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R.J. Hunter scores 30 points in 31 minutes as Long Island loses

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Gotta ask. How soon will R.J. Hunter get called up and by whom?

The 6’6” combo guard, who said a few games back, that he was finally feeling his shot, had another big game for the Long Island Nets Wednesday, scoring 30 points in 31 minutes before fouling out. The Nets lost to the Canton Charge, 136-116.

Over the last three games, Hunter has scored 79 points or 26.2 points per game, shooting 25-of-37 overall (67.6 percent) including 13-of-25 (52 percent) from deep. Hunter joined Long Island after he was cut by the Bulls in December.

After some mediocre shooting, he exploded for 25 points on January 27 and said he thought he had passed a milestone.

“I've actually been struggling shooting for like a year and a half now," said Hunter, a 23-year-old after that game. "It was my best day in a while. I was just being more aggressive. I think (in the past) I was too laid back, and waiting for the ball to get to me. So I was just trying to go get it, and trying to make something happen."

Now the question arises, will Hunter get a call-up? The Nets only control his D-League rights and any team can call him up. That, of course, is what happened with Yogi Ferrell last week... and now we have Yogi Mania.

The game, it should be noted, was not a particularly good one for Long Island as its defense fell apart early and often. Four Charge players scored 24 or more points, led by veteran guard John Holland, who finished with 37, going to the line 14 times, many on personal fouls called on Hunter. Quinn Cook had a franchise record 16 assists.

In addition to Hunter, five other Nets scored in double figures. J.J. Moore, the former Rutgers standout who’s one of the team leaders, finished with 17; Trahson Burrell had 15 along with five assists and five rebounds; Chris McCullough, 14 on 5-of-11 shooting and five boards; Cliff Alexander with 12 points; and Boris Dallo with a double-double: 11 points and 10 assists.

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