Inside The Matchup: Erie BayHawks vs. Westchester Knicks

By Joe Archino | February 26, 2017

Inside the Matchup breaks down every advantage that could lead to a #DubKnicks victory.

After a disappointing loss to the Swarm last night, Westchester must bounce back against Erie. The Knicks are 2-0 in both of its games against the BayHawks this season. Westchester has shown they can win, but Erie remains a very dangerous team. The Knicks’ opponent is led by its prolific scorer, Anthony Brown. Brown is averaging 21.0 points per game, best for tenth in the league. It will take a true commitment on the defensive end to prevent him from getting in rhythm. To beat a great player, you must have a great player of your own. Westchester has that in Courtney Fells, who delivered a strong performance last night. Fells scored 18 points, grabbed six rebounds, and earned three steals. He was also the only Knicks player to hit a three-point shot against the Swarm, with four. His defensive ability and game-breaking shooting will be the difference against Erie.

Westchester has been out-rebounded 90-75 in its last two games. The Knicks also gave up 31 second chance points in those games. These shortcoming have drastically hurt Westchester. Erie has the lowest rebounding percentage in the entire D-League. This offers a golden opportunity for the Knicks to come out as the aggressor and control the boards.  Most importantly, it will also help to limit second chance points. Damien Inglis saw his first action last night after being sidelined with an injury for three straight games. His continued reappearance in the lineup will help give the Knicks a chance at winning the rebounding battle.

Be on the lookout for these keys to the game when Westchester takes on the Erie BayHawks today at 5:00 p.m. at the Westchester County Center.

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