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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, March 31, 2018 10:00 pm

Mad Ants to face Erie, other news

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The Mad Ants will face the Erie BayHawks in their second-round playoff game 7 p.m. Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum in a matchup decided by the BayHawks’ 96-90 victory Saturday over the Lakeland Magic.

Also, the G League announced Mad Ants general manager Brian Levy finished second in voting for G League Executive of the Year behind Erie’s general manager, Malik Rose. League executives voted for the award.

“We are very proud of the achievements Brian and the coaching staff have accomplished this year, both on and off the court,” Mad Ants president Tim Bawmann said. “His leadership and work ethic to put a cohesive unit together in Fort Wayne are reasons why we advanced to the postseason again this season.”

At Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pennsylvania, John Gillon led the Southeast Division-champion BayHawks to victory Saturday with 20 points. Raphiael Putney had 19 points. Lakeland got 26 points from Troy Caupain.

The Mad Ants won only 1 of 3 games against the BayHawks, but that included the regular-season finale that was meaningless for Fort Wayne, which rested stars Walt Lemon Jr. and DeQuan Jones, and allowed Erie to win and get its division title.

Fort Wayne, which won the Central Division, got a bye through the single-elimination first round because it was the No. 2 seed behind Westchester, which will face Raptors 905 in the second round.

Note: Zeke Upshaw, the Grand Rapids player who died Monday following a collapse on the court March 24, had a “cardiac death” the Grand Rapids, Michigan, medical examiner told, adding he had a slightly enlarged heart not unusual for an athlete and that further study of Upshaw’s heart was warranted. Upshaw’s funeral was Saturday in Chicago.