The Westchester Knicks’ recent string of strong defensive games continued yesterday when the Knicks took down the Windy City Bulls, 91-72. Westchester held Windy City to 27 points in the first half and kept the pressure going until the final buzzer. The Knicks held the Bulls to 26 percent shooting from the field and 24 percent from beyond the arc.
Billy Garrett continued his strong production in the starting rotation. He recorded his second straight 20-plus point game and continues to make an impact for the Knicks. Throughout his tenure in Westchester, Garrett has embraced his role and has continuously produced at a high level.
“I think he’s done really well,” Westchester head coach Mike Miller said following the game. “We’re playing him at different positions and that’s what we’re able to do last year and I think he’s settled in. I think maybe it just took a couple of games for him to really get into a grove and he’s been able to go with it. He played most of the third quarter and he got hot at the end and really carried us. So I said, ‘he’s played the whole quarter I need to take him out, but he’s playing so well I don’t really want to.’ If we can build a little bit of a lead, we need to leave him in.”
Garrett recorded a team-high 23 points, along with three rebounds, on an efficient 10-of-14 shooting from the field. Isaiah Hicks finished with 21 points, five blocks and four rebounds. Stephen Zimmerman totaled 11 points and six rebounds. Trevon Bluiett posted his first double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds) of the season, along with four assists and three steals.
The Westchester Knicks improved to 9-3 with the win over Windy City. The Knicks are on a four-game winning streak and have won seven of their last eight games. Even with that and the Knicks maintaining a top defense, Miller thinks the team hasn’t yet played their best, which is something to remain excited about.
“I think we’re obviously a work in progress, but I think we’re making progress,” Miller told reporters. “I think we’re moving forward. I think we have pockets where we play well, which is probably true for most teams right now and I think we’ve got a lot of room for growth, which is a good thing. It’s something to be excited about. I don’t think we played our best yet, so we’re going to keep chasing that and keep trying to move forward and get a little bit better in areas. We can now be more specific about we need to get better here and we need to do this better and we can measure those things a little bit now.”
Westchester is back in action on Saturday against the Greensboro Swarm (4-5). The Knicks will wrap up their two-game road trip on December 3 against the Delaware Blue Coats (3-5).