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Westchester Knicks drop season opener to Capital City Go-Go

Five Knicks scored in double figures led by MJ Walker with 24 points.

2021-22 New York Knicks Media Day Photo by Steven Freeman/NBAE via Getty Images

Westchester Knicks basketball is back.

After eight months since their last game, Westchester is back in action for their seventh season in the G League. The Knicks opened the 2021-22 season in their first game of a back-to-back against the Capital City Go-Go.

The Westchester Knicks opened the game on a high note with a 19-0 run. Aamir Simms was on a roll with eight points and drained two triples in that span, while Tyler Hall contributed five points in that run. While Capital City started seeing baskets fall, Westchester held a 57-40 lead at halftime due to their strong first quarter.

The Knicks had success in the first half since the team was getting the ball to basket and were getting good looks with their shots. Westchester had good team defense, while showcasing solid on ball defense and good defensive rotations.

Capital City started to turn the tide in the second half by outscoring Westchester, 34-23, in the third quarter. Kyree Walker drained a jumper to make it a two possession game heading into the final frame. Even though the Go-Go continued to cut their deficit, the Knicks were fighting hard to maintain the lead.

Capital City tied the game at 101 with 1:57 left in the game following a jump shot from Jordan Goodwin, who finished with 30 points. The Go-Go took their first lead in the final twenty seconds and handed the Knicks a loss on opening night.

MJ Walker led Westchester with 24 points (3-5 3PT), four rebounds and four steals. Brandon Williams recorded 23 points (3-7 3PT), six assists and three steals. Tyler Hall totaled 17 points, five rebounds and 4 steals. Luka Samanic, who didn't play in the second half due to injury, finished with 17 points, four rebounds and three assists in 18 minutes. Aamir Simms recorded 13 points, five rebounds, four assists and two steals.

Westchester and Capital City will run it back Saturday night at 7PM on YouTube.