Road To The Six: All-Star 2016 Recap
Francis Chow - Raptors905.com
We have a special All-Star edition of the Road to the Six blog this week. The home team Raptors 905 had great representation this weekend, with at least one player in every event. Scott Suggs participated in both the three-point contest and the All-Star Game, John Jordan in the slam dunk contest and Ronald Roberts in the All-Star Game.
Scott Suggs showed up with a valiant effort in the three-point contest. The hometown guard made at least three out five of his shots in every rack en route to a score of 14 heading to his final money ball rack in the corner. Suggs would put on a show and make all five of his money ball shots to total 24 points but would have two points removed for stepping on the line. Suggs finished with 22 points which put him just short of the final two spots with Jimmer Fredette putting up 24 points and eventual champion Andre Ingram putting up 26 points in the first round.
With the Raptors’ own Patrick Patterson and DeMar DeRozan looking on, John Jordan needed to put on a show. The 5’10 guard didn’t disappoint, bringing the ball down to his ankles off of a lob and getting a perfect 50 on his first attempt.
John Jordan wasn’t done yet, pulling out a two handed windmill dunk for another perfect 50:
Jordan would take on D.J. Stephens in the final round and the crowd was getting into it for the electric guard. Chants of “905” began to fill the building as Jordan enlisted the help of Quinn Cook for his first dunk in the finals. Quinn lobbed the ball off of the glass and Jordan finished it in style with a pretty 180 two handed windmill for yet another perfect 50:
Jordan opted for the 360 dunk to put the cherry on top and be crowed the 2016 NBA D-League Slam Dunk Champion.
2016 NBA D-League All-Star Game
Both Ronald Roberts and Scott Suggs didn’t see much action in the first half, as both players didn’t check into the game until halfway through. Roberts unfortunately suffered a minor jammed finger and would sit out the rest of the game for precautionary reasons after playing just seven minutes. Roberts did manage to show off his repertoire and knock down a three point shot from the top of the key before checking out of the game.
Suggs started off the second half on fire after going scoreless in the first. The home team representative got things going by laying in an alley-oop before converting on three triples. Suggs capped off his evening with a fast break dunk en route to 13 points for the victorious East squad.
We’re back to business this week with three games on the schedule. Raptors 905 get back to action in Westchester Wednesday night against Westchester at 7pm and will then head to Canton to take on the charge on February 20th for a 7pm tip-off. Both road games can be watched live at Raptors905.com.
Raptors 905 will return home to the Hershey Centre on February 21st for the only February home game when they take on the Canton Charge at 6pm (Purchase Tickets).
We’ll leave on a fun note, as Scott Suggs’ mom crashes his post All-Star interview: