This was not one of those night for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. It was one of those nights.
You know: One of those nights when you get outscored 16-0 at one stretch in the first quarter and get left for dead, losing 110-100 to Sioux Falls in a game the Ants never led.
A couple of observations before we close the books on the evening, mercifully:
- The Ants trailed by 18 at halftime and by 22 two minutes into the second half, but made a serious run at it the rest of the way, getting within five points three times in the fourth quarter. The catalyst for that was Joey Meyer's "small" lineup -- Ron Howard, Rod Wilmont, Oliver Lafayette and Ryan Ayers plus 6-foot-11 Sean Sonderleiter, the group that was on the floor when the Ants began their run, cutting the 22-point lead to nine by the end of the third quarter.
- Sioux Falls played without injured leading scorer Reggie Williams and his 26.4 scoring average. It was, Meyer said, a development that might have actually worked in the Skyforce's favor, oddly enough. "I was worried about because they didn't have their best player, and we beat them last night so now you think you're better than they are," Meyer said. "They come out with more energy because their best player isn't playing, and that was the result."