The Mad Ants won their third straight game – a season best – with a 106-102 overtime victory at Canton, Ohio, in the first segment of a home-and-home series Saturday.
Ron Howard led Fort Wayne(4-5) with 23 points, on 8 of 20 shooting from the field, and teammate Sadiel Rojas had 19 points and four steals.
In the first meeting of the regular season between the teams, Canton (8-2) led by as many as 20, in front of 2,201 fans at the Canton Memorial Civic Center.
The Mad Ants began whittling away at the deficit in the third quarter, though, and a Howard jump shot with 53.8 seconds remaining in regulation time put Fort Wayne up 94-90.
But a Bo Spencer 3-pointer and a Michael Lee free throw forced overtime for the Charge.
A TreyMcKinney-Jones 3-pointer with 1:04 left put Fort Wayne ahead 100-97 and the Mad Ants never looked back.
McKinney-Jones finished with 15 points.
Kevin Jones ledCantonwith 19 points and 10 rebounds. Spencer had 15 points.
Forward Chris Hunter was out of the Fort Wayne lineup with an undisclosed injury. He was replaced by Alfred Aboya, the Mad Ants’ top pick (second round) in the last D-League draft, who hadn’t played yet because he had to get his immigration work visa issues resolved.
Hunter had averaged 8.8 points in four games since returning from almost two years of absence with two Achilles injuries. Aboya had four points in 23:12 of action Saturday.
The teams meet again today at Memorial Coliseum.