Anybody that has played sports, knows of the up’s and down’s, you’ll experience over the course of a season, especially as individuals. One minute, you can’t do anything wrong and the next, you’re the worst player ever to step on the court. Two-way player Isaiah Hicks has experienced both feelings over these last couple of months, but he’s currently playing at a high level again, as his 24 point performance on Wednesday night helped the Westchester Knicks (18-13) defeat the Raptors 905 (17-12), 111-102.
Entering Wednesday’s game, Hicks had scored a combined 42 points and produced 13 rebounds, seven assists, and three steals in his previous two games. When at his best, there’s no doubt, the University of North Carolina product has what it takes to play at the next level. So with Hicks setting the tone early, the W-Knicks kept pace with the Raptors 905 before taking over in the second half.
It was during that time-frame, which the W-Knicks created various leads between five-ten points. In the third quarter, they outscored the Raptors 905, 24-17 and their baskets came from another Two-Way player in Kadeem Allen along with Jamaal Warney, Billy Garrett, and Stephen Zimmerman. By the end of the night, the W-Knicks had six players score double-digit points and won both of the battles in turnovers (17-21) and rebounds (47-44).
And while the Raptors 905 had two players score 25 and 21 points in Chris Boucher and Josh Adams, they didn’t have as many chances to lead in this game. At the end of the first half, the score was even at 59-59 and as a team, they were headed towards a offensive performance which even included four other players who scored double-digit points. But upon further inspection, the Raptors 905 lacked in a couple of areas.
When it was all said and done, the W-Knicks outscored them 56-30 inside the paint and made 24 three pointers, seven more than their total of 17. Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a home game as they’ll face the Memphis Hustle on Friday night.