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  • Brett Luke | The Journal Gazette Tony Mitchell of the Skyforce pulls up against Edmond Sumner of the Mad Ants during the second quarter at the Coliseum Friday night.

Friday, January 19, 2018 11:10 pm

Explaining Sumner's 2nd-half absence for Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Edmond Sumner only played 15 minutes in his debut tonight. And he had nine points, including a drive up the middle for a nice dunk.

What gives? He’s on a minutes restriction that limits him to 15 minutes per game, for now. And in case you’re wondering why all his minutes came early in the game – a 131-130 victory over Sioux Falls – it’s because the Mad Ants don’t want him to cool down too much.

So they decided to play him basically all in one batch; the cooling down of halftime wouldn’t do him any good.

“I thought he played well,” said Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey, whose team has won 5 of 7 heading into Monday’s game against Raptors 905 at Mississauga, Ontario. “It’s going to come to him. He’s worked his butt off over the summer and he just hasn’t played in a game. You could tell he was tired.”

Sumner, a rookie, tore his ACL almost a year ago while at Xavier. He is on a two-way contract between the Indiana Pacers and the Mad Ants. Also on a two-way deal is Ben Moore.

Alex Poythress was on a two-way earlier this season but was inked to a full deal.

There was a lot of buzz on social media tonight about Sumner’s return. The Pacers fans are really excited. It’s way too early to tell what his mobility is like and what his capabilities are, but he was in the starting lineup and he seemed pretty fearless out there, so that’s good.

jcohn@jg.net