It was a good all-around scoring game for the Long Island Nets but it all came down to one shot. Delaware Blue Coat Matt Farrell hit a contested layup over Nets two-way player Alan Williams with 0:01 left in the game to hand the Nets their second straight loss.
The game was played at the 76ers Field House in Wilmington.
Long Island shot poorly and generally seemed out-of-sorts. Overall, they went 6-of-29 from behind the arc (21%) and 42-of-100 (42%) from the field in the loss.
Mitch Creek, whose 10-day contract was terminated early to create a roster spot needed for the Greg Monroe trade, recorded 18 points, eight rebounds, and one assist in the loss.
Alan Williams, aka Big Sauce, finished with another double-double in the loss with 19 points and 14 rebounds. Nets two-way player Theo Pinson scored 15 points, four assists, and three rebounds.
Dzanan Musa, on his rehab tour, had 11 points, while Shannon Scott had 13 points. Musa has now played in four G League games and one NBA game since coming back from a partially separated shoulder. He played 27 minutes, shot 4-of-13 overall but 1-of-6 from deep.
He told NetsDaily earlier this week that he’s working on his shot with Pablo Prigioni, the Nets assistant, and Shaun Fein, the player development coordinator, both of whom are also veterans of European basketball.
Ismael Sanogo, Thomas Wimbush, Kamari Murphy, and Okaro White did not play for the Nets. Wimbush (elbow) and Murphy (hip) have missed the last few games.
For the Blue Coats, Farrell’s winning shot capped off a 13-point night, nine assist, seven rebound night. Unlike the Nets, Delaware had a good shooting night, hitting 45-of-97 (46%) from the field and 13-of-35 (37%) from behind the arc.
Former Net (well for three days in 2018), Rashad Vaughn was the game-high scorer with 25 points to go along with his four assists and two rebounds. Jared Brownridge recorded 21 points, six assists, and three rebounds. Ryan Anderson of the Blue Coats (not the former Net) had a strong performance with 18 rebounds and 11 points.
The Nets had a sluggish start to game against the Blue Coats. It only took Nets head coach Will Weaver less than four minutes to call a timeout to talk it over with his team who were down 10-6. After the timeout, Long Island crept back into the game but finished the quarter down two to the Blue Coats 23-26.
Creek was the leading scorer for the Nets with six points followed by Scott with five points. Williams had an unusual first quarter with only two points and two rebounds while Musa recorded only one point; the first point of the game for Long Island.
For the Blue Coats, Anderson had a good first quarter with five points and six rebounds followed by Drisdom with five points. Vaughn scored four points. Farrell recorded four points and four assists in the first.
Both teams started the second quarter hitting their shots. Long Island began to hit a small shooting slump while the Blue Coats began to extend their lead. With 7:12 left in the second, Long Island trailed 41-36. In the closing minute, McCall gave the Nets the lead off an acrobatic layup. McCall’s layup sent the Nets to the locker room with a 52-51 lead.
Creek was the leading scorer at the half with 12 points to go along with his five rebounds and two steals. Big Sauce recorded seven points, six rebounds, and one assist while Jordan McLaughlin had eight points, five rebounds, and one steal.
For Delaware, Anderson led the Blue Coats with 11 points and 10 rebounds being the only player with a double-double at the half.
Vaughn recorded nine points while Brownridge, Farrell, and Drisdom all had five points each.
Long Island shot 21-of-51 from the field (41%) and 2-of-15 from behind the arc (13%) in the first half. Delaware shot 22-of-47 from the field (47%) and 4-of-14 from behind the arc (29%).
The Nets were able to be consistent from the foul line while the Blue Coats struggled. Nets shot 8-of-10 from the line (80%%) while the Blue Coats went 3-of-8 from the line (38%). Long Island led in the turnover category with 10 turnovers while Delaware was not far behind with nine.
After two scoreless minutes to start the second half, Vaughn regained the Blue Coats lead with a straight away three. On their next offensive possession, Vaughn hits a second three pointer giving his team a five point lead.
The Nets held the lead for the rest of the third quarter. Williams began to heat up in the third finishing with 10 points and eight rebounds nearing a double-double. Creek was still the high scorer for Long Island with 16 points, seven rebounds, and two steals.
McLaughlin and Scott had strong quarters not just offensively but defensively for the Nets. McLaughlin ended the third period with 14 points, six rebounds, and one assist while Scott recorded 13 points, six rebounds and three assists.
Vaughn was the high scorer for the Blue Coats with 21 points, two assists, and two steals. Patton recorded 12 points followed by Anderson with 11 points.
With three quarters in the books, Long Island led Delaware 84-80 entering the final period.
The Nets held a fourth quarter lead up until the 5:14 mark when D.J. Hogg hit a three to give the Blue Coats a 99-97 lead.
The fourth quarter was filled with action and lead changes between the two teams. With 0:48 second left in the game, Vaughn drives down the lane scoring on an open layup tying up the game.
After McLaughlin’s layup was swatted, which could have been called goaltending, Farrell scored a contested layup on Williams giving the Blue Coats a one point lead with 0:01.
With 0:01 left in the game, Musa passed the ball to Pinson who missed a last second heave from behind the arc. Delaware hands the Nets their second straight loss with the win.