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SB Mavericks win 80th straight with 135-105 victory over #10 Providence

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, February 7th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The top-ranked and defending champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks faced their third opponent this season ranked in the top 10 of the ABA’s power rankings on Saturday night.

Like every one of their previous highly-rated foes, the #10-ranked Providence Sky Chiefs left the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum floor with a rare loss.

Seven Mavericks scored in double figures and Shreveport-Bossier won its 20th contest of the season and 80th in a row with a 135-105 victory over the scrappy Sky Chiefs in the first of a two-game series for the Mavericks Mid-Season Classic Cup on this “Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez Weekend”.

The Mavericks (20-0) have never lost a game since moving to Shreveport in 2013 (54-0 overall and 44-0 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum), and have won 83 straight games at home dating back to 2011 when the team was located in southeast Texas.

The matchup was not as one-sided as so many Mavs games have been this season – the Sky Chiefs (12-5) are the first opposing team to break 100 points this season – but the veteran Shreveport-Bossier squad once again came out hot in the third quarter and pulled away from an upstart Providence team in their inaugural year in the ABA.

“That was a good basketball game for our guys, but that’s a tough team over there,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker, who picked up his ABA-record 197th win Saturday night. “They are very, very, very well-coached, and they can shoot the ball really well. They’re probably the best team we’ve played all season, and I expect to see them back here in April (for the ABA Final Four).”

Guards Tony Hooper and Anthony Jackson stepped up in a big way, each scoring over 20 points while Jackson led the team with eight assists.

“We were aggressive out there,” said Hooper, who finished with a team-high 24 points, four rebounds and four steals. “The shots were falling from outside, but we’re at our best when we’re aggressive and taking the ball to the basket. I thought we were on our game tonight.”

The Hooper-Jackson tandem was nearly unstoppable Saturday night, leading a Mavericks offense that had only 11 turnovers.

“Coach stays on us to be aggressive, but we have to take care of the ball as well,” said Jackson, who scored 21 points, grabbed three rebounds, and had four steals while not turning the ball over even once. “Hoop and I have great chemistry, and I thought we did a good job of working together in this one. Coach stayed on us and told us to run-run-run at halftime. We came out and executed and got a good win.”

Joining Hooper and Jackson in double figures were “The Silent Assassin” Josh Pace (20 points on 9-of-12 shooting, seven rebounds); “The Ticket” Alex Sanders (16 points on 6-of-8 shooting in his most extensive playing time of the season); Brandon Davis (14 points on 7-of-9 shooting, seven rebounds); Jon Rogers (11 points on 4-of-5 shooting, seven rebounds); and Chad Eichelberger (10 points, seven rebounds in his best performance of the season).

The Mavericks and Sky Chiefs finish up the Mavericks Mid-Season Classic Cup Sunday, February 8, with a special tip-off time of 6 p.m. Once again, all fans that wear Mardi Gras gear and/or beads will receive free admission, and fans that bring their church bulletins get 50% off admission.

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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