FORT WAYNE – The euphoria of ending a 10-game losing streak on Friday didnt last long for the Mad Ants.
After defeating Dakota to end a losing streak that engulfed February, the Ants suffered a 117-91 NBA Development League loss to Los Angeles on Saturday at Memorial Coliseum.
It was the 15th loss for Fort Wayne in its last 18 games.
The Ants (11-27) fell behind 36-16 after the first period and 64-33 at halftime, marking the second time in eight games that the Ants trailed by more than 30 points at intermission.
After a 2-2 beginning – the only time during the game the score was tied – the D-Fenders (28-11) scored nine straight points to run out to an 11-2 lead.
When the Ants cut the gap to 14-11, Los Angeles broke away with a 16-2 run. And it only got worse.
A jump shot by Darnell Lazare with 4:13 left in the first half made it a 53-33 game, but from that moment, Fort Wayne went scoreless as Los Angeles finished the half with 11 straight points.
Cameron Jones and recently acquired forward Charles Garcia had 18 points each for the Ants, who also got 14 points and five assists from Devan Downey.
Seven Los Angeles players scored in double figures, led by Elijah Millsaps 20.
Los Angeles outrebounded the Ants 46-33 and had 28 assists compared to the Ants 15.
The Ants return to Memorial Coliseum on Thursday to face Maine, then play Sunday against Tulsa before concluding the homestand against Erie on March 15 and 18.