News release from the Mad Ants:
Mad Ants Drop Overtime Thriller
(December 30, 2014) – The Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, fell just short at home in an overtime thriller, dropping the game to the Oklahoma City Blue 87-90 Tuesday night at Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum.
Despite a slow first quarter start, the Mad Ants were able to hold the Blue to only 12 in the second quarter to create a 40-32 lead in favor of Fort Wayne going into the half. Gary Talton led the Mad Ants at the half with 9 early points and 2 assists. Marcus Hall grabbed six rebounds off the bench to add to his 5 first half points. For the Blue, Reggie Williams lead off the bench with 8 points and 4 rebounds.
Fort Wayne remained dominant through much of the second half, creating leads of up to 18 late in the third quarter. However, it was the Blue who pushed back late in the fourth. With a key lay-up hit as time expired by Andre Emmett, the game was going into overtime. The Mad Ants were unable to hold their overtime lead as they would fall to the Blue by three as time expired. Emmett lead all scores with 23 and 8 rebounds. Dahntay Jones recorded 16 points with 6 assists and Talton banked 14 points of his own. Ramon Harris grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the team.
For the Blue, Mario Little led the team with 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Richard Solomon registered 14 points and 13 rebounds.
The Mad Ants will be back in action Thursday January 1st as they host Oklahoma City for a 7:00 pm tip-off with the Blue. 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.