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SB Mavs take first of two weekend road games with 177-115 victory over Memphis

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Saturday, February 14th

(Memphis, TN.) – The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks took care of business in the first of two weekend road games Friday night, scoring 96 first-half points en route to a 177-115 win over the host Memphis Lions.

The Mavs (22-0) have now won a professional basketball record 82 consecutive games and are 56-0 all-time since moving to Shreveport-Bossier in 2013.

Memphis (9-5) was coming off a staggering 228-92 win last Sunday over the Texarkana Panthers, but Shreveport-Bossier’s fast start put any hope for a Lions upset to rest early.

“It was a real physical game, but we did a good job of not letting that get to us,” said Mavericks assistant coach Sarah Gayler. “We kept after them, using our depth to wear them down. Our backups were just as good as our starters (Friday).”

Seven Mavericks scored in double figures, led by a season-high 28 points from reserve guard Currye Todd. Todd hit a whopping eight 3-pointers in the victory.

Joining Todd in double figures were “The Silent Assassin” – Josh Pace – with 23 points; P.J. Couisnard with 20; Jermaine Blackburn with 14; Brandon Davis with 13; Jon Rogers with 10; and Anthony Jackson with 10.

The Mavericks now head to Bowling Green, Kentucky, where they will face the sixth-ranked Bandits Sunday at Diddle Arena. Game time is 5 p.m. The Bandits are coached by Kevin Keathley, a former assistant to Mavs head coach Steve Tucker.

“We took care of what we needed to do here, and now we’ve got an even bigger game Sunday,” said Gayler. “We’ve had a good trip so far, and the guys have been able to get good rest despite the travel. We’re ready, rested, focused, and in the right mindset to go up to Bowling Green and finish the trip the way we planned.”

Tucker liked what he saw from his team Friday night, but realizes what still lies ahead before the Mavs head back home.

“Our Mavericks showed great poise (Friday) night in a tough game on the road,” said Tucker, who now sits at a league record 198 ABA victories in his career. “We will face one of our toughest challenges of the season on Sunday against Bowling Green.”

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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