LONG Island Nets stung G League Ignite, 109-97, on Tuesday at AdventHealth Arena in Orlando (Wednesday, Manila time).
Jalen Green, who is of Filipino descent, had 21 points on 5-of-6 shooting from deep, alongside four rebounds and three steals, but his efforts weren't enough as the opposition leaned on their veteran smarts to hold off the young guns.
The select team has lost three of four games after a 4-0 start.
After seeing its 15-point lead cut to four, 64-48 midway through the third frame, Long Island responded with a 10-2 run to restore a 12-point lead, 78-66, with 1:11 remaining before preserving that cushion in the fourth period and Jeremiah Martin's freebies stretching the lead to its highest at 17, 108-91 in the last 1:32.
Brandon Ashley provided support for Ignite with 16 points and five rebounds, Donta Hall got a double-double of 15 points, 12 boards, and two assists, and Congolese guard Jonathan Kuminga was held to 10 points on a paltry 3-of-11 shooting, while also grabbing three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in this humbling defeat.
Ignite, still without Filipino center Kai Sotto, dropped to 5-3 and will take a one-day break before facing the Memphis Hustle on Thursday.
Martin paced the Nets in the win with 24 points, and eight assists to rise to a 3-5 card.
Reggie Perry chimed in 21 points on 10-of-14 shooting, alongside four rebounds and three assists, and BJ Johnson tallied 19 points and six boards in the victory.