Westchester Knicks Bow out in Loss to Santa Cruz Warriors
WHITE PLAINS - The Westchester Knicks (13-6), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, fell short to the reigning D-League Champion Santa Cruz Warriors (10-10) in a 116-105 bout at the Westchester County Center.
The game started off with a quiet pair of threes from each side before Santa Cruz took off on a short 7-0 run to take the lead. Knicks forward Sean Marshall supplied some help off the bench with seven points to cut Westchester's deficit, but the Warriors held on to finish the first quarter with a 26-23 lead.
A drama-filled second quarter, full of back-and-forth action, saw the Knicks tie it up with 6:44 on the clock immediately followed by a flagrant two call to Warriors forward Anthony Vereen. A 12-2 run from Westchester, eight points of which came from Knicks guard Jimmer Fredette, boosted the home team back on top at the end of the quarter but a late run from the Warriors had the two teams tied at 57 at the end of the first half.
Westchester came out of the locker room hot, using a 6-2 run over the first two minutes to take a four point lead. Santa Cruz quickly responded, firing off an 8-2 run of their own to reclaim the lead with just over eight minutes left. After a Travis Trice II lay-up tied the game, Westchester went on a 15-4 run over the next five minutes to take an 11 point lead. A powerful slam dunk by newly acquired Gani Lawal capped off the impressive period for the Knicks as they headed into the final period leading 87-77.
The fourth quarter belonged to Santa Cruz, as the visiting team outscored Westchester 25-2 over the first five minutes of the period. The Knicks struggled to find their shots, shooting just under 36 percent to the Warriors' 77 percent. Ending with 39 points in the quarters, Santa Cruz finished the game off with a 116-105 win.
Jimmer Fredette led all scorers with 27 points, adding six assists and four rebounds. Thanasis Antetokounmpo finished with 17 points, three assists, and three blocks. Travis Trice II supplied 11 points, seven assists, six rebounds, and two steals.
Daniel Orton paced Santa Cruz with 23 points, just missing the double-double with nine rebounds and five assists. Darington Habson, Dan Nwaelele, and Verdell Jones each finished with 22 points in the win.
The Westchester Knicks will head to Santa Cruz, CA for the 2016 NBA Development League Showcase to play two regular season match-ups at Kaiser Permanente Arena. Westchester will first take on the Texas Legends, the Dallas Mavericks' affiliate, on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 at 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast live on NBA TV and the NBA Development League's YouTube channel.
Tickets for the Westchester Knicks are on sale now at Ticketmaster outlets and the Westchester County Center Box Office. For information on season tickets, partial plans, and group tickets, 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.
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