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Windy City Surges Back, but Fort Wayne Escapes in Double Overtime

By Windy City Bulls Staff /March 9, 2022

The Windy City Bulls, presented by BMO, the NBA G League affiliate of the Chicago Bulls, came up just short in double overtime against the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, falling 131-127 Tuesday night on the road. Windy City’s Devon Dotson finished with 28 points as the Bulls erased a 22-point first-half deficit before eventually running out of steam to the Mad Ants.

Dotson shot efficiently, going 11-for-17 from the field while grabbing four rebounds and dishing out six assists. Five other Windy City players scored in double figures, led by Daniel Oturu’s 19 points off the bench.

Chicago Bulls Two-Way forward Tyler Cook and Assignment center Marko Simonovic each scored 14 points. Cook grabbed 10 rebounds to record his sixth double-double in just 12 games with Windy City this season. 

Kerwin Roach II also notched a double-double, finishing with 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls. Bryce Alford came off the pine to score 13 points in just his second game back after missing four contests due to injury.

NBA veteran Justin Anderson led the Mad Ants with 46 points on 13-for-25 shooting from the field. Fort Wayne’s Gabe York and Nate Hinton also had strong offensive performances, ending with 30 and 25 points, respectively.

Fort Wayne stormed out of the gates, jumping out to a 41-22 lead at the end of the first period. Windy City narrowed the deficit to 10 at halftime, trailing the Mad Ants 69-59.

The Bulls continued chipping away at Fort Wayne’s lead in the third quarter before Windy City took a 104-102 advantage midway through the fourth quarter -- its first lead since being up 2-0. 

Windy City led by as much as seven points in the fourth quarter, but Anderson and Fort Wayne didn’t go away. Anderson scored 23 of his 46 points in the fourth quarter and two overtime periods as the Mad Ants fended off the Bulls.

The Bulls shot 53.3% from the field, while the Mad Ants connected on just 43.8% of their field goal attempts. However, turnovers plagued Windy City. The Bulls turned the ball over 32 times compared to Fort Wayne’s 20 giveaways.

With the loss, Windy City falls to 11-13, while the Mad Ants now sit at 10-13.

Next, the Bulls continue their lengthy road trip with a game against the Grand Rapids Gold on Thursday, March 10. Tip-off against the Gold is set for 6 p.m. CT and the game will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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