The following article is courtesy of Seth Abbott — a.k.a. DubKnicksFan.
The Westchester Knicks took on the Canton Charge in another early matchup in Mississauga, Ontario Sunday morning. On the final day of the 22-game D-League Showcase, W-Knicks fans finally had a chance to watch their team on NBA TV! Playing in front of a meager 10 AM crowd, our W-Knicks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers D-League affiliate, 118-108.
Canton was looking for some revenge after losing to Westchester by a score of 103-96 on November 20th. On Sunday, revenge was served while W-Knicks coach Mike Miller seemed to be frustrated at his team’s many lapses of judgment on the defensive end. Westchester committed 23 turnovers and 33 fouls. In the fourth quarter, the Charge finished Westchester off outscoring them by 11 points, 36-25.
Despite the loss, seasoned veteran Courtney Fells had another tremendous game, just missing a triple-double. Fells was the only starter to reach double figures, finishing the game with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 8 assists.
Damien Inglis twisted his ankle mid-way through the 2nd quarter and did not return. His loss along with constant foul-trouble made the game hard to hold onto.
The W-Knicks bench did its best to pick up the slack, outscoring the starters 62-46. Tiny dynamo Jordon Crawford came up big to spark the W-Knicks, even receiving “MVP” chants from the crowd. He slithered through the defense and finished with a team-high 23 points, 4 assists and 2 rebounds.
Jaylen Bond, the Temple alumnus and first big off the bench, had a season-high 21 points and 9 rebounds. Von Wafer, who was featured in the pregame coverage as a player to watch, finished the game with 8 points and 7 rebounds before fouling out late in the 4th quarter.
However, Quinn Cook of the Canton Charge did not disappoint the NBA TV crowd. Cook, who is the second leading scorer in the league and potentially the next NBA call-up, went off in front of the NBA scouts in attendance. Cook finished with 40 points, 8 assists and 4 rebounds. Captain America himself, Chris Evans, finished the game with 16 points, 4 rebounds and 2 steals. Guard John Holland ended the game with 28 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists.
Despite this being their last game of the showcase, the W-Knicks aren’t done with Canada just yet. They will face the Raptors 905 in Westchester on Friday.