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The Journal Gazette

Wednesday, December 06, 2017 10:50 pm

Poythress leads Ants to 10-2 record

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Alex Poythress’ third G League game of the season was his best so far, a 30-point, 13-rebound effort in a 116-104 victory over the Westchester Knicks that propelled Fort Wayne to a 10-2 record.

In front of an announced crowd of 1,059 at the Westchester County Center, Poythress, who has spent most of the season with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers, made 11 of 22 shots and 7 of 12 free throws Wednesday night.

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Teammate DeQuan Jones had 20 points, as the Mad Ants’ road record improved to 3-1 and they won for the 10th time in their last 11 games. The only loss in that span came to the Knicks, 107-94, at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.

Walt Lemon Jr. and Stephan Hicks had 18 points apiece on Wednesday, when Ben Moore added 14.

Things turned in Fort Wayne’s favor in the third quarter, when the Mad Ants opened with a 12-2 run, culminating with a Jones layup, to take a 67-57 lead. Hicks’ 3-pointer with 7:22 remaining in the fourth quarter put them up 95-80.

Westchester (9-4), which is 4-4 at home, was paced by Trey Burke’s 29 points on 11 of 22 shooting and Luke Kornet’s 19 points.

The Mad Ants’ victory came a day after center Ike Anigbogu was called up to the Pacers and despite Jarrod Uthoff and C.J. Fair combining for only 10 points and six rebounds.

jcohn@jg.net