There isn’t a better feeling in the world than returning home, even if your stay is so brief. Life on the road, especially for sports teams, can take a serious toll on one’s physical and mental physic. Since December 1st, the Westchester Knicks (17-12) had played 11 out of 16 games away from home, before finally returning for a quick match-up against the Delaware Blue Coats (10-14) on Saturday night. And in what was a back and forth affair, until midway through the fourth quarter, the W-Knicks pulled away and won 105-96.
Unlike with their previous struggles on the road or the last time they were at home facing the Capital City Go-Go, the W-Knicks played better basketball in a few areas. First of all, they were competitive and didn’t trail by double-digits at any point of this game. Secondly, their defense held the Blue Coats to under 100 points and forced 21 turnovers. And last but not least, Two-Way player Isaiah Hicks had his best game in over six weeks by producing 27 points, six rebounds, and four assists.
After having a strong start to this season, which included six games with at least 20 points, Hicks didn’t reach that total again until Saturday night. The former North Carolina Tar Heel was being held 10 points per game and shooting 32% from the field since December 5th. But besides the welcomed return of Hicks and his “A Game”, the W-Knicks have to be very excited about Jameel Warney.
Ever since arriving to Westchester two weeks ago, Warney has scored 22, 25, and 27 points in his last three games and is providing the team with high powered offense, usually seen from Hicks, John Jenkins, and new Two-Way player Kadeem Allen. And speaking of Allen, his stat-line of 14-13-6 led the way for other W-Knicks contributors, who scored double digit points, secured six rebounds, or created two plus steals (there were three of them who accomplished this feat).
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a trip to Illinois as they’ll face the Windy City Bulls on Monday night.