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Fourth quarter dooms Mad Ants

The Iowa Energy snapped the Mad Ants’ four-game winning streak with a huge fourth quarter Sunday in a 125-117 win in Des Moines, Iowa.

Iowa (21-11) outscored Fort Wayne (21-14) 52-32 in the fourth and 85-66 in the second half.

The Mad Ants led 51-40 at halftime after the Energy scored only 12 points in the second quarter. Fort Wayne outscored Iowa 34-33 in the third before giving up 52 points in the final period.

The Energy made 10 of 23 (44 percent) 3-pointers and 25 of 35 (71 percent) free throws.

They had seven players score in double figures, led by Curtis Stinson’s 20 points. Austin Freeman had 19 points, Augustus Gilchrist 16, Jackie Carmichael and Othyus Jeffers 15 each, and Patrick Christopher and Chris Allen 11 each.

Fort Wayne shot only 45 of 101 (45 percent) from the field and 9 of 28 (32 percent) on 3-pointers.

Ron Howard had 24 points and 10 assists to lead the Mad Ants. Tony Mitchell added 20 points.

Also, Sadiel Rojas and Matt Bouldin scored 14 points each, and Darnell Lazare added 13 points. Rojas added 10 rebounds.

Fort Wayne had not lost since a 96-82 defeat Feb. 9 at Canton, which leads the NBA D-League’s East Division by a game over the Ants.