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Ants win, Ants win

Well. That was more like it.

Two nights after getting housed by Erie in their home opener -- and new head coach Joey Meyer's Fort Wayne debut -- the Mad Ants looked like a different team Sunday in a 93-82 win. Or at least like the team Meyer thinks he's going to have.

Which is to say, a team that can shoot the ball, stop the ball at the other end with at least a reasonable amount of success, and rebound with bigger teams simply by being more aggressive around the glass.

A couple of observations:

* The Ants need more of what Rob Kurz brought tonight. A virtual no-show on Friday, when he didn't take a shot in 33 minutes, Kurz turned the tide for the Ants in the second half, scoring 14 of his 16 points. he also corralled 19 rebounds -- which gives him 27 in two games and is exactly what the Ants need, because other than Sean Sonderleiter (7 rebounds) and Anthony Kent (7), the Ants have no consistent presence underneath.

* Ron Howard scored a game-high 25 points by doing exactly what he needs to do -- drive the basketball and get to the line. He was 10-of-13 from the stripe tonight, the prime reasons the Ants were 22-of-26 as a team. He also scored 17 of his total in the prime time of the second half, another thing he needs to do.

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