Well, that was ... less than stellar.
It's Reno 96, Mad Ants 91 from Memorial Coliseum tonight, in a slow leak of a game in which you could almost hear the air escaping from the home side. And if it was an ineffective second half that did them in, it began, really, in the last minute of the first half.
That's when the Ants let a 16-point lead dwindle to 10 thanks to three ugly defensive possessions that enabled the Bighorns' Marcus Landry to score two nearly unchallenged buckets and Donald Sloan to squeeze off a buzzer-beater as the horn sounded.
Fast forward to the second half, when the Ants scored just 36 points and didn't make a field goal after Derek Raivio's jumper crawled over the front rim with 3:36 to play. Key stat of the night: Reno outrebounded the Ants 53-40 and took a whopping 22 off the offensive glass. Second key stat of the night: The Ants made just 5 of 21 threes and shot 41 percent on the night.
Fort Wayne got decent games from Darnell Lazare (20 points, 8 boards), Wayne Chism (18 and 9), Marvin Phillips Jr. (12 and 10) and Chris Kramer (13, 5 assists, 7 rebounds). Raivio and Carlos English, meanwhile, combined for just 11 points and 8 assists at the point guard spot.
"We were moving Kramer a little bit to the point and trying to do different things," Ants coach Joey Meyer said. "We're not in rhythm yet. But that's no excuse."