Fort Wayne, Ind. – The Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated Raptors 905, 102-101, in a comeback affair at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Saturday night.
Raptors 905 (3-7) bolted out of the game and grew a lead to as large as 21 in the first half due to 20 points from Justin Anderson, who ended the night with 31 points.
Out of the halftime break, Fort Wayne (3-9) regained momentum by going on a 23-7 run in the first 6:04 in the third quarter to take the first lead of the game.
Raptors 905 responded in the fourth quarter to push the lead back to 87-77 with 10:01 to play in the game, but the Mad Ants responded once again with a 15-2 run to gain the advantage back.
After six lead changes in the final four minutes, the Mad Ants were able to hang on after Pacers two-way guard Naz Mitrou-Long knocked down one free throw with seven seconds remaining to break the final tie of the game.
Mitrou-Long ended his night with the seventh triple-double in franchise history highlighted by 16 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists. He joins Walker Russell as the only Mad Ants players to record multiple triple-doubles in franchise history.
Walt Lemon, Jr. finished the night with a season-high 36 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Lemon’s 16 made field goal attempts tied a franchise record for most made field goals in a game by a Mad Ants player.
Stephan Hicks ended the night with 21 points and nine rebounds.
For 905, Oshae Brissett added 20 points, five rebounds and two blocks.
The Mad Ants head south to take on Lakeland on Tuesday, while Raptors 905 will stay on the road and take on Long Island on Monday night.
Fort Wayne returns home on Friday at 7 p.m. to face the Erie BayHawks in the first game of a back-to-back with Erie. Friday night is Star Wars night, presented by Moore and Associates.