The Memphis Hustle returned home for the first time since January 4th to face off against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. The Mad Ants are currently ranked second in the Eastern Conference with a 17-13 record, lead by Walt Lemon Jr. and his 22 points a game. The Hustle come into last night’s game after defeating the Oklahoma City Blue nearly a week ago. Coming off a week of rest, the Hustle should have been ready to go against the Mad Ants in what should have been a high scoring game.
The game started out with a huge alley-oop slam from Trahson Burrell to Chance Comanche. It was a fast paced first quarter with both teams having trouble taking care of the ball. Both teams also struggled shooting the ball with the Hustle showing the rust of a team who’s played 1 game in the past 11 days. Chance Comanche played well after getting the start scoring 6 points in the opening quarter. Kobi Simmons chipped in 6 points as well as the Hustle trailed the Mad Ants 24-19 at the end of the first.
Comanche starts out the 2nd quarter with his 3rd alley-oop of the game. Comanche scored the first 6 points of the quarter for the Hustle as the offense continued to struggle. The Mad Ants got hot midway through the quarter and the Hustle defense fell apart to allow the Mad Ants to build a double digit lead. The Hustle’s offense finally came alive to close the quarter but the Mad Ants could not be stopped as they held a 64-48 halftime lead. Chance Comanche (20 points, 9-9 shooting) & Kobi Simmons (15 points, 5 assist) lead the Hustle in the first half.
Chance Comanche, continuing his best game with the Hustle, scores the first 4 points of the second half. The Mad Ants came out cold, but the Hustle couldn’t crash the boards and the Mad Ants got a ton of second chance points to extend their lead to 19 points. The Hustle responded with a quick run of their own to cut the lead to 12, but the Mad Ants, with the help of a soft whistle, extended their lead to 25 as they lead 93-68 after the 3rd.
Chance Comanche started the 4th with another scoring run to cut the Mad Ants lead below 20. The Mad Ants controlled the game most of the 4th, but a late run from the Hustle brought the game within single digits. During the run the Hustle’s defense really stepped up the pressure and forced a ton of Mad Ants turnovers that lead to easy fast break points for the Hustle. Kobi Simmons lead the charge, scoring 8 straight points, but ultimately it wasn’t enough as the Mad Ants escape Southaven with the 118-112 win. Kobi Simmons dropped 32 points in the loss while Chance Comanche set a G-League season high with his 93.8% (15-16) shooting percentage, the previous season high, minimum 10 attempts, was set by Xavier Munford on 1/3/18 when he went 12/13 for 92.3%.
It was truly a monster performance from Comanche and it was good to find out post game that he set a record for the 2017-2018 season.