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Long Island loses to Erie on the road

Long Island Nets

With Milton Doyle playing in Brooklyn, the Long Island Nets lost another close game to the Erie Bayhawks in the lakeside Pennsylvania city, 109-103, this time coming back from a 21-point first half deficit, but failing to get over the hump late.

Doyle scored two points, handed out an assist and blocked a shot in Brooklyn’s heart-breaking loss to Boston. It was the first time the former Long Island Net had played big minutes in a close game. With Caris LeVert out, Doyle started the fourth quarter at the point for the Nets.

In Erie, the young Nets were plagued by turnovers in Doyle’s absence. Although the Atlanta affiliate had only nine players in uniform, they capitalized on Long Island’s turnovers, turning 17 forced turnovers into 26 points in the home win.

The Nets missed eight of their first nine shots, and by early in the second were shooting only 21 percent (5-of-24). The BayHawks finished the half 21-of-43, while holding the Nets to 16-of-45 shooting from the floor (35.6 percent).

Then, in the second half, Long Island’s offense came to life and held a one-point lead briefly with 4:15 left in the game when Shannon Scott hit a 3-pointer. Erie then went on a run and Long Island never got closer than four. Jeremy Senglin, filling Doyle’s offensive role, led the Nets with 21 points including 4-of-8 shooting from three. Isaiah Whitehead had 19, including 4-of-9 from deep.

BayHawks 6’10” center Raphiael Putney led seven Bayhawks in double figures with 19 points. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots. Josh Maggette, who played for the Nets summer league team two years ago and is the G-League’s top passer, had 16 points and eight assists.