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Mad Ants hold onto playoff spot with victory

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Mitchell scores 36 but gets plenty of help

Friday, March 29, 2013 12:01 am
Tony Mitchell got plenty of help Thursday night as the Fort Wayne Mad Ants helped their playoff chances.Mitchell scored a game-high 36 points, but the Mad Ants' bench combined for 52 points as Fort Wayne outscored the Iowa Energy 128-110. Chris Porter scored 17 points, Demitri McCamey 15 and Sadiel Rojas and Terrance Thomas 10 each in reserve roles to help Fort Wayne.

Mitchell, the NBA D-League's co-Player of the Week, stayed hot by hitting 14-of-24 shots from the field, including 6-of-10 from three-point range. Mitchell has scored 120 points over the last three games to push his scoring average to 21 points.

The game was critical because it helps Fort Wayne hold onto the eighth and final playoff spot with four games remaining. The Mad Ants continue to lead Maine by percentage points and Erie by one game. Maine beat Erie 109-102 last night.

The Mad Ants, 7-3 in their last 10 games, come home for the last two Memorial Coliseum games of the regular season. Tonight, Fort Wayne hosts Reno at 7:30 p.m., and on Sunday the Mad Ants host Texas at 5 p.m.

The regular season ends with games at Sioux Falls on April 5 and at Tulsa on April 6.

Thursday

MAD ANTS 128, ENERGY 110

Fort Wayne*32*34*31*31—128

Iowa*38*20*26*26—110

Fort Wayne: Mitchell 14-24 2-2 36, Smith 3-4 1-2 7, Wallace 3-9 0-1 6, Richardson 3-9 5-6 12, Harris 6-11 3-3 15, Porter 7-9 3-4 17, Rojas 4-10 2-2 10, Thomas 4-8 2-2 10, McCamey 5-11 2-3 15, Austin 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 49-95 20-25 128.

Iowa: Jeffers 5-11 4-4 15, Harris 8-18 5-7 22, Famous 3-6 2-3 8, Hurtt 7-14 3-5 21, Wright 10-18 1-2 22, Ruoff 1-6 1-2 4, Hite 1-4 0-0 2, Murphy 1-1 0-0 2, Strong 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 42-88 18-26 110.

Three-point FG: FW/10-26 (Mitchell 6-10, Wallace 0-3, Richardson 1-2, Harris 0-1, Rojas 0-2, McCamey 3-6); I/8-27 (Jeffes 1-3, Harris 1-3, Hurtt 3-5, Wright 1-5, Ruoff 1-5, Hite 0-2, Strong 0-1). Rebounds: FW/48 (Rojas 10, Harris 8); I/40 (Harris 13). Assists: FW/24 (Harris 5); I/17 (Wright 7). Steals: FW/12 (Richardson 4); I/4. Blocks: FW/2; I/2. Turnovers: FW/13; I/15. Total fouls: FW/22; I/19.

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