Milton Doyle, the 6’4” shooting guard out of Loyola Chicago, scored 17 points and backcourt mate Isaiah Whitehead had 16 Monday night, but it wasn’t enough for the Long Island Nets to win their lone preseason game, losing to the Westchester Knicks, 109-103, at Nassau Coliseum.
Doyle, who impressed playing for the Nets in summer league, finished 6-of-12 overall, including 3-of-6 from deep. He added two assists, two rebounds and two steals. Whitehead, already on his third assignment in Long Island, shot 6-of-14, including 2-of-6 from three. He turned the ball over once in 25 minutes.
Like their parent club, Long Island doesn’t have a lot of bigs. Akil Mitchell who was on the Brooklyn roster for a few days in September, finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. The Nets two two-way players, Yakuba Ouattara and Jacob Wiley, had games of 13/3 and 11/3.
For the young Knicks, 7’1” Luke Kornet finished with 20 points and five rebounds, shooting 4-of-5 from three. Long Island opens its regular season against Fort Wayne in five days
Long Island opens its season Saturday, at 7 p.m., vs the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, the Pacers affiliate.