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Top 5 Moments of the 2016-17 Westchester Knicks Season

By Joe Archino | April 21, 2017

Westchester was tested during the 2016-17 season, but more often than not, the team provided a number of memorable moments. Each one of these moments signals another chapter in the story of continued growth for this young and budding franchise. Out of all the possibilities from the 50 games of action this season, we narrowed it down to bring you the Top 5 Moments from 2016-17.

December 16: Chasson Randle Goes Off for 38 Points, Hitting 9-of-11 from Three

Star players are built to deliver unforgettable performances. In a road victory against the Texas Legends on Dec. 16, Chasson Randle delivered one of the greatest performances in Westchester Knicks history. Randle commanded the floor with 38 points, while shooting a staggering 9-0f-11 from three-point range. His nine three’s became the all-time franchise record after that night. Two days later, Randle powered the Knicks to another road victory against the Austin Spurs, finishing with 36 points and hitting 7-of-9 shots from beyond the arc. It was a historic weekend for a tremendous player. Over the course of two games, Randle had scored 74 points combined, hitting 16 of his 20 three point shots. He was named the NBA Development Performer of the Week following his record-setting performance.

January 10 & February 27: Chasson Randle Gets the Call

It came as no surprise when Chasson Randle received a GATORADE NBA Call-Up from the Philadelphia 76ers. On Jan. 10, Randle became the fourth call-up in Westchester Knicks history. At the time of the announcement, Randle had appeared in 19 games for Westchester, averaging 20.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 3.3 assists over 32.1 minutes. He would go on to sign a three-year deal with the 76ers, but was subsequently waived in a corresponding trade move. Upon his release, Randle landed back in orange and blue, signing with the New York Knicks on Feb. 27. He appeared in 18 games with New York, averaging 5.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, and 1.6 assists over 12.5 minutes. After his wild ride through the NBA D-League and the NBA, Randle found himself back where he started.

February 22: Von Wafer Drops 35 and Owns the Month of February

Von Wafer was an incredibly consistent scorer during his time with Westchester this season. On Feb. 22, Wafer had a signature 35-point outing against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. He was also extremely efficient, hitting 13-of-20 field goals, and 7-of-11 three pointers. Westchester played 10 games during the month of February – Von Wafer put up double-digits scoring in nine of those 10 matchups. Wafer appeared in 26 games for the Knicks this season, averaging 15.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.5 assists over 24.9 minutes per game.

March 14: John Jenkins Ties the All-Time Points Record

On March 14, a massive blizzard  poured down snow across New York. While Westchester residents dug themselves out, John Jenkins was putting on a clinic at the Barclays Center against the Long Island Nets. On that day, Jenkins dropped 40 points, tying Doron Lamb for the Knicks’ all-time single game point record. En route to his 40-point performance, Jenkins hit 15 of his 30 field goals. His 30 attempts from the field set a new all-time individual record for the team. Jenkins appeared in 16 games for Westchester this season, putting up double-digit scoring in 14 of those matchups.

March 24: Travis Trice II Finishes One Assist Shy of His Own Record

Travis Trice II was an invaluable asset to Westchester during its second season, which featured its first playoff appearance in franchise history. Upon his return to the Knicks for the final 13 games of the 2016-17 season, Trice was sensational. On March 24, he owned a double-double in his home debut against the Reno Bighorns. Trice dropped 21 points and dished out 13 assists, finishing one assist shy of tying Westchester’s all-time record of 14 – a record he originally set during an outing against the Canton Charge in the 2015-16 season. Trice averaged 21.1 points, 3.6 rebounds, and 6.4 assists over his nine appearances this season. He put up double-digit scoring in all nine of those contests.

Bonus: New York Knicks on Assignment

Assignees from the New York Knicks played a major role in Westchester’s third season. Narrowing down just one singular moment from these standout players proved rather difficult, so instead, they all get an honorable mention. At various times, Ron Baker, Marshall Plumlee, Maurice Ndour, and Chasson Randle all played for the Westchester Knicks on assignment.

November 19: Marshall Plumlee Finishes With 22 on Opening Night

Marshall Plumlee was sent on assignment for 15 games during the 2016-17 season. He owned averages of 12.3 points and 9.1 rebounds over those matchups. His signature performance came against the Greensboro Swarm on Nov. 19 in the team’s home opener. In the victory, Plumlee dropped 22 points, grabbed eight rebounds, and blocked two shots.

February 26: Ron Baker Edges Out Erie

Ron Baker brought his magic playmaking ability to the Westchester County Center four times this season. He averaged 12.5 points, 7.0 assists, and 5.3 rebounds while on assignment. Baker owned a stat line of 16 points, two rebounds, and eight assists in his best outing, those numbers culminating in a victory over the Erie Bayhawks on Feb. 26.

March 19: Maurice Ndour Posts a Double-Double in a Road Win

Out of all the assignees, Maurice Ndour saw the most action, appearing in 18 matchups. He averaged 14.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and lead the team with 1.4 blocks per game during that time. His best performance featured a double-double of 27 points and 10 rebounds in a road victory against the Erie Bayhawks on March 19.

March 28: Chasson Randle Returns

Chasson Randle had been through quite a journey in order to land back with the New York Knicks. On March 28, he was assigned to the Westchester Knicks for a matchup against the Canton Charge. His performance was nothing short of sensational, as he owned a double-double of 23 points and 10 assists.

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