One might say the Westchester Knicks’ (10-11) performance throughout the holidays was enough to have them in the holiday spirit. Since the beginning of December, the W-Knicks have gone 8-4 and are only one game out of a playoff spot. Despite suffering two consecutive losses against the Erie Bayhawks and College Park Skyhawks last week, the W-Knicks wiped their slate clean and began a new winning streak to begin 2020.
In their victories over College Park (113-94 in their rematch, a couple of days later) and the Windy City Bulls (122-108), the W-Knicks’ offensive success was too much to overcome. As a team, they shot a combined 50% from the field and 42% from downtown and had 12 players score double-digit points. Lamar Peters continued his stellar scoring stretch.
Not only has the Mississippi State product scored 20-plus points seven times in the last month, but he made history on Saturday night. Peters set a franchise record for most threes made in a game, with 10 against Windy City in only 15 attempts. Peters is truly giving himself a better chance of being called up now that the window for NBA teams to sign G-Leaguers to 10-day contracts is open.
Alongside Peters’ standout performances in the past week has been the steady emergence of Tyler Hall. The Montana State product, who was also the W-Knicks’ first selection in the 2019 G-League Draft, is only getting more comfortable while playing at this level. Between his 13- and 20-point performance in recent weeks, Hall looks like a very smart player who rarely rushes himself and knows how to blend in.
To have that kind of player, especially one so young, is huge for the W-Knicks. This is a team featuring a dynamic young scorer in Peters and at least three viable NBA-caliber players who are producing on a high level on a nightly basis (Ivan Rabb, two-way player Kadeem Allen whenever he’s here and Andrew White III). Not to mention this team gets a huge boost whenever the trio of JJ Moore, Tim Bond and Zak Irvin are productive.
Up next for the W-Knicks is their return back home, as they’ll face the Delaware Blue Coats on Tuesday night.