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Cold-shooting Mad Ants lose big at Maine

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Howard scores 26 and Franklin has double-double

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 3:40 am

PORTLAND, Maine – The Mad Ants had little shooting touch and no answer for Maine's Tyshawn Taylor in a Sunday afternoon road loss to the Red Claws.

Taylor scored 33 points with 15 assists, eight rebounds and three steals as Maine romped 131-106 over the Mad Ants at the Portland Expo Building.

Former IPFW guard Frank Gaines added 22 points for the Red Claws (17-22).

The loss dropped the Mad Ants to 24-15 and a half game behind Canton in the NBA Development League East Division. Canton beat Sioux Falls on Sunday.

The Ants were especially cold shooting from long range, hitting only 3-of-20 three-point shots and hitting 41 percent overall from the field. By contrast, the Red Claws hit 52 percent, firing 100 total shots from the field.

Ron Howard led the Ants with 26 points while Memphis Grizzlies rookie Jamaal Franklin scored 19 points with 10 assists, six rebounds and three steals. Will Frisby scored 23 points and Chris Porter 13.

The Mad Ants play next at Erie on Thursday night.

MAINE 131, MAD ANTS 106

Fort Wayne*23*26*25*32*—*106

Maine*37*25*37*32*—*131

Fort Wayne: Rojas 1-4 1-2 3, Howard 11-22 4-5 26, Frisby 8-15 6-8 23, McKinney-Jones 2-5 4-4 8, Bouldin 2-10 1-2 5, Franklin 5-11 7-8 19, Ohlbrecht 1-3 0-0 2, Randall 1-6 0-0 2, Porter 6-10 1-2 13, Harris 2-8 1-3 5. Totals 39-94 25-34 106

Maine: T. Brown 2-8 0-0 6, Wright 8-16 5-7 21, Marshall 3-6 1-3 7, Taylor 15-20 3-3 33, Gaines 8-20 4-5 22, Bell-Holter 6-10 1-1 13, S. Brown 4-10 4-4 13, Orton 6-10 4-6 16. Totals 52-100 22-29 131.

Three-point goals: FW/3-20 (Franklin 2-7, Frisby 1-1, Rojas 0-1, Howard 0-1, Randall 0-1, Harris 0-4, Bouldin 0-5), M/5-21 (T. Brown 2-6, Gaines 2-7, S. Brown 1-4, Bell-Holter 0-1, Wright 0-3). Rebounds: FW/45 (Howard 7), M/57 (Wright 14, S. Brown 11, Orton 10). Assists: FW/24 (Franklin 10), M/31 (Taylor 15). Steals: FW/12 (Franklin 3, Porter 3), M/14 (T. Brown 4, Gaines 4). Blocks: FW/5 (Rojas 2), M/8 (Marshall 5). Turnovers: FW/20, M/21. Total fouls: FW/23, M/25. Technical fouls: FW/Howard, M/Bell-Holter. Attendance: 2,503.