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At last, Ants in playoffs

What would have been the odds that of the three teams - Indiana's Hoosiers, the Komets, and the Mad Ants, that the Ants would be the last one standing?

But on Friday in Sioux Falls, S.D., the Ants beat the Skyforce to clinch a playoff berth for the first time in the Ants' six-year history.

It finally puts an end to years of futility; of finishing last or near last in the D-League, and it took the fourth coach to get there in Duane Ticknor, who replaced Joey Meyer, who replaced Jaren Jackson, who replaced the team's first coach, Kent Davison.

From the beginning, Ticknor's coaching style has been firm, but positive. He demanded that the players play together, and not as individuals. But mostly, he insisted that they play hard. And if they didn't, he wasn't afraid to remind them that he'll find someone else who wants to play in the D-League.

Ticknor said there will be a conference call around 6 p.m. Sunday to determine the playoff opponents. The Ants have waited this long to get there; they can wait a day or two longer to see who their opponent is.

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