Long Island was without Isaiah Whitehead and Jacob Wiley, who are with the parent club in Portland, and the team’s two-way guard, Yakuba Ouattara, who was inactive. Three players scored 10 points and one, Tahjere McCall, had 11 points in the loss, the team’s first this season. Long Island won their home opener at Nassau Coliseum.
The big problem (surprise!) was the team’s lack of offensive from their front court. Akil Mitchell, Kamari Murphy and Price Ibeh combined to shoot 2-of-18. Mitchell was 0-of-9. The 6’9” Mitchell did grab 11 rebounds and block two shots.
J.J. Moore, Jeremy Senglin and Thomas Wimbush, all perimeter players, scored 10 each and Milton Doyle had eight.
Lorenzo Brown, a 6’5” point guard whose D-League rights were once held by the Nets, finished with 19 points and four assists. Kennedy Meeks had a double double for the Raptors, 10 points and 17 boards.
The Mississauga, Ontario-based Raptors affiliate won the league championship, led by Jerry Stackhouse, who played with the Nets their first year in Brooklyn.
Long Island returns to Nassau Coliseum Thursday to play the Greensboro Swarm. Game starts at 7 p.m.