Fort Wayne 100, Sioux Falls 92
A dominant first half gave the Fort Wayne Mad Ants the cushion that they needed to hold off the Sioux Falls Skyforce 100-92 Thursday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. This is the second meeting between these two Central Division rivals in less than a week.
The Mad Ants started the game on fire, going up 21-5 in the first 7 minutes of play. The Skyforce cut the lead to 5 by the end of the first quarter, but the Ants held on, shooting 62% from the floor to extend their lead to 19 at the half.
After the break, the Skyforce chipped away at the Mad Ants’ lead and outscored the home team 51-40, coming within 8 early in the fourth quarter. The Ants played tough defense and hit the boards hard to out rebound the Skyforce 43-39 and close out the game.
Fort Wayne’s power forward Corey Minnifield and point guard Earl Calloway were both 1 rebound shy of a double-double. Minnifield led all scorers with 22 points and 9 rebounds while Calloway recorded 14 points and 9 rebounds. Sammy Mejia finished the night with 21 points and 6 rebounds.
Kasib Powell led the way for the Skyforce with 20 points and 6 rebounds, and Elton Nesbitt contributed 18 points. Chris Alexander and Carl Elliot chipped in 14 points apiece.
The Mad Ants (6-8) head west for a 15 day road trip, beginning in Albuquerque, where they will take on the Thunderbirds this Saturday, January 5. The Skyforce (5-10) will head home to face the Central Division’s Iowa Energy for two games this weekend.