Reeling Mad Ants drop another in Ohio
The Mad Ants’ late-season swoon continued Tuesday as they dropped the second of two consecutive games to Canton, this one 122-115 at the Canton Memorial Civic Center in Canton, Ohio.
Fort Wayne (19-21) has now lost six of its last seven, and not even the return of guard Edmond Sumner from the Pacers could reverse the trend.
Adding to the Mad Ants’ woes has been a lineup that has undergone multiple changes, including: waiving Tra-Deon Hollins; losing Je’lon Hornbeak, who has served his five-game G League suspension for violating the anti-drug policy; signing Jovan Mooring; and multiple moves by the Indiana Pacers, who recalled Alize Johnson on Monday.
Sumner finished one point off his career high with 34 to go along with seven assists and four rebounds. Stephan Hicks had 22 points and 12 rebounds, his ninth double-double of the season. Pacers two-way guard Davon Reed added 17 points, eight rebounds and three assists. Travin Thibodeaux added 12 points off the bench.
The Mad Ants, who lost a buzzer beater Saturday to Canton at Memorial Coliseum, jumped out to a 12-point lead as Sumner scored 21 in the first half. Fort Wayne led by eight at halftime.
Canton (16-23) outscored Fort Wayne 33-22 in the third quarter, despite shooting just over 40 percent from the floor. Jaron Blossomgame led the Charge with 12 of his team-high 29 points in the third quarter to take the lead back.
In the fourth quarter, Fort Wayne chipped away at the Canton lead and trailed 109-105 with 3:29 remaining, but Canton knocked down three of its final four shots to seal the victory.
The Mad Ants travel to Wisconsin on Friday night.