News release from the Mad Ants:
Mad Ants Continue Strong Play at Home taking down the Bakersfield Jam 113-108
Home Record to a Perfect 4-0
(November 27, 2015) – The Mad Ants, sponsored by Lutheran Health Network, returned to their winning ways, taking down the Bakersfield Jam 113-108 Friday, November 27th at Allen Co. War Memorial Coliseum, improving their record on the season to 4-2, 4-0 at home.
Having just one time for a matchup between the two teams, both looked for an early advantage, but the first half turned into a toss-up for who remained in control. Bakersfield took the lead into the locker room at the half way point, 53-51 after the Mad Ants began making their comeback late in the half. Rakeem Christmas led all scorers with 13 first half points. CJ Fair followed his teammate with 8 points of his own.
Though down through the first eight minutes of the third quarter, the Mad Ants found a late one point lead and would take that advantage all the way to the final buzzer. A strong second half performance by Marcus Simmons helped push the offensive attack of the Mad Ants, Simmons finished the night with 16 points and eight rebounds. The help of the Mad Ants bench was key as Walter Lemon Jr. and Ramon Harris both checked in with 14 points; Lemon would also record the game leading assist numbers for the night. Christmas stood on top, leading the Mad Ants with 18 points and 8 rebounds.
For the Jam, CJ Wilcox led all scorers with 21 points, while Earl Clark followed with a double-double good for 20 points and 14 rebounds.
The Mad Ants remain at home for a Sunday, November 29th matchup with the Erie BayHawks at 5:00 p.m. ET. Fans can purchase their Mad Ants tickets anytime, which start at just $6, at the Memorial Coliseum Box Office, by visiting, or charge by phone at 1-800-745-3000.
About the Fort Wayne Mad Ants and the NBA Development League
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants, presented by Lutheran Health Network, are the NBA Development affiliate of the NBA Indiana Pacers. Established in 2007, the Mad Ants have marked their success in back-to-back Championship appearances, coming out on top in 2014 and returning to the Championship series in 2015. The 2014-2015 season also named the Mad Ants as the NBA Development League Development Champions, which recognizes the team that best embodies the NBA D-League’s goals of developing NBA-caliber basketball talent through call-ups and assignments. The NBA Development League is the NBA’s official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring 19 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2015-16 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. An all-time high 38 percent of all NBA players at the end of the 2014-15 season boasted NBA D-League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA D-League Cares programs. Fans can watch all NBA D-League games on fortwayne.gleague.nba.com.