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Balanced effort propels Ants into first place

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Memphis Grizzlies rookie Franklin leads the way

Sunday, March 2, 2014 - 12:01 am

Four Mad Ants players recorded double-doubles in a Saturday night romp over the Iowa Energy.

Jamaal Franklin, on assignment from the Memphis Grizzlies scored 31 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds to lead the way in the Ants 133-113 win over Iowa at Memorial Coliseum.

The win improved the Ants to 23-14 and pulled them into a first-place tie with Canton in the NBA Development League East Division. The Mad Ants return to action at Maine on Thursday.

Ron Howard scored 26 points and three others joined Franklin with double-doubles: Tony Mitchell (21 points, 11 rebounds), Will Frisby (17 points, 13 rebounds) and Sadiel Rojas (10 points, 11 rebounds). Matt Bouldin scored 19 points, hitting 5-of-6 from three-point range, while added six assists and six rebounds.

Othyus Jeffers led Iowa (21-13) with 22 points.

Earlier Saturday, the Mad Ants announced they have acquired 6-foot-11 center Tim Ohlbrecht from Rio Grande Valley in exchange for a first-round draft pick.

MAD ANTS 133, IOWA 113

Iowa 23 28 34 28 – 113

Fort Wayne 29 38 26 40 –133

Iowa: Ehambe 6-10 2-2 18, Jeffers 7-13 8-9 22, Carmichael 1-4 1-2 3, Rice 5-10 5-9 16, Stinson 7-12 3-4 17, Gilchrist 2-2 6-8 10, Allen 1-7 2-4 4, Christopher 3-5 0-0 7, Owens 2-8 4-4 8, Freeman 3-7 2-2 8. Totals 37-78 33-44 113.

Fort Wayne: Mitchell 9-20 1-1 21, Rojas 3-7 3-4 10, Frisby 8-13 1-2 17, Howard 10-16 5-6 26, McKinney-Jones 4-9 1-2 9, Franklin 8-15 11-11 31, Harris 0-2 0-0 0, Bouldin 7-12 0-0 10. Totals 49-94 22-26 133.

Three-point goals: I/6-19 (Ehambe 4-6, Rice 1-3, Christopher 1-3, Jeffers 0-1, Stinson 0-1, Owens 0-1, Freeman 0-1, Allen 0-3), FW/13-28 (Bouldin 5-6, Franklin 4-7, Mitchell 2-5, Rojas 1-3, Howard 1-3, McKinney-Jones 0-2, Harris 0-2). Rebounds: I/33 (Jeffers 6), FW/53 (Frisby 13, Rojas 11, Mitchell 10). Assists: I/10 (Rice 3, Stinson 3), FW/29 (Franklin 11, Bouldin 6). Steals: I/9 (Rice 4), FW/9. Turnovers: I/16, FW/18. Total fouls: I/23, FW/29. Technical foul: I/Jeffers. Attendance: 5,567.