CANTON, OH, February 3, 2018 – In its second game of a home and away back-to-back, the Westchester Knicks (24-13), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, fell 99-91 to the Canton Charge (13-20), the Cleveland Cavaliers’ affiliate.
Westchester’s Billy Garrett scored a career-high 26 points off the bench, leading all scorers in the game by shooting 10-for-15 to go with four assists and two steals. Knicks affiliate player Xavier Rathan-Mayes contributed 18 points, six rebounds, and four assists; affiliate player Nigel Hayes finishing with 15 points and eight rebounds. Knicks Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks also supplied 15 points, with six rebounds and two steals.
Ante Zizic found a double-double of 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Charge, teammate Marcus Thornton also providing 21 points with four assists. Cavaliers Two-Way player John Holland finished with 15 points, five assists, and four rebounds while Two-Way player London Perrantes had nine points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
Canton took an early lead by opening the game on a 12-2 run. Westchester powered back to come within four points towards the end of the quarter but found itself down by 10 after one. While a fairly evenly matched second quarter kept the Knicks from too much more destruction, the Charge still held an 11-point lead at the half.
Westchester came out of the locker room with an 11-2 run to start the second half, pulling within five of the Charge. But the home team answered right back with a 16-3 run of its own to spread the gap to 18. Down 15 heading into the final quarter, the Knicks were able to cut its deficit to single digits with just under a minute to go off back-to-back threes from Hayes and Garrett. It was too late for Westchester though, as a pair of free throws would seal the deal for Canton.
The Westchester Knicks return home to the historic Westchester County Center on Thursday, Feb. 8 to take on the Delaware 87ers, the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate, at 7:00 p.m. The game will be streamed live on Twitch, the world’s leading social video service and community for gamers with 15 million daily active users.