WHITE PLAINS, NY, January 23, 2018 – The Westchester Knicks (22-11), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, put on a show for students and teachers in the Lower Hudson Valley for the team’s second School Day of the season with a 100-93 victory over the Canton Charge (11-18), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate.
All ten starters for Westchester finished in double-digits, led by Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks who had 18 points and seven rebounds. His fellow Two-Way player Luke Kornet finished 3-for-4 from behind the arc with a total of 15 points, also adding five rebounds, three assists, and three blocked shots. Knicks affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes notched his tenth double-double of the season with 15 points and 12 assists; Knicks assignee Damyean Dotson also finished with 15 points and added four rebounds and three assists to the stat sheet. Paul Watson finished with 14 points and three assists, while Billy Garrett provided 10 from the pine.
Canton’s JaCorey Williams led all scorers in the game with 24 points and eight rebounds. Cavaliers Two-Way player London Perrantes and guard Marcus Thornton each finished with 18 points, the former also supplying eight assists. Kevin Olekaibe was the only other Charge player to score in double-digits as he provided 11 points and seven rebounds from the bench.
After a short back-and-forth battle to start the game, the Knicks took off on a 13-2 run to take a nine-point lead, which is where the score would end after one. Backed by a 3-for-3, 2-for-2 from beyond the arc performance from Westchester’s Kornet, the home team went into the second shooting 62 percent, where the lead quickly grew to 23 from another Knicks run of 18-4. With Canton managing just 14 points in the quarter and shooting 33 percent in the half, the Charge found itself trailing 51-34 halfway through the game.
It looked as through the third would be another runaway quarter for Westchester as it amassed a 27-point lead halfway through, but the Charge did just as its namesake implies with a 26-8 run to pull back within nine heading into the fourth. The teams went shot-for-shot for the first four minutes of the final quarter before Canton used a pair of free throws to pull within five, the closest the score had been since there was 2:30 left in the first quarter. That was as close as the Charge would come though, as back-to-back shots from Westchester’s Dotson and Rathan-Mayes put the Knicks back up by nine with Canton unable to come back. Westchester would go on to take the game 100-93.
The Westchester Knicks will remain at home to host the Erie BayHawks, the Atlanta Hawks’ affiliate, on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 5:00 p.m. The game will be broadcast live on MSG Networks and streamed live via Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers with 15 million daily active users.