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Ants guard glad to be back

– Maybe he’s here for, uh, good.

Anthony Goods’ career with the Mad Ants has consisted of two games over two seasons – one game Thursday, when the Ants lost 114-104 to Maine at Memorial Coliseum, and another early in the 2010-11 season.

The 6-foot-3 guard from Stanford hopes he lasts longer in his current stint than he did previously.

“I’m excited to play here; excited to get back on the court,” said Goods, moments before his 17-point game Thursday. “I’m ready to finish the season out as strong as possible.”

The same could be said for his new team. The Ants (11-28), who have dropped 16 of their last 19 games, will face Tulsa (18-22) at 5 p.m. today.

Goods was one who got away, only to come back.

He played a grand total of four minutes in his only appearance during the 2010-11 season, and his only statistic was a turnover.

No points. No shots. No rebounds. And no longer in Fort Wayne.

“It kind of put a chip on my shoulder for the rest of the season,” Goods said of his being released. He also called it “devastating” at the time.

“I played like two minutes,” Goods said of his first game as an Ant. “I drove middle and passed it out one time, and that was about it. That was my only memory in the Coliseum.”

So Anthony Goods took his talents to the Dakota Wizards, where he started 34 games and averaged 18.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.2 assists and became one of the best guards in the NBA Development League.

He returned to Dakota for the early part of this season, then left to play in Italy, where he would still be if he would have gotten paid.

“That was a sore spot,” Goods said. “The country is obviously nice. The food was great and the basketball was good.

“It was just some financial issues.”

So now he’s back; the return of the prodigal Ant.

“When he was made available I did my best to get him, and we’re lucky enough to get him back in our uniform,” Mad Ants president Jeff Potter said.

stwarden@jg.net

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