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Mad Ants knock off Santa Cruz for third straight win

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Teams to meet again Saturday at the Coliseum

Friday, January 04, 2013 12:01 am
Fort Wayne's guards took control as the Mad Ants won their third straight game, this time beating the NBA D-League's best team.Ron Howard scored 25 points with six assists and three steals and Indiana Pacers assignee Orlando Johnson also scored 25 as the Ants beat Santa Cruz 102-86 on Thursday at Memorial Coliseum.

The guards didn't do it alone, however, as forward Tony Mitchell scored 22 points with 16 rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Newly acquired Luke Harangody and Pacers assignee Miles Plumlee added nine rebounds apiece.

The win improved the Ants to 6-10 while the Warriors slipped to 9-3. The teams meet again at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the coliseum.

Fort Wayne took charge with a strong defensive effort after halftime, holding Santa Cruz to 28 second-half points. Stefhon Hannah led Santa Cruz with 27 points and Taylor Griffin added 16.Santa Cruz*33*25*14*14*—*86

Fort Wayne*31*18*22*31*—*102

Santa Cruz: Leslie 5-14 3-4 13, Griffin 6-17 4-5 16, Gladness 2-5 1-1 5, Hannah 10-20 3-4 27, Baker 2-7 0-0 5, C. Johnson 3-8 0-0 6, Jones 4-11 0-0 8, Goulbourne 1-5 0-0 2, J. Johnson 1-6 2-4 4, Hobson 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 34-95 13-18 86.

Fort Wayne: Mitchell 10-21 0-0 22, Harangody 4-15 0-0 8, Plumlee 4-11 1-2 9, Howard 10-18 5-6 25, Johnson 8-20 6-6 25, Richardson 3-6 1-1 7, Rojas 0-1 0-0 0, Harris 0-4 0-0 0, Anderson 0-1 0-0 0, Partin 0-1 0-0 0, Wallace 2-6 2-3 6. Totals 41-104 15-18 102.

Three-point goals: SC/5-16 (Hannah 4-9, Baker 1-2, Leslie 0-1, Griffin 0-2, Goulbourne 0-2), FW/5-19 (Johnson 3-7, Mitchell 2-4, Richardson 0-1, Wallace 0-2, Harangody 0-5. Rebounds: SC/57 (Leslie 11, Johnson 9), FW/64 (Mitchell 16, Harangody 9, Plumlee 9). Assists: SC/17 (Leslie 4), FW/20 (Howard 6, Johnson 6). Steals: SC/5 (Johnson 3), FW/11 (Howard 3). Blocks: SC/5, FW/5. Turnovers: SC/16, FW/10. Total fouls: SC/17, FW/16. Technical fouls: SC/Griffin, FW/Harangody. Attendance: 2,195.

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