The start of every week brings something new to look forward to in the world of Westchester Knicks basketball. Here are five things to know about your #DubKnicks for the week of March 27, 2017.
Weekend Recap: Westchester was in action twice over the weekend. The Knicks fell to the Reno Bighorns at home before traveling to North Carolina for its road finale against the Greensboro Swarm. Reno handed Westchester a 118-108 loss, and the Swarm walked away with a 122-119 win, its second W in a row against the Knicks. With all of the road games behind them, Westchester can focus all of its attention on the three remaining home games at the County Center.
Top Performers: Despite its current three-game losing streak, Westchester had several standout performers in its recent action. John Jenkins led the team in scoring against Reno on Friday with 35 points while the Knicks had three players who earned double-doubles. Jaylen Bond had 12 points and 11 rebounds; Keith Wright was just behind him with 10 points and 13 rebounds. Travis Trice II delivered with 21 points, 13 assists, and five rebounds. His 13 assists were a team high for the 2016-17 season. Trice II was one assist shy of tying the Knicks all-time record of 14 assists, which he set against the Canton Charge last season.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) March 25, 2017
Nikola Jovanovic recorded his first double-double as a member of the Westchester Knicks on Saturday against the Greensboro Swarm, recording a season-high stat line of 19 points and 11 rebounds. Doron Lamb lead the team in scoring against the Swarm, dropping 28 points, grabbing five boards, and earning three steals.
Courtney Fells Waived: The team announced over the weekend that it had waived guard Courtney Fells. Fells was originally acquired in a three-team trade with former New York Knicks draft pick Cleanthony Early. Fells appeared in 30 games for Westchester this season, averaging 12.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists over 30.7 minutes per game. He proved himself to be a consistent scorer during that time, putting up double digits scoring in 22 of his 30 games. Fells standout game came in a 23-point performance against the Canton Charge.
A New Addition: Today, Westchester announced that it had acquired forward Jarelle Reischel from the available player pool. A standout from Eastern Kentucky University, Reischel went undrafted by an NBA Franchise and signed with SC Rasta Vechta of the German BBL. The German native appeared in one game for the club before being drafted by the Salt Lake City Stars, the Utah Jazz’s affiliate, in the second round of the 2016 NBA Development League Draft. Reischel was waived before the regular season started.
Welcome to Westchester, @JarelleReischel!
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) March 27, 2017
The Final Stretch: In its final three home games, the Knicks will face the Canton Charge, Grand Rapids Drive, and the Long Island Nets. Westchester is a combined 3-6 against these three opponents this season. Things get started on Tuesday, when former Knicks guard Jordon Crawford returns to the County Center with the Canton Charge. Crawford was traded in early February by Westchester. He appeared in 78 games over two seasons with the Knicks.
— Westchester Knicks (@wcknicks) February 11, 2017
After Canton, the Grand Rapids Drive are next up on the schedule this Thursday. Westchester is 1-2 against the Drive this season. The regular season finale falls on Saturday, April 1 against the Long Island Nets. This will be the fourth time these crosstown rivals have squared off. The Knicks are 1-2 against the Nets this season, most recently defeating them on March 16. John Jenkins tied the all-time Knicks scoring record of 40 points against Long Island on March 14.
(Bonus) Upcoming Theme Nights:
Tuesday: Veterans’ Night
Support a great cause while cheering on the Knicks for Veterans’ Night, presented by Franzoso Contracting. Use code VETS for a $19 ticket with a portion of the ticket going to Purple Heart Homes. The first 1,000 fans will receive a Drawstring Bag provided by Red Oak Transportation.
Thursday: Women’s Appreciation Night
Players will wear special jerseys to honor the significant contributions of women to society, courtesy of Pepe Auto Group. Fans can bid on the jerseys throughout the game, with proceeds from the silent auction going to My Sisters’ Place. Fans will hear from motivational speaker and founder of Activate WorldWide, Lucinda Cross, during the game. It’s also College Night! Students with valid College ID can purchase up to two $10 tickets at the Westchester County Center Box Office for all Thursday home games.
Saturday: Fan Appreciation Day
The 2016-17 Finale! All fans will walk away with something, as we say thank you for supporting us all season long.