While many, including myself, can acknowledge the various possibilities to exist during a regular season, one wouldn’t argue with what I’m going to say next: Some teams can clearly become your biggest competition. This season, the Westchester Knicks (22-17), have formed an competitive rivalry with the Capital City Go-Go (20-16), and they faced off again on Tuesday night. Yet when it was all said and done, Capital City emerged victorious via their 118-115 win.
As expected in these match-up’s between the Eastern Conference competitors, a lot of points were scored and either team had their runs of massive sizes. In fact, it was actually the W-Knicks, who jumped ahead of Capital City as they created a 14 point lead after the first quarter. While the newly announced G League player of the week Billy Garrett did have a great showing on Tuesday night, it wasn’t him who sparked the team’s great start.
Jameel Warney and Paul Watson scored 21 of the W-Knicks’s 39 first-quarter points and were to much to handle for Capital City. As Warney displayed his scoring ability from all over the floor, Watson used his 6-foot-8 frame to create good shots for himself, while lessening the opposition’s defensive pressure. And although, Warney and Watson would finish with 25 points each and Garrett scored 30, the remaining quarters became a much different story for the W-Knicks.
Even as the team shot 46%-44%-94% from the field, their defense suffered a lot of lapses against Capital City. The duo of Chris Chiozza (27 points and 10 assists) and Noah Allen (21 points and seven assists) powered a Capital City offense which produced two, significant runs on Tuesday night. Their first run cut the W-Knicks’ 14 points lead to four in the second quarter, and then in the fourth quarter, Capital City scored 12 consecutive points which gave them their first lead since being up 2-0.
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a eight-day layoff before returning to action at home to face the Maine Red Claws on Wednesday, February 20th.