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The Journal Gazette

Tuesday, March 13, 2018 3:30 pm

Mad Ants fall in OT at Grand Rapids

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

There were eight lead changes, 12 ties and no lead greater than eight points. It took overtime before anyone emerged victorious, and that was the Grand Rapids Drive, 116-112 over the Mad Ants in front of 3,300 fans at the DeltaPlex Arena.

Grand Rapids’ Derek Willis forced overtime with a 3-pointer and Kay Felder, who had a team-best 24 points, had two decisive jump shots in overtime. Reggie Hearn, a Snider graduate recently signed by the NBA’s Detroit Pistons, cemented the victory with a pair of free throws and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.

Fort Wayne was led by DeQuan Jones’ 21 points – he made 9 of 16 shots – and Alex Poythress had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in his return from the Indiana Pacers.

Edmond Sumner had 17 points and six assists for the Mad Ants (26-19), whose lead in the Central Division is down to two games over the Drive (24-21) with only five games left in the regular season.

The Mad Ants haven’t been helped by their road play; they are 10-13, while they are 16-5 at Memorial Coliseum, where they play 7 p.m. Friday against the Canton Charge.

Ben Moore had 14 points for the Mad Ants and Stephan Hicks added 11, but they faced Landry Nnoko and his 19 points, 18 rebounds and eight shot blocks, which was one short of a franchise record.

jcohn@jg.net