The Westchester Knicks wrapped up their first week of the season. There are notable things that took place in week one. The Knicks went 1-2 during the week and the team picked up an impressive 116-109 win on the road against the Greensboro Swarm. A few players put up some impressive performances, while one put his name in the franchise’s record book.
Season Opener At Madison Square Garden
Westchester had their season opener against the Raptors 905 postponed due to their home court being unplayable. With the issue at hand, the Knicks moved their opener to Madison Square Garden. Westchester fell to the Lakeland Magic, 106-100, and there were many positive signs in the game. Four players finished in double figures, while Ivan Rabb fell short of a double-double (10 rebounds and nine points). Highlights can be found here.
Knicks Sting Greensboro Swarm For First Victory
The Knicks put up an impressive first half against the Greensboro Swarm led by Andrew White III’s strong outside shooting. Amir Hinton started it off for Westchester by scoring six of the team’s first eight points, including two triples.
He had 27 points and four rebounds on 7-of-9 from three-point range in the first half and finished 39 points (9/11 3PT). Lamar Peters kept his solid play rolling with his first double-double (20 points and 11 assists), while Zak Irvin affected the game in many different ways. Irvin recorded 12 points, seven rebounds, five assists, and four steals.
JJ Moore made a strong contribution off the bench where he tallied 20 points, six rebounds, and two blocks. As a team, Westchester shot 51 percent from the floor and 44 percent from beyond the arc.
Andrew White III’s Record Breaking Performance
Andrew White III has been stellar early on in the season. He is getting good looks from the perimeter and is shooting with confidence. White connected on nine threes against the Greensboro Swarm, which tied a franchise record for threes in a game, and poured in 39 points, which is fifth most points in a game in franchise history. Through three games, the Knicks forward is shooting 70.4 percent from deep on nine attempts a game.
Oklahoma City Blue Use Thunderous First Quarter To Give Westchester Second Loss
The Blue exploded for 42 first quarter points and seven players finished in double figures, as Oklahoma City picked up a 130-114 win over Westchester. The Blue held a 73-63 lead at the half, but the Knicks used a 20-10 run to tied the score tied the score at 83 in the third quarter.
While the Knicks suffered their second loss of the season, White continued his strong offensive production where he drained 32 points on seven threes made. Peters had a strong game where he displayed an efficient perimeter outing (45.4 percent) and scored 28 points.
After Westchester's season opener was postponed, the team’s game was moved to Madison Square Garden as a solution was being worked out. As reported by Mark Lungariello of The Journal News/lohud, the Knicks planned to rent a court and it was delivered to the Westchester County Center on Nov. 15. The Knicks will receive an “unused college basketball tournament surface” and will cost the organization $25,000 through January.