Greetings from Reading, Pa., where I'm still off covering the Komets. And I've already heard from some people within the Mad Ants organization that if the Mad Ants don't win tonight, it's on me.
Mad Ants guard Ron Howard won the D-League’s Jason Collier Sportsmanship Award for the second straight year.
The Mad Ants have made a habit out of winning games like they did Thursday night in the opening game of the semifinals against Sioux Falls.
Mad Ants supersub Tony Mitchell scored the game-winner with 4.2 seconds left on an off-balance, contested bank shot over Sioux Falls All-Star DeAndre Liggins – one of the best defenders in the league – to the dismay of 2,701 fans.
Here is video of Tony Mitchell's game winning shot from Thursday's 113-111 victory over Sioux Falls in the opening game of the D-League playoff semifinals: Click here to see it .
Michael G. Brown - Special to The Journal Gazette
The Mad Ants opened the D-League semifinals with a 113-111 victory over Sioux Falls on Thursday night in Sioux Falls, S.D.
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Conner Henry, who has led the Mad Ants to unprecedented heights in his first season, was selected D-League Coach of the Year by his peers today.
Thanks to Tony Krausz, who has stepped in while I'm out in Reading, Pa., covering some hockey. He has some some great coverage of the Mad Ants, who begin their D-League semifinal series tonight in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Mad Ants coach Conner Henry talks about the keys to defeating Sioux Falls in the D-League semifinals.
Mad Ants center Tim Ohlbrecht talks about facing Sioux Falls in the D-League semifinals, how the Ants need to keep doing what they did in the quarterfinals to advance and predicts the outcome of the series.
Make sure you check out today's story on Matt Bouldin, who has been a big part of the Mad Ants' run to a regular-season championship and to the playoff semifinals, which begin Thursday at Sioux Falls, S.D. Click here to read it.
The D-League's Springfield Armor has been bought by the SSJ Group and will move to Grand Rapids, Mich., next season and be the new minor-league affiliate of the Detroit Pistons.
It was unlikely that Will Frisby would make the Mad Ants' roster this season. And then he wound up the star Sunday, when they clinched the first series win in franchise history.
The Mad Ants will face Sioux Falls in the best-of-three D-League semifinals, which  begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in South Dakota.
For a franchise that had never before closed out a playoff series, this was pretty much a doctoral thesis in how to close out a playoff series.
Will Frisby was the star tonight for the Mad Ants, scoring 17 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter of a 115-93 series-clinching victory against Reno. He made seven straight shots in the quarter, too. Check out the video highlights above.