Coming off a 17-point loss to the Delaware Blue Coats, the Westchester Knicks were looking to get on the winning track last week with two games on their schedule. The Knicks welcomed the Santa Cruz Warriors to the Westchester County Center in their final home game before the Winter Showcase.
The Knicks traveled to Erie, PA for their first game of their four-game road trip to take on the BayHawks. During the week, Westchester saw one of their assistant coaches promoted to the New York Knicks, along with their former head coach Mike Miller being named interim head coach of the Knicks.
Strong Effort In Second Half Lead Westchester To Victory Over Santa Cruz Warriors
The Santa Cruz Warriors took a double digit lead into the second half of Wednesday’s game. The Westchester Knicks fought back in the third quarter, which was powered by a 31-point quarter, to cut their deficit to four points. The Knicks capitalized on the Warriors going scoreless for a four minute stretch and took the lead.
After the score was tied at 93, the Knicks scored five straight points. When the final buzzer sounded, Westchester walked off with their third victory.
Kadeem Allen finished with 24 points, six rebounds, five assists and two blocks 9-of-14 shooting from the field. Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis recorded 24 points and seven rebounds on 10-of-15 from the field. Ivan Rabb tallied 11 points, eight rebounds and two blocks. Lamar Peters finished with 11 points, six assists and three steals.
Zak Irvin recorded 10 points and three rebounds, while Amir Hinton added in nine points and four steals off the bench.
Knicks Outscore Erie BayHawks In Second Half To Pick Up 17 Point Victory
The Westchester Knicks fell behind to start the game, but used a second half surge to defeat the Erie BayHawks, 123-106. After Erie started the game on an 11-0 run, Westchester cut their double digit deficit and trailed by three points after one quarter.
The Knicks used their perimeter defense and efficient shooting in the third quarter to take their first lead of the game. Westchester outscored Erie 66-45 to secure their fourth win of the season.
Westchester saw an overall production from the entire team and the bench continued to perform well. The team shot 53 from the field and 45 from beyond the arc. The Knicks outscored the BayHawks in bench points, 66-25.
Andrew White III led Westchester with 20 points and six rebounds on 9-of-13 shooting from the field. Lamar Peters finished with 23 points and four assists on 5-of-10 from three. J.J. Moore tallied 14 points and five rebounds on 3-of-4 from deep.
Ivan Rabb recorded his third double-double of the season (19 points and 11 rebounds) to go along with two blocks. Amir Hinton was another player who shot the ball efficiently off the bench, while adding in 14 points and two assists on 60 percent shooting. Zak Irvin recorded 12 points and six rebounds. Kadeem Allen filled up the stat sheet with 10 points, six assists, five rebounds, one block and one steal.
Former Head Coach Mike Miller Named Interim Knicks Head Coach; Keith Bogans Promoted To Coaching Staff Under Miller
The New York Knicks made two coaching changes on Friday when the team fired head coach David Fizdale and assistant coach Keith Smart was dismissed as well. Not long after, the Knicks appointed Mike Miller as the team’s interim head coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium.
Miller coached the Westchester Knicks for four season before being promoted to an assistant coach for New York. With the dismissal of Smart, the Knicks promoted Keith Bogans to the team as an assistant coach under Miller, per Charania.
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