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Ants win, Ants win

The second half of the season began Monday for the Mad Ants in Springfield, Mass., on a night that pretty much ended for the Springfield Armor after three quarters.

Down seven with a quarter to play, the Ants (20-13) scored 24 of the first 30 points of the fourth quarter and went on to dispatch the Armor 117-108. The Armor fell to 11-20 on the season.

Five Mad Ants hit double figures in the win, led by Tony Mitchell (22 points), Ron Howard (21) and Trey McKinney-Jones (20). Chris Porter added 14 points and Brian Butch 12.

The Ants shot 46.8 percent and were even better from the 3-point line, where they hit 14 3s in 27 attempts, a blistering 51.9 percent clip. McKinney-Jones was 4 of 7 from the arc and Mitchell 4 of 8 to lead the Ants.

Howard had seven rebounds and seven assists in addition to his 21 points, and Porter led the Ants with eight boards. The Ants outrebounded Springfield 14-9 on the offensive end.

The Mad Ants led 53-50 at the half before Springfield outscored them 38-28 in the third quarter.

But the Ants opened the fourth quarter with a 12-2 run and never looked back, outscoring Springfield 36-20 in the final quarter.