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RENO, Nev. – First the Mad Ants lost, then they protested and then they won.
The Mad Ants beat the Texas Legends 105-99 in overtime Tuesday at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nev., in the resumption of the Nov. 22 protested game. In the original game, the Ants lost 100-99 on a technical foul free throw. The Ants were assessed a technical for taking a timeout they didn't have, but they protested that the scorer's table had informed them erroneously that a timeout remained.
The D-League ruled in the Ants' favor and play resumed at the D-League Showcase with 0.9 second left and the score tied 99-99. When the Ants failed to score in the 0.9 second, the game went to overtime.
Ron Howard scored first in overtime and the Ants pulled away from the Legends, who had played and lost a game to the Canton Charge earlier in the day.
“We were prepared for the three minutes, we treated it like a normal game, we had a normal warm-up, and we had the first three plays designed specifically,” Ants coach Conner Henry told D-League Digest. “Ron hit the first shot, and that took off a lot of pressure.”
Former Ants forward Olek Czyz scored six points with eight rebounds for Canton in its win over Texas. Czyz had scored 15 points with 11 boards for the Ants in the Nov. 22 protested game. Technically, he was part of two wins over the Legends in one day, for different teams. But only players currently on the Ants and Legends rosters played in the resumed game.
The Ants (9-7) are scheduled to play Tulsa at 6:30 p.m. Fort Wayne time today if Tulsa is able to reach Reno. Travel delays due to weather prevented the team from reaching the Showcase for their scheduled game Tuesday. If the game is played, a replay is scheduled to be shown at 11 a.m. Thursday on NBATV.