WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 27, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (22-12), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, lost its first-ever game to the Erie BayHawks (16-16), the Atlanta Hawks’ affiliate, when playing at home in what was a come-from-behind finish of 120-112 for the visitors.
The Knicks’ two Two-Way players, Isaiah Hicks and Luke Kornet, each had 23 points in the loss. Hicks also grabbed six rebounds with five blocked shots; Kornet adding four each of rebounds and assists with two blocks while hitting 3-of-3 from three. Knicks affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes fell just short of what would have been his eleventh double-double, finishing with 18 points and nine assists. Making his first start of the season, guard Billy Garrett contributed 17 points with five assists, while Adam Woodbury chipped in 10 points and six rebounds from the bench.
Erie’s Raphiael Putney led all scorers in the game with 24 points, hitting 6-of-8 from behind the arc while also grabbing six boards. On assignment from the Atlanta Hawks, Isaiah Taylor notched a double-double of 22 points and 10 assists while Tyler Cavanaugh supplied 14 points and four rebounds. Two-Way player Josh Magette was one assist shy of a double-double, coming off the bench with 14 points and nine assists, while his fellow Two-Way player Andrew White chipped in 15 points.
Westchester opened the game on a 15-3 run, stretching the lead to as many as 15 points on three different occasions. Erie battled back towards the end though, scoring 12 points in the last three minutes to pull within nine after one. The teams were evenly matched through the second, but the domination from the first quarter had the Knicks up 63-52 at the half.
The game began to shift slowly in the third, the BayHawks using an 8-0 run to pull within two towards the end of the quarter. But Westchester’s Billy Garrett, unsatisfied with the five-point the Knicks held with 24.4 on the clock, hit a jump shot at the buzzer to send Erie into the final quarter down seven points. Everything changed in the fourth when the Hawks rallied behind a 11-4 run to tie it up, taking over the lead subsequently with a three from Erie’s Putney. That shot would be the dagger for the Knicks, as Westchester found itself in the hole for the remainder of the game. With a 35-point quarter from the BayHawks and a 20-point quarter from the Knicks, the fourth quarter was a literal game changer and left Erie going home with the win.
The Westchester Knicks will travel north to play the Raptors 905, the Toronto Raptors’ affiliate, next on Tuesday, Jan. 31 at 11:00 a.m. The game will be broadcast live on MSG Networks and streamed live locally on Facebook Live, and will also be the Knicks’ first game broadcast nationally on the Eleven Sports Network.