ERIE, PA, March 19, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (18-26), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, defeated the Erie BayHawks (13-32), the Orlando Magic’s affiliate, with a 116-104 road win.
On assignment from the New York Knicks, forward Maurice Ndour led all scorers with 27 points, notching a double-double with 10 rebounds while also contributing four steals. Guard John Jenkins finished with 26 points, connecting on 4-of-6 from downtown. In his first appearance upon his return from injury, guard Travis Trice II supplied 17 points, seven assists, and six rebounds. Doron Lamb and Keith Wright each chipped in an additional 11 points. Forward Damien Inglis exited the game following a collision in the second quarter and is awaiting prognosis upon x-ray results.
Gabe York paced Erie from the bench with 24 points, while teammates Shevon Thompson and Branden Dawson contributed 12 points apiece from the pine. T.J. Price supplied 18 points with seven rebounds, and Stefan Jankovic contributed 12 points with three rebounds.
An evenly matched game for the majority of the bout, the teams traded a total of 26 leads and found themselves tied 19 times. After the first two quarters, Westchester and Erie were knotted at 62 points each behind quality shooting from both sides; the visitors shooting 58 percent and the home team shooting 54 percent. Leading up to the final quarter, the largest lead of the game saw the Knicks ahead by 10.
Erie’s shooting percentage dropped to 37 percent in the fourth, the BayHawks unable to keep pace with Westchester while going 0-for-5 from the arc. In contrast, the Knicks stayed hot, and a 15-point performance from NBA Assignee Maurice Ndour in the final 12 minutes sealed the deal for Westchester as they left the court with a 116-104 win.