For Immediate Release
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
WINDY CITY FALLS TO WESTCHESTER, LOSE 91-72
The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO Harris Bank, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, extended their losing streak to three with a 91-72 loss to the Westchester Knicks on Tuesday night in Westchester County.
Kaiser Gates recorded his third double-double of the season and tied his career-high with 22 points and 11 rebounds. Ferrakohn Hall added 12 points, five rebounds and two assists in a reserve role, while Mychal Mulder collected 10 points, three rebounds and two steals, logging a game-high 37 minutes. Joe Kilgore registered nine points, career-high six rebounds and three assists and Thomas Wilder posted six points, five rebounds and three assists.
Four Knicks scored in double figures led by Billy Garrett who poured in a game-high 23 points on 10-of-14 shooting. Isaiah Hicks, one of Westchester’s Two-Way players, collected 21 points, four rebounds and five blocked shots, while Stephen Zimmerman, recorded 11 points and six rebounds. Trevon Bluiett, the second Two-Way player by way of New Orleans, posted the first double-double of his career with 10 points and 10 rebounds and Kadeem Allen pitched in with nine points, six rebounds, three steals and three blocks.
Windy City and Westchester entered Tuesday’s contest with the first and third defenses in the G League and it was on full display in the first quarter. Offense was scarce at the outset as both teams combined for eight points and three field goals in the opening five minutes of the contest. Windy City began the game 1-for-10 from the floor with the lone field goal coming courtesy of a Mulder three-pointer. The Bulls made just three field goals in the period and at one point went scoreless for a five-minute stretch. In total, Windy City shot seven percent in the opening 12 minutes and accumulated 10 points, which set a franchise-low for fewest points scored in any quarter. Westchester didn’t fare much better, shooting under 30 percent, but they held an 18-10 advantage heading into the second quarter.
The start of the second period mirrored the first as both squads began the quarter 2-for-11 and amassed a total of 13 points halfway through the stanza. The Knicks scored the opening three points of the period and opened an 11-point lead, which was their largest of the first half. However, Windy City made a run of their own and used 8-1 spurt to make it a one-possession game with 3:46 remaining in the half. Gates’ back-to-back three-pointers sliced the lead to two, but the Bulls were unable to tie or take the lead as Westchester scored nine of the final 12 points before halftime. Both teams tallied 17 points in period and the Knicks maintained their eight-point lead at the intermission.
Westchester created a bit of separation to start the second half as they began the third quarter on a 7-2 run, resulting in a 43-29 lead. The Knicks led by double figures for most of the third period and extended their lead to 17 on a hook shot by Zimmerman, which was their high-water mark for the period. Garrett served as the offensive catalyst for Westchester, scoring 11 of his 23 points in the quarter, while making five of his six shots from the field. For the second consecutive quarter, Windy City shot 29 percent from the floor and was outscored 30-22. Conversely, the Knicks shot 55 percent and led by 60-46 heading into the final 12 minutes.
The fourth quarter was never in doubt as Westchester maintained their double-digit advantage throughout. Windy City cut the lead to 16 in the opening 90 seconds of the period, but never drew closer. The Bulls scored 23 points in the final period, which resulted in their best offensive quarter of the day, but it was a little too late as Westchester cruised to 91-72 victory.
With the loss, Westchester snaps the Bulls three-game road winning streak. The 72 points scored set a franchise-low for fewest points in a game, eclipsing the 82 points the Bulls tallied against Maine on April 1, 2017. The point total also marks the fewest points Westchester has allowed in their franchise history.
Windy City’s east coast road trip continues Thursday night as they take on the Maine Red Claws. Tip-off at the Portland Expo Building is set for 6:00pm CT.
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