Stephan Hicks converted 3 of 4 attempts from 3-point range to become the Mad Ants’ all-time leader in shots made from beyond the arc.
The good news ended there for the Mad Ants, who lost 113-96 to Raptors 905 on Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 2,569 fans at the Paramount Fine Foods Centre in Mississauga, Ontario.
Fort Wayne was paced by Alize Johnson’s 22 points and 14 rebounds, a day after he was sent down by the Indiana Pacers, who called Brian Bowen II from the Mad Ants. Fort Wayne was also without Walt Lemon Jr. (paternity leave) and Naz Mitrou-Long (ankle).
C.J. Wilcox had 18 points. Ben Moore added 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Mad Ants (18-21), who have lost five of their last six games.
Hicks totaled 15 points. He now has made 229 shots from 3-point range, two more than previous record holder, Ramon Harris. Hicks is also the franchise leader in rebounds and offensive rebounds.
The Mad Ants took a 35-29 lead on Hicks’ 3-pointer with 9:36 remaining in the second quarter – the shot that gave him the record – but the Raptors then went on a 20-12 run.
The Raptors (18-20) took an 87-68 lead at the end of three quarters on an E.C. Matthews free throw.
A Hicks 3-pointer cut the Raptors’ lead to 96-89 with 4:49 left in the fourth quarter, but the Raptors finished strong.
Henry Ellenson had 30 points for the Raptors. Paul Watson added 23 and Tyler Ennis had 21.