The Mad Ants lineup looked very different tonight – Peyton Siva and Tony Mitchell, just down from the Detroit Pistons, were on the floor –and the result was different, too.
The Mad Ants coughed up a 19-point lead and lost 107-102 to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers at Memorial Coliseum.
It snapped the Mad Ants' winning streak at five games.
Ron Howard and Siva both scored 24 points for Fort Wayne.
The Mad Ants are 6-6, but that doesn't include the season-opening game at Texas, which was lost by one point but was successfully protested by the Mad Ants. They were incorrectly assessed a technical foul for calling a timeout they didn't have, after being misinformed by the scorers.
The D-League announced Saturday that game will be made up Jan. 7 following the Showcase games in Reno, Nev. The game will resume with 0.9 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter and the score tied at 99. Fort Wayne will in-bound the ball in the back court, at the foul line extended. Players who were in the original game will retain their foul totals, but players added to the roster since Nov. 22 will be eligible to play with no fouls.
Rio Grande Valley improved to 12-2, led by Robert Covington's 27 points.
Notes: Sadiel Rojas, who lost his starting job to Mitchell, had a face shield on because he aggravated a previous nose injury. … According to D-League officials, the play in Thursday's 114-89 victory over Reno, during which Trey McKinney-Jones' streak of successful free throws was halted at 31, was legal. Because of the European rules used, players can tip balls out of the cylinder, just not through the hoop.