Maine Red Claws claw back to beat Fort Wayne Mad Ants in overtime
Fort Wayne entered the fourth quarter of Thursday night's game against Maine with a comfortable lead, but saw it wither away quickly.
The Red Claws clawed back from a double digit deficit in the second half to beat the Mad Ants 124-121 in overtime.
In the final seconds of regulation, Ants guard Julyan Stone drove to the basket looking to get the go-ahead bucket. Instead, Stone absorbed a lot of contact, but no call was made and the Claws got the ball back for a final shot, which they also missed.
"We didn't execute down the stretch and we didn't get a couple calls our way," said Mad Ants Head Coach Steven Gansey after the game. "I thought Julyan had a nice little basket there on the drive and if they're not going to call it, they're not going to call it, but it's frustrating."
Georges Niang, who the Indiana Pacers recently assigned to Fort Wayne, played his first game for the Mad Ants Thursday. Niang admittedly struggled from the field, hitting 5-16 shots from the floor, to score 13 points.
The loss drops the Mad Ants to 7-2 on the season. They will be back in action Saturday night, when they host Texas at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.