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Energy saps Ants -- again

In Vegas, they call it rolling a perfect seven.

In Fort Wayne, they just call it frustrating.

In the seventh and final meeting between the Mad Ants and the league-leading Iowa Energy on Sunday, the Energy won for the -- yep -- seventh time, 120-110. It was a one-point game with five minutes to play, but the Energy outscored the Ants 18-9 the rest of the way for the win.

Some notes and other scraps:

  • The Ants placed Kyle McAlarney on injured waivers to make room for the return of Jared Reiner, who 7 1/2 minutes, missed all three of his shots and had two rebounds against a small, quick Energy lineup that wasn't really the ideal matchup. "They're so athletic and they go so small it was hard for me to play a lot of our bigs because they're quick," Ants coach Joey Meyer said. "I also didn't know if Jared was 100 percent yet, so I just kind of threw him in there. I thought he was a little off-timing yet."
  • Ten Ants saw playing time as Meyer tried to keep fresh legs on the floor. But other than Sean Sonderleiter, who had 14 points, five rebounds and a blocked shot, Meyer didn't get a lot from his bench. Rod Wilmont scored seven points and had three assists in 28 minutes. Jason Straight, Reiner and Jamelle Cornley had a combined four points, four rebounds and two assists in not quite 22 minutes of combined playing time.
  • One bright spot: The Ants outrebounded the Energy 45-42 and had 16 offensive rebounds. One other bright spot: They had more assists (21) than turnovers (15).
  • One less-than-bright spot: After the first quarter, the Ants shot 24 of 57 from the field, or 42.1 percent. After the first quarter, Iowa made 36 of 59 shots, a 61 percent clip.