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SB Mavs return to the court with a 145-93 victory over Baytown

Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, January 24th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, refreshed and recharged after a week off, came out strong and got stronger as the game wore on, wearing down the visiting Baytown Bandits 145-93 Saturday night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The Mavericks (17-0) now hold a professional basketball record 77-game winning streak, as well as an 81-game home winning streak dating back to 2011 when the team was based in Winnie, Texas. Since moving to Shreveport-Bossier in 2013, the Mavericks are 51-0 and have a flawless 42-0 record at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

“I thought it was a good effort after a week off,” said Shreveport-Bossier head coach Steve Tucker after his 193rd career ABA win. “We started a little sluggish in the first couple of minutes, but got into our game and took care of business. We only had 11 turnovers for the whole game, and that’s just great basketball.”

Six Mavericks scored in double figures, led by 18 points from Anthony Jackson, which included a spectacular circus dunk in the third quarter.

“Coach T told me before the game that he wanted last year’s Anthony Jackson to step up,” said Jackson, who made his first start of the season at point guard and also led the team with four steals. “After being off for over a week, we were chomping at the bit to get back out there.”

Tucker sung the praises of Jackson and fellow backcourt mates Mike Crain and Tyrone Hamilton. Hamilton, from Shreveport’s Booker T. Washington High School, saw his first action of the season and responded with a big 3-pointer on his first shot.

“Our guards played exceptional tonight,” said Tucker. “I think Anthony Jackson has got the potential to be the best point guard in our league. Mike Crain and Tyrone Hamilton stepped up and played some big minutes for us tonight also.”

The frontcourt tandem of Jon Rogers and Brandon Davis were once again dominant, with Rogers scoring 15 points, grabbing seven boards, and swatting away four Baytown shots. Davis finished with nine points and three blocked shots. The two were a combined 10-of-11 from the field.

“Those two guys are the best tandem of big men outside of the NBA,” said Tucker. “I think Jon Rogers is having an MVP-type season.”

Joining Rogers and Jackson in double figures were Jermaine Blackburn with 17 points to go with a team-leading five assists; Kenneth Cooper with 17 points (on 7-of-7 shooting) and seven rebounds;  Currye Todd with 16 points and four rebounds; and Josh Pace with 10 points, seven boards and three steals. Todd hit three 3-pointers in a row in the fourth quarter. “The Ticket”, Alex Sanders, dropped in nine points and eight rebounds in limited action.

Shreveport-Bossier returns to the court Sunday afternoon when it faces Baytown (6-9) in the second game of the back-to-back at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. All current and former Armed Forces personnel get free admission with a valid military ID.

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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