Westchester's Late Attack Falls Short in Loss to Raptors 905
MISSISSAUGA - It was another tough performance on the road for the Westchester Knicks (14-10), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, as they fell 107-94 to the Raptors 905 (6-18), the Toronto Raptors' affiliate.
The Raptors got off to a hot start, scoring the first six points of the game to take an early lead. Westchester responded by going on a 6-0 run to tie the game up; however, on the ensuing possession the Raptors hit a three to take back the lead. After going down by two, Westchester used a 7-0 run to take a 15-11 lead with 5:44 left in the period. The teams traded baskets for the final five minutes of play, with the Raptors making four consecutive shots to go up by four with 36 seconds left. Westchester finished off the period by scoring on back-to-back possessions to tie the game at 29 at the end of the first quarter.
The second quarter began the same the way as the first one ended, as both teams traded baskets for the first several minutes. After Westchester took a four-point lead with seven minutes left, Raptors guard Delon Wright ignited the home crowd by scoring four consecutive points to tie the game at 39. The Raptors never looked back after this as they outscored Westchester 22-9 over the final five minutes of the half. The home team was able to capitalize off the Knicks 11 first-half turnovers and zero made three-pointers. Despite outrebounding the Raptors 24-18, Westchester found themselves trailing 61-48 at the half.
After center Jordan Bachynski scored the first basket of the half, the game really got away from Westchester. After three-straight baskets by Jimmer Fredette brought the Knicks within 10 with four minutes left, the Raptors went on an 8-0 run over the next three minutes to push their lead to 18. On the next possession, newly assigned forward Damien Inglis hit a fade-away jumper; however, the Raptors responded by scoring six straight points in the final 30 seconds to take an 89-67 lead into the final quarter.
The Raptors continued their hot shooting as they started the final period on a 7-0 run to extend their lead to 29. After Westchester started the game 0-20 from beyond the three-point line, guards Kevin Capers and Jimmer Fredette hit back-to-back three's with nine minutes left. Westchester outscored the Raptors 20-7 over the final nine minutes; however, they could not climb their way back, falling on the road 107-94.
For the second-straight game, Travis Trice II led Westchester in scoring with 20 points on 9-18 shooting. Jimmer Fredette added 17 points and grabbed seven rebounds, while Jordan Bachynski just missed out on a double-double, finishing with eight points and 10 rebounds.
Raptors 905 had seven players finish in double figures, with each starter scoring at least 15 points. Former number-one overall pick Anthony Bennett led the way with 19 points, while Toronto Raptors assignee Bruno Caboclo finished with a double-double, scoring 17 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
The Westchester Knicks finish off their four-game road trip with a trip to Delaware on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016 to take on the 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers' affiliate, at 6:30 p.m. ET. 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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