Argos honoured

MIKE ZEISBERGER and STEVE BUFFERY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 8:06 AM ET

Normally Damon Allen and his teammates play just across the street at the SkyDome.

But on this night, it was the Air Canada Centre that was filled with chants of "Arrrr-goooos."

With Allen and Grey Cup-winning coach Pinball Clemons seated at courtside, the Raptors took time out during their game against the New York Knicks to honour the champion Argos, who defeated the B.C. Lions 27-19 Sunday at Frank Clair Stadium in Ottawa.

Still buzzing over an electrifying Vince Carter dunk with 5:49 remaining in the first quarter, the crowd went bonkers during the ensuing time out as Clemons and Allen saluted the stands.

The roar was even more deafening at the beginning of the second quarter when the Argos paraded the Cup around the court.

Through it all, many of the Knicks were probably asking themselves: "What's the GreyCup?"

"On behalf of the Raptors,Leafs and Maple Leafs Sports &Entertainment, congratulations to the entire Argonauts organization on and off the football field."

THIRD WATCH

Because the Raptors had been outscored in almost every third quarter this season, assistant coach Jim Todd took matters in his own hands.

Todd made sure the Raptors were out on the floor early for their second-half warmup against the Knicks. When Todd was ensuring the Raptors left the dressing room as a team, guard Rafer Alston joked:"Do we have to hold hands too?"

RAPTOR NOTES

The Raptors have a losing record against teams (1-3) and are 4-4 against winning teams ... After 12 games, Vince Carter was shooting a pale 64% from the free throw line (26-for-41), while teammate Jalen Rose was shooting 92% (34-for-37) ... The Raptors ranked 27th in the NBA in defensive rebounds (26.9 per game) ... The Raptors will have today off in order to celebrate American Thanksgiving.


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