LAKELAND, Fla. — The Lakeland Magic made history Friday night by ovecoming a 34-point deficit to beat the Fort Wayne Mad Ants 109-108 in overtime. The Magic erupted for 69 points in the second half to close out an important back-to-back against one of the best teams in the league.
Following the victory, head coach Stan Heath was asked about the Magic’s first half performance. “I told the guys, we can either pack it in or show a little pride, go out there, fight and chip away with it to give ourselves a chance to get it going in the fourth quarter and get the win. That’s a unique locker room we have in there,” said Heath.
Two-Way Player Jamel Artis led the way with 27 points and four rebounds, shooting 55.5 percent from the field with his sixth 20-point game of the season. Xavier Gibson was a key contributor with 21 points, eighty rebounds and two blocks. Gibson’s alley-oop with the assist from Troy Caupain was the defining moment in the comeback for the Magic. Caupain had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists and drilled a clutch three-pointer to send the game to overtime.
The Mad Ants had an impressive start with all starters scoring double digits. Jarrod Uthoff came out strong with 21 points, nine rebounds and two blocked shots. Two-Way Player Alex Poythress had a double-double with 21 points and 11 rebounds. G League November Player of the Month Walter Lemon Jr. was held to 17 points after averaging 24 points.
The Magic (9-5) take on the Windy City Bulls (5-7), the affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, at the RP Funding Center on Tuesday, December 12 at 7 pm.