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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, December 23, 2017 7:30 pm

Ants' woes continue in Canada

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants’ woes continued with a 98-94 loss to Raptors 905 in Mississauga, Ontario on Saturday.

For Fort Wayne (11-8), it was a sixth loss in its last seven games and dropped its road record to 3-5.

Stephan Hicks led Fort Wayne with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3-of-6 from 3-point range, but the Mad Ants never led by more than five in front of 2,235 fans at the Hershey Centre.

The Raptors (8-10), who are 6-4 at home, were paced by Alfonzo McKinnie’s 26 points – who made 9 of 17 shots – and Lorenzo Brown added 17 as his team led by as many as 17.

The Raptors’ 10-2 run, culminating with a McKinney 3-pointer, gave them a 65-48 lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter. The Mad Ants battled back, though, to tie it at 92 on a Hicks 3-pointer with 1:31 remaining.

Aaron Best immediately answered with a finger-roll, and the Raptors were able to cinch the victory.

The Mad Ants were without any NBA-contract players, since T.J. Leaf, Ike Anigbogu and Alex Poythress have all returned to the Indiana Pacers, and Walt Lemon Jr. had 16 points. Jarrod Uthoff added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Mad Ants, whose only victory during the slump was 127-124 over the Greensboro Swarm at Memorial Coliseum on Monday.

The Mad Ants play host to the Westchester Knicks at 7 p.m. this Tuesday.