Life on the road continued for the Westchester Knicks (16-11), as they traveled further Northwest to face the Salt Lake City Stars (13-11). And although, they were missing their leading scorer John Jenkins because of injury, the W-Knicks received much help to compete with their opposition. Unfortunately it wasn’t enough, as the Stars outlasted them, 124-113 on Monday night.
From the game’s early beginning, it was apparent the Stars would have success shooting the trey ball. En route to their 21 made three pointers, the most by any W-Knicks opponent this season, they converted three of them within the first five minutes. And if that doesn’t impress you, then check this out: The Stars had four players who made at least four three’s and as a team, they shot 21-28. Yes, you read that correctly.
As for the W-Knicks, they found themselves inside a massive hole throughout the third quarter, when trailing as much as 34 points. New Two Way player Kadeem Allen and Jameel Warney, scored 22 points a piece. Warney, who is actually playing in his second game with the team since the trade, looked comfortable with his new teammates as he converted 10 out of 17 attempts and found ways to help on the defensive end of the floor.
While their 34-point deficit seemed daunting, the W-Knicks weren’t fazed at all. With Allen and Warney scoring at well, along with Sekou Wiggs, Devon Baulkman, and four other double-digit scorers, they actually found themselves just down eight points at the 3:12 mark of the fourth-quarter. And unlike their previous two performances, the W-Knicks improved their ball security (eight turnovers) and shooting splits (41%-32%-71%).
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is their final game of this road trip, as they’ll face the Texas Legends on Wednesday night.