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The Journal Gazette

Monday, April 10, 2017 10:40 pm

Mad Ants rally, force decisive Game 3

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants trailed almost the entire night, but they weren’t ready for their season to end. They didn’t get their first lead outside the first quarter until Trey McKinney Jones hit two free throws with 18.4 seconds left to make it 111-110.

And the score didn’t budge from there.

Abdel Nader missed a shot for Maine with 12.8 seconds left. After the ball appeared to be knocked out of bounds by Maine, the Red Claws maintained possession despite a review by the officials.

After the inbounds pass, former Notre Dame star Demetrius Jackson had a chance to win it, driving from the top of the key to the baseline against Trey McKinney Jones, but his shot missed and the series was tied at 1.

(Video highlights are above.)

They will meet Wednesday in Portland, Maine, where there was a crowd of 1,863 tonight.

The winner of Game 3 will face top-seeded Raptors 905.

The Mad Ants, who recovered from a 15-point deficit, were paced by Tyler Hansbrough’s 27 points and 15 rebounds. He made 8 of 11 shots and was 11 of 12 from the free-throw line. McKinney Jones had 23 points.

Travis Leslie had 18 points for the Mad Ants, who had one more victory in the regular season than Maine but didn’t get home-court advantage because the Red Claws won their division.

Fort Wayne’s Chris Fowler left the game with an injury in the first half. According to the Red Claws’ broadcast on Facebook Live, he disclocated his elbow.

Georges Niang had 16 points for Fort Wayne.

Maine’s Jordan Mickey had 27 points and 13 rebounds. He fouled out, however, to put McKinney Jones on the line for the go-ahead points.

Nader had 19 points, Jalen Jones had 18, Guerschon Yabusele had 18 and Jackson added 15, after he had a game-best 30 in the Red Claws’ Game 1 victory at Memorial Coliseum.

jcohn@jg.net