The Mad Ants are going to begin the stretch run of their season tomorrow when they play Springfield at 7 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum. And they'll start it with some unexpected help.
Larry Sanders, a 6-foot-11 rookie center who has played 36 games with the Milwaukee Bucks this season, was sent down to the D-League and will be in the lineup Tuesday and Thursday for the Ants.
Sanders isn't known as an offensive force, but is a defensive presence.
Too often this season, the Ants have simply been out-sized underneath, which has led to layups or easy rebounds. With Sanders, that could slow down a little.
His best game with the Bucks this season was when he played 34 minutes, had 14 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks. But because his playing time has been decreasing, the Bucks thought it best to send him to Fort Wayne to get some additional experience.
Sanders should also help on the offensive end. Even though he isn't a scorer, he should allow Darnell Lazare to get away from the basket and play around the perimeter more. That should also loosen up the boards for the Ants.