SANTA CRUZ, CA, December 16, 2017 - The Westchester Knicks (13-6), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, were unable to complete a Pacific Coast sweep as they fell 106-98 to the Santa Cruz Warriors (11- 8), the Golden State Warriors' affiliate, in the team's final game on the West Coast.
Knicks affiliate player Trey Burke notched his fourth 30-plus point game in a row, leading his team with 35 points to go with five rebounds and four steals. Billy Garrett came through off the bench, supplying 15 points, four rebounds and three assists. Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes also contributed 15 points, rounding it out with six rebounds and four assists. Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks was a force under the rim, grabbing 16 rebounds on top of eight points. On his twenty-third birthday, Nigel Hayes finished with 10 points and four rebounds.
Warriors Two-Way player Quinn Cook paced Santa Cruz with 30 points on top of five assists and four rebounds. Center Damian Jones poured in 20 points, completing a double-double with 15 rebounds to go with six assists. Forward Georges Niang provided 19 points with five each of rebounds assists, while former Knick Cleanthony Early finished with nine points.
The two high-scoring NBA veterans carried the first quarter for the teams; Burke providing 11 for Westchester and Cook putting up 10 for Santa Cruz. The Warriors' shots fell a bit better though, the home team outshooting the Knicks 65 to 32 percent. Westchester's Garrett and Santa Cruz's Niang matched for 10 points in the second, but Garrett's teammates only managed to contribute an additional nine points, putting the Knicks down by 13 at the half.
Westchester came out of the locker room a better team, besting Santa Cruz by a point in the third as contributions became better-rounded. Still, the Knicks were down by 12 heading into the final twelve minutes. After going down by as many as 15 points, Westchester made it a one-possession game off an 8-1 run with just under a minute on the clock. That Burke pull-up jumper would be the final bucket made by the Knicks though, as the Warriors ultimately pulled out a 106-98 win.
The Westchester Knicks return home for a trio of games next week beginning with a 7:00 p.m. matchup on Tuesday, Dec.
19 against the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz's affiliate. The game will be broadcast on MSG2 and streaming live on Twitch . Games on Twitch will include live fan commentary and cutting-edge interactive stats, co-streams, chat, the ability to earn loyalty points, and more. Tickets for the 2017-18 Westchester Knicks season are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets and the Westchester County Center Box Office. Full season membership, half season pick plans, five-game pick plans, and group tickets are also available. For all ticket information, visit WestchesterKnicks.com or call (914) 559-6889. Fans can stay up-to-date on team news by following the team at @wcknicks on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat and on Facebook at facebook.com/wcknicks.
About the Westchester Knicks The NBA Gatorade League's Westchester Knicks basketball team, the official affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, is part of The Madison Square Garden Company. The Company (MSG) is a world leader in live sports and entertainment experiences. The company presents or hosts a broad array of premier events in its diverse collection of iconic venues: New York's Madison Square Garden, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, CA; The Chicago Theatre; and the Wang Theatre in Boston. Other MSG properties include legendary sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL) and the New York Liberty (WNBA); two development league teams -- the Westchester Knicks (NBAGL) and the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL); and one of the leading North American esports organizations, Counter Logic Gaming. In addition, the Company features the popular original production - the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes - and through Boston Calling Events, produces outdoor festivals, including New England's preeminent Boston Calling Music Festival. Also under the MSG umbrella is TAO Group, a world-class hospitality group with globally-recognized entertainment dining and nightlife brands: Tao, Marquee, Lavo, Avenue, The Stanton Social, Beauty & Essex and Vandal. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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