The possibility of seeing your play slip a bit is always a possibility, especially on the second night of a back to back. The Westchester Knicks (28-19) had a very quick turnaround after playing on Sunday night, as they faced the Delaware Blue Coats (19-24) on Monday. And although, the W-Knicks had various chances to win, it didn’t come together as an poor fourth quarter performance resulted in their 122-107 loss to the Blue Coats.
On Monday night, we witnessed the W-Knicks and Blue Coats being competitive during the game’s first three quarters. As the Blue Coats were led by their quartet in two-player Shake Milton, Jared Brownridge, Norvel Pelle, and Matt Farrell, the W-Knicks kept pace because of Jameel Warney, Billy Garrett, and Kadeem Allen. In fact, the trio of NBA hopefuls were all en route to performances with at least 20 points each.
Yet, even with the W-Knicks’ star trio being productive and just a one-point deficit standing in their way, there were a few deciding factors in Monday’s loss. First of all, the W-Knicks received little contributions from their bench, as they were outscored 11-47. Secondly, this team had their worst shooting performance in recent weeks, as the shooting splits ended in 39%-42%-82%. And lastly, it was their performance in the fourth quarter which eliminated any chances of winning.
After staying within a three-point distance of the Blue Coats within the first few minutes, the W-Knicks suddenly allowed a 19-3 run to occur. Between the 3:58 and 8:25 marks of the fourth quarter, the W-Knicks only made one basket and committed three turnovers. And keep in mind, this happened after they regained the lead at 93-92.
Up next for the Westchester Knicks are a few days off before returning to action on Saturday night, in a huge road match-up with playoff implications against the Long Island Nets. Both teams are currently 3.5 games apart in the top four seeds of the Eastern Conference.