FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Santa Cruz Warriors (26-10) defeated the Fort Wayne Mad Ants (18-17) today 114-104. This is the first regular season win in Warriors franchise history at Fort Wayne’s Allen County War Memorial Coliseum (previously 0-3).
Warriors center Deyonta Davis established a new career-high with 26 points and a career-high-tying 13 rebounds (previously set on February 6 vs. Stockton), marking his third double-double in the last four games. Guard Kendrick Nunn scored 25 points in 30 minutes after missing his first game of the season Friday night with an ankle injury. Two-way guard Damion Lee logged 23 points and 11 rebounds for his second double-double of the year.
Guard Rob Gray led the Mad Ants with 23 points, his fourth consecutive game leading the team in scoring. Forward Stephan Hicks logged 16 points and 10 rebounds today for his eighth double-double of the season. Guard Davon Reed filled the stat sheet with 16 points, nine rebounds and a game-high seven assists.
Santa Cruz scored a season-high 74 points in the paint today, which began in the first quarter when the Sea Dubs built an 11-point lead thanks to a 16-4 advantage in the painted area. The Warriors maintained their double-digit lead for the remainder of the first half thanks to Davis logging six points and six rebounds in the period.
Gray and Hicks combined to score 20 of Fort Wayne’s 27 points in the third quarter to bring their team’s deficit to within single digits. Despite shooting 0-for-6 from three, the Warriors shot 13-of-16 (81.2 percent FG) from inside the arc in the third period to maintain a 79-67 lead heading into the final quarter.
Fort Wayne scored 37 points in the fourth, just two off the team’s season high, but Nunn’s 13 points in the period led the team’s season-high 35 point fourth quarter, securing the team’s 11th double-digit win of the season.