Well, that 'tweren't pretty.
The Mad Ants waited five days for another crack at the D-League's best team, the Iowa Energy, which escaped the Ants by three points in three overtimes Tuesday. This time the Energy escaped by, um, 19 in no overtimes.
Putting together their worst half of the season, the Ants trailed 32-13 after a quarter, 59-28 at halftime and were down as much as 34 in the first half while shooting just 25.7 percent (9 of 35). It turned the second half into an anticlimax, and left everyone nostalgic for the good old days of, well, five days ago.
A couple of notes:
* A big part of the Ants' problem tonight was that some of its biggest offensive weapons turned up missing in action. Leading scorer Ron Howard made just 2 of 9 shots and finished with 10 points; Rod Wilmont, instant offense off the bench, was just 1 of 9 and finished with two points.
* Too little, too late, Kyle McAlarney put on a show in the fourth quarter, scoring 18 points, making 6 of 8 shots and hitting 3 of 4 from the three-point line. Unfortunately it was only a footnote given the larger and more obvious context.
* Jared Reiner returned to action against the same team that left him with 15 stitches in his lip last week, but his 18 points and nine rebounds were cold comfort. So, too, was the fact that the guy who clocked him with the elbow, center Earl Barron, was suspended by the league for the act.
Iowa still pummeled the Ants on the glass, 50-36.