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New player, same story

There'll be a new face on the Memorial Coliseum floor when the Mad Ants play Springfield on Thursday night.

Jason Straight is a 6-foot-2 guard the Ants claimed to help serve as a back-up point guard to Oliver Lafayette.

Straight became necessary when current guard Kyle McAlarney couldn't shake a nagging foot injury, and is doubtful to play Thursday.

McAlarney is just one of several Mad Ants who won't see the floor. Jared Reiner is still sidelined with a nagging back injury that is causing pains to shoot down his legs. He is reportedly going to see a specialist this weekend. And Anthony Kent is also listed as doubtful due to an abdomen strain.

So to fill in, the Ants got Straight, a former University of Wyoming standout who averaged 18 points for the Cowboys in his senior year.

Straight played 13 games earlier this season with Dakota and averaged 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game.

To make room on the official roster, the team waived Ron Howard, who is sidelined for the next 3-5 weeks with a fractured left hand. Howard will remain Ants property, however, and can be retrieved as soon as he is healthy.