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  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette Mad Ants forward Jarrod Uthoff, right, guards the Reno Bighorns' Marcus Williams on Monday night at Memorial Coliseum.

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette DeQuan Jones of the Mad Ants prepares to drive around the Reno Bighorns' Brandon Austin at Memorial Coliseum on Monday night. 

  • Justin A. Cohn | The Journal Gazette The Mad Ants' C.J. Fair converts a layup by going hard to the basket at Memorial Coliseum against the Reno Bighorns' Will Davis on Monday night. 

Monday, December 04, 2017 10:40 pm

Sharing the ball key for Mad Ants

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

The key to the Mad Ants' 106-97 victory tonight over the Reno Bighorns? Not just Walt Lemon Jr.'s 28 points or the 25 rebounds that Jarrod Uthoff and Alex Poythress combined for at Memorial Coliseum.

No, what had the Mad Ants talking after their ninth victory in 10 games was the way they shared the ball.

They totaled 27 assists. That was a season high, besting the 24 they had against Wisconsin on Tuesday. 

“The biggest thing was just moving the ball. That was our biggest problem the last game,” said Trey McKinney Jones, whose Mad Ants came into the night off a 107-94 loss to Westchester, the team they meet on the road 7 p.m. this Wednesday.

“We had 27 assists and that was the biggest thing for us, getting out there and playing for each other. It was very stagnant and there was a lot of one-on-one in the last game. With three new guys (in the lineup), I was expecting a learning curve, just because we hadn’t played with each other, but I didn’t expect to lose obviously. We were able to come back tonight and get the win.”

More than anything, it was just a return to form for the Mad Ants, who played with more passion, made sure the offense ran through Lemon, got meaningful minutes for Ben Moore and had obviously better chemistry. It's worth noting, however, that Reno doesn't look very hot right now and was without Reggie Hearn, the Snider graduate who is deadly from long range. 

If the Mad Ants can have something more like this performance on Wednesday with the same lineup, then that would really be something. 

jcohn@jg.net