With 3:05 remaining in what would be a 109-105 Mad Ants victory over Springfield on Christmas night, Chris Hunter, the Ants’ 6-foot-11 center, might have suffered a season-ending injury.
After assisting on a basket by Darnell Lazar, Hunter fell down across the Springfield free throw line and pounded his hand on the Memorial Coliseum floor with an injury that coach Joey Meyer and team physicians suggest could be a partial tear to Hunter’s Achilles tendon.
The loss is a blow to the Ants (8-4), who will play East Conference-leading Iowa tonight at 5 p.m. at the Coliseum.
Hunter, who had played 60 games with the Golden State Warriors last season, was nursing injuries earlier this season, but had returned to average 14 points and 6.5 rebounds for the Ants thus far.
Without Hunter, 6-11 Anthony Kent and 6-8 Marvin Phillips will have to take over inside.
We’ll try to have a more definitive answer on Hunter’s status by the time the Ants play Iowa on Sunday, but as Meyer said, it doesn’t look good.