Stars top Mad Ants at G League event
Omari Johnson scored 24 points : his largest output of the season : but the Mad Ants still weren’t able to get the victory at the G League Winter Showcase on Thursday in Las Vegas.
Isaiah Cousins and Trey Lewis scored 19 apiece to lead the Salt Lake City Stars to a 111-101 victory at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, in front of NBA executives and scouts.
The Mad Ants (8-8) will play their second showcase game at 3 p.m. Saturday against the South Bay Lakers.
Fort Wayne had Edmond Sumner back in the lineup from his hamstring injury and he scored 19 points on 6-of-13 shooting, but Ike Anigbogu remained out with a finger injury.
Davon Reed had 20 points for the Mad Ants.
The game was tied at 38 in the second quarter when the Stars (9-9) used a 16-6 run to take a 54-44 lead.
Fort Wayne trimmed the lead to 95-90 when Sumner made a 3-pointer with 5:14 left in the fourth quarter, but Grayson Allen immediately answered with a 3-pointer at the other end.
Alize Johnson had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the Mad Ants, giving him nine double-doubles in 11 games. Rob Gray added 15 points.