FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Oliver Lafayette played his best game of the season as he led the Mad Ants past the Maine Red Claws 108-94.
It was the sharp shooting of the Mad Ants that was the difference in the game. The team combined for 15 three pointers led by Lafayette who shot 6 of 6 from behind the arc, and DeWitt Scott who shot 6 of 8 in his triumphant return to the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Mad Ants got off to a quick 10-1 start, but the Red Claws quickly closed the gap as the first half of play went back and forth. The Mad Ants were up three heading into the locker rooms as both teams shot over 50% from the three point line.
The Red Claws cooled off in the second half and the Mad Ants outscored the Red Claws 28-16 in the fourth to seal the deal. The key to that run in the fourth quarter was outstanding defense from the home team, as they held the Red Claws to 6-24 shooting in crunch time. Rod Wilmont led that defense effort as he helped hold Maurice Ager and Boston Celtic assignee Marcus Landry to a 0-5 shooting in the fourth quarter and a combined 2-13 shooting in the game.
Yet, the driving force behind the Mad Ants win was Lafayette, who scored 34 points, had 8 assists, and tallied 5 rebounds. DeWitt Scott scored 24 points for the Ants, and Rod Wilmont and Sean Sonderleiter each chipped in 13 in the winning effort. Newly signed Carlos English provided a defensive spark with 5 steals in his first game with the Ants.
Morris Almond continued his fine play by leading the Red Claws with 25 points, and Paul Davis finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds.