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Westchester Knicks' playoff hopes heading in wrong direction following loss to Memphis Hustle

Five Knicks scored in double figures, which was led by 27 points from Jared Harper.

Memphis Hustle v Westchester Knicks Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

After the Memphis Hustle scored the first six points of the game, the Westchester Knicks went on a run of their own (12-2) behind six points from Louis King. Both teams kept it close in the first quarter, as Westchester held a one-point lead, 25-24, after 12 minutes of play.

Even though the Knicks opened the second quarter with the first six points, the Hustle built their lead up in the second frame. Memphis capped off a 36-point second quarter with a 11-2 run in the final three 3:50 of the first half. The Hustle held a 60-46 lead at the half behind 14 points from Sean McDermott and 10 points from Freddie Gillespie.

Jared Harper came out of the third quarter with a bang. He made three triples in the first 3:40 of the second half and put up 13 points in the first five minutes. Along with what Harper was doing on offense, which included 15 points in the third quarter, he showed his playmaking with two assists leading to J.J. Moore baskets. Westchester fought back in the third quarter by totaling 36 points.

Westchester trailed by double digits to start the final frame and had a 18-point deficit at one point. Over a three minute and fourty-seven second stretch, the Knicks went on a 13-0 run and made it a one possession game, 110-107, with 2:12 left in the game. That was the closest the Knicks would get, as the team fell to the Hustle, 118-112.

Jared Harper led Westchester with 27 points, 10 assists and two steals. Myles Powell finished with 20 points (3/7 3PT), eight rebounds and three steals. J.J. Moore recorded 19 points (4/6 3PT) and eight rebounds. Louis King totaled 14 points (5/10 FG), three assists and three steals. Bryce Brown finished with 11 points (3/7 3PT) and five rebounds.

Westchester is 6-7 and have lost their last three games. As of March 2, the Knicks have possession of the No. 10 spot in the standings. The top eight teams advance to a single-elimination playoff.

The Knicks are back in action on Thursday against the Agua Caliente Clippers. The game will be at 7:30pm on ESPN+ and MSG 2.

Postgame With Westchester Knicks Forward J.J. Moore