Mad Ants Hold on at Home against Rio Grande Valley
Fort Wayne, Ind. - The Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Rio Grande Valley Vipers, 113-111, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Monday night.
Despite leading by 12 in the first quarter, Fort Wayne (2-8) had to hold on to the lead in the fourth quarter, which was shrunk to one with 1:21 remaining in the game. Rio Grande Valley (2-9) went 0-for-3 from the court in the final 81 seconds, on top of missing two free throws with just under nine seconds remaining in the game.
The Mad Ants were fueled by both Indiana Pacers two-way players for the second win of the young season. Naz Mitrou-Long followed up his triple-double on Friday night with 27 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Brian Bowen II added another double-double with 20 points and a career-high 12 rebounds.
C.J. Wilcox came out on fire from the beyond the arc ending the first half with six made 3-point field goal attempts. Wilcox ended the night with 22 points and three assists.
JaKeenan Gant came off the bench after missing the previous four games with a concussion to end with 16 points and five rebounds. Stephan Hicks chipped in another double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds.
For Rio Grande Valley, Brandon Sampson and Jaron Blossomgame each poured in 20 points on the night. Angel Rodriguez dished out 10 assists to go along with 13 points in just under 40 minutes of playing time.
Sindarius Thornwell grabbed a team-high 11 rebounds in 31 minutes for Rio Grande Valley, who continues their eastern conference trip on Thursday night at Canton.
The Mad Ants head to Erie to take on the BayHawks on Thursday night as well, which will be the first of three games between the teams over the next nine days.
Fort Wayne returns home on Saturday to face Raptors 905 at 7 p.m. at the Coliseum.
• Discuss this story on the NBA G League message board...
NBA G League Stories from December 2, 2019
- Trio of Wolves Gives Iowa the Edge over Blue - Iowa Wolves
- Mad Ants Hold on at Home against Rio Grande Valley - Fort Wayne Mad Ants
- Vipers Fall Short to Mad Ants - Rio Grande Valley Vipers
- Dusty Hannahs Named NBA G League Player of the Week - Memphis Hustle
- Austin Spurs to Host Season of Giving, Spurs Affiliate and Ugly Holiday Sweater Night - Austin Spurs
- College Park Skyhawks Transfer Brandon Goodwin to Atlanta Hawks - College Park Skyhawks
- Stars' Three-Game Homestand Begins Tonight - Salt Lake City Stars
- Tremont Waters Named NBA G League Player of the Month - Maine Red Claws
- Jason March Named NBA G League Coach of the Month - Memphis Hustle
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.
Other Recent Fort Wayne Mad Ants Stories
- Mad Ants and NBA G League Update Regarding Ticketing
- Fort Wayne Edges Grand Rapids in Closing Seconds, 105-103
- Fort Wayne Has Season Best Shooting Night in Win over College Park
- Indiana Pacers Assign Alize Johnson to Fort Wayne
- Indiana Pacers Assign Goga Bitadze and Alize Johnson to Fort Wayne