Updated: Friday, 08 Feb 2013, 11:42 PM EST
Published : Friday, 08 Feb 2013, 11:26 PM EST
FORT WAYNE, IN (February 8, 2013) – The Rio Grande Valley Vipers had control of the game all night against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants as they earned the 125-103 road victory in Fort Wayne Friday evening. Former Los Angeles Laker Andrew Goudelock had his way with the Fort Wayne defense and had 27 to lead Rio Grande Valley.
In the first quarter, Rio Grande Valley Vipers quickly gained a 7 point lead on the Ants. With Tony Mitchell putting up 9 out of the 23 points, the Mad Ants began to recover despite Viper Vernon Macklin, a one man wrecking crew, scoring 9 points of his own. Down 27-23 at the end of the first quarter, the Ants looked to battle back in the second quarter with Luke Harangody off the bench.
The Ants came out of the first quarter to start the second with a much better offense. Mitchell fought headstrong for the Ants in the second quarter putting up 12 points, but it was not enough to stop the Vipers. Macklin continued his scoring stride by dominating the inside and ended the half with 15 points in leading the Vipers to a 55-47 advantage at the half.
Struggling even further in the third quarter, the Ants allowed the Vipers to persistently take charge with a 16 point lead six minutes in. Viper’s duo of Macklin and Andrew Goudelock dominated the quarter combining their scores for a total of 17 points. The Ants struggled to catch a break with Mitchell, Howard, and Lamb each scoring 5 points ending the third trailing 70-87.
The Vipers continued to execute with precision throughout the final quarter and never let the Mad Ants into the game on their way to the 22 point victory. For Rio Grande Valley, Vernon Macklin had another strong game with 21 points, and Kyle Fogg came off the bench to score 22 points and hit five three pointers.
The Ants were led by Tony Mitchell’s 27 points, Ron Howard’s 20 points, and Milwaukee Bucks’ assignee Doron Lamb’s 18.
The Mad Ants fly to Des Moines, Iowa tomorrow to take on the Iowa Energy at 8 pm ET.
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