This might surprise you but in all seriousness, it shouldn’t. A crowd filled with overly excited kids, who get to watch a sporting event during school hours, makes for a great time. Oh, it’s true! I say this because on Thursday morning, the Westchester Knicks (27-18) played in their annual Kids Day game, which was attended by several schools from the area. And with so much energy in the building, the W-Knicks were fueled by it and defeated the Windy City Bulls (24-20), 127-118.
As the kids filled Westchester County Center, danced and cheered loudly at every step of the way, the W-Knicks matched their efforts by easily controlling this game. The No. 3 seed in the Eastern Conference, got off to a good start against Windy City by establishing leads that were between 10-15 points in the first half. Two-way player Kadeem Allen and Jameel Warney gave Windy City so many fits, as their versatility and tempo created many opening’s for the W-Knicks’ offense. In fact, they led 62-47 at halftime and Allen/Warney were on their way to two, memorable performances.
But even with Windy City making several attempts at a second-half comeback, the W-Knicks never lost their lead. When looking back to Allen and Warney, we witnessed Allen get the second ever triple double in W-Knicks history with 16, 12, and 12, and Warney was dominant as he produced 33 points and 13 rebounds. The W-Knicks also had six players score double digit points and three of them either had a double-double or triple double (Allen, Warney, and Stephen Zimmerman).
Up next for the Westchester Knicks is a return to the road, as they’ll play the Maine Red Claws on Sunday, March 10th.