Alize Johnson, who had 36 points, 14-rebounds and seven assists for the Mad Ants, is headed right back to the NBA’s Indiana Pacers.
On his energy, Johnson said: “That’s the reason I’m here, having that motor and being able to rebound. I bring energy to the game. I think that’s what we needed tonight and I’m glad everybody got involved.”
The Mad Ants got their first victory of the season, 121-113 over the Windy City Bulls.
(Video of Johnson’s game is above.)
For the Mad Ants (1-6), Walt Lemon Jr. had 28 points and eight assists.
“He just let the game come to him. He had a different mindset. He was playing with better pace and it’s just confidence,” coach Steve Gansey said. “Walt can do that when he wants to and he’s got to continue doing that for us.”
Lemon hadn’t always looked himself this season – he came in averaging 16 points and shooting 33% – but he made 11 of 17 shots today.
“For the most part, I needed to play as hard as I can at both ends, be more aggressive,” Lemon said. “I need to come out and set the tone. I’m a veteran, a leader of the team, so it’s my job to set the tone with my intensity at both ends. Whether it’s guarding their best player or diving for loose balls, whatever it may be, I’ve got to play with pace.”
Fort Wayne’s C.J. Wilcox had 24 points, including 8-of-11 shooting from beyond the arc, and he tied Omari Johnson and Corey Allmond for the single-game franchise 3-point record.
“Honestly, I’m just happy we got a win. It’s just a bonus that I tied a record,” Wilcox said. “We’ve been desperate for a win for a long time now, and a weight has kind of been lifted off the team. We should start playing better now.”
The Bulls (4-3) were paced by Max Strus’ 22 points and seven rebounds. Milton Doyle had 21 points. Fort Wayne-native V.J. Beachem was scoreless over 6:34.
Fort Wayne plays 7 p.m. Thursday at Westchester, New York.