The Journal Gazette
Sunday, February 23, 2020 5:30 pm

Mad Ants have lost 4 of 5

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants lost for the fourth time in their last five games, falling 124-113 to the Canton Charge.

Dean Wade led Canton (24-13) with 29 points.

Brian Bowen II had a career-best 24 points with seven rebounds for Fort Wayne (18-20), in front of an announced crowd of 3,350 today at Memorial Coliseum.

Stephan Hicks, who had 18 points, made 2 of 3 from 3-point range and surpassed Rod Wilmont for second place in Fort Wayne’s all-time list of made 3-pointers. He’s one back of Ramon Harris’ franchise record of 227.

The Mad Ants were without star guard Walt Lemon Jr., who missed a second straight game because of paternity leave, and Naz Mitrou-Long, who was rehabilitating his injured ankle with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.

The Mad Ants were down 18 at 103-85 with 5:58 remaining in the game. They whittled it to 109-101 on Travin Thibodeaux’s layup with 1:52 left, but couldn’t get closer.

The Mad Ants had recovered from 35 points down to beat Canton 124-118 in their previous meeting, Feb. 1, setting a G League comeback record along the way.

The Mad Ants are off until Tuesday’s 7:30 p.m. game in Mississauga, Ontario, against Raptors 905.

A 2-on-1 fastbreak, culminating with a Matt Mooney layup, put the Charge up 20-10 with 5:50 remaining in the first quarter. And Canton remained up at the end of the quarter, 35-29, paced by Sir’Dominic Pointer’s 10 points.

Hicks tied it at 35 with a free throw for the Mad Ants with 10:10 left in the second quarter and a Hicks 3-pointer made it 38-37 Fort Wayne.

The remainder of the half was back-and-forth and Canton led 60-56 at intermission, thanks to its 56.1% shooting, though Fort Wayne’s Bowen had a game-best 15 points at that point.

Canton’s Wade followed a hook shot with a free throw worth two points to make it 69-58 with 8:12 remaining in the third quarter. And teammate Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman’s free throw made it 79-64 with 4:36 left in the quarter.

The Charge, which got 10 points from Wade in the quarter, held an 84-77 lead at the end of three.

The Mad Ants cut their deficit to five points, but Canton’s lead was back up to 99-85 after Malik Newman’s 3-pointer with 7:51 remaining in the fourth quarter.

Harris played for the Mad Ants from 2011 to 2016 and was a career 36.6% shooter from 3-point range with Fort Wayne, Grand Rapids and Iowa. Hicks came into today shooting 34.7% from beyond the arc in five seasons with the Mad Ants.


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