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Top-ranked SB Mavs to host #2-ranked Jacksonville Giants Saturday

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Monday, December 8th

(Shreveport, La.) – There will be exciting basketball and a special promotion for breast cancer survivors this Saturday, December 13, at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, as the two premiere teams in the ABA clash for the first time since last season’s National Championship Finals.

The host and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, ranked #1 all season in the ABA power rankings, welcome the #2-ranked Jacksonville Giants to town for a 7 p.m. tip-off Saturday evening. Saturday’s contest will be shown globally on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app for smartphones.

The Mavs (8-0) swept the Giants (5-0) in two games last April for Shreveport-Bossier’s third league title. Both teams have started this season red hot, with the Mavericks rolling through the Tip-Off Classic this past weekend while Jacksonville was beating the formerly #2-ranked South Florida Gold in back-to-back games.

“These two teams are the blueprint for what teams want to be in our league,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “The coaches (Tucker and Jacksonville’s Kevin Waters) know each other very well. We have the best owners in the ABA (Shreveport-Bossier’s Jerry Nelson and Jacksonville’s Ron Sholes). Our players are top-notch, on and off the court. We both have winning histories. It’s going to be exciting basketball. I’m excited. The fans of Shreveport will be missing out if they are not at the Hirsch Coliseum at 7 o’clock on Saturday.”

The Giants boast a big, athletic lineup that includes 7-foot center Jermaine “Slim” Bell, 2013 league MVP and 2012 ABA Final Four MVP. Forward Jerrell Houston has started the season in top form, scoring 20 points and grabbing seven rebounds in Sunday’s 115-102 win over South Florida. Veteran guard Trey Guidry led the Giants in scoring in that win with 22 points, while point guard Maurice Mickens fired in 16 points to go with three rebounds and four assists off the bench.

“These guys have a lot of fight in them,” said Waters of his team. “Coming back on Sunday to play the Gold isn’t easy, but they know how to play hard and play well when it matters. Really proud of Jerrell for his play (Sunday), and Trey was hitting his shots, no problem.

“We can’t sit on this win for long. We have Shreveport (Saturday) and these guys are going to be ready.”

The Mavericks will also be hosting Pink Out Night for Saturday’s game in conjunction with Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure of Northwest Louisiana. By purchasing game tickets at the Komen chapter located at 2015 Fairfield Ave. 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.

Also Saturday night, the Mavs are giving an early Christmas gift to active duty military servicemen and servicewomen. Active members of the armed forces get free admission by purchasing tickets on game day. Must present valid military ID at the box office. (Accompanying non-military family or friends must purchase tickets separately.)

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

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