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Westchester’s Starters Shine in Win Over Northern Arizona Suns

By Katie Hatch | February 11, 2017

WHITE PLAINS, NY, February 11, 2017 – The Westchester Knicks (14-19), the official NBA Development League affiliate of the New York Knickerbockers, snapped its five-game losing streak at home today with a 114-103 victory over the Northern Arizona Suns (14-17), the Phoenix Suns’ affiliate.

All Knicks starters scored in double figures, with guard John Jenkins leading the pack for the third straight game. Jenkins totaled 22 points, four rebounds, and three assists, hitting 3-of-5 from downtown. On assignment for the New York Knicks, Marshall Plumlee was just short of a double-double, pouring in 21 points and grabbing nine rebounds. His fellow assignee, Maurice Ndour, provided 15 points and six rebounds, while Kevin Capers knocked in 17 points with four assists. Von Wafer excelled off the bench with 17 points and five rebounds.

Northern Arizona was led by Xavier Silas, who recorded 16 points and dished out six assists. Elijah Millsap and Askia Booker scored 15 points each, Booker notching a double-double with 10 assists and also grabbing eight rebounds. Alex Davis contributed 12 points and eight rebounds, while three Suns provided double-digits from the bench.

Westchester took its blows early in the ballgame, with Northern Arizona leading for all one possession in the first. Von Wafer managed to tie the game with a lay-up in the closing seconds of the quarter, but the Suns used the last 55 seconds to close it out on a 7-0 run.  That run carried into the second as Northern Arizona extended its lead as high as nine. Westchester used everything in its arsenal as it battled back; Kevin Capers tying the game with a layup at the 5:50 mark. The battle for the lead remained highly contested as the game was tied up three more times before halftime. At the half, Westchester and its opponent were deadlocked 55-55.

The first eight minutes of the third quarter featured four ties between both teams before Mike Davis nailed a jump shot at the 4:46 minute mark to give Westchester the lead. The Knicks were able to stand firm and maintained that lead for the rest of the third. Westchester never trailed in the game’s final quarter. Marshall Plumlee put the game on ice as he dropped ten points in the fourth, while John Jenkins led the scoring effort once again with 12 points in the second half, leading to the Knicks ultimate victory.

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