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Westchester Knicks lose in Eastern Conference Semis for 2nd straight year (Highlights)

The Westchester Knicks bow out of the G League playoffs after failing to stage a late comeback against the Lakeland Magic.

It was truly a game of runs. The Lakeland Magic had the upper hand for much of the game, but the pesky Westchester Knicks never went away.

The Magic were clearly the better team on Friday night. They jumped out to a 17-point lead in the first quarter, but couldn’t extend that lead any further. The two sides played back and forth basketball until Westchester embarked on a 15-0 run in under three minutes.

The second half was not the same type of see-saw affair. Lakeland slowly pulled away and took control. The score was tied at 43-43 with 1:56 left in the second quarter. From that point forward Westchester was outscored 61-48.

Billy Garrett had a tough night shooting the ball. He finished with 12 points despite going 4-for-12 from the floor and 0-for-4 from three-point range. Garrett was the catalyst in Westchester’s opening round win over the Windy City Bulls.

Sekou Wiggs was a sparkplug off the bench, scoring 23 points and grabbing 10 boards. Furthermore, Isaiah Hicks finished with 16 points on 8-for-9 shooting to go along with 10 rebounds. But the Knicks just didn’t have the firepower to keep up with Lakeland.

It’s unfortunate that New Yorkers won’t see Westchester take on the Long Island Nets in the Eastern Conference Finals. Long Island took down the Raptors 905 on Friday night.

Although there will be some local flavor when Lakeland travels to Nassau Coliseum. Magic guard John Petrucelli of Hicksville will return to Long Island where he grew up and played at Molloy College. Petrucelli finished with 15 points, three rebounds, three assists, and three steals on Friday.

Lakeland and Long Island will play on Tuesday, April 2 on ESPNU.

NY/NJ hoops reporter (NBA/NCAA) & sports betting writer for XL Media. Never had the makings of a varsity athlete.