Drive Fall to the Knicks at Home Friday Night
GRAND RAPIDS - The Westchester Knicks (20-15) earned their 20th win of the season by outscoring the Grand Rapids Drive (13-18) 62-45 in the second half on their way to a 110-103 win on the road Friday night.
Only eight players saw significant playing time for the Knicks, with Billy Garrett (26 points, six rebounds and six assists) and Devon Baulkman (23 points and 10 rebounds) shouldering the biggest offensive loads. Jameel Warney also finished with 17 points and eight rebounds, leading all players with a plus-19 plus-minus rating from the center position. Zak Irvin and Gyorgy Goloman each scored 12 points as well.
For the Drive, Marcus Thornton finished with 24 points to lead the team. Pistons assignee Henry Ellenson started just 2-of-10 from the field, but shook it off to end the game with 21 points, 13 rebounds and two steals. Kalin Lucas returned to the Drive lineup for his second game of the season and had 19 points and eight assists and Johnny Hamilton picked up 11 points, eight rebounds and 3 blocks off the bench to finish as the only other Drive player in double figures.
Both teams made only 10 three-pointers, so it largely came down to who could be more efficient from inside the arc. The Knicks won that battle by knocking down 49 percent of their attempts to 40 percent by Grand Rapids. The Drive took great care of the basketball, turning it over just eight times to easily best their previous season low of 11. But it was not quite enough to overcome their poor shooting.
The Drive jumped on the visitors early, leading by as many as eight within the first quarter and even stretching their lead to 13 points early in the third quarter. The Knicks came into the game just 3-7 in their last ten games, but they eventually found the form that has made them one of the better teams in the Eastern conference this season.
Next up for Westchester is a return home for a Sunday afternoon game against the Greensboro Swarm. Grand Rapids will quickly have another opportunity to get back in the win column as they host Fort Wayne on Saturday night at DeltaPlex Arena.
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