After having a successful return back home on Saturday night, the Westchester Knicks (17-13) returned to the road as they faced the Windy City Bulls (15-14) on Monday night. And despite leading for most of the game, including a 12 point lead during the third quarter, the W-Knicks would lose in a 97-94 overtime thriller against Windy City.
Among the usual occurrences that happened with the W-Knicks, was Jameel Warney and Kadeem Allen having their own standout performances. Warney followed his 27-point performance on Saturday night by scoring 31 points, and Allen, a recent Two-Way signee, produced 18 points, six rebounds, and five assists. As a team, the W-Knicks only had three players score double digit points.
Entering Monday’s game, these two Eastern Conference competitors were among the league leaders in scoring defense at 103 points per game. And besides the final score being a indicator for their own defensive success, take a look at each team’s shooting splits. The W-Knicks shot 39%-27%-77% from the field as Windy City finished with 42%-26%-61%.
Windy City’s second half comeback was fueled by the efforts of CJ Fair and Waiter Lemon Jr. The duo scored a total of 46 points on 57% shooting and led the way, for a resilient Windy City team that was chipping away at the W-Knicks’ lead. In fact, before Windy City claimed a 69-68 lead in the fourth quarter, they had various runs between the second-third quarters where they were cutting the W-Knicks’ leads of 14 and 10 points in half.
But to their credit, the W-Knicks responded back by rebuilding their leads during those times. Yet as the game entered its biggest moments, the W-Knicks’ offense didn’t have much success. Not only was their lead lost, but the W-Knicks were outscored 34-26 between the fourth quarter and overtime.
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is another road game as they’ll face the Raptors 905 on Wednesday night.