During the course of any game, there are times where a team simply can’t keep up with their opposition. Regardless of why it happens, it just does, and it’s a crazy sight to witness. On Friday night, the Westchester Knicks (16-10) found themselves in a extremely fast paced game with the Rio Grande Valley Vipers (16-9) which soon got out of hand and had them trailing en route to a 123-98 loss.
Friday night represented the beginning of a six day road trip for the W-Knicks as they’ll also face the Salt Lake City Stars and Texas Legends during this coming week. The W-Knicks were attempting to recover from their previous loss to the Capital City Go-Go but didn’t receive a chance at doing so. As early as the first quarter. it was evident how much of a rhythm the Vipers were in. They had seven players score double-digit points, with three landing in the 20’s (Dakarai Tucker, Bruno Cabocio, and Isaiah Hartenstein).
And along with those scoring contributions, the Vipers exposed the W-Knicks’ defense throughout Friday’s contest. After scoring 29 first-quarter points, the Vipers led 62-47 at halftime and continued shooting 46% from the field and 39% from three.
The trio of John Jenkins (16), Paul Watson (16), and Sekou Wiggs (19) attempted to lead the W-Knicks back, but it wasn’t enough as the team’s offensive struggles included 16 turnovers and shooting splits of 43%-29%-70%. Two-way player Isaiah Hicks continues to work his way back from an extended absence, as he only produced nine points on 3-12 shooting. Yet to his credit, Hicks also had seven rebounds and six assists after facing the Vipers.
Even as the W-Knicks scored 51 points in the second half and weren’t far behind in terms of points, their deficit only grew more with each Vipers run. Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a Monday night match-up against the Salt Lake City Stars.