The Fort Wayne Mad Ants carried a 23-point lead into the second half and held on the rest of the way for a 112-92 win over Raptors 905 on Sunday evening at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The Mad Ants’ win moves them to 2-0 on the season, while Raptors 905 falls to 0-2.
Fort Wayne jumped out to an early 26-13 advantage after the first quarter, led by 10 points from Terran Petteway and aided by 11 opening-frame turnovers by Raptors 905. The Mississauga club lessened their turnovers to six in the second quarter, but the gap widened, as Fort Wayne outscored Raptors 905 37-27 in the quarter to take a 63-40 score into the break. A strong third quarter for Raptors 905 got the deficit back to 20, but the Mad Ants held them in check in the fourth quarter to seal the victory.
Leading Fort Wayne offensively were Petteway (22 points, four assists), Rakeem Christmas (19 points), Walter Lemon Jr. (game-high 16 bench points, four assists) and Shayne Whittington (12 points). Bruno Caboclo (game-high 25 points), Scott Suggs (18 points), Melvin Johnson (15 points) and Jay Harris (11 points) were the top offensive producers for Raptors 905. Fort Wayne’s Christmas and Raptors 905’s Lucas Nogueira shared the game high for rebounds with nine each.
The Mad Ants bested Raptors 905 in field goal percentage (45.4-41.2), three-point percentage (42.9-37.0), free throw percentage (75.0-63.2), points in the paint (48-36) and fast-break points (9-8), while Raptors 905 held the advantage in second-chance points (13-7).
Raptors 905 is back in action on Thursday, November 19 when it plays host to the Maine Red Claws at Hershey Centre in Mississauga at 7:30 p.m.