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Mad Ants Fall To Bakersfield

Fort Wayne, IN (December 30, 2009) – The Bakersfield Jam beat the Mad Ants 96-92 in a game that saw 21 lead changes and 8 ties. Bakersfield moves to 3-12 on the season, and the Mad Ants fall to 6-7.

Bakersfield jumped out to an early 12 point lead, but the Mad Ants picked things up halfway through the first quarter to tie the ballgame at the end of the period, 24-24. The Mad Ants continued their solid play in the second quarter to head to the half with a 48-44 lead. Rob Kurz led the Mad Ants with 13 points at half, and Reece Gaines paced the Jam with 14.

The second half of play began similarly to the first half with sloppy basketball and frequent lead changes. The play improved – as well as the entertainment value – in the fourth quarter with each team making big plays. The Jam were able to pull away with outstanding rebounding and inside scoring from Amara Sy, who led the Jam with 18 points and 16 rebounds.

Beyond Sy’s outstanding play, the Jam also received outstanding support from guard Jeremy Wise with 16 points, Reece Gaines with 14 points, and center Brian Butch with 13 points and 11 rebounds.

Fort Wayne’s Rob Kurz led all scorers with 26 points on the game, and guard Ron Howard contributed 25 points in the Mad Ants loss.

The Mad Ants will take on the NBA D-League leading Iowa Energy this Sunday, Jan 3rd on the always popular 70’s night.