Mad Ants Hold off Terrence Williams, Armor in Overtime

SPRINGFIELD, MA DEC. 4, 2010- The Fort Wayne Mad Ants needed a late run to force the game to overtime. They carried that momentum into overtime to defeat the Springfield Armor, 130-124, Saturday night at the MassMutual Center in Springfield.

With 3:30 remaining in the game, the Armor (3-3) held a 110-103 lead. But the Mad Ants (4-2) drained several threes to put them back in the game. “This is a tough mental team,” said Mad Ants head coach Joey Meyer. “I knew they would compete.”

After forcing the game to overtime, the Mad Ants took command and never looked back, outscoring the Armor 8-2 to seal their second road victory in two days.

Fort Wayne was led by Walker Russell, who scored 20 of his 31 points in the second half and overtime. “[I] was just being more aggressive and I was looking for my shot,” Russell said.

The Mad Ants also got a big lift from their bench, particularly down the stretch. Chris Hunter scored 22 points, while Corey Allmond knocked down a big three pointer late in the fourth quarter.

The Mad Ants also had to compensate for the loss of starting guard Chris Kramer, who suffered an injury just 17 seconds into the game while attempting to cover the Armor’s Terrence Williams.

The Armor were led once again by Williams, who posted his second triple double in as many games. Williams scored 32 points, pulled down 10 rebounds, and dished out 12 assists. No other NBA D-League player has recorded a triple-double this season. The Armor also got a near triple-double from Williams’ college teammate, Jerry Smith. Smith notched 17 points, grabbed 7 rebounds, and added 9 assists.

Fort Wayne plays the Texas Legends next Saturday at home. Springfield hits the road to take on the Maine Red Claws this Sunday night.