BROOKLYN – The Long Island Nets (8-16) fell to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (14-7) 120-112 today at Barclays Center. The Mad Ants are now edging the Nets 2-1 in their season series, with one game remaining on March 28 in Brooklyn.
In his first game with the Long Island Nets, guard R.J. Hunter led Long Island with 22 points on 9-of-16 shooting to go along with three assists and two steals in 25 minutes off the bench. J.J. Moore added 20 points, six rebounds and two assists in 33 minutes as a starter, while Brooklyn Nets forward Chris McCullough tallied 14 points, four rebounds, two assists and one block in 32 minutes in his 21st game on assignment with Long Island this season.
Fort Wayne opened the game on an 11-4 run and shot 68.4 percent in the quarter to take a 38-27 lead after the first, despite Long Island also shooting well at 55.6 percent from the field. Despite edging the Mad Ants 85-82 in the remaining three quarters, the Nets couldn’t recover and never led in the wire-to-wire victory for Fort Wayne.
Both teams continued to shoot the ball well in the second quarter, but the Mad Ants maintained their lead throughout the period and took a 72-60 lead at halftime. Forward Stephan Hicks led Fort Wayne with 17 first-half points, while McCullough and Hunter each added 10 points apiece for Long Island.
Long Island shot 54.5 percent from the field in the third but couldn’t chip away at Fort Wayne’s advantage, as the Nets and Mad Ants each scored 25 points in the period.
The Nets staged a comeback in the fourth quarter, pulling within five points with 1:03 remaining in the game and again with 46.8 seconds on the clock, but Long Island was unable to come up with a win.
Forward Alex Poythress led all scorers with 28 points along with nine rebounds and two blocks in 34 minutes for Fort Wayne, while Hicks added 25 points, eight rebounds, six assists and two steals in 39 minutes.