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Former IPFW star leads Maine over Mad Ants

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Frank Gaines scores 30 in Red Claws' home win

Sunday, January 26, 2014 - 12:01 am

PORTLAND, Maine – Former IPFW star Frank Gaines sent a message back to Fort Wayne, and the Mad Ants paid the price.

Gaines scored 30 points to lead the Maine Red Claws to a 115-104 win over the Mad Ants in the NBA Development League on Saturday at the Portland Expo Building.

Gaines, a rookie, hit 5-of-11 field goals (3-of-5 three-pointers) and 17 of 21 free throws and also pulled down six rebounds. He scored 10 points in the fourth quarter as Maine outscored Fort Wayne 31-15 to pull away with the win.

It was the second-straight high-scoring game for Gaines, who poured in 35 points in a loss at Iowa on Thursday. Gaines broke 30 points one other time when he scored 33 against Delaware on Dec. 31. He's averaging 19.1 points per game.

The loss drops the Mad Ants' record to 15-10 as they fall back into second place in the East Division. Fort Wayne sits a game behind Canton (16-9), which beat Delaware on Saturday. Maine improved to 10-14.

Fort Wayne was led by Trey McKinney-Jones with 23 points. Ron Howard added 22 (hitting 14 of 17 free throws) and Tony Mitchell scored 19.

Fort Wayne returns to action with back-to-back games against Canton (at Canton on Friday and at Memorial Coliseum on Saturday).

MAINE 115, MAD ANTS 104

Fort Wayne*36*32*20*16—104

Maine*34*23*27*31—115

Fort Wayne: Howard 4-15 14-17 22, Mitchell 6-19 6-6 19, Porter 4-6 2-2 10, McKinney-Jones 8-15 5-6 23, Rojas 2-5 2-2 8, Aboya 0-2 0-0 0, Lazare 2-8 0-0 4, Frisby 3-3 2-2 8, Randall 0-2 0-0 0, Harris 3-6 1-2 10. Totals 32-81 32-37 104.

Maine: Wright 2-2 0-0 4, Orton 1-4 0-2 2, Faverani 4-6 5-6 13, Babb 3-7 1-2 15, Gaddy 3-7 1-2 8, Gaines 5-11 17-21 30, Marshall 0-0 1-2 1, Brown 6-6 5-6 19, Anderson 1-10 0-0 2, Bell-Holter 6-9 2-5 17, Walker 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 36-75 31-44 115.

Three point goals: FW/8-15 (Harris 3-5, McKinney-Jones 2-3, Rojas 2-4, Mitchell 1-3), M/14-32 (Babb 5-9, Gaines 3-5, Bell-Holter 3-4, Brown 2-4, Gaddy 1-4, Orton 0-1, Anderson 0-5). Rebounds: FW/33 (Mitchell 7, Rojas 6), M/54 (Brown 11, Babb 9). Assists: FW/20 (Howard 5, McKinney-Jones 3), M/29 (Orton 5, Gaddy 5). Steals: FW/13 (Lazare 3), M/8 (Gaddy 3). Blocks: FW/8 (Mitchell 4), M/9. Turnovers: FW/15, M/24. Total fouls: FW/29, M/29. Technical fouls: M/Faverani, Taylor. Attendance: 2,757.