FORT. WAYNE, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants (19-10) defeated Central Division leading Raptors 905 (22-9) 105-92 Tuesday night.
Neither team built a large lead in the first quarter. Fort Wayne clung to a small advantage for most of the quarter until Raptors 905 took their first lead of the game with two and a half minutes left in the quarter, courtesy of a Delon Wright dunk. The Mad Ants took the lead back quickly, as they ended the first leading 21-19.
Raptors 905’s Brady Heslip kept his team within striking distance in the second, scoring nine of his 15 first half points In the second frame. Fort Wayne extended its lead to nine going into halftime. They capitalized on the 905’s mistakes, scoring 15 points off eight turnovers in the first half. Niang led the team in scoring with nine points. Bentil contributed eight points to the cause coming off the bench.
The Mad Ants limited Raptors 905 from cutting into their deficit during the third quarter. Just as the lead was cut to six points, Fort Wayne went on a 10-1 run to help pad their lead. The Mad Ants spread the ball on offense, Travis Leslie scored nine points in the quarter, followed by Poythress scoring six, and Bentil scoring five.
Raptors 905 trailed by 13 at the start of the fourth. They tried to make a comeback attempt early in the quarter, going on an 8-0 run. Fort Wayne fought hard to increase their lead by drawing fouls and earning points at the free throw line. Fort Wayne’s lead was cut to six halfway through the fourth, but the Mad Ants held off the comeback attempt with help from back to back 3-pointers from Uthoff. Poythress put the exclamation point on a 105-92 win with another dunk.
Poythress led in scoring with 20 points, Leslie was not far behind finishing with 18 points and eight rebounds, Bentil and Uthoff tallied 15 points each off the bench. Stone recorded a double-double of 10 points and 10 assists.
Raptors 905 were led by Heslip who finished with 20 points, four buckets coming from behind the 3-point line. Edy Tavares contributed 12 points, and Antwaine Wiggins scored 11 points.