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Mad Antics


Kramer returns in a big way

Chris Kramer returned from a knee injury Saturday that kept him out for eight games, and the Huntington native came back in a big way in the Mad Ants' 103-101 victory over Maine.

While it was his driving layup with 10 seconds remaining that tied the game at 101-all, it was his driving dunk early in the second quarter that proved he was, indeed, back.

Kramer, the two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year while at Purdue, stripped the ball from Maine's Champ Oguchi and raced in for a two-handed dunk. On the play, though, he was fouled from behind by Maine's Mario West, which resulted in a brief stare-down between the two.

It's that kind of tough attitude that has helped the Ants to a 10-5 record as they play Maine again today.

Fort Wayne recovered from a 10-point deficit with 4:19 remaining to come back and beat the Red Claws, punctuated by Walker Russell Jr.'s fade-away 14-footer with two-tenths of a second remaining.

The loss ended a modest two-game winning streak by Maine, which came into Saturday's game winning five of its last six.

See you at the half of this one.