Rookies help Ants topple Windy City
Rookie Rob Gray made 8 of 18 shots for a team-best 21 points to lead the Mad Ants to a 105-100 victory over the Windy City Bulls on Sunday in front of 915 fans at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
Gray’s floating shot with 30 seconds remaining put the Mad Ants (4-3) up for good at 100-98 in a game that saw 21 lead changes.
For the second time in his brief Mad Ants career, Alize Johnson went over the 20-rebound mark, but again he fell just short of matching Rob Kurz’s franchise record for rebounds. Johnson, a rookie second-round draft pick of the Pacers, had 14 points and 21 rebounds, three shy of Kurz’s franchise record set in 2010. Johnson totaled 20 rebounds Nov. 10 at Memorial Coliseum in a 133-105 victory over the Maine Red Claws.
Fort Wayne totaled 51 rebounds, 16 more than Windy City (4-7).
Stephan Hicks had 19 points and eight rebounds. Omari Johnson and Davon Reed had 17 points apiece. Reed had 10 rebounds and Tra-Deon Hollins had six points, nine assists and four steals for the Mad Ants.
The Mad Ants were without Edmond Sumner and Ike Anigbogu, both up with the parent Indiana Pacers.