SB Mavericks erupt in second half, trounce Columbus BlackHawks 165-72

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, December 20th

(Shreveport, LA.) – Shreveport-Bossier scored an unheard of 111 points in the second half, turning a competitive game into a blowout as the Mavericks defeated the Columbus BlackHawks 165-72.

The win stretches the top-ranked Mavericks’ record to 11-0 on the season.

“I’ve never had a team score 111 points in a half before,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker after his team won its 71st consecutive game, as well as its 76th straight at home. “I thought we played excellent throughout the game, but we weren’t getting some of our shots to fall in the first half. The second half was a different story. It was a great display of basketball in the second half.”

The Mavs once again got solid play from nearly every man on their roster, with seven players scoring in double figures. Shreveport-Bossier shot 73% from the field in the second half while only turning the ball over five times after intermission. The Mavericks outscored the BlackHawks (5-5) 58-16 in the third quarter alone.

P.J. Couisnard, still nursing a sore knee, fired in 24 points – including 16 in the second half – to lead all scorers, and also contributed five rebounds, four assists and three steals.

“We’ve got a lot of players on this team that can take over a game at any point,” said Couisnard, who shot 10-of-15 from the field. “Tonight, my shot was going. Coach depends on me for a lot of different things, and I pride myself on being able to do those things well. Tonight was a good example of us getting great play in all areas from everybody.”

Joining Couisnard with double-digit scoring were reigning ABA MVP and leading scorer Ed Horton, with 23 points and four assists; Kenneth Cooper, who scored 15 of his 19 points in a scorching fourth quarter; Anthony Jackson, who scored all 18 of his points in the second half and chipped in seven rebounds and seven assists in a huge performance; “The Ticket” Alex Sanders, who dropped in 14 points in the second half, including several crowd-enciting dunks; and Mike Crain and Josh Pace, with 11 points each. Pace was the Mavericks’ only double-double, leading the team with 10 rebounds.

The Mavericks big men – Cooper, Sanders, Brandon Davis, Chad Eichelberger, and Jon Rogers – shot an uncanny 26-of-27 from the field. Rogers scored six points, grabbed nine boards and swatted away two shots. Davis dropped in eight points and three rebounds in only 10 minutes of play. Eichelberger scored nine points and grabbed three rebounds.

“It really felt like the ball was finding me tonight,” said Cooper, who added six rebounds and three assists. “I always want to go out and have a good ballgame, and Coach stays on me to do the right things when I’m on the court. I was really glad to get some good minutes and play well tonight.”

Not to be forgotten on a night of great performances was Jermaine Blackburn, who had eight points, five rebounds and six assists just two nights after an 11-point, six-rebound, three-assist game against Texas.

The Mavericks get right back to it Sunday, December 21, at 4 p.m. when they face the BlackHawks again. The Mavs then take the week off before traveling to Houston to face the South Houston Assault on December 30. Shreveport-Bossier returns home on January 3 when they will face the Birmingham Blitz in a 7 p.m. game at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

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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