Westchester Knicks Split Weekend Series with Red Claws, Falling 112-100 in Maine
PORTLAND - The Westchester Knicks (10-4), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, fell to the Maine Red Claws (7-6) tonight, splitting the weekend series with the Boston Celtics affiliate.
Coming off a big win from the night before, the Knicks struck with the first basket but the quarter saw mostly back-and-forth action between the two teams. Maine came out the gate late in the quarter with hot hands, hitting 15-of-16 shots for 93.8 percent in the first, and the Red Claws held an eight point lead after the first twelve minutes.
Maine's lead extended to as many as 18 points in the second but Westchester recovered slightly with an 8-0 run. Still, the Knicks could not cut Maine's down by less than eight as the Red Claws finished the half with a 62-51 advantage.
Westchester scored a quick six points to start the third and pulled within three, but that would be the closest they would come as the Red Claws picked right back up with a couple of shots from beyond the arc. The Knicks went on one more small run to minimize the damage but Maine held on through the quarter.
The Knicks made a strong run in the final quarter, making it a two-possession game three minutes into the fourth. But each time Westchester creeped up, Maine answered back and maintained their lead. It was all but over as the Red Claws went on an 11-0 run and the Knicks suffered their fourth loss of the season, the final score 112-100.
Jordan Bachynski led Westchester for the second night in a row with 22 points and nine rebounds. Jimmer Fredette finished with 19 points, five rebounds, and two assists. Travis Trice II added 18 points, eight rebounds, and five assists.
On assignment from the Boston Celtics, Terry Rozier recorded a double-double with 13 points and 10 assists, also adding seven rebounds. Jordan Mickey paced the Red Claws with 26 points, eight rebounds, and five assists. Omari Johnson added 21 points with five rebounds.
The Westchester Knicks return home to the Westchester County Center for a Monday night match-up against the Erie BayHawks, the Orlando Magic affiliate, on Dec. 21 at 7:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on MSG 2 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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