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Sunday, February 24, 2019 12:20 am

Time running out for Mad Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

On the heels of a 100-99 loss to the Canton Charge, the Mad Ants have fallen into a tie for second place with Grand Rapids for second place in the Central Division.

They are trying to catch the Windy City Bulls (21-18).

The big problem is this: The Mad Ants (19-20) have only 11 games remaining in the regular season and only three of those are at Memorial Coliseum.

The first of those will be March 8 against the Lakeland Magic.

With five losses in their last six games, things aren’t looking particularly rosy for the Mad Ants heading into Tuesday’s 7 p.m. game at Canton, Ohio, against the Charge (15-23), which won on Jaron Blossomgame’s last-second tip-in tonight.

“We already know what we have to do,” said Omari Johnson, who along with Rob Gray had 28 points for the Mad Ants.

“We had a lot of live-ball turnovers that led to a lot of their fast-breaks. And then we had a lot of bad decisions toward the end. But we already know what we have to do. We’ve been in a lot of tight games.”

Johnson made 10 of 19 shots, including 8 of 15 from 3-point range, a night after he passed Moses Ehambe for second on the G League’s all-time list for made 3-pointers.

Johnson is at 546 from beyond the arc and trails Andre Ingram’s 761. Earlier this season, Johnson surpassed Blake Ahearn for third place at 523.

Johnson has had three straight games with 28 points – all on 10-of-19 shooting – and all have come in Mad Ants losses.

(Video highlights of Johnson's game are above.)

“Being up 24 points, that’s on me trying to put these guys in better situations to finish the game,” Fort Wayne coach Steve Gansey said. “Even if we won and they didn’t tip that out, I’m still putting it on me. I’ve got to do a better job of putting those guys in better situations to win."

jcohn@jg.net