Well, that was better.
Remember the Mad Ants basketball team that sleepwalked through the first half Sunday and got sent off to dreamland before halftime?
That team wasn't around tonight. The team that was did exactly the same thing to winless Springfield, rolling out to a 36-19 lead after quarter, a 64-45 lead at the half and a 96-65 lead with 2:29 to play in the third quarter before cruising home to a 124-107 win. It was the Ants' best scoring night of the season by 17 points; seven players hit double figures and Rod Wilmont, Ron Howard and Rob Kurz went over 20..
But it didn't come without its blemishes.
Such as: Morris Almond lit them up for 39 points, 23 in the second half.
Also such as: Springfield's switch to a zone kicked off a 13-2 run to finish the third quarter and eventually narrowed the lead to 12 in the fourth quarter before the Ants steadied the boat.
"We stood around," was Ants coach Joey Meyer's explanation. "I thought we’d be good against zone because we’re one of the few teams that play zone and I thought, geez, we’d be pretty good against zone. And all of a sudden we started holding the ball and didn’t execute very well."
The good news in that?
"We’ve got a couple days to work with it," Meyer said.