Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Something New

The Mad Ants are on the road to Canton this morning after a couple tough losses to Erie this past Thursday and Sunday. The Mad Ants will face Canton on the road tomorrow night and as always you can watch live, free, and online via NBA Futurecast. Game tips off at 7pm EST.

Canton has been hot lately winning their last five games, and being 8-2 in the last ten. Notre Dame Alumni and current Cleveland Cavalier Luke Harangody is on assignment with Canton and has been putting up monstrous numbers averaging 19 points and 11.5 rebounds per game. This will be a tough match up for the Mad Ants, but our roster has had an influx of talent so don't be surprised if we steal a win here.

The Mad Ants own NBA assigned player Vernon Macklin played very well on Thursday and Sunday on loan from the Detroit Pistons. After two games he is averaging 15.5 pts, 17 rbs, and 3.5 assists and giving the low post presence we have been lacking all season. For Vernon's first game with the Mad Ants I decided to do something a little different and create a video synopsis following him during the game. I also interjected a few quick interviews with Mad Ants Coaches, Vernon, and the Piston's Basketball Operations staff member Dell Potter.

Take a look below and let me know what you think, this is my first try with a video of this kind so I would love your input. A big thank you to Jeff Potter, Sebastian Pruiti, and Steve Jobs for help getting this put together.

The Mad Ants return home on April 6th and 7th. Tell your friends!

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Quick Pre-Game Update

Okay, time again for my monthly blog.... With four home games left, the Mad Ants have loaded up on some new talent which I am sure would have been a tremendous help had we had this line up from the start.

Mad Ants take on Erie tonight (Thursday) and again on Sunday. The starters for the Ants for tonight will most likely be:

Guards: Anthony Goods, Ron Howard

Forwards: Cam Jones, Darnell Lazare

Center: Vernon Macklin (on loan from the Detroit Pistons)

New faces playing tonight will be: Vernon Macklin assigned by the Detroit Pistons. Vernon is a 6'10 four man who was a second round draft pick and played his college ball at Florida. Vernon has a great attitude about his Mad Ants assignment and is looking forward to a chance to get some heavy minutes tonight.

(Macklin laying it in for the Pistons)

Another new addition to the Mad Ants is Stephen Graham. Many Mad Ants fans will remember Graham from his stint with the Pacer's a few seasons ago. Graham is a 6'6 wing man who has some real size to him (muscle not fat!) and will be a welcome addition to the team. He too will make his debut tonight, after just arriving in Fort Wayne yesterday with one practice under his belt which is just "life in the D".

Former Mad Ant Marvin Phillips JR is playing for Erie and was kind enough to do a quick interview for the Martz Madness blog. Marvin was an office and crowd favorite and we are always happy to see him in Fort Wayne.

See everyone tonight! And remember to bring pop tabs on Sunday for the Ronald McDonald House Tabathon to win a free breakfast sandwich from McDonald's and a chance to sit court side!