Throughout the course of a season, various tendencies are discovered and it’s up to you and your opponent to exploit such factors. Following their first nine games, the Westchester Knicks (6-3) have developed a habit of struggling in the third-quarter and it happened again on Tuesday night. But it wasn’t enough for them to lose, as the efforts of Isaiah Hicks and John Jenkins carried the Knicks to a 93-90 win over the Long Island Nets.
Prior to the Nets’ dominant third quarter performance, in which they outscored the Knicks 34-19, they often trailed in this game. During the first half, the Knicks’ offense came alive via their successful ball movement, multiple six-eight point leads, and Hicks’s hot start (16 first half points). John Jenkins, who would actually finish the game with 23 points, battled all night to find his shot and space against lengthy Nets defenders.
And despite the Nets having that effective third quarter stretch, the Knicks still did a very solid job on defense. In fact, the Nets shot 33% from the field, 29% from three, and coughed the ball up 20 times. Their leading scorers in Dzanan Musa (21 Points) and Theo Pinson (22 Points) took the biggest hit from the Knicks’ defensive efforts, as those two combined to shoot 16/41 against them.
Following Tuesday’s win, the Knicks will continue their home stand by facing the Wisconsin Herd on Friday night.