The Westchester Knicks entered the week with a 1-2 record and had a tough stretch of games in front of them. With a young squad, the Knicks were facing their first challenge of the early season. Westchester had four games in six days and were hosting the Grand Rapids Drive twice, who won their previous two games entering Monday and picked up a 14-point win over the Greensboro Swarm.
The Knicks hosted the top team in the Eastern Conference in the Wisconsin Herd (7-1), who are currently on a seven-game winning streak, and closed out the week against Atlantic Division leading Maine Red Claws (5-1).
Like the first week, another Westchester Knick put his name in the franchise’s record book. This week was Kenny Wooten, who tied Jordan Bachynski (eight blocks) for most blocks in a single game in franchise history.
The Westchester Knicks had their first tough test of the early season with four games in six days. The Knicks are a young team, as their opening night roster average age was 23.9, and are developing chemistry and working on learning each other.
Westchester had a few tough losses in the week where the team loss three games by a combined 13 points. The Knicks suffered a tough two-point loss on Monday and a five-point defeat to Grand Rapids on Wednesday. Ignas Brazdeikis had a strong offensive showing on Monday when he poured in 36 points on 16-of-28 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from deep.
Lamar Peters had another productive performance where he shot the ball well from the perimeter. He recorded 21 points on 5-of-7 from three-point range on Wednesday.
The Knicks faced off against one of the top teams in the G League in the Wisconsin Herd on Friday and played them hard. Westchester trailed them by three points at the half and benefited from four Wisconsin turnovers in the third quarter, which the Knicks turned into eight points. The main difference between the two teams was the Herd getting to the foul line where the opponents outscored the home team 19-3.
Kadeem Allen is working his way back towards his productive play. He totaled 22 points and four assists, while converting on four triples. JJ Moore had a strong game off the bench where he recorded 19 points and made five threes.
Westchester ended the week in Maine on the backend of a back-to-back. Both teams came out blazing in the first quarter by scoring at least 35 points each; Maine led 37-35 at the end of one. JJ Moore had another strong performance off the bench and is showing that he should get more playing time. The veteran led Westchester with 22 points and drained four shots from deep.
Kenny Wooten Matches Jordan Bachynski’s Franchise Single Game Block Record
Nearly 56 months ago, Jordan Bachynski set the franchise record for blocks in a game. It wasn’t a surprise that “BLOCKchynski” held that record for that long since he averaged 2.3 blocks in 67 games during his time in Westchester.
On Nov. 20, four years and eight months later, Kenny Wooten added his name alongside Bachynski. Wooten impacted that game with his interior defense, which is a facet of his game that he is known for. It was known that the rookie forward would have an impact on the defensive end this season. He was blocking shots left and right and than found himself in the franchise’s record book when the game concluded.
Ignas Brazdeikis spent nearly the entire week with Westchester and continued to take advantage of his increased playing time with the team. He had an efficient scoring game in the team’s first game against the Grand Rapids Drive where he was getting to the basket and hitting perimeter shots. He finished with 36 points and six rebounds on 16-of-28 shooting from the field and 4-of-9 from beyond the arc.
The 20-year-old forward had a couple inefficient shooting games where he shot a combined 8-of-32 in his past two games, but has been effective on the boards and has been a top-7 rebounder for his position early in the season.