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The Journal Gazette

Thursday, February 01, 2018 2:50 pm

Robinson eventually finds his shot, scores 10 points in first half

DYLAN SINN | The Journal Gazette

The first half featured impressive performances from the Mad Ants on both offense and defense. Glenn Robinson III struggled with his jump shot in his first game back, though, not making a basket outside the lane until midway through the second quarter.

At that point, however, the 2017 NBA Slam Dunk champion got going, scoring three baskets in the final minute of the half to help the Mad Ants pull away after a big early lead had shrunk to just three. He finished the half with 10 points on 4 of 10 from the field in his first game action of the 2017-18 season.

Fort Wayne's defense was solid all half, holding the Herd to just 39 percent shooting, including 27 percent in the first quarter when the Mad Ants built a lead that reached 16 points. That lead stands at 58-44 at halftime, with Jarrod Uthoff and Walter Lemon Jr. leading the way at 12 points apiece. Uthoff was particularly impressive in the second quarter, pouring in a couple of tough fadeaway jumpers and shooting 5 of 6 in the half. The Mad Ants as a team shot 52 percent, piling up 30 points in the paint.

Former Indiana Hoosier James Blackmon Jr. had a rough return in his second game of the season in Fort Wayne. He scored a couple of baskets in transition, but went just 2 for 6 from the field and posted a -22 plus/minus.

Joel Bolomboy led the Herd with 12 points, but took 11 shots to get them, another illustration of the Mad Ants' solid defense in the opening 24 minutes. 

One side note: the crowd is loaded with kids, as expected on School Out Day, and it has been incredibly loud all day. 

dsinn@jg.net