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SB Mavericks ring out 2014 with road win over Baytown Bandits, 128-60

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Tuesday, December 30th

(Baytown, TX.) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks wrapped up 2014 in style Tuesday night, traveling to Baytown, Texas, where they scored a decisive 128-60 victory over the host Bandits for head coach Steve Tucker’s 599th career coaching win.

The victory gives the Mavericks (13-0) – the top-ranked team in the American Basketball Association all season – 73 consecutive wins.

The game was a homecoming of sorts for several Shreveport-Bossier players from the Houston area, including top scorer P.J. Couisnard. This was the second straight season that the Mavericks have returned to southeast Texas, where the team was located from 2008 to 2011 and won two ABA titles. Many of the Mavs’ family members and fans were in the stands for the contest.

They were treated to another electric performance on the court by the Mavericks.

Shreveport-Bossier forced Baytown (6-2) into a staggering 35 turnovers while doling out 31 team assists, led by Chris Hagan’s eight dishes.

Couisnard led seven Mavericks in double figures, firing in 21 points, his third straight game with 20 or more points. The 6-foot-4 swingman from Houston’s Yates High also snagged seven rebounds and had five steals.

“P.J. again showed the form that has made him an all-league player and a Championship Finals MVP in 2011,” said Tucker.

Joining Couisnard atop the Mavs scoring ledger were Josh Pace, Anthony Jackson and Jon Rogers with 12 points each; and Currye Todd, Hagan and Alex Sanders with 11 apiece.

“We always like to return to southeast Texas and the Golden Triangle area,” said Tucker, who will be going for his historic 600th career win Saturday at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. “It is also close to Houston, and it gives our players a chance to play in front of their families. This is always a good trip for us.”

Next up is a busy first weekend of 2015 for the Mavs as they welcome the Birmingham Blitz Saturday, January 3, at 7 p.m. and the Texas RimRockers Sunday, January 4, at 4 p.m. The Mavericks defeated the RimRockers 130-88 December 18 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The following Saturday, January 10, the Mavs take on the #2-ranked Bowling Green Bandits at Hirsch in the second #1 vs. #2 matchup of the season. Shreveport-Bossier defeated former #2 Jacksonville 113-96 on December 13.

In other Mavericks-related news, former ABA and Finals MVP Josh Pace was named to the All-Decade Team by usbasket.com/eurobasket.com, and the Mavs were named Team of the Decade by the same outlet. Tucker was a runner-up for Coach of the Decade, which went to Michael Ray Richardson.

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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*** Head Coach Steve Tucker contributed to this report.***

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