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Mad Ants' winning streak ends

The Mad Ants' four-game winning streak came to an end Friday night, in humiliating fashion.

Led by Nando De Colo's 22 points, the Austin Toros defeated Fort Wayne 119-90 at Memorial Coliseum.

Ron Howard led Fort Wayne with 18 points. Ramon Harris added 17.

The Mad Ants (10-8) were without both of their players on assignment from the NBA's Detroit Pistons; Peyton Siva had a wrist injury and Tony Mitchell had an ankle injury. They are both slated to return to the Pistons after tonight's game against Iowa.

However, Fort Wayne did have the services Friday of an NBA player, guard Jamaal Franklin, who was reassigned by the Memphis Grizzlies after being gone from the D-League for two games.

In his only previous D-League game, he had 15 points as the Mad Ants defeated Santa Cruz 101-97 on Jan. 6.

On Friday, Franklin had eight points. His his 3-pointer with 2:19 remaining in the first quarter – cutting Austin's early lead to nine points at 29-20 – was the last time Fort Wayne really looked like it had a chance to win the game.

By the time Austin's Malcolm Thomas made a 3-pointer with 7:59 remaining in the second quarter, the Toros had full control with a 46-28 lead.

That lead would get to as many as 33 points.

Luke Zeller's jump shot with 4:53 left in the third quarter put the Toros up 88-57. And after the Mad Ants got back within 24, an Eric Dawson dunk gave the Toros (9-8) their biggest lead at 113-80 with 4:33 left in the game.