Fil-Am Harper fires 12 in Toronto’s loss to Detroit

Posted by watchmen
July 14, 2023
Posted in SPORTS
RON HARPER, JR. (Getty Images)
RON HARPER, JR. (Getty Images)

By ADRIAN STEWART CO

Ron Harper, Jr.’s strong offensive showing went to naught as the Toronto Raptors suffered a 94-90 defeat to the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Summer League at the Thomas & Mack center in Las Vegas yesterday (Philippine time).

The Filipino-American forward tallied 12 points, with 10 coming in the fourth quarter, to go with seven rebounds, one steal and a block as the Raptors suffered their third defeat in as many games.

Struggling with his shots in the first three quarters, Harper opened the fourth period with three consecutive inside shots as the Raptors established a 79-71 advantage.

The Pistons answered with a run to cut the deficit to three points, but Harper converted four free throws as the Raptors maintained an 87-82 advantage with over two minutes left.

However, Detroit countered with a massive 12-3 finishing run behind rookie Ausar Thompson, Jared Rhodes and Marcus Sasser to deny Toronto its first win in the tournament.

Meanwhile, Kai Sotto rode the Orlando Magic’s bench for the third straight game as they suffered an 82-80 overtime defeat to the New York Knicks to drop to a 0-3 win-loss record.

This was the third consecutive benching of the 7-foot-3 Filipino center as Magic Summer League head coach Dylan Murphy continues to trust the center position, smaller and ineffective D.J. Wilson and Robert Baker II.

Wilson managed just seven points, on 3-of-7 shooting, to go with four rebounds, four blocks and two assists, while Baker tallied two points, to go with five rebounds and a steal.

However, there are reports that the Gilas Pilipinas slotman will finally see action for the Magic as they wrap up their campaign against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday morning, July 14 (Philippine time)./ASC, WDJ

 

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