Uniondale, NY — The Maine Red Claws, presented by Unum, saw a double-digit lead erased, but scored 42 points in the 4th quarter to hang on and defeat the Long Island Nets Friday night, 118-114.
Maine (19-7) was led by Trey Davis, who finished with 29 points on 11-16 shooting (4-6 from downtown) in just 22 minutes. Boston Celtics Two-Way Player Tremont Waters was close to a triple-double with 23 points, 8 rebounds, 11 assists and 5 steals. Yante Maten added 17 points, while Justin Bibbs scored 14 before leaving the game with an injury. Romeo Langford, on assignment from the Boston Celtics, finished with 11 points in the win.
Long Island (10-17) was led by Justin Anderson with 33 points, while Chris Chiozza added 25 points in the loss.
The Red Claws opened the game on a 7-0 run, with Waters leading the charge. Bibbs hit two threes in a row to make it a 19-7 lead. The hot shooting continued when Davis checked into the game, scoring 7 consecutive points. Langford’s bucket made it 33-17 Red Claws, which was the score after one period of play.
In the 2nd, Anderson’s driving lay-up got the Nets within 10. Jaylen Hands put on a performance in the quarter, and Anderson’s driving dunk made it a 41-39 game. A Waters three followed by a Langford bucket followed by a Gates three helped right the ship, and Maine went into the locker room holding a 52-42 halftime lead. Waters led Maine with 14 points at the half.
Chiozza opened the 3rd with a three to cut it to 5, but Bibbs buried back-to-back threes to extend Maine’s lead to 58-47. Chiozza kept the pressure on, leading the Nets on a run to get it back to 4 points. Chiozza and Long Island tied the game at 66. Bibbs left the game with a knee injury. Pinson buried a second-chance three to give Long Island a 78-76 lead after 3.
In the 4th, Long Island extended to 4 points multiple times, but Davis started to take over the game offensively, scoring 8 straight for the Claws. Still, Maine trailed 92-91 with 6:39 left. Waters’ floating lay-up fell to tie the game at 99. Maten’s three-point play gave Maine the lead, and also happened to be Waters’ 10th assist. Chiozza tied the game at 106 with a three with 2:20 to go, but Davis buried a three the other way to put Maine back up 3. Davis’ hit a tough fadeaway to make it 111-109 Red Claws, and Gates buried a tough three with :45 left to put the Claws up 4. Davis missed a contested lay-up but got a huge offensive rebound, nailing both free throws. Waters made his free throws to put the game away for good.
The Red Claws wound up shooting 49% (44-89) from the floor, 38% (14-37) from three-point range, and 11-16 from the free throw line. Long Island shot 49% (46-93) from the field, 32% (12-37) from downtown, and 8-14 from the charity stripe.
The Red Claws return to action Saturday with a 5pm matchup at Westchester. Maine returns home next Friday, Jan. 31 and Saturday, Feb. 1. Tickets are on sale now by calling 207-210-6655 or visiting MaineRedClaws.com.