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SB Mavs hit the road for games with Memphis and #6 Bowling Green this weekend

Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Wednesday, February 11th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, fresh off winning the Mavericks Mid-Season Classic Cup over the #10-ranked Providence Sky Chiefs this past weekend, take to the road this weekend for games against a pair of tough opponents – the Memphis Lions and the #6-ranked Bowling Green Bandits.

Both teams have visited Hirsch Memorial Coliseum this season, with the Lions falling to the Mavericks 125-88 on November 30 and the then #2-ranked Bandits dropping a 127-83 decision on January 10.

Memphis (9-4) and Bowling Green (13-2) have turned around their fortunes after losing to Shreveport-Bossier (21-0), however, with both teams coming off staggering blowout victories Sunday.

“We’re going into two hostile environments this weekend, and it will be a challenge for our team,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker, who sits just three victories away from 200 career wins as an ABA coach. “We have to be prepared to face two teams that are athletic and present us with specific challenges. We will work hard this week and go up to Tennessee and Kentucky looking to bring home two wins.”

The Lions have won five of six games since the loss to the Mavs, and three of their four defeats this season have come against teams ranked in the top 10 of the ABA’s National Power Rankings – once to Shreveport-Bossier and twice to Bowling Green.

Memphis traveled to Texarkana Sunday where it scored at will against the host Panthers. 10 players scored in double figures, including five with 20 or more points, in the Lions’ eye-popping 228-92 win before an invitation-only crowd. Bobby Jones, a 6-foot-7 forward, led Memphis with 36 points in the win, while Milton Nash scored 31.

Game time for Friday’s contest with Memphis is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Bandits, coached by Tucker protégé Kevin Keathley, have righted their ship since the loss to Shreveport-Bossier, winning three of four contests. Only a loss to #27-ranked Birmingham has kept Bowling Green from an unblemished record.

The Bandits’ Sunday home game against the Southwest Warriors was not as big a blowout as Memphis’ win, but it was impressive in its own right. Placing seven players in double figures, Bowling Green throttled the visiting Warriors 153-43, setting a Diddle Arena scoring record in the process.

Sunday’s tip-off time in Bowling Green is 5 p.m.

The Mavericks will return to Hirsch Memorial Coliseum the following weekend for games against the Metroplex Lightning on Saturday, February 21, and the DFW Stars on Sunday, February 22. Shreveport-Bossier defeated Metroplex 146-92 on January 3 at Hirsch.

“We are in the stretch of the season right now where we have to work on getting ready for the playoff run,” said power forward Brandon Davis after the Mavs beat the #10-ranked Providence Sky Chiefs 130-77 Sunday night. “We’re doing a lot of good things right now, but we can’t let down. Coach T has been preparing us all season for this, and we want to go out and show him we’re ready.”

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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