FORT WAYNE, IN. – In a game featuring two teams, separated geographically by approximately two hours, and not much love lost for one another, Fort Wayne Flite and Indianapolis Blaze battled back and forth throughout the contest.
In the second quarter, with Indianapolis up by six, Fort Wayne went on a 17-4 run to finish the first half. The defending champions proceeded to then go on a 7-0 run to open the third quarter, to hold their largest lead of the game at 56-44. But Indianapolis slowly crawled back in the fourth quarter, not only erasing the deficit, but forcing four ties in the final period.
Fort Wayne’s experience, however, was too strong down the stretch, as Antonio Cannon (20 points) and Corey Wickware (16 points) scored clutch baskets, while Antonio Wilson (4 blocks) stymied Indianapolis in the final minutes to help Fort Wayne (1-0) edge out Indianapolis (1-1), 101-98.
Indianapolis, who are now winless against Fort Wayne in all four games against them the past two seasons, were led by former Butler University product, Chrishawn Hopkins (19 points) and Ja’Rob McCallum (16 points) in the defeat.
FINAL: FORT WAYNE 101, INDIANAPOLIS 98
Both teams return to the court next Saturday at home, as Fort Wayne hosts Baltimore next weekend, while Indianapolis hosts Illinois.