With a playoff spot on the line, Fort Wayne hangs on to beat Sioux Falls and solidify the Eastern Conference post season entry list.  The Mad Ants season continues after holding off the Skyforce 101-97 on Saturday night.

Most of the game was in Fort Wayne (28-22) control. Starting the game, Sioux Falls (29-21) put the first seven points on the board before going dry and the Mad Ants pounced with a 32-7 run to close the quarter.

The fourth quarter was the best stretch for the visitors. For that final twelve minutes the defense picked up and the offense followed suit closing the gap from 15 to 2.

Fort Wayne withstood the tension and will face Maine in the playoffs as their reward. Heading the Fort Wayne attack was C.J. Fair for the second consecutive night with 25 points and 14 rebounds. Trey McKinney Jones and Matt Bouldin each chipped in 18 counters.

Scotty Hopson got back on track with 19 points and 8 assists after scoring 6 the night before. Double-doubles obtained by Shawn Jones (19 points, 14 rebounds) and Khem Birch (11 points, 15 rebounds) were also beneficial. If you take a look at the clip, feast your eyes on the plethora of Jones dunks.

Round one matchups will have Sioux Falls at Canton on Wednesday April 8 for Game 1 then Game 2 on Monday April 13 and if necessary Game 3 on Tuesday April 14 in Sioux Falls. The full NBADL schedule is below.


All times listed are CDT.

Western Conference

Santa Cruz vs. Oklahoma City

Game 1 – Wed  April 8       Santa Cruz at Oklahoma City   8:30PM   ESPNU
Game 2 – Fri  April 10      Oklahoma City at Santa Cruz   9:30PM   ESPNews
Game 3 * Tue  April 14      Oklahoma City at Santa Cruz   TBD      ESPNU

Austin vs. Bakersfield

Game 1 – Tue  April 7       Austin at Bakersfield         8:30PM    ESPNU
Game 2 – Sat  April 11      Bakersfield at Austin         12:00PM  ESPN3
Game 3 * Sun  April 12      Bakersfield at Austin         1:00PM   ESPNews

Eastern Conference

Maine vs. Fort Wayne

Game 1 – Tue  April 7       Maine at Fort Wayne            6:00PM  ESPNU
Game 2 – Sat  April 11      Fort Wayne at Maine            3:00PM   ESPNews
Game 3 * Sun  April 12      Fort Wayne at Maine            3:30PM  ESPNews

Sioux Falls vs. Canton

Game 1 – Wed  April 8       Sioux Falls at Canton          6:00PM  ESPNU
Game 2 – Mon  April 13      Canton at Sioux Falls          7:00PM  ESPN3
Game 3 * Tue  April 14      Canton at Sioux Falls          TBD     TBD      ESPNU