Ron Howard had a team-high 28 points to lead the Fort Wayne Mad Ants to a 113-105 victory over the Maine Red Claws, snapping Maine’s seven-game winning streak in the process. Maine surrendered a 62-point first half on the way to their second loss of the season.
Celtic assignee Bill Walker had a game-high 32 points in the loss, while Bobcats’ assignee Alexis Ajinca’s double-double – 23 points and 10 rebounds – still were not enough.
Despite Maine’s first half defensive woes, the game was theirs to be had as they held a 95-90 lead with 5:54 to play in the game, only to see the Mad Ants close the game on a 25-10 run behind 15 fourth quarter points from Howard.
Shooting percentage proved to be a deciding factor as the Mad Ants shot 56.3% from the field and 47.6% from three, compared to a 46% field goal and 37% three point shooting from their opponent.
Fort Wayne finished with six players in double digits: Oliver Lafayette followed Howard with 20, Ryan Ayers had 15, Jared Reiner contributed 13 and 11 rebounds, and Dewitt Scott chipped in with 11.
The win improves Fort Wayne to 4-5 on the year, and the Red Claws drop to 7-2. The Red Claws are back in action a week from today at home against the Bakersfield Jam, and the Mad Ants will play Dakota on the same day at home.(Write-Up Courtesy Red Claws Communications)