Ants coach Duane Ticknor said he was disappointed that his team lost 116-107 to Rio Grande Valley on Sunday.
What he wasn't disappointed in was the Ants' effort.
Central Division-leading Rio Grande Valley got 41 points from former Los Angeles Lakers guard Andrew Goudelock to offset the 37 points from Ants forward Tony Mitchell.
The difference was in the bench, where the Vipers outscored the Mad Ants 46-18.
Ants newcomer Demetri McCamey, a 6-foot-3 guard who played at Illinois, had half of the team's bench points with nine.