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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Tra-deon Hollins pushes past Raptors 905's Kay Felder to get to the hoop during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Bishop Dwenger football players accept a banner during a presentation during the Mad Ants vs. 905 Raptors game at the Memorial Coliseum on Thursday celebrating their 2018 Class 4A football championship win against Evansville Central.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Alize Johnson dives with the ball during the first half against Raptors 905 at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Tra-deon Hollins throws the ball past Raptors 905's Khadeem Lattin during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Rob Gray runs the ball down the court during the second quarter against Raptors 905 at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Davon Reed looks for an opening past Raptors 905's Khadeem Lattin during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Elijah Stewart shoots the ball past Raptors 905's Jordan Loyd during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Alize Johnson pushes past Raptors 905's Chris Boucher to get to the hoop during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Davon Reed looks for an opening past Raptors 905's Khadeem Lattin during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants' Davon Reed pushes past Raptors 905's Chris Boucher to get to the hoop during the first half at the Coliseum on Thursday.

Thursday, November 29, 2018 9:30 pm

Mad Ants fall flat late in loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Alize Johnson led the Mad Ants’ scoring in the first half. But Raptors 905 contained him in the second half.

That may have been the difference as the Raptors defeated Fort Wayne 136-116 tonight at Memorial Coliseum.

Johnson finished with 20, with all of his points coming in the first half, and 11 rebounds.

He was 9 of 18 from the field.

For Fort Wayne (4-4), Rob Gray had a team-best 24 points. Stephan Hicks had 23 points and 13 rebounds.

For the Raptors (8-3), former Fort Wayne player Jordan Loyd had 33 points and Chris Boucher had 32

The Mad Ants made nine of their first 17 shots, culminating with a Hicks tip-in, to take an early 24-17 lead, at which point Johnson had eight points, five rebounds and two assists.

Gray swiped the ball from Roger Moute a Bidias and went the length of the court for a layup and a 33-25 lead, and Hicks drained a half-court shot to put Fort Wayne up 42-29 at the end of the first quarter.

By halftime, Johnson had made 9 of 13 shots for 20 points with eight rebounds and two assists.

Paced by 15 Boucher points, the Raptors took a 101-95 lead at the end of three quarters, though Davon Reed made a 3-pointer at the buzzer for Fort Wayne.

The Mad Ants lost guard Tra-Deon Hollins to a knee injury late in the third quarter. He had eight points, five assists and two steals.

A layup by the Raptors’ Myck Kabongo, a former Fort Wayne player, made it 113-101 with 7:40 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Notes: Before the game, the G League suspended the Raptors’ Uche Ofoegbu and Erie’s Terrence Jones each two games for an altercation in the Raptors’ 124-123 victory Wednesday at Erie, Pennsylvania. … The Mad Ants honored the Bishop Dwenger football team, which won the Class 4A state championship Friday.

jcohn@jg.net