Westchester Travels to Delaware for Morning Matchup
WESTCHESTER KNICKS (10-3) vs. DELAWARE BLUE COATS (5-5)
Monday, December 3 - Newark, DE (Bob Carpenter Sports Convocation Center)
11:00 AM (ET)
The Westchester Knicks (10-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, beat the Greensboro Swarm (4-7), 110-99, for their fifth straight victory Saturday evening at The Fieldhouse, December 1. They get a second chance at Delaware tomorrow.
Isaiah Hicks is 26th in the league in scoring (19.0) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is ranked 14th in the league in scoring (108.3) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is fifth in the league in field goal percentage (108.3) (as of 12/1).
Delaware is 14th in the league in field goal percentage (45.9) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is fifth in the league in three-point percentage (36.6) (as of 12/1).
Delaware is 10th in the league in three-point percentage (35.0) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is 16th in the league in free-throw percentage (74.2) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is fourth in the league in rebounding (49.5) (as of 12/1).
Delaware is third in the league in rebounding (49.6) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is 13th the league in assists (22.5) (as of 12/1).
Delaware is the fifth in the league in assists (24.4) (as of 12/1).
Westchester is 24th in the league in steals (7.0) (as of 12/1).
Delaware is 26th in the league in steals (6.3) (as of 12/1).
Westchester's 10 wins are the most in the league (as of 12/1). Santa Cruz (9-2) and Sioux Falls (9-2) each have nine victories (as of 12/1).
Buay Tuach (right foot fracture) is out.
LAST TIME OUT
The Westchester Knicks (10-3), the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, beat the Greensboro Swarm (4-7), 110-99 for their fifth straight victory Saturday evening at The Fieldhouse, December 1.
Billy Garrett and Isaiah Hicks scored 25 and 24 respective points. Hicks also grabbed 13 rebounds. New Orleans Pelicans Flex Assignee, Kenrich Williams, soared for a game-high 15 rebounds and contributed 11 points off the bench. Kadeem Allen pitched in a G League career-high 11 assists.
For the Swarm, Dwayne Bacon, JP Macura and Devonte Graham each ended with 17 points. Bacon added eight boards and Macura was the team's assists leader with five.
The game endured seven ties and ten lead changes with competitive leads, Knicks by 12 and Swarm by eight. The Swarm shot 40-percent from deep but the Knicks managed a 51.6-percent shooting clip from the field. Westchester also benefited 21 points off of Greensboro's 16 miscues.
On November 6, 2018, the Westchester Knicks, the official NBA G League affiliate of the New York Knicks, had five in double-figures to help overcome a 16-point Delaware Blue Coats advantage for a 116-110 come-from-behind victory Tuesday evening at Westchester County Center.
Knicks' returning player John Jenkins led the charge for the third consecutive time with 35 points, four more than previous output and five fewer than career-high. He shot 47.6-percent on the night and registered four rebounds, three dimes and had a perfect showing at the stripe (12-of-12).
Delaware finished with six in the double-digit point column led by Demetrius Jackson's 24 points on 42.1-percent shooting. D.J. Hogg (18), Cameron Oliver (16), Cory Jefferson (11), Haywood Highsmith (10) and Shake Milton (10) also scored double-figures.
The Blue Coats' owned the hosts by as many as 15 points in the first-half, 16 for the game. Oliver led Delaware with 10 points behind the first break, 57-44.
By the 9:20 mark, Westchester was able to get back within single-digits and despite double-digit leads by Delaware quickly after, the Knicks' faced just a four-point whole prior to the fourth quarter's start.
Four of the game's five ties came in the fourth, with the final at the deadlock score of 106-106, at the 1:48 mark.
Delaware boasts three players averaging 20 or more points on the season-Devaughn Akoon-Purcell (28.0 ppg), Demetrius Jackson (27.3 ppg) and Shake Milton (20.3 ppg). Milton is ranked 19th in the league in scoring.
WINS AND LOSSES
In wins, the Knicks are shooting 49.2-percent from the field while holding opponents to just 36.3-percent. In losses, Westchester is knocking down 45.4-percent of its tries while its opponents shoot 41.5-percent. From downtown, the Knicks shoot 36-percent in victories and 39-percent in setbacks. From the stripe, Westchester is 75.9-percent in wins and 67.2-percent in losses. In those three losses, its opponents shoot 81.3-percent from the line.
IN FOR THE WIN
Kadeem Allen, Stephen Zimmerman, Paul Watson, Gyorgy Goloman and Sekou Wiggs are the only Knicks to have participated in each Westchester win this season. In victories, Allen leads the pack with 5.8 assists per game and is sixth-best scoring 12.6 points per game. Zimmerman is shooting 50.9-percent is wins.
The Knicks are shooting 50.2-percent from the field in road games and 39.6-percent from three-point territory. Their opponents are shooting 40.6-percent and 33.5-percent, respectively. Westchester averages 111.3 points in road games while holding its opponents to 104.2 points.
In Westchester's last five games, the team is undefeated. The team averages 105.8 points per game while holding its opponents to 85.4 points per game in the span.
When the Knicks beat a team by 11-20 points, Westchester is 5-0. They most recently beat Greensboro, 110-99, on December 1.
STRAP UP DEFENSE
When the Knicks hold an opponent to under 100 points, the team is a perfect 7-0.
When the Knicks shoot 50-percent or better, the team is 5-0. They most recently shot 51.6-percent against Greensboro (12/1).
Kadeem Allen dished a career-high 11 assists against Greensboro (12/1). The floor general has registered five or more assists in 10 straight games.
COACH MILLER ON JENKINS
"He's off to a great start," Miller explained. "He does so many things. He's mentally dialed in to what he's doing, really into playing the game the right way and winning. He's good with our young guys just because he's been places that can help them."
John Jenkins has been named to the 12-man roster for the November USA World Cup Qualifying Team as announced by USA Basketball. Jenkins will be one of nine current NBA G League players featured.
"I was beyond excited," expressed Jenkins when he first heard the news. "To be invited and to play for USA is every kid's dream. I'm looking forward to it. It sucks that I have to miss some [Westchester Knicks] games but it's part of it and I'm looking forward to these two games."
NBA G LEAGUE PROFESSIONAL PATH
Former WNBA player Allison Feaster will lead its professional path initiative and former NBA player Rod Strickland will serve as the professional path's program manager. Select Contracts will pay $125,000 for the five-month season and are part of a full professional path that will include opportunities for off-the-court personal and academic development.
Beginning in the 2017 offseason, NBA rosters expanded from 15 to 17 players with the addition of two spots for players under "Two-Way Contracts."
NBA teams may have up to two players under NBA Two-Way Contracts who will spend the bulk of the season in the NBA G League and not more than 45 days with their NBA team. Two-Way players are paid a corresponding daily amount based on the number of days they play in each league. Only players with four or fewer years of NBA service are able to sign Two-Way Contracts, which can be for either one or two seasons.
Allonzo Trier and Isaiah Hicks are both under Two-Way Contracts for Westchester.
LET ME SEE YOU FLEX
The NBA G League's flexible assignment system - which was instituted prior to the 2014-15 season - will continue to enable the independent NBA teams to assign players to the NBA G League for development or rehabilitation from injury. Trevon Bluiett and Kenrich Williams are on flex assignment via the New Orleans Pelicans.
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