Fans were so caught up in the fun of the New York Knicks' Friday night victory over Orlando that we missed a humdinger of a contest between their lesser cousins, the Westchester Knicks, and the Grand Rapids Drive. Westchester blew a massive lead and Grand Rapids had a chance to salt the game away, up 115-114 and in possession of the ball with 37.1 seconds remaining.
That's when W-Knicks point guard Travis Trice went to work. The Michigan State alum stepped in front of a pass intended for Drive forward Devin Ebanks and then drew a foul on offense. Two made free throws later the Westchesterians had a lead, and center Jordan Bachynski made it stick by stuffing an Ebanks drive with 3.4 seconds left. Final score: W-Knicks 116, Drive 115.
The 7'2" Bachynski is now up to an average of 12.9 points on 58.2% shooting, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. While his size and skill set aren't exactly en vogue in today's NBA, there will always be a coach or two willing to take a chance on a 7-footer with rim-protecting skills. Keep up the good work, big guy!