D-Fenders Come up One Point Short to Fort Wayne in Double Overtime
FORT WAYNE, IN - The Los Angeles D-Fenders (31-18) were defeated by the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (34-16) 129-128 in double overtime on Friday night at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
In the first quarter, the D-Fenders struggled to score and converted just four field goals on 16.7 percent from the floor. Their poor shooting led to an early 18-point deficit after the initial twelve minutes of play. Los Angeles would improve their shooting in the second frame, but their defense allowed the Mad Ants to shoot 60 percent from the floor and post an opponent season-high 43 points. Los Angeles' slow start in the first half led to a 32-point disadvantage after two quarters of play. In total, the D-Fenders shot 29.4 percent from the field and 11.8 percent from the free-throw line in the first half.
Los Angeles turned the table on Fort Wayne in the third period, holding the Mad Ants to only 12 points on 14.3 percent from the floor. Furthermore, the D-Fenders ended the quarter on a 12-2 run to pull within 17 points entering the final frame. Los Angeles continued to battle back in the final twelve minutes, using a 12-0 run to tie the game at 102 with just 2:30 remaining in the game. Terrence Williams would cap the spectacular second half run with a dunk with five seconds left in regulation to tie the game at 110 to force overtime.
In the first overtime, the D-Fenders took their first lead of the game since the 11:09 mark of the first quarter when Andre Ingram converted two free-throws to begin extra time. Los Angeles further extended their lead to five points at one juncture before holding a four-point lead with only 33 seconds to play. However, Fort Wayne responded with a basket and two free-throws in the final half minute of play to force a second overtime session.
In the second overtime, it was Fort Wayne that jumped out to the early four-point edge to begin the frame. Los Angeles battled back and took the lead with 21 seconds remaining when Terrence Williams connected on two free-throws. The D-Fenders would force a stop on the ensuing Mad Ant possession, but turn the ball over in the back-court which led to a Fort Wayne lay-up. Trailing by one-point with five seconds to play, Travis Hyman tipped in the rebound off a missed shot from Terrence Williams at the final horn. However, it was ruled to be after the clock expired, resulting in a loss for the D-Fenders.
The D-Fenders were led by James Southerland (28 points, five rebounds) and Terrence Williams (16 points, 11 rebounds, five assists). Shawne Williams (16 points, 12 rebounds), Josiah Turner (16 points, eight assists), Andre Ingram (15 points) and C.J. Williams (14 points, eight rebounds) also finished in double-digits for Los Angeles. In addition, Travis Hyman pitched in 12 rebounds off of the bench.
The Mad Ants were paced by Sadiel Rojas (27 points, 12 rebounds), Ron Howard (23 points, eight assists, six rebounds) and Tim Ohlbrecht (21 points, six rebounds). Also finishing in double-digits for Fort Wayne were, Matt Bouldin (13 points, six rebounds), Tony Mitchell (11 points) and Trey McKinney-Jones (10 points, 11 rebounds).
Overall, the D-Fenders overcame a 32-point halftime deficit by shooting 59.1 percent from the floor in the second half. However, Los Angeles only converted eight of their 33 three-point attempts in the game.
The D-Fenders will conclude the regular season tomorrow at 5:00pm against the Iowa Energy, at Wells Fargo Arena, in Des Moines, Iowa.
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