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  • Rachel Von | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey, talking with player Jarrod Uthoff during a game last season, will return to the Fort Wayne bench this season.

Saturday, July 07, 2018 1:00 am

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Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey has agreed to a new contract, the team confirmed Friday. Terms were not revealed.

“I can't thank (Pacers officials) Kevin Pritchard, Chad Buchanan, Peter Dinwiddie and Brian Levy enough for allowing me to continue fostering success and enhancing player development within the Indiana Pacers organization,” Gansey said in a statement. “Fort Wayne has been great to me, and I am really excited to go back and lead the Mad Ants.”

The 2018-19 season will be Gansey's fourth season leading the Mad Ants. Gansey also served as interim head coach during the 2011-12 season. He has compiled a 79-71 record dating back to taking over in Fort Wayne in 2015.

The Mad Ants finished the 2017-18 season with the second division title in franchise history and the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference under Gansey's direction.

“We are extremely fortunate to retain Steve as our head coach,” Mad Ants general manager Brian Levy said. “He is a proven and effective coach, whose steady growth has been a pivotal reason behind the Mad Ants success during his tenure.”

Gansey is coaching the Pacers' summer league team in Las Vegas.

ROCKETS 92, PACERS 89: Trevon Duval scored 20 points and the rookie out of Duke also had three rebounds and two assists for Houston (1-0). Danuel House added 20 for the Rockets, and Isaiah Hartenstein finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Former UCLA point guard Aaron Holiday, the younger brother of NBA guards Jrue and Justin Holiday, had a game-high 23 points for Indiana (0-1).

CELTICS 95, 76ERS 89: Furkan Korkmaz led all scorers with 40 points in a losing effort for Philadelphia (0-1). Korkmaz was 10 for 18 from the field, 8 for 14 from 3-point range and 12 for 15 from the foul line. Guerschon Yabusele and Semi Ojeleye each scored 16 points for Boston (1-0).

PELICANS 90, RAPTORS 77: Trevon Bluiett scored a game-high 24 points to lead New Orleans (1-0). The 6-foot-5 guard out of Xavier, who went undrafted last month, was 6 for 8 from 3-point range and had six rebounds and two assists. Alfonzo McKinnie and Rawle Alkins each had 12 points for Toronto (0-1).

MAGIC 86, NETS 80: Troy Caupain scored 22 points, Jonathan Isaac had 20 points and seven rebounds, and Mohamed Bamba, the No. 6 pick in last month's draft, added 11 points and seven rebounds for Orlando. Isaiah Briscoe added 16 points for the Magic (1-0). Shawn Dawson scored 20 points and Tyler Davis, who went undrafted out of Texas A&M, had 13 points for Brooklyn (0-1).

HORNETS 88, THUNDER 87: Malik Monk scored 23 points for Charlotte (1-0), which won a game in which neither team ever led by more than eight points. Willy Hernangomez added 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Hornets. Rashawn Thomas scored 23 points, Dakari Johnson had 20 and Daniel Hamilton finished with 11 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists for the Thunder (0-1).

BUCKS 57, PISTONS 47: Christian Wood scored 15 for Milwaukee (1-0). Henry Ellenson had 16 for the Pistons (0-1), who shot 29 percent and were outrebounded 30-19.