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Wassup in Westchester: Cleanthony Early drops 20 points, 11 rebounds in W-Knicks loss

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Raptors 905 114, W-Knicks 113

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The Westchester Knicks came back from a double-digit deficit only to fall just short in a 114-113 loss to Raptors 905. The W-Knicks fell behind by as much as 19 points, came back with a 16-2 run, trailed by 10 points in the fourth quarter, went ahead with a 13-0 run, and ultimately couldn't hold on. Basketball, as you may have heard, is a game of runs.

At the very least, it was a nice game for Cleanthony Early on his road to recovery. The second-year forward played 36 minutes -- by far the most he's played since the Dec. 30 shooting -- scored 20 points on 7-12 from the field (2-3 from three), grabbed 11 rebounds and came up with 3 steals. He looked very bouncy, very Cle-like. That's what we like to see, baby!

Highlights

Cleanthony Early

Jordan Bachynski

Travis Trice

Jimmer Fredette

Meanwhile, the mystery of what happened to Thanasis Antetokounmpo grows. Thanasis is listed as a DNP-coach's decision. Starting in his place was Keith Wright, who ... I dunno. He went to Harvard, so that's something. He's not as good as Thanasis. Hopefully our Greek buddy just has a stomach bug or something. The kid certainly a key member of the W-Knicks.

Only five games remain for Westchester. They lead Iowa by three games in the loss column for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East. Based on my shoddy math skills, their magic number to clinch a playoff berth should be 3. Let's get to it, guys!