The Windy City Bulls (1-1), presented by BMO, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, earned the first win in their 5th Anniversary season with a 111-103 victory over the Fort Wayne Mad Ants at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Sunday night. Windy City two-way guard Devon Dotson led the charge with 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists in the win.
The Mad Ants jumped out to a 23-14 lead after the first quarter while the Bulls struggled with turnovers, piling up nine in the period.
Windy City bounced back in the second quarter behind a strong push from Perrion Callandret — the only returning Windy City player from the last season in 2019-20. The guard from Idaho came off the bench to score eight points on 3-for-3 shooting and grab five rebounds in the period as the Bulls entered halftime trailing by just a single point, 47-46.
Windy City center Marko Simonović was the Bulls’ leading scorer at the break, sitting at 10 points to go along with five boards. Fort Wayne’s veteran forward Justin Anderson and two-way guard Duane Washington Jr. turned in strong first-half performances with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The third quarter was a back-and-forth affair, featuring 11 lead changes before the Bulls ultimately took a 73-72 lead into the final 12 minutes.
The Bulls connected on three quick shots in the first two minutes of the period to extend their lead to seven points. Windy City widened the gap to 11 points with 5:46 left to play, but the Mad Ants rattled off a 14-4 run to make it a one-point game with under three minutes remaining. Despite the late surge from Fort Wayne, the Bulls held on to earn the first victory of head coach Henry Domercant’s career as a head coach.
Fort Wayne guard Keifer Sykes scored seven first-quarter points, but Windy City held Sykes to just six points on 2-for-9 shooting for the remainder of the game.
The Bulls also corrected their turnover problem from the opening period, committing just a single turnover in the fourth quarter as they fended off the Mad Ants.
Six Bulls finished the game scoring in double figures, including a second-consecutive 20-point outing from Daniel Oturu. The Minnesota product finished with 21 points and eight rebounds.
Rookie guard Ethan Thompson stuffed the stat sheet, scoring 19 points, grabbing eight rebounds and dishing out six assists. Simonović ended with 18 points and seven rebounds.
Bryce Alford, an Indiana native, provided 13 points and four assists off the bench, while Callandret’s final stat line read 12 points and eight rebounds.
The Mad Ants were led by Anderson’s 22 points, while forward Terry Taylor notched a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds.
This Windy City victory comes after Fort Wayne knocked off the Bulls on Saturday’s season opener and the Bulls and Mad Ants split the opening weekend series and each sit at 1-1.
Windy City’s next two games are on the road against the Cleveland Charge Nov. 11-12. Tip-off for both games is set for 5 p.m. CST and will be streamed on NBAGLeague.com.