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Ferrell, McCullough, Beech lead Long Island to second win

Long Island Nets

The Brooklyn Nets broke a seven-game losing streak on Tuesday and the Long Island Nets did the same with their six-game streak Thursday, beating the Santa Cruz Warriors, 114-104. It was the Long Islanders second win. They’re now 2-7.

The young Nets were led by two players assigned to the D-League by Brooklyn: Chris McCullough, who played his sixth D-League game. He finished with 22 points on 7-of-12 shooting (3-of-5 from downtown) and Yogi Ferrell, who in his first D-League game, had a double-double with 18 points and 10 assists. Beau Beech, who the Nets cut after training camp, broke out of a recent shooting slump, hitting 8-of-16, including 6-of-11 from three, for 22 points.

Trahson Burell, the 6’7” small forward who’s come on lately, had 16 and 7. J.J. Moore was also in double figures with 16.

Long Island led by a comfortable margin most of the game, being up by 20 in the third quarter. Then, late in the fourth, the Warriors made a run and got as close as seven with 5:05 left. But Beech, Ferrell and McCullough increased the margin late.

The Nets newest addition, 6’9” Senegal center Waly Niang, got limited playing time, four minutes. He picked up an equal number of fouls. Long Island was without four players, Carrick Felix (leg); Egidijus Mockevicius (shoulder); Lazard Hayward (hand); and Donnie McGrath (illness).

McCullough is now the Long Island Nets leading scorer at 18.7 ppg. He played 27 minutes while Ferrell played 36. Both are likely to suit up for the big club Thursday night vs. the Bucks.

Video of the full game can be found here. Only 249 fans attended the game, about a sixth of the number for the Long Islanders’ first two games.