After both teams combined for 16 total points in the first six minutes, the Westchester Knicks turned it up in the final portion of the quarter. Westchester went on a 12-0 run behind four triples made (two from Myles Powell and one each from Jared Harper and James Young). The team shot 46.2% from three and totaled 23 bench points in the first 12 minutes.
While the Knicks held a nine-point lead after one quarter of play, the team continued their strong perimeter shooting in the second half. The team shot 6-11 from beyond the arc in the second quarter, while maintaining a 50 percent three-point percentage at the half. Jared Harper and James Young each had six points in the second quarter and were in double figures. Along with the efficient perimeter shooting, the Knicks dished out 16 assists on 22 shots made.
The Knicks seemed to have an answer to the Raptors 905 every time they made a comeback. The 905 cut their deficit to single digits heading to end the third quarter and took the lead three minutes into the fourth quarter following a cutting layup and made free throw from Donta Hall.
The Raptors put together a great fourth quarter, however, which saw them outscore the Knicks, 37-17. Westchester dropped Saturday afternoon’s contest to the Raptors 905, 127-115.
Jared Harper led Westchester with 25 points (3-5 3PT) and seven assists. Myles Powell finished with 20 points, five assists and three steals, while shooting 7-15 from the field and draining four triples. James Young recorded 16 points (4-7 3PT), seven rebounds and six assists. Ignas Brazdeikis totaled 10 points and six rebounds. The Knicks shot 45.5 percent from deep (20-44) and their bench totaled 53 of the team’s 115 points.
Westchester is 6-5 and have won three of their past four games. As of February 27, the Knicks have possession of the No. 8 spot in the standings. The top eight teams advance to a single-elimination playoff.
The Knicks are back in action on Sunday against the Iowa Wolves. The game will be at 7:30pm on ESPN+.
Postgame With Westchester Knicks Guard James Young