The Westchester Knicks entered week eight with an 8-10 record following a 121-114 to the Erie BayHawks. The Knicks were looking to put together another winning streak. Westchester faced off against the College Park Skyhawks twice and wrapped up the week in Illinois against the Windy City Bulls.
Westchester Outscored In Fourth Quarter, Falls To College Park Skyhawks In First Meeting Of Week
The Westchester Knicks had a productive first half by outscoring College Park 70-51. The Knicks had a balanced offensive attack with two players in double figures and four with seven-plus points. The Skyhawks fought back in the second half behind a strong game from Cat Barber. College Park held Westchester to 34 second half points and erased a 21-point deficit to pick up a 108-104 win.
Following the loss, Westchester head coach Derrick Alston discussed how difficult the loss was.
“Any loss is difficult,” Alston said. “Being up so big early, those games are kind of dangerous. They were coming off a back-to-back. They left it all out on the floor. We just had to take care of the ball. That was our Achilles’ heel today. We had too many turnovers and defiantly too many turnovers in the fourth quarter.”
Westchester received a balanced contribution on offense. Lamar Peters (14 points and 10 assists) and Kadeem Allen (13 points and 12 rebounds) each recorded a double-double, while Peters swiped three steals. Tyler Hall and Kenny Wooten each scored 13 points, while Hall drained three triples and Wooten added nine rebounds & four rejections. Ivan Rabb finished with 12 points, eight rebounds, and two blocks. Zak Irvin recorded 11 points, seven rebounds, and two steals. Andrew White III tallied 11 points and four rebounds.
Knicks Bounce Back Against Skyhawks With 19-Point Victory
Unlike the previous game where Westchester jumped out with 40 first quarter points, it wasn’t a high scoring first half for both teams. While the Knicks put up 53 points after the first two quarters, the team held a 14-point lead due to College Park struggling to shoot the ball. While the Skyhawks cut their deficit to single digits late in the third quarter, the Knicks started the fourth quarter on a 13-5 run and went onto split their week’s meetings. Westchester left College Park with 113-94 win.
Lamar Peters (21 points) and Andrew White III (20 points) scored 20-plus points for Westchester. Peters added six assists and six threes made, while White III contributed seven rebounds. Tyler Hall recorded with 13 points and seven assists. Ivan Rabb finished with 13 points and a franchise-tying 20 rebounds. J.J. Moore tallied 13 points and six rebounds. Zak Irvin recorded 12 points and nine rebounds.
The Knicks outscored the Skyhawks in bench points (44-41) and paint points (52-34).
Westchester Improves To 2-0 Against Windy City Bulls With 122-108 Victory
Westchester controlled the game from the start. Ivan Rabb scored on the opening possessions then Lamar Peters drained consecutive threes. The Knicks held a 25-9 lead six minutes in and put up 44 points in the opening quarter. After holding a 22-point lead after 12 minutes, Windy City started to claw back and cut it to single digits due to the scoring from Milton Doyle.
The Knicks ended the third quarter with six straight points and Peters hit some huge shots early in the fourth quarter pushed Westchester’s lead to 15 points three minutes into the fourth quarter. The Knicks put up 30 points in the final 12 minutes and picked up a 122-108 win over the Bulls. Westchester improved to 2-0 against Windy City this season.
Six Westchester players scored in double figures led by Lamar Peters’ 31 points and eight assists on 10-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc. Tyler Hall posted a career-high 20 points, along with five rebounds and assists on 6-of-12 from the field. Kenny Wooten finished with 16 points, seven rebounds, and five blocks on a near perfect 5-of-6 from the floor. Andrew White III recorded 14 points and four rebounds on 50 percent shooting. Ivan Rabb had an overall productive game and nearly finished with a triple-double (13 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists), along with two blocks and one steal. Zak Irvin contributed 11 points off the bench.
Ivan Rabb And Lamar Peters Add Their Name To Franchise Record Book
It’s been a season of rewriting the record books and two players put up impressive performances in week eight.
In the team’s second game, Ivan Rabb was pulling down rebounds at high rate. He nearly matched his season high (15 rebounds) at the half (13 rebounds). While he notched his eight double-double of the season against the College Park Skyhawks, the impressive stat from the night was his 20 rebounds. That tied a franchise record for rebounds in a game when Stephen Zimmerman grabbed 20 boards on Mar. 11, 2019 against the Delaware Blue Coats.
In game three of the week, Lamar Peters drained his first two three-point attempts early in the first quarter. He continued his efficient outside shooting in the first half where he connected on 4-of-5 shots from beyond the arc. When Westchester needed a big basket, Peters was draining perimeter shots. The Knicks guard hit three triples a few minutes into the final quarter. Peter drained 10-of-15 shots from deep against the Windy City Bulls.