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Russell-less Ants lose

While Walker Russell Jr. was losing in Auburn Hills, Mich., near Detroit, his former teammates were losing in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Russell was called up to the Detroit Pistons and played in their 98-81 loss to Memphis.

He played 20 minutes, hit 1 of 2 field goals, 1 of 2 free throws, scored 3 points, had 2 assists, a rebound and a steal.

Meanwhile, the Ants lost to Sioux Falls 106-102, even though they still had an NBA player on the floor.

Darington Hobson, who played three games with the Ants earlier this season, but was sent back up to the Milwaukee Bucks, was back in an Ants uniform on Friday and had 11 points.

Darnell Lazare and Jarrid Famous scored 19 points each for the Ants, who play Sioux Falls again Saturday.

The Ants took a beating on the offensive glass. Sioux Falls had 16 offensive rebounds, and Fort Wayne had 8.

New assistant coach Christian Laettner has his work cut out if he's been brought in to coach the bigs.