The Journal Gazette
Saturday, November 09, 2019 10:40 pm

Mad Ants showed improvement despite loss

JUSTIN A. COHN | The Journal Gazette

I don’t know if you believe in moral victories, but this probably was one for the Mad Ants.

They lost 121-117 to the Long Island Nets, but it was night and day better from the terrible 117-89 loss Friday to the Lakeland Magic in the season opener.

“There was a big difference,” said Naz Mitrou-Long, who led Fort Wayne with 26 points and 10 assists. “We played with a greater sense of urgency. All the guys were gang rebounding, doing the little things. I thought we played a really good half of defense. The second half could have been better.

“(Friday) was not our identity, we didn’t represent the organization well and it wasn’t a true testament to who we are. So, today was definitely a step in the right direction.”

Walt Lemon Jr. had 22 points. Stephan Hicks added 21 points and 11 rebounds for Fort Wayne (and his video highlight are above).

“I was really happy with the way we responded from (Friday) night,” coach Steve Gansey said. “I was obviously disappointed with (Friday) night and we played a lot better. It’s extremely difficult to win in this league any night. Sometimes you have it and sometimes you don’t. I thought we played a lot better and I was more positive with the team. It was a more fun game to coach, that’s for sure.”

Long Island was paced by Devin Cannady’s 23 points and C.J. Williams’ 20 points. Deng Adel had 19 points.

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