The Mad Ants’ franchise-worst start was extended to 0-5 with a 115-105 loss to the Windy City Bulls at Hoffman Estates, Illinois, on Wednesday night.
Two natives of the Chicago area, Walt Lemon Jr. and Jovan Mooring, were big for the Mad Ants: Lemon had 21 points and eight assists and Mooring had 18 points.
Teammate C.J. Wilcox had 19, but the Mad Ants were again felled by turnovers – 20 of them, five more than the Bulls.
The Mad Ants were down 83-69 after Ferrakohn Hall converted an alley-oop dunk with 5:20 remaining in the third quarter, but Fort Wayne fought its way to the lead. A Mooring layup followed by a Travin Thibodeaux jumper put the Mad Ants up 96-93 with 6:51 left in the fourth quarter.
The Bulls (4-1) then went on a 10-0 run, including back-to-back Milton Doyle 3-pointers, to retake control.
Windy City was paced by P.J. Dozier’s 25 points and 10 rebounds, Doyle’s 22 points and Adam Mokoka’s 20, in front of an announced crowd of 1,042 at the Sears Centre.
Bol Bol, a 7-foot-2 rookie, had 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2 shot blocks for the Bulls. Fort Wayne’s 7-3 Hasheem Thabeet had six points and four shot blocks.
Two natives of Fort Wayne played in the game: Windy City’s V.J. Beachem had two points over 23 minutes and the Mad Ants’ D.J. McCall was scoreless in 5 minutes.
The Mad Ants remained without Naz Mitrou-Long and Brian Bowen II, who are with the NBA’s Indiana Pacers. The Mad Ants next play 7 p.m. Friday against the Grand Rapids Drive in Grand Rapids, Michigan.