Long Island Nets Drop Hard-Fought Battle to Erie
ORLANDO, Fla. - The Long Island Nets (1-3), the NBA G League affiliate of the Brooklyn Nets, fell to the Erie BayHawks (3-1) 114-104 tonight at HP Field House.
Guard Jeremiah Martin led the way for Long Island in the loss, scoring a game-high 23 points on 7-of-19 shooting from the field to go along with three rebounds, four assists, three steals and three blocks in 35 minutes of action.
Nets two-way forward Reggie Perry finished with 20 points, nine rebounds, four assists, a steal and a block in 31 minutes of play, registering his third game of 20-or-more points this season in the effort. Long Island forward BJ Johnson added 18 points, three rebounds and a steal in 31 minutes.
Erie forward Jordan Bell finished with 17 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the field and added 16 rebounds, five assists, two steals and five blocks in 30 minutes, recording a double-double in the BayHawks' victory. Washington Wizards two-way guard Cassius Winston, who is currently playing for Erie, added 16 points, three rebounds and two assists in 27 minutes of play.
Long Island took an early lead to open the contest, but Erie outscored the Nets 14-6 over a six-minute span to take an 18-11 lead with 4:42 remaining in the first. Erie stayed ahead as eight different BayHawks scored in the first quarter for a 27-22 advantage entering the second.
The Nets picked it up in the second, pulling within two points on a long-range jumper from Long Island forward Nate Sestina with 8:59 to play in the half. Back-and-forth action followed with five lead changes over the next three minutes, but Martin scored four points at the free-throw line with less than a second remaining in the quarter for a 56-50 Long Island lead at halftime.
Erie regained control in the third, using a 9-3 spurt to tie the score at 59-59 with 8:18 remaining in the quarter. The BayHawks went on to outscore Long Island 32-18 in the frame and carried an 82-74 advantage into the final quarter of play.
The BayHawks extended their lead to double digits early in the fourth, but Martin hit a free-throw with 8:10 left in the game that brought Long Island's deficit to just five, 90-85. The Nets fell behind by as many as 12 points soon after and battled back again to come within six points at the 1:18 mark, but Long Island wasn't able to pull off the comeback. The Nets lost by a final score of 114-104.
The Nets will host the Westchester Knicks in their next game on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 11 a.m. ET at AdventHealth Arena, while the BayHawks will face the G League Ignite next on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 3 p.m. ET.
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