From the desk of Seth “DubKnicksFan” Abbott.
Can Jerry Stackhouse still beat the Knicks four years after he retired from the NBA? The answer is yes! The Westchester Knicks lost to the Raptors 905, best team in the league, by the score of 111-99 on Friday night thanks to their rookie coach and balanced scoring.
The W-Knicks who fell behind by 9 points at the end of the 1st quarter never were able to catch up to the Raptors who are undefeated against the W-Knicks at the County Center.
The W-Knicks, who looked a little rusty playing their first game after last week’s D-League Showcase, needed to take care of ball better. Friday it was the 905 defense that coach Stackhouse has preached all season which decided the game and increased their winning streak to eight.
The W-Knicks (12-14) got a little help from their big brother tonight once again when Maurice Ndour and Marshall Plumlee were sent down to the D-League before the game. Ndour and Plumlee both inserted right into the starting lineup played well but the 7 turnovers between them shows they need more playing time and practice. Ndour finished the game with a team high 22 points and 5 rebounds.
Plumlee chipped in with 13 rebounds, 8 points and 4 blocks.
Damien Inglis showed that the ankle injury he suffered during the showcase does not bother him anymore, finishing with 17 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Courtney Fells, who was the W-Knicks MVP during the showcase, stayed hot with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists. Von Wafer was the lone bench spark with 18 points and 3 rebounds. The W-Knicks’ bench was outscored 54-31.
The W-Knicks have a quick turnaround host the Grand Rapids Drive the Detroit Pistons affiliate Saturday night in White Plains. They will look to end a two-game losing streak.