It was a quiet 20-minute bus ride back to the hotel.
The Mad Ants suffered their sixth straight loss on Friday, losing to Erie 109-97.
Normally, when the team loses, I take off to my computer, write my story, and won't see the players until the next game or practice or whatever. But this time I kind of ... sorry, Bill Clinton ... felt their pain.
As I write this, and it's a little before 11 p.m., Ants coach Joey Meyer is in his room three doors down, watching the video disc of the game, trying to find an answer.
Just as impressive as Walker Russell Jr. was, with his 29 points, fellow guard Oliver Lafayette was equally as bad.
Lafayette shot 2 of 15 from the floor, had five turnovers and seven fouls - a far cry from the kind of player he was last year when he was called up to the NBA Boston Celtics.
I might be wrong on this, but the team seems to rely too much on the three-point shot.
Rod Wilmont has reverted back to his old self of shooting the three before looking to drive. The example came against Erie, when eight of his nine attempts were three-pointers.
There will be no shoot around Saturday morning. Meyer said he'll have the team look at the game disc, try to shore up some defensive problems, and try it again that night.
It's going to be a long ride back regardless, but another loss would be the seventh in a row, and it would make the return trip even more difficult.
I'll check in Saturday morning.