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Ants can't overcome first half

How do the Mad Ants come back from a 26-point deficit in the first half and win?

They don't.

A lackluster first half put the Ants (16-19) 26 points behind in the first half. Although they got within five points late in the game, they still lost, 112-104.

Afterward, coach Duane Ticknor unloaded in his postgame comments to the media.

"I don't even want to talk about the second half because it doesn't matter," Ticknor fumed. "All that means nothing because of the way we played in the first half."

And he was right.

The team played little defense and with little effort.

Erie shot out to a 30-20 first-quarter lead and outrebounded the Ants 16-7 in the period. And then Erie scored 31 more points in the second quarter.

Although the Ants rallied to get back in the game, Ticknor wanted no part of the second half.

"We just wasted a great half of basketball," he said. "We threw that in the garbage can – that half we played in the second half because we didn't come ready to play (Tuesday). Very disappointed of our effort."

The Ants, led by Ron Howard's 28 points and 25 from Tony Mitchell, return to Memorial Coliseum to play Springfield on Friday and Idaho on Saturday.