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Saturday, November 18, 2017 11:20 pm

Blackmon 'learning a lot' in pros

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

James Blackmon Jr., the former Bishop Luers and Indiana University star, had 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting for the Delaware 87ers tonight.

But they remained winless in a 127-115 loss to the Mad Ants, who are 4-1 and on a four-game winning streak.

“It’s been going tough,” Blackmon said. “We had a couple losses like tonight that we could have got. The first couple games, I wasn’t feeling like myself but I’m starting to get back in the groove and feeling like myself. It’s getting better.”

Blackmon, a guard, is averaging 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 22.1 minutes, after he averaged 17 points, 4.8 rebounds and 30.5 minutes last season at IU.

“It’s great to have family, so many people cheering for you and watching you doing what you love, so it’s a great feeling to be back here,” he said, adding his pleased with the way his game has been developing lately. “I’m learning a lot, playing with the 76ers and being here, being a pro. On and off the court, I’m learning a lot. Definitely, we played a core group of guys tonight and we could have got the job done. Unfortunately, we came up a little short.”

It was another terrific game for the Mad Ants’ Walt Lemon Jr., who equaled his season high with 34 points. Stephan Hicks added 20 points. Jarrod Uthoff and Ben Moore had 19 apiece in a game that saw Fort Wayne make 54.5 percent of its shots and Delaware convert 53.1 percent, led by 23 points apiece from Jacob Pullen and Christian Wood.

As for Ike Anigbogu, who played his first G League game since being sent down by the Indiana Pacers, coach Steve Gansey was mostly pleased with the rookie’s performance of 13 points and seven rebounds.

“He was good. He’s going to be better the next game. There are still some things he needs to improve on but he’s a rookie,” Gansey said. “We’ll watch film with him and he’ll just continue to improve. I like his (6-foot-10) size and we’re going to need him against Canton on Monday against (NBA-veteran) Kendrick Perkins.”

Anigbogu is on a minute restriction – 25 minutes – because he’s recovering from knee surgery.

jcohn@jg.net