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SB Mavs wrap up dominant weekend with 178-83 win over Columbus BlackHawks

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Sunday, December 21st

(Shreveport, LA.) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks picked up right where they left off Saturday night, scoring over 200 points in a four-quarter stretch as they demolished the Columbus BlackHawks 178-83 Sunday at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The victory now gives the Mavs (12-0) a professional basketball record 72 straight wins as well as 77 consecutive at home.

“I thought we played eight quarters (over the weekend) about as good as you can play this game,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “The way you win ballgames is with consistency. We’re playing at a consistently high level, quarter in, quarter out. We share the ball, we feed off each other, we play great defense. I think this team defends better than any group I’ve ever had, and I think that’s a testament to the core group of guys that have worked together in our system for a lot of years.”

The Mavericks scored 205 points between the second half Saturday night and Sunday’s first half, a team record. Shreveport-Bossier outscored Columbus (5-6) 343-155 in the two contests. The BlackHawks began the season as the #11-ranked team in the ABA’s Power Rankings.

“We don’t let up, even with a big lead,” said Tucker, who now owns a 135-7 (95.1%) record as the Mavs’ head coach. “It would be easy for us to lose our discipline, lose our focus, in games like these, but it’s a tribute to our players that we never let up.”

Seven Mavericks scored in double figures, including a pair with 30 or more, and three players finished with double-doubles. Shreveport-Bossier shot 62% from the field for the game.

Reigning ABA and Finals MVP Ed Horton hit eight 3-pointers and led the Mavs with 33 points to go with three rebounds and four assists. Meanwhile, P.J. Couisnard put together another amazing performance, scoring 30 points, grabbing 11 rebounds, four assists, four steals, a blocked shot, and also hit eight 3-pointers.

Former ABA and Finals MVP Josh Pace once again played superb, notching 23 points and 11 rebounds.

“We’ve got a lot of things going right for this team,” said Pace, who suited up for Jim Boeheim at Syracuse alongside Carmelo Anthony. “This is one of the best teams I’ve ever been on as far as our chemistry and talent.”

Other top scorers for the Mavs included Mike Crain (15 points), Jermaine Blackburn (12), Chris Hagan (10 points, team-high seven assists) and Anthony Jackson, who followed a superlative performance Saturday (18 pts., 7 rebs., 7 assts.) with another Sunday (11-10-5).

“I feel like I’m starting to get more comfortable out on the floor, getting more accustomed to the guys around me,” said Jackson, who was a top player for Jacksonville last season and scored 42 points in the ABA Finals against the Mavericks. “This is a great team, and you have to do your job to be here. I’m focused on getting better every time I’m on the court.”

The Mavs now take the holiday week off before traveling to Houston to face the South Houston Assault on December 30. Shreveport-Bossier returns home on January 3, 2015, 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 www.sbmavs.com or at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum box office, which can be reached at (318) 631-4930.

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