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Thomas Wimbush leads Long Island comeback with 16 in the fourth

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The Nets have a pretty good track record scouting the NBA’s minor league, D or G, since Sean Marks took over, finding and developing prospects. Sean Kilpatrick, Yogi Ferrell, Joe Harris, Spencer Dinwiddie, Quincy Acy and now Milton Doyle have all contributed, in greater or lesser degree, to the Brooklyn Nets.

With Doyle shuttling between Long Island and Brooklyn, they may have found their next success story. Thomas Wimbush was taken in this year’s G-League draft out of Division II Fairmont (West Virginia) State. On Tuesday, Wimbush scored 27 points vs. the Erie Bayhawks in Long Island’s 96-90 win at Nassau Coliseum. Coming off the bench, the 6’7” swingman shot 10-of-17 to go along with nine rebounds in leading a Nets’ comeback. Long Island is now 14-7 and atop G-League’s Atlantic Division

Wimbush scored 16 points the fourth quarter alone when he shot 62.5 percent (5-of-8) from the field. Wimbush shot 58.8 percent (10-of-17) from the field overall in the win. He’s now averaging 11.1 points a game for the season, 13.7 in last seven games.

The Nets began the game down by nine but rallied to end the first quarter tied up at 26 apiece. Despite trailing by as many as 22 points through the third quarter, they came back in the fourth. Jeremy Senglin drained a three with just under three minutes remaining in the game to give the Nets their first lead of the night, 85-84. Long Island outscored Erie, 29-12, in the fourth for the comeback victory.

Senglin wound up with 16 points and power forward Kamari Murphy 15 points and six rebounds.

Molloy College product Charlie Marquardt made his professional debut in the Nets’ victory and hit a 3-pointer in his first attempt to help start the Nets’ rally late in the game.

Erie center Jeremy Evans registered a double-double with a team-high 22 points and 15 rebounds in 31 minutes. He shot 88.9 percent (8-of-9) from the field and hit both his 3-pointers for the visitors. Forwards Jaylen Morris (14 points) and Raphiael Putney (21 points), and guard Craig Sword (10 points) also scored in double figures for the BayHawks.