Rally Attempt Falls Short as Westchester Knicks Suffer Season Series Sweep to Bulls
HOFFMAN ESTATES, IL - In what looked like a runaway for the home team, the Westchester Knicks (18-27), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, used an exciting (and dramatic) 39-point fourth quarter to stage a comeback. However, the rally fell short as the damage was done, the Knicks falling 124- 116 and going 0-4 on the season to the Windy City Bulls (20-25), the Chicago Bulls' affiliate.
New York Knicks assignee Maurice Ndour led Westchester with 23 points, completing a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Guards Doron Lamb and Travis Trice II each supplied 22 points, while Courtney Fells finished with 13 points, five assists, and four rebounds. From the bench, Kevin Capers provided 15 points, seven assists, and four rebounds, while Jaylen Bond fell just short of a double-double with 14 points and nine rebounds.
Cameron Payne paced Windy City with 22 points and six each of rebounds and assists; Alfonzo McKinnie contributing 20 points, six rebounds, and two blocked shots. Alec Brown and former Westchester guard Wesley Saunders each supplied 15 points, Saunders with a rounded game that included nine rebounds and six assists. David Laury III finished with a double-double of 13 points and 11 rebounds from the pine.
Six players were ejected late in the fourth quarter including Westchester's Nikola Jovanovic, Keith Wright, and Doron Lamb, along with Windy City's Alec Brown, Thomas Walkup, and Ferrakohn Hall. Jovanovic and Brown were issued technical fouls following an altercation, while Wright, Lamb, Walkup, and Hall were ejected for leaving the bench.
Windy City opened the game on a 21-6 run, taking advantage of an 8-for-25 first quarter performance from Westchester that saw the Bulls rack up an early 22-point lead after one. While the Knicks continued to struggle in the second, the visitors got a bit of luck as Windy City cooled down and gave away eight charity points. Though Westchester won that quarter, the margin was not nearly enough and the home team went into the locker room holding an 18-point advantage.
Both teams fared much better to start the second half, but a combination of poor shooting and turnovers plagued the Knicks through the first three quarters. Down but not out, Westchester refused to give up. After being down by as many as 25 points in the game, the Knicks brought it back within single digits with 3:46 on the clock in the fourth off a Courtney Fells three from way, way downtown. Following that play, an altercation concluded with six players, three from each team, being ejected from the game. Despite an explosive 39-point fourth quarter, the Knicks left Windy City with a 124-116 loss.
The Westchester Knicks will return to the historic Westchester County Center to play the Reno Bighorns, the Sacramento Kings' affiliate, at home for the first time ever on Friday, March 24 for a 7:00 p.m. ET matchup. The game will be broadcast on MSG Networks and streamed live on Facebook Live.
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