Adonis Thomas continued his late season scoring binge Saturday night, finishing with 21 points as the Armor lost to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants in Indiana. One night before, the 21-year-old small forward scored 30 against Fort Wayne. Over the two games, Thomas was 22-of-42 overall and 5-of-9 from deep. For the season, he's averaging 16.2 points and shooting 44.9 percent from deep.
The Nets are likely to offer the Memphis product an invitation to join their summer league team in July. He could get other offers. Undrafted last June, the 6'7" small forward spent a couple of weeks with the Magic, getting two 10-day contracts. After Orlando released him, he returned to the Armor.
The big story for D-Leaguers wasn't Thomas. Fort Wayne’s Ron Howard surpassed the NBA D-League’s all-time scoring mark. Howard scored 20 points for Fort Wayne, surpassing the league’s all-time scoring mark in the process. For his career, the 31-year-old Howard has 4,261 points.
The Armor (20-28) saw another second half lead dissipate in the 114-90 loss to the Mad Ants (31-16) inside Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.
The Mad Ants led for a total of 20 seconds in the first half as the Armor’s sharp-shooting from beyond the arc propelled Springfield to an early lead. Adonis Thomas connected on all three of his three-point attempts for a game-high 15 points before the break, while Khalif Wyatt hit 5-of-6 shots from the field to help the visitors to a 55-49 edge at halftime.
Fort Wayne’s Trey McKinney-Jones also hit five of his first six shots for 13 points heading into the locker room to keep the Mad Ants within striking distance. Both teams shot 50 percent from the field through the first two quarters, but Fort Wayne hit 80 percent of its shots from the charity stripe to counter the Armor’s hot start from long distance.
The third quarter belonged to the Mad Ants as Fort Wayne put 37 points on the board in the frame including a runner at the buzzer by Ramon Harris, his first bucket of the evening, to pull ahead 86-77 entering the fourth.
Springfield scored a season-low 13 points in the final frame, while the Mad Ants kept on the gas with 28 as six players joined in the scoring effort. The Armor starters combined for just one point in the fourth, shooting 0-for-5 from the floor and 1-for-2 from the line.
Thomas led Springfield with 21 points, while six players reached double figure scoring totals. After a 6-for-12 start from beyond the arc, the Armor went 1-for-15 in the second half. Fort Wayne's Matt Bouldin connected on 4-of-7 shots from three-point land for a team-best 21.
The Armor led by as many as 15 on the night, but fell behind by 24 during the second half. With the loss, Springfield set a season-long losing streak on the road at four consecutive games.
The Armor will travel to Delaware for the final two games of the regular season on April 4 and 5, both tilts scheduled to tip at 7:00 p.m.
Game Info: Armor at Mad Ants - D-League