The Westchester Knicks entered the week with a 13-15 record and were coming off a loss to the Maine Red Claws. Week 12’s slate included three division games and the Knicks were looking to get back to their winning ways from earlier in January when the team won three straight games.
The Knicks opened the week against the Raptors 905 then went to Maine to take on the first place Red Claws. Westchester wrapped up the week at home in the second “Battle of the ‘Burbs” meeting of the season.
Westchester Hold Raptors 905 To 18 Fourth Quarter Points, Walk Away With 116-110 Win
Both Westchester and Raptors 905 were evenly matched in the first quarter and traded several leads. 15 of J.J. Moore’s points came in the second quarter, which resulted in 31 points as a team. Westchester’s defense came up strong in the fourth quarter and held their opponents to 18 points and secured a 116-110 win over the Raptors 905.
Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis finished with a double-double (30 points and 13 rebounds) on 13-of-30 shooting from the field. J.J. Moore recorded 27 points and seven rebounds on 4-of-7 from three. Ivan Rabb tallied 23 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks. Zak Irvin finished with 12 points, seven rebounds and two steals.
The Knicks shot 40.7 percent from deep and the bench recorded 51 points.
Knicks Secure Double-Digit Road Victory Against Maine Red Claws
With four injuries and eight players active, Westchester saw a balanced contribution offensively and the team shot 48.9 percent from the field. The Knicks controlled nearly the entire game and held a lead for all but 73 seconds. Tyler Hall had another sold perimeter shooting game, while V.J. King recorded a career high in points.
When the final buzzer sounded at the Portland Exposition Building in Maine, the Knicks recorded a 116-106 victory over the Red Claws. This marked the team’s second straight win and the team reached the .500 mark for the second time this season.
Every player finished in double figures. V.J. King and Ivan Rabb led Westchester with 17 points, while Rabb grabbed 12 rebounds and King added six boards. J.J. Moore tallied 16 points and seven rebounds. Tyler Hall recorded a double-double (15 points and 10 rebounds) on 5-of-8 shooting from three. Andrew White III and Tim Bond each finished with 14 points, while White III added eight rebounds and Bond dished six assists. Amir Hinton contributed 13 points, while Zak Irvin added 10 points.
Westchester Knicks’ Comeback Falls Short, Long Island Nets Pick Up 116-111 Win
Despite the Long Island Nets holding a double digit lead after two quarters of play, the Westchester Knicks shot 59.1 percent from the field and totaled 35 points in the third quarter. The Knicks closed out the final six minutes of the third quarter on an 18-8 run and cut their deficit to single digits.
Westchester kept the momentum rolling into the fourth quarter with a 11-2 run and tied the score at 100. Both teams fought until the end. Tim Bond had a chance to tie the score in the final seconds, but his layup was too strong. Long Island picked up a 116-111 win over Westchester.
Ignas Brazdeikis nearly recorded a triple-double (31 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists) on 50 percent shooting from the field. Ivan Rabb finished with his 13th double-double (23 points and 15 rebounds) on 10-of-18 from the field. J.J. Moore tallied 23 points and seven rebounds. Zak Irvin recorded 12 points, six assists and five rebounds.