Apparently momentum does keep for as long as a week.
Seven days after coming back from a double-digit deficit in the fourth quarter to win at Maine, the Mad Ants won again tonight, pummeling Dakota 108-91 with 55 percent shooting and 8 of 12 sniping from behind the arc. They outrebounded Dakota by 11 and never trailed after taking a 25-24 lead with 1:53 to play in the first quarter.
A few observations:
* The first back-to-back wins was a cause for celebration, but not much of one if coach Joey Meyer has anything to say about it. After all, he remembers the last time the Ants won on a Saturday night and had to come back to play the same team on Sunday.
That was Sioux Falls, which administered a thorough 110-100 beating.
"We got a little cocky and they got us," Meyer said.
* With Kyle McAlarney unavailable because of the flu, Oliver Lafayette played 35 minutes, scoring 16 points and dishing five assists. He was one of three Ants -- Rod Wilmont and Ron Howard were the others -- who had five or more assists.
"He's running the show pretty darn well," Meyer said. "We had nine assists on the first 12 baskets, so we're starting to share and space the floor. We shared the ball well early."
* The addition of Jared Reiner has given the Ants some extra kick around the glass. He had 11 points and six rebounds tonight, one of four Ants with at least five boards as Fort Wayne outrebounded Dakota 45-34. Rob Kurz led the way with a dozen rebounds to go with 20 points.