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Mad Ants fall out of first

The Canton Charge took sole possession of first place in the D-League’s East Division with a 120-99 win over the visiting Mad Ants on Wednesday in Canton, Ohio.

Coming into the game, the teams were tied for first place, but Canton (15-8) outscored Fort Wayne (14-9) 35-15 in the third quarter. The Charge had a 20-0 run in the third that took the lead from 69-63 to 89-63.

The loss ended the Mad Ants’ four-game winning streak and was the first time they were held under 111 points since a 119-90 loss at home to Austin on Jan. 10.

The Mad Ants are still 8-2 in their last 10 games. The Charge have won three straight.

The teams were tied at 26 after the first quarter before the Charge outscored the Mad Ants 31-25 in the second to lead 57-51 at halftime. After Canton’s big third, Fort Wayne won the fourth 33-28.

Ron Howard led the Mad Ants with 22 points. Also, Trey McKinney-Jones had 18 points, Sadiel Rojas 16 and Darnell Lazarre 10.

Canton put seven players in double figures, led by Bo Spencer’s 17 points.

The Charge made 47 of 77 (61 percent) from the field, while the Mad Ants were held to 41 percent shooting on 31 of 76.

Fort Wayne made 34 of 39 (87 percent) from the free-throw line.

The Mad Ants continue their road trip Friday night against the Springfield (Mass.) Armor.