The Westchester Knicks are in the final stretch of the 2018-19 season and are fighting to hold their spot in the G League postseason. The Knicks entered the All-Star break with a 22-17 record. Since then, Westchester has gone 3-0 and are one game behind the No. 1 seed Long Island Nets.
With the three-game homestand in the books, here’s a recap from Westchester’s recent stretch of games.
Westchester Claws Their Way To 18-Point Win Over Maine
The Westchester Knicks trailed by a small margin after the first half of play against the Maine Red Claws, but the Knicks turned things around in the second half. Both teams were going at it in the third quarter, but Westchester took the lead heading into the final quarter. Billy Garrett and Isaiah Hicks each scored 11 points in the fourth quarter.
Not only did the Knicks’ defense step up and hold Maine to 15 points, but Westchester went on a 12-0 run in a five minute span to take a 91-82 lead. The Knicks walked away with a 109-91 victory and improved to 23-17.
Jameel Warney finished short of a triple double with 18 points, nine rebounds, and seven assists. Garrett recorded 23 points and six assists, while Isaiah Hicks totaled 20 points and four rebounds.
Balance Scoring Propels Westchester To Victory Lane Against Grand Rapids
The Westchester Knicks had one of their better shooting performances of the season in a 120-106 win over the Grand Rapids Drive. Seven players finished in double figures and the team shot 53 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc. Hicks continued to show his improved range, while Paul Watson drained three triples off the bench.
Not only did Warney impact the game in many ways, but he drained a couple of threes, which showcases his expanded offensive game. Warney nearly recorded a triple-double in the first two games of the homestand. The Stony Brook product has been a productive and solid player since joining Westchester and continues to show why he is a call-up candidate.
Westchester Takes Down No. Seed Lakeland Magic
Coming off of an efficient offensive performance against Grand Rapids, the Westchester Knicks kept their momentum rolling against the No. 1 seed, Lakeland Magic. The Knicks built on a double digit lead in the third quarter and controlled the game in the final two quarters. When the final buzzer echoed throughout the Westchester County Center, the Knicks picked up a 112-92 win over the Lakeland Magic.
Five Knicks finished in double figures, which was headlined by Hicks and Warney contributing 20 points a piece. The Knicks shot 57 percent from the field and 45 percent from beyond the arc. Kadeem Allen had an overall impressive game and provided a great contribution in Westchester’s win. He recorded 14 points, eight assists and five rebounds.
Coming off two solid offensive outings as a team, Knicks two-way player Hicks noted that the team is in a good rhythm and every player is playing to their strengths.
“I feel like we’re in a good rhythm right now,” Hicks said. “Everybody is playing to their strengths. Offensively, we’re not doing too much. We’re actually getting a lot of assists a game. I feel like that’s the biggest thing. We’re actually sharing the game.”
The Knicks are on a three-game winning streak and are looking to finish out the season on a high note since the season is nearing it’s end.
“Just coming back from the All-Star (break), (we’re) just really trying to finish out strong,” Hicks continued. “I think we have a less month left, so it’s really about finishing out strong. That’s the biggest thing.”
The Westchester Knicks are 25-17 and are in a tight race for the top spot in the Eastern Conference. With eight games remaining, the Knicks are fighting to earn their second straight postseason berth and a first-round bye.