NEWARK, Delaware — The Westchester Knicks (2-0) emerged as the victors tonight in a hot and cold game with the Delaware 87ers (0-2), the Philadelphia 76ers’ affiliate. Down by as many as 16 points, the Knicks came back in a thrilling finish to win it all 113-111.
Knicks affiliate player Trey Burke set a new franchise record for Westchester with a game-high 43 points, adding on six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Fellow affiliate Nigel Hayes knocked in 22 points, notching a double-double with 11 rebounds. Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks also recorded a double-double, finishing with 15 points, 11 rebounds and an added two blocks. Luke Kornet, the Knicks’ second Two-Way player, contributed 13 points and seven rebounds while Knicks affiliate Xavier Rathan-Mayes supplied 10 points, seven rebounds, and three assists.
Sixers Two-Way player Jacob Pullen led the Sevens with 24 points, four assists, and three rebounds; his Two-Way counterpart contributing 15 points, six rebounds, and three blocks. Fellow starter Furkan Korkmaz was just short of a double-double, finishing with 17 points and nine rebounds. Mike Young and Devin Robinson came off the bench with double-digits, Young with 19 and Robinson with 10.
The teams were slow to start, with neither side breaking double-digit scoring until 6:50 through the first quarter. Only able to muster 17 points in the first twelve minutes, Westchester found itself down by 13 early in the second. Luckily for the visitors, Burke’s hot shooting picked up with the guard scoring 16 points in the second quarter alone. At the half, the Sevens’ lead was diminished, with the Knicks ahead by two.
The third quarter looked much like the first, as Delaware regained its commanding lead by outscoring the Knicks 34-18. Down 14 points heading into the final quarter, Westchester used a 19-5 run to make a game of it once again. Tying it up 100-100 with 4:33 on the clock, the Knicks then faltered as the Sevens regained a quick six points. In a thrilling finish though, Westchester would come out victorious, the final score 113-111.