The following recap comes courtesy of D-League writer Seth Abbott.
Like father, like son.
On Thursday, the New York Knicks lost at the buzzer to their division rivals, the Philadelphia 76ers. Saturday it was the wee baby Westchester Knicks who gave up the lead with seconds left to the 76ers D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers. Coming into tonight’s game, Westchester had lost their first three match-ups to Delaware and were looking to salvage the season finale. Unfortunately, after leading Delaware for all but four minutes of the game, they blew an 18 point first half lead and lost 103-102.
The 87ers’ James Webb III put back a missed drive by Cat Barber with 5 seconds left to come back for the win. Webb III, the hero of the game for the 87ers, finished with 15 points, 8 rebounds and a game clinching steal with 1 second left. The Knicks lead through most of the game, ending the half up 59-49. Delaware staged a comeback after halftime, snatching victory from the jaws of defeat in the fourth quarter by outscoring the W-Knicks 31-19.
Doron Lamb led the W-Knicks (11-12) with a season-high 21 points, 2 assists and 2 steals.
Damien Inglis was everywhere on the court, but a turnover during the last play of the game is what fans are going to remember most. Inglis finished with 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. Courtney Fells shot well from the floor and had another strong game for the Knicks with 17 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 steals. With the Knicks calling up Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee last week to the big club, forward Keith Wright got increased playing time, finishing with 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals and 3 assists.
The key match-up tonight came from the benches; it featured guards Von Wafer and Devondrick Walker, who both were traded for each other on December 14th. Both players had strong games, seemingly attempting to prove their worth to former teams. Wafer finished with 17 points, 4 rebounds and an assist for the W-Knicks. Walker came on strong in the second half and finished with a team high 17 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists for Delaware.
Saturday was the last game both teams will play before the D-League Showcase in Toronto next week.