Mad Ants fall to Grand Rapids
Grand Rapids rallied from a 10-point first-half deficit to defeat the Mad Ants for the second time this season,117-95, on Saturday at the DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Zach Lofton led all scorers with 18 points on 6-of-10 shooting off the bench for Grand Rapids (14-18). Rob Gray and Stephan Hicks tied for a team-high 15 points for Fort Wayne (16-15).
With his first basket in the third quarter, Hicks surpassed 2,000 points in his G League career. Hicks joins a group, featured by only Ron Howard and Walker Russell, as the only players in franchise history to reach the 2,000-point plateau in their Mad Ants career. Hicks is one of only 68 players in NBA G League history to surpass 2,000 career points.
Alize Johnson (12) and Ike Anigbogu (11 points, 11 rebounds) were the only other Mad Ants to finish the night in double figures. It was the third loss this season for the Mad Ants on the second night of a back-to-back sequence.
Isaiah Whitehead and Henry Ellenson each tallied 17 points for Grand Rapids. Todd Withers, Marcus Thornton and Dakarai Allen pitched in double-figure scoring efforts as well for the Drive, who saw its lead expand to as much as 25 in the second half.
The Mad Ants finish the brief road trip with a Monday matinée against Long Island at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.