Sunday, December 24, 2017 1:00 am
Raptors 98 Mad Ants 94
Hicks sinks late 3 to tie it, but Mad Ants' rally fades
The Mad Ants' woes continued with a 98-94 loss to Raptors 905 in Mississauga, Ontario, on Saturday.
For Fort Wayne (11-8), it was a sixth loss in its last seven games and dropped its road record to 3-5.
Stephan Hicks led Fort Wayne with 19 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including 3 of 6 on 3-pointers, but the Mad Ants never led by more than five in front of 2,235 fans at the Hershey Centre.
The Raptors (8-10), who are 6-4 at home, were paced by Alfonzo McKinnie's 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting. Lorenzo Brown added 17 as his team led by as many as 17.
A 10-2 run, culminating with a McKinney 3-pointer, gave the Raptors a 65-48 lead with 3:40 left in the third quarter. The Mad Ants battled back, though, to tie it at 92 on a Hicks 3-pointer with 1:31 remaining.
Aaron Best immediately answered with a finger-roll, and the Raptors were able to cinch the victory.
The Mad Ants were without any NBA-contract players, since T.J. Leaf, Ike Anigbogu and Alex Poythress have all returned to the Indiana Pacers. Walt Lemon Jr. had 16 points for the Mad Ants. Jarrod Uthoff added 14 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The Mad Ants' only victory during the slump was 127-124 over the Greensboro Swarm at Memorial Coliseum on Monday.
The Mad Ants play host to Westchester at 7 p.m. Tuesday.