FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, fell to the Sioux Falls Skyforce 109-88 at Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum behind a strong duo performance from Terran Petteway and Shayne Whittington.
Heading into the second to last home game of the 2015-16 season, the Mad Ants were playing host to a red hot Sioux Falls team, who are a posing a threat to the 2011-12 Los Angeles D-Fenders, the team currently holding the record for most wins in a season after finishing 38-12. The Mad Ants did what they could to force an early lead over their division foe in the opening quarter, but Sioux Falls battled back leading 21-17 after one. Petteway continued his dominant performance through the first half of play, recording 10 points to lead the Ants at the half, but it was the Skyforce who would take the dominant lead in the game, jumping out 49-34 at the midway point. CJ Fair followed Petteway with 7 points at the half.
The Skyforce came out of the half dominating play behind 53% shooting to give them an 86-58 advantage over Fort Wayne. Fair and Petteway pushed the Mad Ants on the offensive side, recording 15 and 14 third quarter points respectively. Defense was key through the fourth quarter for the Mad Ants, as they limited Sioux Falls to just ten points through over six minutes of play; however that would not be enough to stop the surging Skyforce as the Mad Ants would fall 109-88. Petteway in addition to Whittington led with 16 points each, with Whittington checking in for 6 rebounds. Fair followed both teammates with 15 points of his own.
Leading the way for the Skyforce, Keith Benson led all scorers with 21 points and Briante Weber followed with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
Fort Wayne falls to 18-28 on the season, while Sioux Falls moves to 37-8.
The Mad Ants will travel to Iowa to take on the Energy Thursday, March 24th and Saturday, March 26th, both games beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET.