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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 24, 2018 9:30 pm

Mad Ants close regular season with loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants had already secured the Central Division title and a bye into the second round of the playoffs, and they rested their top two scorers, Walt Lemon Jr. and DeQuan Jones, yet they gave the Erie BayHawks some fits in Erie, Pennsylvania on Saturday night.

But the BayHawks emerged victorious 113-99 at Erie Insurance Arena to cement the Southeast Division championship in the regular-season finale. The BayHawks now become a potential second-round opponent of Fort Wayne, if they defeat the sixth and final seed from the Eastern Conference.

The Mad Ants await that winner for a game Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Memorial Coliseum.

Erie, which trailed 61-56 at halftime, took control of the game with a 26-14 third-quarter run in front of 5,278 fans.

The BayHawks were led by John Gillon’s 40 points on 14-of-27 shooting, including 6-of-11 3-point shooting, and had nine assists. Raphiael Putney had 32 points on 11-of-18 shooting, include 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range, and had seven rebounds.

Fort Wayne was paced by Trey McKinney Jones, who made 11 of 17 shots for 28 points, and Jamil Wilson, who had 25 points on 10-of-21 shooting.

Jarrod Uthoff had 19 points and 16 rebounds for the Mad Ants, who have clinched their division’s title and the second seed in the conference behind the Westchester Knicks on Friday with a 119-107 victory at the Coliseum over the Windy City Bulls.

Stephan Hicks and Edmond Sumner also didn’t play for the Mad Ants, where rookie Tra-Deon Hollins got the start at point guard and totaled six points, 12 assists and seven steals for Fort Wayne.