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Mad Ants' offense disappears after halftime in loss

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Fort Wayne falls to 3-8 after home loss to Canton Charge

Wednesday, December 19, 2012 - 12:01 am

A lack of scoring, especially in the second half, sent the Mad Ants down to a resounding defeat to finish out a three-game home stand.

The Canton Charge beat the Ants 97-81 on Tuesday at Memorial Coliseum, holding Fort Wayne to only 33 second-half points. The game was tied at halftime.

The Ants drop to 3-8 heading into road games at Maine on Friday and Springfield on Saturday.

Former Purdue standout JaJuan Johnson led the Ants with 17 points, Detroit Pistons assignee Kim English added 15 and Tony Mitchell scored 10. Sadiel Rojas led the Ants with 12 rebounds. Indiana Pacers rookie Miles Plumlee scored six points with six rebounds in 22 minutes of play.

Canton (6-5) was led by Jon Leuer with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Kyle Gibson and Arinze Onuaku added 19 points apiece. Onuaku also had nine rebounds.

The Ants have now lost six of their last seven games.

CANTON 97, MAD ANTS 81

Canton*23*25*27*22*—*97

Fort Wayne*22*26*17*16*—*81

Canton: Gibson 6-18 6-6 19, Leuer 8-16 3-6 20, Onuaku 9-13 1-1 19, Gutierrez 2-9 6-6 10, Agudio 2-7 2-2 7, Ruoff 2-7 0-0 4, Eric 3-8 5-6 11, Brown 1-3 0-0 3, Franklin 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 35-88 23-27 97

Fort Wayne: Middleton 3-16 0-0 6, Johnson 7-10 3-4 17, Plumlee 3-9 0-0 6, English 7-12 0-0 15, Russell 1-4 0-1 2, Anderson 2-10 0-1 4, Mitchell 3-5 4-4 10, Howard 4-8 0-0 9, Porter 2-4 0-0 4, Rojas 4-9 0-0 8. Totals 36-87 7-10 81.

Three-point goals: C/4-16 (Gibson 1-3, Leuer 1-3, Agudio 1-3, Brown 1-3, Ruoff 0-2, Johnson 0-2), FW/2-8 (Howard 1-1, English 1-2, Russell 0-1, Anderson 0-1, Rojas 0-1, Middleton 0-2). Rebounds: C/47 (Leuer 14), FW/33 (Rojas 12). Assists: C/16 (Gibson 4, Gutierrez 4), FW/24 (English 6, Middleton 5, Russell 5). Steals: C/7, FW/4. Blocks: C/3, FW/11 (Mitchell 4). Total fouls: C/14, FW/22. Turnovers: C/14, FW/21. Technical fouls: C/Onuaku, FW/Ticknor. Attendance: 2,099.