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Mad Ants to face Erie, other news

The Mad Ants will face the Erie BayHawks in their second-round playoff game 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum in a matchup decided by the BayHawks’ 96-90 victory Saturday o ...

March 31, 2018 10:00 pm


Mad Ants playoff game now April 3

Zeke Upshaw, who collapsed on the court during the Grand Rapids Drives’ regular-season finale Saturday, died at 26 on Monday. The G League subsequently postponed its first- ...

March 26, 2018 7:00 pm


Expecting Mad Ants game to be pushed back

I have heard back from several people around the G League and it's sounding like the entire playoff schedule will be pushed back in the wake of Zeke Upshaw, a Grand Rapids player, ...

March 26, 2018 5:20 pm


G League player dies

Zeke Upshaw, the Grand Rapids Drive player who collapsed at the end of the Drive's regular-season finale Saturday, has died.

March 26, 2018 2:27 pm


Mad Ants were 1-2 against both potential opponents

Fans of the Mad Ants will want to keep track of the game 7 p.m. Tuesday between the Erie BayHawks and the Lakeland Magic because the winner will be Fort Wayne’s opponent in t ...

March 25, 2018 6:30 pm


Mad Ants close regular season with loss

The Mad Ants had already secured the Central Division title and a bye into the second round of the playoffs, and they rested their top two scorers, Walt Lemon Jr. and DeQuan Jones, ...

March 24, 2018 9:30 pm


Heartwarming presentation at Mad Ants game

Anyone who has been to a Mad Ants game has probably noticed the girl in a wheelchair, accompanied by her mother, who cheers along the sidelines and with the Madame Ants dance team. ...

March 23, 2018 8:50 pm


Bad G League playoff format great for Mad Ants

I will never understand why professional leagues do this, but the G League is not reseeding in its playoffs. If you’re a fan of the Mad Ants, the use of a bracketed format is ...

March 23, 2018 11:00 pm


Mad Ants clinch division title, 1st-round bye

The G League playoffs will be single-elimination until the finals and the Mad Ants did themselves a big favor by taking the first round out of the equation. Their 119-107 victory t ...

March 23, 2018 9:20 pm


How the Mad Ants can get rolling

The Mad Ants can clinch the division title, and the second seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs, with a victory tonight at Memorial Coliseum against the Windy City Bulls. That& ...

March 23, 2018 4:50 pm


Breaking down Mad Ants' playoff scenarios

The Mad Ants' mentality right now is simple: Just win out. But I can't think that way or I wouldn't be doing my job. So I will spell out the scenarios for you as the Mad Ants (28 ...

March 22, 2018 10:00 pm


Mad Ants need Jones, Lemon on same page

How on fire has DeQuan Jones been for the Mad Ants? With 42 points tonight – the fourth highest total in Mad Ants history – he is averaging a mere 28.5 points over his ...

March 20, 2018 1:30 am


Jones' 42 leads Mad Ants to playoffs

There was a time when making the playoffs was aspiration much more than expectation for the Mad Ants, but that was before they won a championship. Once that happens, really, no cha ...

March 19, 2018 9:20 pm


Mad Ants can clinch tonight

The Mad Ants can clinch a playoff spot with a victory tonight at 7 p.m. over the Wisconsin Herd at Memorial Coliseum.

March 19, 2018 2:58 pm


Mad Ants respond, clip BayHawks

Sometimes it’s the smallest thing that can turn a team’s fortunes. In the case of the Mad Ants, it was forcing a shot-clock violation after a timeout and trailing by si ...

March 17, 2018 9:50 pm