In the first game of their back-to-back, the Westchester Knicks (7-3) trampled the Wisconsin Herd, 131-75, in their first meeting of the season. The Knicks’ 56-point margin of victory is a franchise record.
Westchester’s offensive efficiency continued as the game went on. Luke Kornet drained three triples in less than a minute and half in the third quarter and Billy Garrett chipped in 10 of his 17 points in the quarter.
Without two of their top scorers in John Jenkins and Isaiah Hicks, Westchester received a collective effort from the entire team. Eight players finished in double figures and the Knicks were efficient with their shots. The team shot 56 percent from the field and 46 percent from deep. With Jenkins and Hicks not in the line-up, it opened up opportunities for other Westchester Knicks.
“What it’s about in this league is opportunity,” Westchester head coach Mike Miller said following the game. “It gave other guys opportunities to do some things and I thought they took full advantage of it. The first half we played 10 guys. All 10 guys were effective. All 10 guys were efficient. I thought we stuck together and played the way that we wanted to play. We were able to sustain it somewhat. It was a little choppy I think, but that’s the way the game goes.”
Kornet recorded 25 points, five rebounds and three steals on 5-of-7 shooting from beyond the arc. Garrett finished with 17 points, six assists, and four rebounds on 7-of-11 shooting from the field. Paul Watson totaled 12 points and four rebounds. Kadeem Allen had an overall productive game and finished with 11 points, five assists, and five rebounds. Gyorgy Goloman added 14 points and six rebounds off the bench, while Stephen Zimmerman rounded out the team with 10 points and five rebounds.
On flex assignment from the New Orleans Pelicans, Kenrich Williams recorded a double-double (15 points and 13 rebounds), along with four assists and two blocks. Williams became the fifth Knick to record a double-double in his Westchester debut, along with Cleanthony Early, Sean Marshall, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and Zak Irvin. Pelicans’ two-way player Trevon Bluiett totaled 13 points, seven rebounds, and four assists.
Westchester will take on the Wisconsin Herd on today in their second meeting of the season. With the win, the Knicks improve to 7-3 and second place in the Atlantic Division. The Knicks have won five of their last six games and are 3-1 in five-game homestand.