Wednesday, March 14, 2018 1:00 am
Grand Rapids 116 Mad Ants 112
OT loss adds to Ants' road woes
In a game that featured eight lead changes and 12 ties, the Grand Rapids Drive persevered in overtime, defeating the Mad Ants 116-112 in front of 3,300 fans at DeltaPlex Arena on Tuesday.
Grand Rapids' Derek Willis forced overtime with a 3-pointer and Kay Felder, who had a team-best 24 points, had two decisive jump shots in overtime. Reggie Hearn, a Snider graduate recently signed by the NBA's Detroit Pistons, cemented the victory with a pair of free throws and finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists.
Fort Wayne was led by DeQuan Jones' 21 points on 9-of-16 shooting and Alex Poythress had 20 points, eight rebounds and three assists in his return from the Indiana Pacers.
Edmond Sumner had 17 points and six assists for the Mad Ants (26-19), whose lead in the Central Division is down to two games over the Drive (24-21) with only five games left in the regular season.
The Mad Ants haven't been helped by their road play; they are 10-13, while they are 16-5 at Memorial Coliseum, where they play at 7 p.m. Friday against the Canton Charge.
Ben Moore had 14 points for the Mad Ants and Stephan Hicks added 11, but they faced Landry Nnoko and his 19 points, 18 rebounds and eight shot blocks, which was one short of a Drive record.