Harris, Mad Ants win NBA D-League regular-season title

April 4, 2014

Ramon HarrisRamon Harris Basketball of Anchorage hasn’t played in the NBA, but he’s done just about everything else in the game of basketball.

He played at Kentucky. He had 48 points with a pro team in China. He reached the league championship in Germany. He was the first Alaskan to play in the NBA D-League.

And now he’s the first to win a D-League regular-season championship.

The second-year pro out of West High helped the Fort Wayne Mad Ants secure the title and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs with a 129-128 win in double overtime tonight over Los Angeles in a battle between division leaders.

Fort Wayne is 34-16 overall and has won six in a row.

Harris played 12 minutes and finished with six points and four rebounds. He is a long-range shooting specialist who comes off the bench to drop 3-point bombs.

He won a game for Fort Wayne earlier this season with a 3-pointer at the buzzer and the 6-foot-7 forward got another crack to be a hero tonight in the closing seconds, but his 25-footer just fell short.

Fort Wayne got the offensive rebound and converted the go-ahead layup, and then watched Los Angeles score a tip in at the buzzer that the ref’s originally counted but later waived it off after watching video replay.

Harris is shooting a career-high 39% from 3-point land this season and has made at least one three in seven straight games. He has made 59-of-151 attempts overall.

The 25-year-old has averaged 6.2 points and 3.3 rebounds in 40 games. He needs just 32 more points to reach the 500 Club for his career.