FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, rang in 2015 with a win at home in a late fourth quarter thriller over the Oklahoma City Blue 100-99 Thursday night at Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum.
The Mad Ants, despite a slow start to the game, forced a close 47-50 deficit to close out the first half. After only posting 17 points in the first quarter, the Mad Ants were able to secure a 30 point second quarter to draw a 3 point margin at half. Leading the Mad Ants was Ramon Harris and Andre Emmett with 10 points and 2 rebounds each. CJ Fair grabbed 5 rebounds to follow close with 9 points. Semaj Christon lead all scores at half with 14 to contribute to the Blue’s 50 first half points.
Fort Wayne bounced back to take a late fourth quarter lead, but as the final minute dwindled down, the Blue hung with the Mad Ants to tie it up. With two clutch free throws from Fair, the Mad Ants were able to pull ahead and pull out the victory despite a late shot attempt ruled no good from the Blue. Harris led the Mad Ants with 22 points and 5 rebounds, while Emmett recorded 20 points and 7 rebounds of his own.
For the Blue, Christon would lead all scorers with 29 points and grab down 7 rebounds. Talib Zanna grabbed 16 rebounds for the Blue to add to his 12 points.
The Mad Ants will be back in action Saturday, January 3 when they host the Erie BayHawks for a 7:30 p.m.match-up. Fans can purchase Mad Ants tickets, which start at just $6, at the Memorial Coliseum Box Office, by visiting www.ticketmaster.com, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.