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The Journal Gazette

Saturday, January 28, 2017 6:51 pm

Road swing ends in Mad Ants loss

Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette

Finally, the Mad Ants will get to play at home.

But they didn’t end their long string of road games the way they wanted, losing 124-115 on Saturday night to the rival Canton Charge in Canton, Ohio.

The Mad Ants went 3-4 in the road spell that began with a loss Jan. 8 at Portland, Maine, and they play host to the Erie BayHawks at 11 a.m. Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

In what was the first meeting of the season between the Mad Ants (17-10) and Charge (16-11), rivals in the Central Division, Trey McKinney Jones led Fort Wayne with 29 points on 12-of-19 shooting.

Julyan Stone added 19 points, four rebounds and four assists.

Canton, which was paced by Jonathan Holmes’ 27 points and Quinn Cook’s 24, is now one game back of the Mad Ants for second place in the Central Division.

The Charge has won three straight games.

The Mad Ants were outscored 36-22 to start the game and weren’t able to recover in front of 3,738 fans at the Canton Memorial Civic Center. Even though Fort Wayne shot 52 percent from the field, it was trumped by Canton’s 60-percent shooting.

Rookie Jordan Loyd had 16 points and nine assists for Fort Wayne, which got 15 points and seven rebounds from rookie Alex Poythress.

A day after trading Christian Watford and a 2017 third-round draft pick to division-leading Raptors 905 for Jarrod Uthoff, the newcomer had not yet joined the team.