Jimmer Fredette and his Westchester Knicks teammates took the floor Friday night for game two of their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Sioux Falls SkyForce in a due or die situation. Having dropped game one in this best of three, the Knicks needed a “W” or the lights would go out on their NBA-D league campaign.
Fredette did all he could to keep the show going but the SkyForce behind a career high 33 points from Rodney McGruder came away with a 112-105 victory, ending the Knicks maiden journey into the D-League playoffs in round one.
Jimmer put on a shot making show in the first half as Sioux Falls denied, doubled, and forced Fredette to put the ball on the floor. Hitting a series of floaters, scoops, and runners Jimmer scored 11 points 0n 5 of 9 shooting, as the teams went to intermission with the Knicks holding a 52-51 edge.
The third period proved pivotal as Westchester extended their lead to 11, midway through the quarter before the SkyForce rallied to take an 82-74 advantage at the end of the period, a lead they wouldn’t give back.
Jimmer went to work from deep in the second half bottoming all four of his attempts from behind the arc, but the Knicks drew no closer than five the rest of the way, as Sioux Falls advanced to meet the Canton Charge in the Eastern Conference finals.
Fredette finished with 26 points on 10 of 17 shooting, and added five assists and five rebounds on the night. A typical D-league performance from Jimmer who next season will hope for another chance, one level up, in the NBA.