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Mad Ants claim first win of the season

So much for that zero in the win column.

The Mad Ants came to Sunday winless in three starts in the infant NBA D-League season, and exited it with a mark in the "W" column after beating winless Erie (0-3) 97-90 in Memorial Coliseum.

Not that it came easy.

Although the Ants never trailed after taking an 11-10 lead at the 7:33 mark of the first period, Erie made it interesting. Down 75-62 after Will Frisby wheeled inside to plant a short hook 39 seconds into the fourth quarter, the Bayhawks scored 12 of the next 14 points to close to within 77-74 at the 7:43 mark, then drew even at 83-83 when Justin Brownlee threw in a running hook with 4:16 to play.

Enter Mr. Dependable, Ron Howard.

The Mad Ant veteran answered with a jumper and a pair of free throws. And, after back-to-back buckets by CJ Leslie and Andre Jones narrowed it to 89-88 with 1:40 to run, Howard drove hard to the iron and muscled in another layup to stave off the Bayhawks again.

A pair of Sadiel Rojas free throws with 23 seconds showing pushed it to 93-88, and the crisis was past.

Howard scored 23 points and Trey McKinney-Jones added 22 to lead the Ants, who outrebounded Erie 47-40, forced 20 turnovers and made 13 steals.