Mad Ants drop fourth straight in loss at Westchester

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants are in an undeniable slump.

The Ants lost for the fourth straight game, falling to the Westchester Knicks 113-105 on Wednesday at the Westchester County Center. Fort Wayne (19-14) returns home to face Rio Grande Valley (21-14) at 7 p.m. Friday at the Memorial Coliseum.

The Mad Ants were outscored by 10 points in the third quarter to fall behind after entering halftime up 61-57. Ultimately, Fort Wayne had no answer defensively for Westchester’s Von Wafer, who hit 13 of 20 shots (including 7 of 11 three-pointers) to score 35 points. Courtney Fells added 19 points.

The Mad Ants were led by Ben Bentil with 25 points (on 9-of-22 shooting) and nine rebounds. Stephan Hicks scored 21 points with eight rebounds and Jordan Loyd scored 18 points with six assists. Jarrod Uthoff scored 14 and Trey McKinney-Jones had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. Julyan Stone dished out 10 assists.

Two foul calls were overturned upon challenges late in the game, with each team benefiting once. Trailing 109-105 with 37.7 seconds left, McKinney-Jones drove the lane, had his shot blocked, then went back up with the ball and drew a foul from Marshall Plumlee. Westchester challenged, the call was overturned, resulting in a jump ball and the Ants failed to score again.

Mad Ants rookie Alex Poythress, the team’s leading scorer, did not play due to a finger injury.

The Mad Ants announced Wednesday that they will retire the No. 19 jersey of Ron Howard, who played for the team from 2008 to 2014 and led the Mad Ants to their only NBA Development League title. The jersey will be raised to the rafters at the team’s March 3 game against Westchester. <br>

<center> Heritage announces HOF class </center><br>

Heritage High School will add three to its athletic Hall of Fame before Saturday’s boys varsity basketball game with Whitko. Those inducted will be athletes Lindsay Enterline Roth and Kelli Bultemeier Zelt, Coach George Wehrmeister and community member Mitch Meyer will receive the Patriot Award. The ceremony will start at approximately 7 p.m.