The Westchester Knicks kicked off their 2019-20 campaign with a home game at Madison Square Garden. After a great back-and-forth action in the first half, the Lakeland Magic came out strong in the third quarter en route to a 106-100 road victory.
Amir Hinton led the way with 24 points and five rebounds on 7-of-14 shooting from the field.
Andrew White III finished with 19 points and seven rebounds on 50 percent (7/14 FG) from the field. Knicks’ assignee Ignas Brazdeikis recorded 15 points, three steals, and two rebounds on 6-of-13 shooting from the field and 3-of-5 from three-point range. Lamar Peters contributed 11 points and dished nine assists.
The Knicks and Magic battled through the first half, as Lakeland held a one possession lead after the first 24 minutes of action. White came out strong in the second quarter with nine points, while connecting on three shots and one perimeter shot.
Westchester was hampered by seven turnovers in the third quarter, along with Lakeland 32 point outburst. The Knicks kept trying to close the gap in the fourth quarter, but the Magic had an answer for them and maintained a six-point lead in the final quarter. Zak Irvin forced a couple of turnovers in the final two minutes, which benefited the Knicks since the team scored four points off Lakeland’s mistakes.
Despite turning the ball over, Peters showed his playmaking, ability to finish at the rim, and his quick first step.
White provided scoring off the bench and he showed that he could be a player to follow this season. Brazdeikis showed he could be a productive scorer in the NBA and put together an efficient shooting game.