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Last updated: Thu. Dec. 26, 2013 - 01:38 am EDT

Up next for the Mad Ants: Tonight vs. Reno Bighorns

Both teams enter with four-game winning streaks

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Up next for the Mad Ants: Tonight vs. Reno Bighorns

When: 7 p.m.

Where: Memorial Coliseum

On the Web: NBA.com/dleague

Records: Mad Ants (5-5), Reno (5-6)

Expected starters for the Mad Ants: Ron Howard – 6-5 guard, 22.5 ppg; Trey McKinney-Jones – 6-6 guard, 17 ppg; Sadiel Rojas – 6-4 guard, 11.9 ppg; Will Frisby – 6-8 center, 7.5 ppg; Olek Czyz – 6-8 forward, 10.9 ppg.

Mad Ants update: The Ants return to action looking to win their fifth-straight game and move above .500 for the first time this season. This will start a stretch of four consecutive home games before the NBA Development League Showcase. …The team released center Chris Hunter on Monday after Hunter returned to the inactive list with more health issues. With Hunter gone, the inside game will be handled primarily by Will Frisby, Chris Porter and Alfred Aboya. …Forward/guard Sadiel Rojas remains close to averaging a double-double with 11.9 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. …Since joining the active roster six games ago, point guard Kyle Randall has averaged 3.1 assists per game in 19.7 minutes per game. ...Ron Howard leads the team with 22.5 points and 4.0 assists per game.

Reno scouting report: Like the Ants, the Bighorns enter the game on a four-game winning streak, having beaten Bakersfield twice, Tulsa and Rio Grande Valley. …Tajuan Porter, a 5-foot-7, 155-pound guard, scored 32 points (including seven three-pointers) with eight rebounds as the Bighorns handed Rio Grande Valley only its second loss of the season last Friday. Reno shot 57 percent from the field (48 of 84), including 12 of 27 from three-point range. …Mickell Gladness has played well since being acquired in a trade with Santa Cruz. Gladness is averaging 11.3 points and 6.8 rebounds with Reno. …Forward Mo Charlo is the only player to start every game for Reno this season. He averages 10.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.

rhayes@news-sentinel.com


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