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The Journal Gazette

Friday, February 23, 2018 9:20 pm

Moore hits winner for hot Mad Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

Ben Moore’s layup with 4.1 seconds left in Canton, Ohio was the difference as the Mad Ants defeated the Canton Charge 112-110 on Friday.

Canton had a chance to win it, but Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with a second left, and Fort Wayne (23-15), which leads the Central Division, showed its resiliency once again.

It was the second game for the Mad Ants since they lost their leading scorer, Walt Lemon Jr., to a 10-day contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, and their captain, Trey McKinney Jones, to a 10-day deal with the Indiana Pacers.

The Mad Ants, who beat Wisconsin 128-110 on Wednesday in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, also played a second game without Edmond Sumner, who is on bereavement leave.

The Mad Ants, who were led by DeQuan Jones’ 27 points and 10 rebounds, have won seven of their last nine games.

Moore, a Pacers rookie, had 24 points and five rebounds, Jarrod Uthoff had 21 points and eight rebounds.

The Mad Ants had built a 30-25 lead before the Charge went on a 34-20 second-quarter run. Uthoff had 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half, but the Charge led 59-50 at Canton Memorial Civic Center.

A Jamil Wilson-led 9-0 run – he had a jump shot, a 3-pointer and another jump shot in succession – gave Fort Wayne an 86-77 lead in the third quarter. The Charge would battle back and it was tied at 100 with 4:12 left in the fourth after Canton’s Kevin Olekaibe’s reverse layup.

Tra-Deon Hollins, starting a second straight game, had 13 points, eight assists and five steals for the Mad Ants, who play host to Iowa at 5 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Coliseum. Wilson totaled 12 points.

Canton (15-24) was paced by Thornton’s 22 points. JaCorey Williams, Grant Jerrett and London Perrantes had 20 apiece.