If you want to watch the exciting finish to the Mad Ants' 112-110 victory over the Greensboro Swarm, I have posted the condensed version of tonight's game above.
After Walt Lemon Jr. slithered his way through the lane for a layup, Ben Moore went skyward and tipped in the missed shot with 2.2 seconds remaining to cement the victory.
“(Coach Steve Gansey) drew up a great play,” Moore said. “I caught it in the middle, handed it off to Walt. I knew he was going to get one up, probably going downhill, so I knew to just follow it up."
Moore totaled 14 points and 15 rebounds. He had 10 offensive rebounds, four short of Rob Kurz’s team record from Jan. 16, 2010.
It gave Fort Wayne (12-14) three straight victories, and nine victories in the last 13 games, and it extended G League-worst Greensboro’s losing streak to 13 games.
Greensboro (4-21), which led by five with 1:47 remaining in the game, had a chance to win after Moore’s tip-in, but Caleb Martin’s desperation 3-point attempt clanked off the rim in front of an announced crowd of 2,405 at Memorial Coliseum.
“It was the third game of a long week. We knew we had to grind it out,” Moore said. “We were a little fatigued traveling back yesterday (from Long Island, New York), and I think the biggest emphasis was that defense travels everywhere. Offense doesn’t necessarily travel, so we had to guard these guys and it’s important that we did.”
Lemon had 25 points, six assists and six rebounds for the Mad Ants, who are off until the Jan. 25 game at the South Bay Lakers.
The NBA’s Indiana Pacers sent Edmond Sumner and Alize Johnson to the Mad Ants for the game. Sumner had 22 points in his second G League game of the season. Johnson had 12 points and 13 rebounds, giving him seven double-doubles and one triple-double in eight games with the Mad Ants this season.
Fort Wayne is slated to practice in Indianapolis three days next week and the Pacers’ Victor Oladipo should be at two of the practices as he works his way back from a quad injury.