Out of all of the signs, a contending team possesses, their ability to have any player step up is arguably the most important. On any given night, a team can be in need of serious help and when they’re able to receive it, that situation really changes the game. The Westchester Knicks (12-3) found themselves needing a spark or two on Wednesday night, and got exactly what they wanted as they held off the South Bay Lakers’ comeback attempt in their 103-89 win.
Throughout a game in which Isaiah Hicks and Billy Garrett, who’ve recently been the Knicks’ leading scorers, struggled mightily with their shots (18 points on 5/17 shooting), they were saved by the timely shot-making of Trevon Bluiett and Kadeem Allen. Allen’s great ability to finish at the basket produced 15 points and Bluiett was absolutely controlling the Lakers’ defense.
The undrafted rookie scored 29 points in only 27 minutes via his 10-16 shooting from the field and five three pointers made.
As the Lakers attempted to rally back from various six-ten point deficits in the second half, it was Bluiett, who kept pushing them out of distance. For example, when the Lakers were on a run that brought them within two at the 5:39 mark of the third quarter, it was Bluiett who made two three’s during the Knicks’ 12-2 run that followed. So with the Xaiver product being very effective on offense, it created additional offensive opportunities for his teammates and they soon capitalized on Wednesday night.
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a Saturday night home game against the Oklahoma City Blue.