BROOKLYN – The Long Island Nets (13-21) fell 136-116 the Canton Charge (17-14) today at Barclays Center. Today’s game marked the Nets’ final contest against the Charge this season, with Long Island finishing the season series 1-3.
R.J. Hunter led Long Island with 30 points (9-of-15 FG, 5-of-11 3FG, 7-of-7 FT) in 32 minutes in the loss, while J.J. Moore added 17 points in 26 minutes off the bench and Trahson Burrell scored 15 points with five rebounds and five assists in 37 minutes.
The Charge took a 34-28 lead after the first quarter on 5-of-11 shooting from long range, while Hunter paced the Nets with eight points.
Canton continued to shoot well in the second quarter and outscored the Nets 39-29 to enter the half with a 73-57 lead. John Holland led Canton with 17 first-half points, while Eric Moreland (14 points), Jonathan Holmes (13 points) and Quinn Cook (13 points) also scored in double figures for the Charge. The Nets shot 51.2 percent in the first half and were led by Hunter’s 11 points, while Burrell and Moore each added 10 points of their own for the Nets.
The Charge started the third quarter on a 9-3 run and narrowly outscored the Nets 33-31 to add to their lead. Hunter paced the Nets with 17 points in the third quarter (5-of-7 FG, 3-of-5 3FG, 4-of-4 FT), while Holland added 13 for the Charge.
Long Island attempted a comeback in the fourth, opening the quarter on a 12-4 run to pull within eight points with 7:52 remaining in the game, but the Charge answered and went on to seal their 20-point victory.
All five Charge starters scored in double figures, with Holland scoring a game-high 37 points on the afternoon. Cook also starred for Canton, recording 28 points with 16 assists, while Moreland recorded a double-double with 24 points and 13 boards in the victory.
Long Island will travel to Windy City next to face the Bulls on Saturday, February 11, at 8 p.m. EST, while Canton will head to Delaware to play the 87ers on Friday, February 10, at 7 p.m. EST.