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Mad Ants at Canton

When: 7 p.m. today

Where: Canton, Ohio

Records: Mad Ants 11-12, Canton 14-10

Webcast:

www.fortwaynehoops.com

Mad Ants leaders: Luke Harangody (20.7 ppg), Harangody (13.7 rpg), Ron Howard (4.7 apg)

Canton leaders: Kyle Gibson (15.5 ppg), Michael Eric (8.0 rpg), Jorge Gutierrez (4.6 apg)

Key matchup: Howard, the team’s former leading scorer-turned point guard when Walker Russell Jr. was dealt to Reno, remains questionable with a knee injury suffered Friday in a loss at Bakersfield. Without Howard, Anthony Harris is carrying the point guard load. Harris had 12 assists in the Ants’ 113-106 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday. A cross-country trip on Sunday from L.A. to Canton could add to Harris’ wear and tear.

The skinny: Now that the euphoric eight-game winning streak ended Friday in Bakersfield, followed up by a loss to Los Angeles after the Ants held a 62-50 halftime lead, the question is how quickly the team can find its feet to prevent a slide backward. Like the Mad Ants, Canton has won eight of its last 10 games but is 2-2 over its last four. Tonight’s game also reunites JaJuan Johnson with his former team. Johnson, the former Purdue All-American, was traded to Canton, where he averages 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds.

stwarden@jg.net

– Steve Warden, The Journal Gazette

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