The Westchester Knicks had another tough outing as they fell 106-100 to the Grand Rapids drive on Thursday night in the Westchester County Center.
The Drive used a huge fourth quarter as they outscored the Knicks 37-25 to overcome a 75-69 deficit for the win. Lorenzo Brown led the way for Grand Rapids as they improved to 4-6 on the season. Brown finished with 23 points on 7 for 11 shooting from the floor and 9 for 10 shooting from the free-throw line. He added 12 assists, six rebounds, a block and a steal without turning the ball over in 36 minutes.
He also got plenty of help as every other starter scored in double figures. Kammeon Holsey had 18 points on 8 for 13 shooting with seven redounds while Devin Ebanks added 18 points on the strength of a 8 for 10 shooting night from the charity stripe to go along with a game-high 15 rebounds.
Sam Thompson registered 16 points, four rebounds, four assists and three steals while Dahntay Jones totaled 12 points and six boards.
Kevin Capers led the way for the Knicks who fell to 7-3 with the loss. He totaled 24 points on 6 for 10 shooting from the floor and 11 for 12 from the free-throw line off the bench. Travis Trice chipped in with 15 points on 7 for 15 shooting from the floor with three assists and two rebounds while Darion Atkins had 13 points and 10 boards.
Jimmer Fredette put up some decent numbers even though he didn’t have a great night shooting the ball. He managed 19 points on 4 for 14 shooting from the floor, including 1 for 2 from 3-point land and 10 for 11 from the free-throw line. He added a team-high four assists, two steals and a rebound in 36 minutes.
Fredette got off to a slow start, missing his first two shots from in close before he got on the scoreboard eight minutes into the game with three free-throws. He quickly added a pull-up jumper and two more free-throws to finish the first quarter with seven points.
His only points in the second quarter came at the charity stripe where he converted on all four of his attempts to reach double figures in scoring for his fifth straight game.
He started out the third quarter with a short jumper on the baseline, but didn’t make another shot from the field the rest of the quarter. He missed his next four shots from the floor, but did hand out three assists.
He put up six more points in the fourth quarter on a free-throw, a pull-up 3-point shot from straight away and a running floater in the lane. He also recorded his second steal of the night and had another assist.
On the season, He is averaging 25.8 points on 44.3 percent shooting from the floor, including 41.7 percent from beyond the arc and 91.7 percent from the free-throw line. He is also chipping in with 5.2 assists, 3.8 rebounds and 2.6 steals in 38.3 minutes a night.
Up next for Fredette and the Knicks is a matchup with the Delaware 87ers on Saturday afternoon. the 87ers are 5-5 on the season and sit two games behind the Knicks in the Atlantic Division.
Players to watch for the 87ers are Christian Wood and Sean Kilpatrick. Wood had 22 points and 12 rebounds in his first game while Kilpatrick averages 25.8 points on 49.4 percent shooting from the floor to go along with 3.9 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in nine games.