Craig Randall II, Long Island’s feel-good story, put up a season-high 48 points Saturday night in Wilmington, Delaware, but the Nets lost to the Delaware Blue Coats, the 76ers G League affiliate, 130-120.
Randall’s output represented the second highest scoring game by a Nets G Leaguer, behind only the 52 Isaiah Whitehead poured in February 2018.
Randall, the second leading scorer in G League, shot 19-of-31 overall and 8-of-15 from deep, extending his league lead in 3-pointers assists. Here’s the highlight package from the local tryout prospect turned star.
Only two other Nets, both with NBA experience, scored in double figures: Jordan Crawford, the NBA veteran just re-signed by Long Island, finished with 17 points while former Brooklyn Net Treveon Graham finished with 13. Thon Maker shot a disappointing 2-of-9, ending his streak of double figure games as he finished with eight points and eight rebounds.
The two straight losses, after a nine-game winning streak, gives the Nets a 16-10 record, good for fifth seed (out of six) in the G League playoff race. G League playoffs begin April 5.
For the Blue Coats, this was their fourth win in a row and eighth of their last 10. Six Blue Coats scored in double-figures, led by Seton Hall great Myles Powell who had 33 points on 12-of-22 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep. It was his second straight 30 point game.
Big man Charles Bassey, on assignment from the 76ers, recorded 20 points, 8 rebounds, and 6 blocks. Shaquille Harrison, who had a short run with the Nets as a COVID replacement, notched a double-double for the Blue Coats with 13 points and 10 assists.
The Long Island issue was once again a porous defense. Delaware broke 100 points through three quarters, scoring 109 points heading into the final frame. The Nets also registered 20 turnovers.