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Mitchell leading Mad Ants

They're up in Game 2; atmosphere's great

Late in the first half at Memorial Coliseum, the Mad Ants lead Santa Cruz 56-46 in the D-League Finals.

Fort Wayne has a 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series and can wrap up their first championship tonight.

Tony Mitchell leads Fort Wayne with 22 points.

The Mad Ants opened the game with a touch of nerves and a lot of missed shots. They missed five of their first 17 shots and fell behind 20-11 lead with 4:20 remaining in the first quarter, when Seth Curry hit a 3-pointer and drew a foul.

The Mad Ants stormed, thanks to dunks from Tim Ohlbrecht, Trey McKinney-Jones and Mitchell, who tied it at 20 with a 3-pointer from the corner with 2:00 remaining in the quarter. After a Santa Cruz timeout, Mitchell hit another 3-pointer to extend the run to 12-0.

The Mad Ants continued to roll and built a 42-29 lead with 8:21 left in the second quarter, thanks to a Matt Bouldin 3-pointer, set up by Sadiel Rojas, who flew five rows into the stands to save the ball.

A monstrous Mitchell dunk with 4:25 left made it 50-38, giving Mitchell 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting to that point, all coming off the bench.

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