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Devin Cannady’s sharpshooting boosts Long Island to big win over Erie, 117-116

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Behind the strong play — and clutch shooting — of Devin Cannady, the Long Island Nets turned it around late, escaping with a huge road win over the Erie Bayhawks, the Pelicans G League affiliate, 117-116.

The win keeps Long Island’s playoff hopes alive heading into a tough game against the Delaware Blue Coats, the Sixers affiliate, Wednesday at Nassau Coliseum. The Nets enter tomorrow’s competition 8-12 at home this season.

Long Island entered the second half down 13 points and turned it late, outscoring the Bayhawks 64-50 while limiting the Pelicans G League affiliate to only 19 fourth quarter points. The Nets escaped with the win following three straight misses by Erie during the final possession of the game.

The story of the game was the play of Cannady.

The Princeton product’s clutch shooting won the game for Long Island. Cannady hit a leaning three from the top of the arc, putting the Nets ahead by two with 18.4 left.

He finished the win with a game-high 26 points, two rebounds, one assist, and four steals in 29 minutes of play.

Cannady capped his big night shooting 10-of-16 overall including 3-of-6 from deep.

In addition to Cannady’s strong offensive performance, Jeremiah Martin, the Nets two-way guard, and Dzanan Musa provided big numbers. Martin scored 21 points, three rebounds, and three assists in 33 minutes while Musa contributed 21 points, nine rebounds, and one assist in 35 minutes of play.

As a team, Long Island shot 41-of-93 (44 percent) overall and 10-of-24 (42 percent) from deep. A big difference maker late in the game was the team finishing the win going a perfect 14-of-14 from the charity strike. In addition, Long Island outrebounded Erie, who are a good rebounding team, 49-42.

Although the strong offensive play, the Nets finished with 23 total turnovers.

Shaun Fein started Martin, Cannady, Musa, Justin Anderson, and Jonathan Kasibabu.

After both teams exchanged baskets and the game remained close throughout the first quarter, the Bayhawks broke open in the second.

Erie started the second on a 14-5 scoring run, capitalizing off the Nets early miscues. The Bayhawks balanced their offensive play and shot the three well. In particular, the Nets struggled to find a solution to lock down Scottie Lindsey, who scored 11 of his 14 first half points in the second.

In addition, Long Island struggled to find a consistent rhythm on the offensive end up until the closing minutes of the first half.

At the half, Erie led the Nets, 66-53.

At the half, the Nets shot the ball well, going 19-of-48 (40 percent) overall and went 6-of-13 (46 percent) from deep. The team also capitalized off the charity strike going 6-of-6. Although shooting the ball well, Long Island coughed up 15 turnovers in the first half.

Despite a tough first half, Long Island turned in the final 12 minutes of play, taking the lead with six minutes remaining. Erie retook the lead with three minutes remaining and both teams battled down to the final minute.

After three missed attempts in the final possession by Erie, the Nets pulled out a huge win over the Bayhawks.