BROOKLYN– Fort Wayne Mad Ants (29-20) defeated the Long Island Nets (16-33) 116-110 today at Barclays Center. This secured their spot in the 2017 NBA Development League Playoffs for the first time since their 2015 Finals appearance that followed their 2014 NBA D-League Championship.
Fort Wayne jumped out to a 33-27 lead after the first quarter paced by 13 points and seven rebounds from forward Tyler Hansbrough, while Alexander led Long Island with seven points.
The Mad Ants outscored the Nets 32-26 in the second half, extending their lead to 12 points, 65-53, at halftime. Alexander led Long Island with a game-high 19 first-half points while Quarterman totaled 15 points off the bench, and Hansbrough recorded a first-half double-double for Fort Wayne with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Fort Wayne widened its lead in the third quarter on 13 points from Hansbrough, and the Mad Ants cruised for the win despite an even 23-23 fourth quarter.
Hansbrough led the Mad Ants recording his eighth double-double in just 13 games with the Mad Ants, scoring a game-high 34 points (11-of-19 FG, 12-of-14 FT) and a game-high 14 rebounds in 35 minutes.
Guard Marquis Teague added 18 points on 9-of-14 shooting in 27 minutes off the bench, while center Alex Poythress added 15 points and eight rebounds and Nick Zeisloft tacked on 14 points for Fort Wayne.
Forward Cliff Alexander recorded his fourth consecutive double-double for the Nets with 29 points (13-of-23 FG, 3-of-3 FT) and 11 rebounds along with four assists in 35 minutes. Portland Trail Blazers assignee Tim Quarterman scored 27 points (11-of-19 FG, 2-of-4 3FG, 3-of-4 FT) with seven assists and five rebounds in 31 minutes, while J.J. Moore added a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds in 33 minutes for Long Island.
The Mad Ants will return home to finish their regular season against the Canton Charge on Saturday, April 1 at 7 p.m. EDT.