The Fort Wayne Mad Ants continue to chase the first playoff berth in their history.
The Ants (21-20) moved above .500 and stayed hot on Eries heels for the last playoff spot with a 121-106 victory Friday night over the Armor at Springfield, Mass. A 47-point third quarter blew up what had been a 53-53 tie at halftime, as the Ants rode the trio of Anthony Richardson, Brandon Wallace and Tony Mitchell, who combined for 74 points.
Wallace finished with 26 points and six rebounds, Richardson had 25 and six and Mitchell scored 23. Ron Howard had nine points and 10 assists for the Ants.
Irish, Buckeyes in Gotham Classic
Notre Dame and Ohio State will meet Dec. 21 in the final game of the second annual Gotham Classic at Madison Square Garden. The complete field and schedule for the Gotham Classic will be announced at a later date.
Knicks sign Martin for rest of season
Kenyon Martin, the former No. 1 overall pick, was signed by the New York Knicks. The veteran forward made his first start for the Knicks on Thursday at Portland, scoring a season-high 12 points on 6-of-10 shooting. He is averaging 5.7 points and 3.2 rebounds in six games.
Around the links
In Palm Harbor, Fla., Adam Scott shot a 5-under 66 that left him one shot behind 31-year-old rookie Shawn Stefani at the Tampa Bay Championship. Stefani was at 7-under 135, one shot ahead of Scott and past champion K.J. Choi, who had a 67. In Phoenix, Jee Young Lee birdied three of the last four holes to take a one-stroke lead over Ai Miyazato at the LPGA Founders Cup. Former Fort Wayne resident Amanda Blumenherst shot a 6-over 78 for a two-day total of 5-over 149, missing the cut.
In Newport Beach, Calif., David Frost shot an 8-under 63 to take a one-stroke lead over Fred Couples after the first round of the Champions Tours Toshiba Classic. In Greater Noida, India, Chapchai Nirat and Liang Wenchong each shot a 6-under 66 to tie for the lead after the second round of the Avantha Masters, two strokes ahead of four others.
Warsaw senior to Western Illinois
Warsaw senior Diego Lopez has signed with Western Illinois. A four-year starter, Lopez helped the Tigers to a Class 2A state runner-up finish last season.