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Long Island goes down early, loses first game in D-League Showcase

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The Long Island Nets went down early in their first D-League Showcase contest and never got over hump in a 111-104 loss to the Raptors 905. It was Long Island’s first game in the D-League Showcase in suburban Toronto.

The young Nets went down 8-0 in the first as Raptors 905 set the tone early. The Toronto affiliate led the game wire-to-wire and by as many as 14 en route to its sixth consecutive win. All four times that Long Island got within one possession, they were met with a response by the showcase hosts.

Individually, Chris McCullough had a bit of a subpar game, finishing with 14 points, six below his average, and eight rebounds. He shot 5-of-11 overall including 1-of-2 from three. R.J. Hunter, a Nets reclamation project, had another bad shooting night, going 3-of-11 overall, 1-of-6 from three.

Hunter is shooting 17-of-40 —43.5 percent. He’s hitting a miserable 5-of-21 from deep. That’s 23.8 percent over the three games he’s played in a Nets uniform.

Meanwhile, Yogi Ferrell had 17 and six, but hit only 1-of-5 beyond the arc. Trahson Burrell, back from a leg injury, had 19 to lead the Nets. He shot 9-of-10, hitting his only three point shot. Two Nets who played in training camp with Brooklyn, Beau Beech and Egidijus Mockevicius finished with 15 and 9. Beech, who’s been in a shooting slump, hit 5-of-12 three pointers while Mockevicius grabbed nine boards.

Edy Tavares, the 7’2” Cape Verde project, finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds. The Nets play again 8:30 p.m. Saturday night vs. the Grand Rapids Drive. That game will be carried on Facebook Live.