The Westchester Knicks started week nine with a home game against the Delaware Blue Coats then traveled to Florida for a back-to-back against the Lakeland Magic. The Knicks were looking to inch closer to the .500 mark at the midway point of the season. A few players stood out during the week, which include Kenny Wooten. SNY reported that NBA teams are eyeing the Knicks forward.
Westchester Falls To Delaware Blue Coats In First Game Of Week
Westchester opened with a 34-point first quarter led by three triples by Tyler Hall and the team shooting 52.4 percent from the field. The Knicks kept the offense going in the second quarter led by Hall (15 points) and Lamar Peters (13 points), as they took 66-58 lead into the second half.
The tide turned in the third quarter where Delaware outscored Westchester 31-18 due to their outside game, along with scoring off the Knicks’ turnovers. The Blue Coats took a double digit lead in the fourth quarter and picked up a 122-109 win.
Lamar Peters (23) and Tyler Hall (22) record 20-plus points. Peters dished 11 assists, while Hall grabbed eight rebounds. J.J. Moore finished with 19 points and nine rebounds on 70 percent from the field. Ivan Rabb recorded 14 points and eight rebounds on 5-of-11 from the floor. Kenny Wooten notched a double-double (10 points and 10 rebounds), along with seven blocks.
Vic Law’s Game Winner, Lakeland’s 35-Point Fourth Quarter Pushes Magic To Victory
Both Westchester and Lakeland were evenly match in the first half with the Knicks shooting 54.3 percent from the field, while the Magic shot 40 percent from deep. Like the previous game, Lamar Peters was the leading scorer at the half with 13 points. Tyler Hall continued to shoot the ball well from beyond the arc.
Westchester outscored by nine points in the third quarter to take a 93-85 lead into the fourth quarter. Melvin Frazier Jr. and Andrew Rowsey helped lift Lakeland to 37 points in the final 12 minutes, while Vic Law drained a game-winning floater to give the Magic a 122-120 victory.
Lamar Peters led Westchester with 29 points and six assists on 50 percent from beyond the arc. Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis finished with 21 points, nine rebounds and five assists on 8-of-16 from the field. Kenny Wooten recorded 18 points, six rebounds, and two blocks on 80 percent from the floor. Tyler Hall tallied 17 points on 4-of-8 from deep. Zak Irvin finished with 14 points and eight rebounds. J.J. Moore rounded out the double figure scorers with 11 points.
Knicks Rebound On Saturday With Six-Point Win Over Lakeland Magic
In their second game of a back-to-back against Lakeland, two two teams continued their competitiveness on Saturday. Both teams put up a 30-point first quarter. When the first 24 minutes had passed, Westchester took a 62-54 after shooting 44.4 percent from deep. The Knicks put a 11-0 run in the middle of the third quarter to take a 17-point lead.
Lakeland cut it to one possession at the midway point in the fourth quarter, but Westchester scored six straight points. The Knicks defeated the Magic, 112-106, and picked up their 11th victory of the season.
Knicks assignee Ignas Brazdeikis led the Knicks with 24 points, 14 rebounds, and five assists on 10-of-19 from the field. Lamar Peters finished with 20 points, six rebounds, five assists and three steals. Kenny Wooten recorded 18 points and nine rebounds on 88.9 percent from the floor. Andrew White III tallied 12 points and three steals. Zak Irvin finished with 10 points and four rebounds. Tyler Hall contributed 10 points off the bench.
The Knicks shot 53.5 percent from the field and 40.7 percent from beyond the arc. Westchester outworked Lakeland on the offensive glass by pulling down 15 offensive boards, while scoring 58 points in the paint and 28 off the bench.
SNY Report: NBA Teams Eyeing Kenny Wooten
Kenny Wooten has made a significant impact in his rookie season with the Westchester Knicks due to his defensive ability, shot blocking prowess, and efficient shooting in the past four games. He is second in the G League in blocks (3.5) and is shooting 64.9 percent from the floor. Wooten has put himself in the call-up discussion due to his high level play in Westchester.
According to Ian Begley of SNY, multiple teams have expressed interest in signing Wooten. Any team with an open roster spot can give the rookie forward a 10-day contract. The Golden State Warriors have an open two-way spot after the team converted Damion Lee’s deal. The Phoenix Suns have an open two-way spot as well.