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No Bull, Mad Ants put on a show

There were lots of highlights from the Mad Ants game against the Sioux Falls Skyforce, not the least of which were provided by Chicago Bulls mascot Benny. At Memorial Coliseum, Feb. 22, 2014.

Ants' record rise continues

Long-range prowess puts them 8 over .500

The Mad Ants came into Saturday night seven games above .500 for the first time in the franchise's seven-year history.

Now, make it eight games.

Thanks in large part to their prowess from beyond the 3-point arc, the Mad Ants defeated the Sioux Falls Skyforce 103-96 at Memorial Coliseum for their 15th victory in their last 21 games.

Fort Wayne (21-13) attempted a season-high 33 shots from 3-point range, making 13.

Tony Mitchell and Sadiel Rojas had 23 points apiece for Fort Wayne. Rojas was 5 of 10 from 3-point range and had 13 rebounds.

Teammate Trey McKinney-Jones had 14 points. Brian Butch had 11, going 3 of 6 from beyond the arc.

Sioux Falls (20-14), which has lost 4 of 5, was led by Justin Hamilton's 20 points.

Fort Wayne is 3-2 in the season series with the Skyforce.

Starting with a Rojas 3-pointer with 3:59 remaining in the first quarter, the Mad Ants went on a 15-6 run to take a 24-17 lead. A lot of that early damage by the Mad Ants came from behind the arc; they were 4 of 9 on 3-pointers in the first quarter, when Rojas was 3 for 4 to get Fort Wayne the seven-point lead.

But the Skyforce fought back and took a three-point lead, but Mitchell drove hard to the basket, made a layup and drew a foul to tie it at 35 with 5:55 remaining in the second quarter.

Sioux Falls went up 63-56 on Anthony Mason's free throws with 6:42 remaining in the third quarter. But the Mad Ants fought back, tying it at 68 on a Chris Porter dunk three minutes later.

Butch made a 3-pointer for the corner, got fouled, and made the free throw for a 80-79 lead with 9:11 remaining. And on the ensuing possession, another Butch 3-pointer put Fort Wayne up 83-81. Then, a Matt Bouldin 3-pointer made it 86-81 and another Butch 3-pointer made it 89-81.

By the time Mitchell had a thunderous dunk over a couple of Skyforce players with 1:19 remaining, for a 97-90 lead, the Mad Ants had the game in hand.

Note: Instead of their usual home yellow jerseys, the Mad Ants donned white to raise awareness for the Indiana Organ Procurement Organization.

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