Ramon Harris’ 3-pointer at the buzzer gave the Mad Ants their 10th victory in their last 13 games tonight as they defeated the Iowa Energy 124-121 Saturday night at Memorial Coliseum.
Ron Howard led Fort Wayne (11-8) with 32 points. Trey McKinney-Jones had 22. Harris had 19.
Iowa (12-6) was led by Shabazz Muhammad’s 26 points.
On Friday night, the Mad Ants suffered their worst defeat of the season, losing 119-90 to Austin at the Coliseum. They hadn’t lost any other game by more than seven points.
Early Saturday, the Mad Ants had similar struggles. A Sadiel Rojas 3-pointer with 3:46 remaining in the first quarter cut the Iowa lead to 26-25, but the Energy immediately answered with a Moses Ehambe 3-pointer.
Fort Wayne coach Conner Henry immediately called a timeout.
But the Energy surged; after Fort Wayne’s Kyle Randall coughed up the ball at midcourt, Kalin Lucas took off on a fastbreak for a 45-35 lead with 10:24 left in the second quarter.
That lead grew to as many as 14, but the Mad Ants fought back and a Chris Porter dunk with 10:39 left in the third quarter gave Fort Wayne its first lead at 66-64.
It lasted less than three minutes before the Energy took the lead back.
A pair of Howard free throws with 5:42 remaining tied it at 105, though, and the teams went back and forth until a Porter shot hung on the rim and Rojas made his way through a crowd to slam it in for a 112-111 lead with 3:36 remaining.
There was an ensuing technical foul, as Iowa argued the play, and a Howard fastbreak put the Mad Ants up 115-111 with 2:58 left.
A pair of Lucas free throws with 9.9 second left tied it at 121.
The Mad Ants were without their two players down from the Detroit Pistons, Peyton Siva (wrist) and Tony Mitchell (ankle), and both were returned to the NBA after the game.
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