Mad Ants rally past Maine to force Game 3 on road Erased 11-point lead in fourth quarter.
The Fort Wayne Mad Ants have forced a deciding Game 3 showdown.
After trailing most of the game, the Mad Ants beat the Maine Red Claws 111-110 in Game 2 of the NBA Development League Eastern Conference semifinals Monday at the PortlandExpoBuilding.
Game 3 of the best-of-three series tips off at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the same locale.
Trey McKinney-Jones hit a pair of free throws with 18.4 seconds left to put the Mad Ants up by the final margin. He then provided the defense on Maine guard Demetrius Jackson on the Red Claws’ final possession, forcing the former Notre Dame standout into a tough missed shot from the baseline. Maine had held the lead since going ahead 18-17 with 3:53 left in the first quarter, and built the lead to 15 points. Maine led by 11 points entering the fourth quarter.
Among the key fourth-quarter plays for the Mad Ants was a Travis Leslie steal and dunk, a Leslie deep three-pointer, a Tyler Hansbrough bucket off a Georges Niang pass, drives by McKinney-Jones, Leslie and Niang and a fastbreak basket by Leslie.
Hansbrough led the Mad Ants with 27 points and 15 rebounds. He hit 11 of 12 free throws. The Mad Ants hit 29 of 32 free throws.
McKinney-Jones scored 23 points with six rebounds, Leslie scored 18 points with five steals, Niang 16 points and Stephan Hicks 10 points. Jordan Loyd dished out five assists. Mad Ants coach Steve Gansey stayed down the stretch with a lineup of Hansbrough, McKinney-Jones, Leslie, Niang and Marquis Teague, as the group excelled defensively and on the boards.
Maine was led by Jordan Mickey’s 27 points and 13 rebounds, but Mickey fouled out on the play that put McKinney-Jones at the line for the game-winning free throws. Abdel Nader scored 19 points, Jalen Jones and Guerschon Yabusele scored 18 points apiece and Jackson scored 15 points with 10 assists. <br>
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