Facing off against the D-League Eastern Conference cellar-dwelling Erie BayHawks (13-32) Sunday afternoon was just what the Westchester Knicks (18-26) needed to get back-to-back wins for the first time since mid-December. That’s right — Westchester just became the first Knicks affiliate to win back-to-back games in the year 2017. It’s damn near April already.
Getting a few players back from the injury list also helped the W-Knicks, who had enough fire power to defeat Erie, the Orlando Magic affiliate, by the score of 116-104. The win was not a walk in the park, and Erie kept it close all the way up to the end of the game. Westchester outscored their opponent 28-18 in the fourth quarter to ensure the victory. Both teams shot the ball well, with Westchester shooting 52% from the field versus the 49% from the BayHawks.
Knicks head coach Jeff Hornacek still cannot find minutes off the bench for forward Maurice Ndour, so Ndour made another quick stop in W-town. Starting for the first time at center, he had a team-high 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 steals in 27 minutes. He also showed how much he has developed his defense with some key stops late in the game.
John Jenkins, who has been unstoppable on the offensive end, finished with 26 points, going 4-6 from downtown and 8-15 from the field. If the Knicks decide to cut bait with Sasha Vujacic before the end of the season he would be a nice pickup to a 10 day contract. Like the Knicks would ever cut Sasha, am I right?!?
With the season winding down, time to sign new W-Knicks is running out. Recently returned point guard Travis Trice, who had not played in the last four games due to an injury, started against the BayHawks and chipped in with 17 points, 7 assists, and 6 rebounds in the win.
Westchester tangles with Windy City Bulls on Tuesday night. Let’s see if they can make it 3 wins in a row as they look to end the season on a high note.