So this one's in the books now -- a night late -- and it's Mad Ants 114, Springfield 108, a victory achieved as much in spite of some things as because of other things.
A couple of notes:
* The new guy, 6-11 Larry Sanders, provided exactly the hoped-for inside presence for the Ants, scoring 15 points with 14 rebounds. He also blocked two shots and made four steals. He also turned the ball over five times, a not-uncommon occurrence on a night when the Ants kicked it away 10 times in the first quarter alone, and gave up 31 points on 26 turnovers.
Afterward, Sanders said playing actual minutes -- he played slightly more than 34 -- will take some getting used to after riding the bench for the most part with the Milwaukee Bucks.
"I've had stretches where I played minutes in the (NBA), but I haven't really had a stretch where I got my rhythm going in a long time," said Sanders, who was assigned to Fort Wayne this week from Milwaukee. "I wouldn't really say I got it going tonight, but I would say I felt more comfortable as the game went along."
* If the Ants had issues with hanging onto the basketball, it was reversing the table in that area that proved to be key down the stretch. After being outscored 19-0 on turnovers in the first half, the Ants outscored Springfield 13-5 on turnovers in the fourth quarter and overtime.