FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Fort Wayne Mad Ants defeated the Greensboro Swarm, 105-93, at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on Tuesday night in front of a crowd of 4,234. Five Mad Ants players scored in double figures, with a game-high 25 points coming from Walt Lemon Jr.
Greensboro (1-1) began the game with a 10-3 lead, which would end up as the largest lead of the game for the Swarm. Fort Wayne (1-1) responded with a 12-0 run, capped off by a three-point play from Stephan Hicks. After being outscored 28-10 in the opening frame in Long Island on Saturday, Fort Wayne rallied to a 31-22 lead after the opening 12 minutes of play.
Point guard play and key bench contributions fueled both team’s offensive totals. On top of Lemon’s performance, Ben Moore added 18 points in over 33 minutes as a reserve for the Mad Ants. Marcus Paige increased his scoring average with 18 points, while the Swarm’s leading scorer, Jalen Jones, came off the bench to deliver 17 points.
Fort Wayne was able to hold off the Swarm, who tallied a 35-point victory over Canton just three days prior, by getting to the free throw line 34 times in Tuesday’s contest. C.J. Fair, Hicks and Jarrod Uthoff all made more than five free throws as the Mad Ants shot just under 80 percent (27-for-34) from the line.
Fair and Moore both finished one rebound away from tallying the Mad Ants’ first double-double performance of the 2017-18 season.
Greensboro returns to action on Thursday at the Nets, while Fort Wayne will welcome Raptors 905 in town on Friday night. Both games will begin at 7 p.m. ET.