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Ants try to get season on track

Tip off busy stretch over next 19 days at home against Iowa

– The Mad Ants (1-3) aren’t particularly enthused with what’s happened so far this season.

“We’re all disappointed with the results,” said coach Conner Henry, who is hopeful his team will get on a run with nine games in the next 19 days.

That slate starts tonight against the Iowa Energy (4-2) at Memorial Coliseum, where the Mad Ants could have a different look.

They released forward Terrance Henry on Tuesday, and he’ll be replaced by either veteran Chris Hunter or Titus Robinson, neither of whom has played this season. Henry was averaging 5 points.

Hunter played 58 games for the Ants from 2008 to 2011 but has been out since because of Achilles injuries.

Fort Wayne could use his 6-foot-11, 250-pound size.

“We want to make sure that when we do activate him, we have him for 18 to 20 minutes per game,” Henry said.

The Mad Ants’ 99.3 points per game are 12th best in the league, and they’re giving up 100.5 points per game. But the biggest concerns since a 114-110 overtime loss at Sioux Falls, S.D., on Saturday have related to fouling.

“We continue to just try to get better in a couple of areas and one is playing smarter in certain situations,” Henry said. “We can’t foul teams and put them in the bonus and give them points, especially early in quarters and in timely situations down the stretch of games. We’ve done that in a couple of our losses. We feel by correcting those types of errors and making our free throws, our results will be different.”

The Mad Ants made 30 of 42 free throws but missed 8 of their last 18 and blew a 16-point lead against Sioux Falls.

Only five of the D-League’s 17 teams have a winning percentage worse than Fort Wayne’s .250, and the Mad Ants had another loss until the league upheld the protest of Fort Wayne’s season-opening one-point loss at Texas.

The Mad Ants lost that game because they took a timeout they didn’t have and got charged a technical foul in the final second. Because the scorers’ table incorrectly tracked the timeouts, the end of that game will be replayed.

Ron Howard leads the Mad Ants with 23 points a game, seventh best in the league.

Iowa is 4-1 on the road and is led by Othyus Jeffers’ 25.5 points a game, third most in the D-League.

“We now enter into a phase where we play top-of-the-ladder teams at home and we need to do well,” Henry said.

Note: The Ants’ game at Maine on March 30 will be televised on the CBS Sports Network, it was announced Wednesday.

jcohn@jg.net

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