging Milwaukee 84-83.

Blog Talk BayHawk is proud to report that Quincy Douby, late of the Erie BayHawks, drained the game winner against the Bucks with 1.3 seconds left. The late-game heroics helped the former Rutgers star overcome two consecutive subpar shooting performances. However, Douby did convert 14 of 17 free throws in the games against Phoenix and Milwaukee while also dishing out a team high 9 assists over the same span.

DeMar DeRozan had back-to-back impressive performances, scoring 20 points apiece versus the Suns and Bucks on a combined 17-29 shooting along with 9 rebounds, 5 assists and just 2 turnovers.

Ibekwe played a very solid game against Phoenix before sustaining the injury. He finished the game with 7 points, 11 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks, including the one that saved the game.

And finally, after another sluggish performance against the Suns, Smush Parker did bounce back with some productive minutes against the Bucks by getting to the free throw line, though he still shot just 3-13 from the field.


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Blog Talk BayHawk is an unofficial Erie BayHawks blog covering the NBA D-League. It features opinions and information about the NBADL and the Erie BayHawks. Blog Talk BayHawk is written from a basketball fan’s perspective to fill In the gaps left by professional journalists’ coverage of BayHawks basketball and the Erie professional basketball scene.

Matt Hubert is a 25-year-old writer and basketball fanatic born and raised in Erie, Pa. He graduated from Mercyhurst College in 2007 with a bachelor's degree in English and a dual concentration in writing and creative writing. Matt's not wavering from his stance as a lifelong Los Angeles Lakers fan, but he will cover the BayHawks' NBA affiliates in Cleveland and Toronto when it makes sense to do so throughout the year.

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