The Westchester Knicks trip away from the County Center continued into week six. The Knicks opened the week against the Canton Charge before heading to Las Vegas for the Winter Showcase.
Ignas Brazdeikis spent both games with Westchester on assignment from the New York Knicks. He looked solid in both games this week and is looking to build a case for playing time with New York later in the season. Kenny Wooten’s blocked shot on Sheldon Mac was featured on SportsCenter’s Top 10.
Westchester Suffers Tough Defeat To Canton Charge In Final Game Before Winter Showcase
Even though Westchester trailed the Canton Charge after one quarter of play, the Knicks held their opponents to 19 points in the second quarter to take a 49-48 lead into the second half. The Charge went onto score 31 points in the fourth quarter, which three straight buckets by Malik Newman, which resulted in a 104-90 win for Canton.
Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis led Westchester with 21 points and six rebounds on 8-17 from the field and 3-of-7 from three. Zak Irvin finished with 12 points and eight rebounds on an efficient 6-of-8 from the field. Tyler Hall recorded nine points and two rebounds on 3-of-4 from downtown. Kenny Wooten tallied eight points, six rebounds and six blocks.
Knicks Start Winter Showcase With Double Digit Win Over Greensboro Swarm
Westchester ended the week with their first game at the Winter Showcase. Everything clicked for the Knicks from the opening minute to the final buzzer. The Knicks’ defense looked solid and the team shot the ball well. Westchester produced a strong second half by outscoring Greensboro 67-48 in the final two quarters en route to a 120-91 win.
Lamar Peters led Westchester with 23 points, six assists, and four rebounds on 7-of-9 shooting from three. Ignas Brazdeikis recorded 19 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Ivan Rabb notched a double-double (18 points and 15 rebounds).
Andrew White III finished with 15 points and six rebounds. Tyler Hall recorded 10 pts on 4-of-8 from the field and 2-of-4 from deep.
The Knicks shot 49.5 from the field and 43.2 from beyond the arc. Westchester outscored Greensboro in paint points, 52-32, and bench points, 61-36. The team dished out 30 assists on 46 field goals made.
Assignment Tracker: Ignas Brazdeikis
Ignas Brazdeikis is expected to see extended playing time with the Westchester Knicks during his rookie season. While he hasn't seen much playing time in the NBA, he is excelling in his time in the G League. Brazdeikis has shown his aggressiveness on the offensive end with his drives to the basket and has shown he can be a threat on catch-and-shoot opportunities.
While the Knicks rookie is shooting 31.7 percent from three, he has shown flashes of his outside game. He drained 7-of-14 threes in his first two games with Westchester and connected on 3-of-7 shots from deep against the Canton Charge.. Brazdeikis has shown that he can use his strength to his advantage to push his way into the post to score.
He is averaging 18.1 points, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists, and 1.0 steals on 44.2 percent from the field in eight games.
Clip Of The Week On SportsCenter Top 10
Kenny Wooten continues to make his presence known on the defensive end. His great time and athletic ability stops opposing players in their track and can create opportunities for Westchester on offense. The rookie forward currently leads the G League in total blocks (54) and is second in blocks per game (3.6).
As the first quarter was nearing it’s end, Sheldon Mac drove to the basket and tried to add another two points to Canton. Wooten anticipated Mac’s layup attempt and he soared in for his second block of the game. His strong rejection found a spot on SportsCenter’s Top 10.