CANTON, OH, January 5, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (17-9), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, turned 23 opponent turnovers into 24 points to hand the Canton Charge (8-14), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate, its fourth loss in a row with a final score of 95-90.
Knicks affiliate Trey Burke paced Westchester with 23 points to go with five assists and four rebounds. Fellow affiliate Nigel Hayes finished with 18 points and five rebounds, while Xavier Rathan-Mayes had 12 points, six rebounds, five steals, and four assists. Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks hit 6-of-8 for 16 points in the game while also contributing seven rebounds, three assists and two blocks. Two-Way player Luke Kornet was also a force at the basket with four blocked shots and four rebounds on top of 12 points.
Charge guard Marcus Thornton led all scorers in the game with 27 points, also suppling four assists and two steals. Center Caleb Swanigan notched a double-double of 16 points and 19 rebounds, while forward JaCorey Williams had 19 points, five rebounds, and three assists. From the bench, Ante Zizic and Kevin Olekaibe each provided 10 points.
The Charge commanded a 20-9 run to open the game and led Westchester by no less than five points through the first twelve minutes despite a 10-point quarter from reigning Player of the Month, Knicks guard Trey Burke. Down but certainly not out, the Knicks made a comeback in the second, using a 17-6 run of its own to tie it up midway through the quarter. With a Nigel Hayes jumper at 4:43, Westchester changed the tides in its favor and would lead 49-43 at the half.
Canton came within one on a few occasions in the third, due in part to a 16-point quarter from Marc Thornton. The Charge managed to tie it up within the first minute of the final quarter and the teams traded buckets over the next four minutes. Taking back the lead with 7:03 on the clock, Canton held its advantage until the final two minutes, when back-to-back buckets from Trey Burke put the Knicks back on top. Holding a one-point lead with one minute left, Nigel Hayes drained a three which would ultimately seal the deal for a 95-90 Westchester win.
The Westchester Knicks will return home to host the Austin Spurs, the San Antonio Spurs’ affiliate, on Sunday, Jan. 7 at 5:00 p.m. for Knicks Legends Night. New York Knicks alumni Allan Houston, John Starks, and Larry Johnson will sign autographs for fans beginning when doors open at 4:00 p.m. up until tip-off. Sunday’s game will be broadcast on MSG+ and streamed live via Facebook Live.