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Maine Celtics Fall Despite Peterson's Triple-Double

March 28, 2024 - NBA G League (G League)
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COLLEGE PARK, GA - Drew Peterson put up 20 points, 15 rebounds and 13 assists for the second triple-double of his career, but the Maine Celtics fell to the College Park Skyhawks, 132-122.

Peterson, who has both of Maine's (20-13) triple-doubles this season, added three steals to his stat line. Joe Wieskamp scored a team-high 26 points on 9-18 shooting and Jordan Walsh tallied 22 points and seven rebounds. Neemias Queta logged 18 points and eight rebounds. Jared Wilson-Frame added 10 points, his highest scoring output as a Celtic.

Seth Lundy led College Park (16-17) with 30 points and eight rebounds while former Maine Celtic Jordan Bowden put up 28 points with five made 3-pointers. Rob Baker turned in 22 points and four rebounds. Brandon Randolph chipped in 16 and five rebounds. Chris Silva had 14 points.

Tyson Etienne's lefty scoop on College Park's first possession opened the scoring, and Queta laid one in to put the Celtics on the board on the next trip. In his first-career start, Don Carey Jr. picked up a pair of assists on another Queta layup and a transition three from Walsh as Queta's two-way impact propelled Maine to an early 9-5 lead. College Park tied it at 13 by the first timeout break, and Silva's 1-for-2 out of the break put them ahead. Tony Snell and Walsh each canned a triple to edge Maine back in front, then Wieskamp and Wilson-Frame both hit threes of their own to stretch the Celtics' lead to six. Slater added to the barrage of threes soon after; Maine went 7-14 from deep in the first and outscored the Skyhawks 9-4 in the closing minutes to take a 39-38 lead into the second.

Carey drilled a pair of threes and Walsh made his third of the night at the outset of the second. The Celtics found continued success with the pace and space formula used in the win on Tuesday, building the lead out to 56-51 just beyond the halfway point of the quarter. Lundy and Etienne fed one another for a three as the Skyhawks fired back with a 10-3 run, and what was already a back-and-forth, fast-paced game ramped up further as the half wound down. After Peterson's 1-for-2 with less than a second to go, the game went into halftime tied at 73-73. Lundy scored 19 in the first half for College Park while Wieskamp led Maine with 17 first-half points.

After a scoreless minute-and-a-half to begin the third, Silva broke the ice with an and-one. The Skyhawks would go up by three early in the quarter before Maine answered with six-straight to regain the lead, 81-78. The Celtics run extended to 10-2 as Silva left with an injury, and Peterson notched his triple-double a few minutes later - it took him less than 25 minutes of play to record 13 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. College Park briefly went back in front late in the quarter, but Wieskamp buried a trey just ahead of the buzzer to give Maine a 96-94 lead with 12 minutes to play.

A layup from Baker tied the game as the fourth got started, and it wasn't long before Bowden nailed a catch-and-shoot three to give College Park the lead. Baker added an and-one and a 17-footer to help the Skyhawks build a seven-point advantage. Bowden and Randolph came through with timely threes in the following minutes but the Peterson-Queta pick-and-roll connection kept the Celtics alive, trimming the deficit to two, 115-113 with just over four minutes left. The duo of Lundy and Bowden combined for 12 points in the remaining minutes, starting with a decisive 7-0 run that was capped off by a transition dunk from Lundy. The Skyhawks held off Maine's last push to snap a seven-game skid and split the season series at two games apiece.

The Celtics are set to travel to Texas to conclude the regular season with a matchup against the Legends on Saturday night.

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