The Mad Ants only played in one game this week, on the road on Saturday against the Sioux Falls Skyforce. The result was not as the team might have hoped for: they charged out of the gate to a 16 point lead before falling in overtime as the inability to hit free throws late cost the team the win. The Mad Ants are currently 1-4 overall, 4th in the Eastern Division out of the six teams. Fort Wayne is looking forward to playing at home Thursday night, where they earned there only win so far this season against the Erie Bayhawks. Here are some lessons learned from the Sioux Falls game and what the Mad Ants can build upon:
- Trey McKinney-Jones Can Ball with the Best of Them
Playing 47 out of a possible 51 minutes, McKinney-Jones posted a stat line of 30 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, and 3 steals while not turning the ball over once. He was essential to keeping the Mad Ants in the game against Sioux Falls, and is leading the Mad Ants per game in minutes (35.8), is second in scoring (17.0), and is second in steals (2.2). The development and growth of the Miami (FL) product as he goes through his rookie season will be an intriguing story line to watch throughout this season.
- Sadiel Rojas Continues His Rebounding Tear
Rojas, last season’s total overall rebounder, in four games this season is averaging 10.5 rebounds, including 3 offensive rebounds per game. He has a streak of three consecutive double-digit rebounding games, and has seen his rebounds per game jump more than 4 rebounds per game. After playing in all 50 games last year following a devastating back injury as a rookie, Rojas has locked in and become a glass eater that any team would love to have.
- The Arrival of Bennie Lewis
The newest acquisition of the Mad Ants which signed with the Mad Ants on December 3, played 21 minutes and added both a sweet stroke and athleticism off the bench. Lewis, who has played professionally for three seasons in Australia with the Melbourne Tigers, was a practice squad player for the Mad Ants for the first few weeks this season. Lewis was solid in his debut: he went 3 of 7 beyond the arc, grabbed 2 rebounds, dished out 3 assists, and a steal in 21 minutes. While his shooting overall (3 for 11) was not there Saturday night, if Lewis can make his mark behind the arc for the Ants, it would be a huge boost to a lackluster long distance attack so far.
Come out and watch the Mad Ants in their third home game of the season at Allen War Memorial Coliseum Thursday night as they take on the Iowa Energy (4-2). Game time is set for 7:00 p.m.