D-Fenders at Mad Ants Postgame Report 03/18/14
Trevor Wong | @DFenders
Six players scored in double figures but the D-Fenders fell short to the Mad Ants 125-121 on the road on Tuesday. Terrence Williams scored 21 points while Shawne Williams added 17, plus eight rebounds.
After James Southerland’s triple from the wing countered a Tony Mitchell running bank shot in the lane, the D-Fenders trailed 122-121 with 27.0 seconds left. L.A. elected to foul and Fort Wayne's Jamaal Franklin sank both free throws to put the home team up three points. Terrence Williams was then intentionally fouled and missed both his free throws, while Sadiel Rojas split a pair at the line for the final tally of the game.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
Tony Mitchell. On assignment from the Detroit Pistons, Mitchell scored a game-high 26 points (10 of 20 field goals, 4 of 6 three-pointers, 2 of 2 free throws), including 13 in the decisive fourth quarter. His running bank shot down the stretch helped hold off the D-Fenders late rally.
STAT OF THE GAME
Fort Wayne owned a 51-38 advantage on the glass overall, but grabbed six offensive rebounds in the fourth quarter that led to nine second-chance points.
PLAY OF THE NIGHT
VIDEO: C.J. Williams drives baseline and elevates for a one-handed slam. Williams finished with 19 points (7 of 15 field goals, 5 of 12 three-pointers), seven rebounds, four assists and three steals.
WHERE THEY STAND
The D-Fenders five-game winning streak was snapped as they lost 125-121 to Fort Wayne. Los Angeles (25-16) remains one game ahead of Santa Cruz (25-18) and one-and-a-half games ahead of Reno (24-18) with nine games left in the regular season. The road trip concludes in Austin on Thursday at 5:30 p.m. PT. It will be the first meeting between the two teams this year.