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Ants rise again

Reel in Dakota late for 96-90 win

So this is what a roll looks like.

Down 11 with 5:49 to play, scoreless for more than six minutes of the fourth quarter, the Mad Ants somehow jacked around and won again Sunday, whipping Dakota 96-90 by scorinjg 17 of the last 21 points of the game. It was their first back-to-back home sweep of the season and extended their winning streak to three games -- which, club officials suspect, might be a franchise record.

A couple of observations:

  • Sunday was Exhibit A for why the Ants picked up 6-foot-11 Jared Reiner. Reiner scored 22 points and took 19 rebounds and -- along with Rob Kurz, who scored 23 and pulled 13 boards -- gave the Ants a formidable presence inside that Dakota was unable to match.
"He had some numbers, didn't he?" Ants coach Joey Meyer said of Reincer. "And Rob Kurz had some numbers. I'm sitting there thinking my '4' and '5' are gonna go for 20 and 20, and we're losing. It just didn't seem right."

And in the end, of course, it wasn't right.

  • Four of the Ants five starters played heavy minutes: Reiner played more than 37, Kurz 40-plus, Howard 38-plus and point guard Oliver Lafayette, who had just four points but 10 assists, 42-plus. That was because Meyer didn't get a lot out of bench, and finally decided to dance with who brung him.

"I thought their defensive pressure did to my bench what defensive pressure did to my team early in the season," Meyer said. "So every time I called a timeout, I said I'm gonna let you (starters) play. Those guys were just in a rhythm. You just had confidence they were gonna pull it out."