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Mad Antics

  • Mad Ants grab 1st win of season
    Led by 28 points from Andre Emmett, the Mad Ants got their first victory over the season Saturday night, defeating the Erie Bayhawks 103-93 in front of 4,617 fans at Erie Insurance Arena.
  • Mad Ants tough start continues
    The Mad Ants’ defense of their D-League championship has gotten off to a rough start. A 99-87 loss Friday at Erie, Pennsylvania, dropped them to 0-3 on the season.
  • Porter out tonight at Erie
    Mad Ants captain Chris Porter is out of the lineup tonight at Erie, Pennsylvania, with an elbow injury. Titus Rubles will take his place on the active roster.

Mad Ants in D-League finals

The last time a Fort Wayne pro basketball team played a Sioux Falls team in Memorial Coliseum, the year was 1996, the league was the CBA and the Skyforce wound up closing out a league championship in front of an unhappy home crowd.

Consider that history once removed. Or simply removed.

For the second time in a week Saturday night, the Mad Ants refused to let an opponent back into a series, evicting the Skyforce from the D-League semifinals with a 126-118 victory. Led by 25 points from Ron Howard, 24 from Matt Bouldin, 21 from Tony Mitchell and 20 from Sadiel Rojas, the Ants blew out to a 20-5 lead, ran it to 29 at halftime and then withstood a Skyforce rally in the second half to close out the Skyforce in two straight.

The Ants never trailed in shooting 52.8 percent, outrebounding the Skyforce 46-35 and forcing 17 turnovers. Craig Smith led the Skyforce with 20 points.

Sioux Falls opened the second half with a 14-2 run and finished the third with a Henry Walker 3-pointer to cut the lead to 95-80 after three quarters. That margin eventually shrunk to nine on two occasions before Bouldin and Howard made back-to-back buckets -- Bouldin's off an inbounds steal -- to steady the ship.

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