Deja vu anyone?
Raptors Uprising GC records two identical results to those from Friday, falling 3-2 to NetsGC (22-14, 13-21, 18-23, 21-17, 19-21), and sweeping Pacers Gaming (22-20, 23-19, 22-15).
Toronto is now 2-3 heading into their final three series of Group Play in the Slam Open.
Mooch, Haam, and Putback were head coach Roy Krishnan’s starting three for the first series of the night against the Nets, with all eyes on avenging Friday’s heartbreaking defeat.
The squad got off to the perfect start in Game 1, taking it 22-14 to set the tone early. Yet, Brooklyn bounced right back to level the series, foreshadowing another gutsy affair.
Game 3 would go the Nets’ way, but not before the Raptors bit back as they usually do in Game 4. A 21-17 win in Toronto’s favour took this series to a Game 5 for the second time in a row.
A nail-biter nonetheless, Toronto fell 21-19 and ultimately, 3-2 in the series, yet again.
In spite of the result on paper, it was another grueling performance from Raptors Uprising as this team continues to learn and adapt game in game out.
With heads still held high, Toronto looked to end the night on the high against the Pacers, and that they did.
A comprehensive 3-0 series victory, led by Mooch and Putback’s double-doubles, was just the ending the Raptors would have hoped for ahead of another double-header on Wednesday.
In total, Mooch finished the evening with 93 points over the two series, once again showing his worth and value to the team. Haam was a force to be reckoned with defensively as he notched a combined four steals, while Putback 12 rebounds and two blocks against the Pacers proved to be an immense help in ensuring Toronto recorded a second straight sweep against their rival.
Post-game, Mooch reflected on another enthralling day for him and his teammates.
“I think we have a couple of things we need to touch up on, but I think we’re in a good spot,” Mooch said.
“We’re getting better everyday, fixing the minor mistakes we’re making while making strides in the right direction. I think we have a lot of momentum going into Wednesday.”
On the Game 5 loss to the Nets, Mooch spoke on what went wrong despite it being so close.
“Just miscommunication on a couple of the last plays and not sticking to the game plan. Roy came out with a wonderful game plan and I don’t think we executed it the way we should have.”
Mooch then discussed how important it was to bounce back and sweep the Pacers yet again.
“It was huge to have a positive to take away from today.”
“We were a little upset after the first series because we let it get away from us, but in this league you have a short-term memory, so we tried to put it behind us and came out on top in the next series.”
Ahead of a rematch with NBL Oz Gaming on Wednesday, Mooch is “drooling” at the opportunity to avenge last week’s defeat.
“I am drooling at the mouth,” Mooch said on facing Oz.
“We let them get away with one too, and we’ve got to give them a much better fight than we did last time.”
Raptors Uprising GC is right back it on Wednesday, March 15th with a double-header against Lakers Gaming and NBL Oz Gaming, with Game 1 against the Lakers scheduled for 7:30pm ET.
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