The Journal Gazette
Friday, February 14, 2020 1:00 am

Capital City 130 Mad Ants 125

Mad Ants fight back, but can't seal deal

Journal Gazette

Walt Lemon Jr. scored 26 points Thursday night, but the Mad Ants lost 130-125 to the Capital City Go-Go in front of 544 fans at the Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington, D.C.

C.J. Wilcox had 24 points for Fort Wayne, making 8 of 12 attempts from 3-point range. The Mad Ants (17-18) have lost back-to-back games for the first time since Jan. 11. Since then, they're 8-4.

With the NBA and G League All-Star break here, the Mad Ants won't play until Wednesday against the Greensboro Swarm in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Capital City (18-17) is 1 games back of Delaware for the sixth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Fort Wayne is 2 back with 15 games left.

Jalen Jones led the Go-Go with 22 points. Johnathan Williams had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Fort Wayne's Brian Bowen II, just back from the NBA's Indiana Pacers, had 18 points. Ben Moore added 16.

The Mad Ants took a 77-75 lead on Lemon's 3-pointer with 9:27 remaining in the third quarter, but the Go-Go began to take control with a 24-14 run to lead 99-91 at the end of three quarters. That lead grew to as many as 19 points, but the Mad Ants rallied.

A Lemon steal set up a Moore layup to cut the Capital City lead to 126-123 with 22.8 seconds left and Stephan Hicks made two free throws with 10.9 seconds left to make it 128-125.

But the rally ended there for Fort Wayne.

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