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Ants open season Nov. 23

The Mad Ants will begin their sixth season in the NBA Development League Nov. 23 when they face the Erie BayHawks at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

The Ants will play 50 regular season games, 24 of which will be at the Coliseum.

The team's first four games will be at home and the next four will be on the road, with the first trip coming Dec. 1 when it visits Iowa.

The longest home stretch will be a five-game period from Feb. 26 to March 10, and the longest road trip will be from Jan. 12 to 27, with seven games. That stretch will include the annual NBA D-League Showcase in Reno, Nev.

The league will be divided into three conferences this season, with Fort Wayne joining Canton, Erie, Maine and Springfield in the East Conference.

The Ants, who finished last in the East Conference last season with a 14-36 record, will have a new coach in Duane Ticknor.

Last season, assistant coach Steve Gansey replaced Joey Meyer, who was released 15 games into last season. Gansey will remain with the team as assistant.

Season ticket prices begin at $99. To order, call the Mad Ants at 469-4667.