Top-ranked SB Mavs take on Texas, Montgomery in busy week before holidays

By Kirk Copeland
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Tuesday, December 16th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, coming off a huge win Saturday over #2-ranked Jacksonville, are gearing up to host a pair of teams this week in three games in four days before taking a short break for the holidays.

Thursday, December 18, the Mavericks welcome the Texas RimRockers to historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum for the visitors’ first official game since 2010. The Montgomery BlackHawks then come to town for back-to-back games Saturday, December 20, and Sunday, December 21. Tip-off for Thursday’s and Saturday’s contest are 7 p.m., with the afternoon start on Sunday slated for 4 p.m.

The Mavericks (9-0) have gotten solid contributions from every member of their deep roster throughout the young season, with reigning MVP Ed Horton (from Shreveport’s Southwood High School) leading the charge again. Other top performers from this season’s team, which has compiled a professional basketball record 69 straight wins, include former MVPs and first-team All-ABA players such as former Harlem Globetrotter Alex Sanders, P.J. Couisnard, Brandon Davis, UL-Monroe alum Tony Hooper, Currye Todd, Jon Rogers, and Chris Hagan. Head coach Steve Tucker, the ABA’s Coach of the Decade (2001-2010), has now compiled an eye-popping 132-7 record in his seven seasons as the Mavs’ coach.

The Texas RimRockers, members of the United Basketball Association, return to action for the first time since 2010, when they were members of the ABA. Head coach Jonathan Bentley brings to town a very young team that includes 10 rookies on its active roster. First-round draft choice Kenny McGowen, a former All-Big Sky Conference guard, led his Idaho State squad in scoring (14.7 ppg) and free-throw percentage (78%) in his 2011-2012 senior season.

The Montgomery BlackHawks, who began this season ranked 11th in the ABA’s power rankings, have a little more experience than Texas, but not by a lot. The BlackHawks, originally scheduled to begin play this season, actually got a jump-start by playing several games at the end of last season after a great response from the city of Montgomery, sponsors, and fans. The BlackHawks play in the Gulf Coast Division of the ABA, the same division as the Mavericks.

The Blackhawks are led by a trio of talented guards in Alton D. Hicks, Chris Smith and Tyrone Williams. Hicks, the son of Montgomery CEO and head coach Alton Hicks Sr., is a small, quick point guard with eight years of professional experience after an illustrious career at Miles College in Fairfield, Alabama.

Montgomery was the unfortunate opponent November 9, when Atlanta Aliens guard Markell Smith collapsed on the court and later died.

Saturday is KMSS-Fox33 Night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, with all general admission tickets free.

Also Saturday, the Lady Mavs Dance Team is holding its Lady Mavs Dance Clinic 2014 for girls age 4-18. Registration fee of $20 includes lunch and a Mavericks t-shirt, and the participants will perform the routine they learn at halftime of that night’s game.

After Saturday’s game, Horseshoe Casino and Hotel are hosting the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks Roof-Top Party. Admission is free and there will be a cash bar, DJ, and dancing for fans 21 and older.

For more information on these three exciting promotions, visit

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

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