Drive Use Late Rally to Beat Mad Ants

By Matt Besselsen | February 19, 2015

Grand Rapids, Mich. – The Grand Rapids Drive (16-15) topped the division-leading Fort Wayne Mad Ants (20-14) at home on Thursday night by a score of 94-80. The win snaps a three-game losing streak for the Drive.

The Mad Ants had the momentum early, grabbing a nine-point lead by the end of the first quarter on the strength of holding the Drive to just 19 points. Grand Rapids battled back to knock their opponents’ lead to just one going into the final quarter.

It was all Drive from there, as they had a fantastic fourth quarter, holding the Mad Ants to just 11 points. The 80 points was also the lowest total allowed by Grand Rapids since January 17.

Willie Reed was a force on both ends of the floor for the Drive, narrowly missing a 20-20 game with 19 points and 18 rebounds. Kelsey Barlow and Manny Atkins had 19 and 16 points, respectively, both off the bench.
Andre Emmett supplied the majority of the offense for the Mad Ants, as his 29 points were a game high, and he added 14 rebounds. CJ Fair added 20 points off the bench.

Fort Wayne struggled to shoot the ball from outside, attempting 29 three-pointers in the game and connecting on only four, a dismal 14 percent. They shot just 35 percent overall on the night.

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