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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, July 16, 2017 8:30 pm

Former Mad Ants fall in TBT's 2nd round

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Fort Wayne Champs, a collection of former Mad Ants basketball players, got 23 points from Stephan Hicks but lost in the second round of the single-elimination, 64-team The Basketball Tournament on Sunday.

Always a Brave, a team of Bradley alumni, won 92-81 on its home court in Peoria, Illinois, despite getting outscored 46-41 by the Champs in the second half.

Formerly known as Ants Alumni, the Champs made it to the TBT semifinals in 2015 and lost in the first round last year.

With several players from the Mad Ants’ 2014 D-League championship team, the Champs were after the $2-million winner-take-all prize.

Jerome Randle and Marcellus Sommerville led Always a Brave with 21 points apiece. Walter Lemon Jr., a former Mad Ants guard, had 19 points.

The Champs got 19 points from Matt Bouldin, who led them with 25 points in Saturday’s first-round 93-86 victory over the Peoria AllStars.

Anthony Harris had 15 points Sunday and Will Frisby added 10 points for the Champs, who were seeded sixth in the Midwest Region but fell to the No. 3 seed.

Always a Brave shot 59.6 percent from the field, while the Champs were 44.3 percent. En route to a 51-35 halftime lead, Always a Brave made 9 of 17 shots from 3-point range and finished the game 12 of 27, ahead the Champs’ 3-point shooting of 9 for 23.

The next round is in Brooklyn, New York.