FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, took down the Grand Rapids Drive, 105-97, on Tuesday, February 16th at the Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum.
In the first quarter, the Mad Ants and the Drive remained locked in a dead heat, a close competition that consisted of nine ties and seven lead changes. By the quarter’s end, the score was set at a 23-23 tie. Grand Rapids began to pick up their momentum and as their shot accuracy began to increase so did their lead in the second quarter. CJ Fair fueled the Mad Ants on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball, recording a first half double-double good for a team-leading 11 points and ten rebounds. Despite Fair’s stat line, the Mad Ants went into the locker room trailing 57-48.
The Drive began to pull away early in the second half with a double figured lead, but the Mad Ants would begin to put together their comeback, eventually tying the game at 74-all with just less than three minutes remaining in the third quarter. Fair and John Lucas III kept things moving for the Mad Ants into the fourth quarter, leading them to take a late advantage over their visitors around the three-minute mark. That lead would grow and eventually turn into a 105-97 Mad Ants victory over the Drive. Lucas finished the night with a game-leading 26 points. Fair followed with 23 points and 17 rebounds and Walter Lemon Jr. rounded out the late offensive surge with 16 of his own.
For the Drive, Henry Sims finished with 20 points and 7 rebounds and Devin Ebanks followed with 17 points.
Fort Wayne moves to 15-16 on the season, while Grand Rapids falls to 15-15.
The Mad Ants will head out to the West Coast to play the Reno Bighorns on Friday, February 19th at 10:00 p.m. ET. They will follow that with a Sunday, February 21st contest at Los Angeles to play the D-Fenders at 8:00 p.m. ET.