Mike Moore | The Journal Gazette Westchester Knicks guard Kadeem Allen, left, tries to catch Mad Ants guard Rob Gray as he drives down the court in the second quarter at Memorial Coliseum on Thursday.
Thursday, December 13, 2018 9:30 pm
Mad Ants can't contain Knicks
JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette
The Mad Ants’ inability to string together victories continues.
They lost 131-105 to the Westchester Knicks tonight in front of an announced crowd of 1,597 at Memorial Coliseum, where the visiting team had superior shooting almost the entire game.
Fort Wayne (6-7), which came in to the night off a 108-101 overtime victory over the Grand Rapids Drive, hasn’t won back-to-back games since it was 3-1.
Westchester (13-5) was paced by John Jenkins’ 26 points. The Knicks shot 62.1 percent from the field, compared to 41.2 percent for Fort Wayne.
Edmond Sumner, who is averaging 24.6 points, 3.8 assists, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 steals in five games this season for the Mad Ants, had been expected to return to the lineup after an extended stint with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers in the wake of Victor Oladipo’s injury. However, Sumner had a hamstring injury and was on the Fort Wayne bench.
The Mad Ants did have another second-year Pacers player, Ike Anigbogu, who got off to a good start by making 4 of 6 shots for 10 points in the first quarter as Fort Wayne and Westchester both scored 32.
It was downhill from there for the Mad Ants, though Anigbogu finished with a team-best 20 points and six rebounds.
The Knicks opened the second quarter with a 22-8 run, culminating with a Billy Garrett 3-pointer, to take a 54-30 lead. And that lead was still substantial at halftime – 68-59 – thanks to superior shooting, 57.7 percent to 44.7 percent for the Mad Ants.
Westchester’s Stephen Zimmerman was left unattended for a baseline drive and a dunk with 7:14 left in the third quarter to put the Knicks ahead 85-68, at which point the Knicks were shooting 61 percent.
Omari Johnson had 19 points for the Mad Ants. Stephan Hicks added 13.