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Mad Antics

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Hard to (Tha)beat

You've heard the expression, "Men against boys," right?

You could've seen it Sunday when the Dakota Wizards beat the Mad Ants 94-85.

Hasheem Thabeet, the 7-foot-3 center who was sent to Dakota from the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, was truly "the man" when he scored 19 points, had 16 rebounds, blocked six shots and altered/intimidated at least a half dozen others at Memorial Coliseum.

And to think this guy struggled in the NBA.

While the difference between NBA reserve guards and forwards and D-League starting guards and forwards is slender, the difference between NBA big fellas and D-League bigs was amplified because of Thabeet's performance.

Here's a guy who couldn't get off the bench in the NBA, but was dominating on Sunday.

If the Grizzlies sent Thabeet to the D-League to work on his game and boost his confidence, then mission accomplished - at least for one night in Fort Wayne.