SB Mavs whip Indy Naptown All-Stars, defend Tip-Off Classic crown

By Kirk Copeland
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Sunday, December 7th

(Shreveport, LA)  – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks welcomed three experienced, athletic teams to town this weekend for the Mavericks Tip-Off Classic.

Two of those teams had the misfortune of actually playing the Mavs.

The Indy Naptown All-Stars became the latest victims of Shreveport-Bossier’s dominant defense and high-scoring offense as the Mavericks rolled to a 134-76 victory in the championship game Sunday at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The win gives the Mavs back-to-back titles in the Tip-Off Classic, 68 straight wins overall, and 73 consecutive victories at home.

In the consolation game earlier Sunday, the Metroplex Lightning outscored the Central Texas Rhythm 15-5 in overtime to take third place in the Classic, 127-117. Metroplex’ Charlie Shorter scored 40 points in the Lightning win.

“We played great basketball this weekend against two fine basketball teams,” said Shreveport-Bossier head coach Steve Tucker, who’s squad improves to 8-0 with Sunday’s win. “We’re ahead of where I thought we’d be at this point in the season. This has got a chance to be a really, really special team.”

Three Mavericks were named to the All-Tournament Team, including Most Valuable Player Alex “The Ticket” Sanders. Joining the Mavs’ elder statesman on the all-tourney team were point guard Chris Hagan and swingman Josh Pace.

“We all have particular roles in Coach Tucker’s system,” said Sanders, who finished with 10 points and seven rebounds after putting up 22 points and 13 rebounds Saturday night in a 156-65 win over the Central Texas Rhythm. “We’ve got a lot of the same guys from years past, but we’re all still getting accustomed to playing together as a unit in this system. I just try to stay focused and ready for when Coach Tucker needs me to come in.”

Shooting guard Mike Crain had one of his better all-around games in a Mavericks uniform, scoring 10 points to go with six assists (team leader), two rebounds, a block and a steal. The 6-foot-3 shooting guard also was smothering on defense.

“It’s got everything to do with the Mavericks system,” said Crain. “We all have individual roles to play, and nobody wants to be the weak link.”

Six Mavericks scored in double figures against Indy Naptown (5-2), led again by the outside shooting of Currye Todd. The sharp-shooting guard from Lamar University scored 15 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter. Joining Sanders, Crain, and Todd with doubles were Ed Horton and Hagan with 16 each, and Pace with 14. Chad Eichelberger pulled down 10 rebounds and swatted away five Indy Naptown shots defensively.

“This has all set us up for a great, great challenge next weekend with Jacksonville,” said Tucker, referring to the December 13 affair with last year’s runners-up to the Mavericks at Hirsch Coliseum. “The Mavericks-Jacksonville rivalry is the Duke-North Carolina of the ABA. It’s going to be tremendous basketball, and we’re excited to put a game like this one on for our fans here at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.”

Next Saturday's contest with Jacksonville can be seen globally on ESPN3 and on the WatchESPN app for smartphones.

Tip-Off for next Saturday’s game against the Giants is slated for 7 p.m., with the Mavericks hosting Pink Out Night in conjunction with Susan G. Komen of Northwest Louisiana. By purchasing game tickets at the Komen chapter located at 2015 Fairfield Avenue in Shreveport, portions of the proceeds go directly to the fight against breast cancer. The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks encourage fans to dress in pink as a show of support to those that have been stricken with breast cancer.

Tickets for 2014-15 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks games are on sale now at or at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum box office, which can be reached at (318) 631-4930.

The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks and KSLA News 12 have partnered to give you the latest Mavs news and fun giveaways right on your cell phone. All you have to do is text “Mavericks” to 81212 to get involved.

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