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  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants forward Jarrod Uthoff, right, posts up the Windy City Bulls' Antonion Blakeney at Memorial Coliseum, while referee Greg Dandridge, left, monitors the play Friday night.

Friday, January 05, 2018 10:10 pm

Pace the key for Mad Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The key for the Mad Ants in their 114-108 victory tonight over the Windy City Bulls was the pace with which they played. They again – finally – looked like the team that was hustling up and down the court at a frenetic pace as the Bulls lumbered their way and tried to keep up. 

Walt Lemon Jr., who epitomizes that speed, finished with 30 points for the Mad Ants. But in the decisive fourth quarter, he had 14 points and made 5 of 7 shots.

This was intended.

“The last couple days of practice, we’ve really been working on conditioning and running more. We really wanted to take that into this game,” Lemon said. “We had a couple days off and we wanted to make sure we were being aggressive at both ends and just pushing the tempo.”

Coach Steve Gansey said: “Guys have been really working the last three days in practice, after getting a little bit of time off for New Year’s. We’ve been continuing to work on our conditioning. I’d felt we’d lost it a little bit. And Windy City is a really tough team, and they’re a division opponent, and I’m really happy with the outcome.”

It should be noted not only how good Jarrod Uthoff looked with 29 points and eight rebounds, but also how well Ike Anigbogu played with four points, 11 rebounds and a game-best four shot blocks. 

jcohn@jg.net