The Westchester Knicks (16-25), who are in the midst of a five-game road trip, traveled to Maine to take on the Red Claws (26-17) for the second time in four days. Westchester was seeking revenge against the Red Claws after a tough loss on Thursday night, and also looking to snap a three-game losing streak.
Unfortunately this tight game, which included 14 ties and 6 lead changes, got away from Westchester in the fourth quarter and they lost to the Red Claws, 93-85. The Boston Celtics affiliate is leading the Atlantic Division of the D-League and they showed why on Sunday, turning up the intensity in the second half against the shorthanded Knicks.
Playing without Von Wafer, Courtney Fells, Travis Trice and Jaylen Bond, Westchester burned out in the second half, scoring a mere 34 points. The W-Knicks lost the rebound war, 51-36.
Kevin Capers, who has turned into the face of the Westchester Knicks because of his lengthy tenure with the team, had a game-high 21 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals.
John Jenkins, who had a strong first quarter in which the W-Knicks took a 15 point lead, finished with 15 points, 3 assists and 2 rebounds.
Maurice Ndour was sent down from the New York Knicks before the game and contributed 7 points and 8 rebounds, making the start at forward for Westchester. He was called right back up after the loss. Guard Doron Lamb had a nice game coming off the bench with 18 points, 6 rebounds and 2 assists.
Westchester completes their 5 game road trip in Brooklyn on Tuesday afternoon as they visit the Long Island Nets. Just like in the NBA Eastern Conference, you can find these two teams looking up in the standings with playoffs this year seemingly out of reach. Westchester had sights on a second straight trip to the D-League playoffs earlier in the season, but that hot start seems like a distant memory at this point.