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Beanie giveaway tops off big weekend scheduled for SB Mavericks

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Wednesday, February 25th

(Shreveport, LA.) – With just four regular-season home games remaining for the top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, the team welcomes two Texas squads to town for an exciting weekend of basketball at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

Saturday, February 28, with a 7 p.m. tip-off, the Mavs host the Texas RimRockers, a squad that has lost twice previously this season to Shreveport-Bossier at Hirsch. On Sunday, the Mavericks defend their home court against the Houston Horned Frogs with a regular afternoon start time of 4 p.m.

Fans attending the weekend’s festivities will want to arrive early, as the team is giving away official Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks beanies to the first 100 general admission ticketholders through the doors on both Saturday and Sunday. With the season winding down until the Finals at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum (starting April 7), this is a great reason to bring out the family to support your three-time ABA Champion Mavericks. As always, general admission tickets are half price on Sunday when you bring in your church bulletin.

The Mavericks (25-0) currently own a professional basketball record 85-game win streak, just three shy of the 88-game run that legendary coach John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins had in the 1960s. Shreveport-Bossier has also won 86 consecutive games at home, including a flawless 47-0 record at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. The Mavs are 59-0 since moving to Shreveport-Bossier from Southeast Texas in 2013, with its last loss coming in December of 2010.

Texas returns to Shreveport-Bossier with fewer weapons than the last time it played here on January 4, when it dropped a 145-88 decision despite playing a competitive first half. Both guard Taye Merriweather and center Tyler Jefferson signed with the UBA’s DFW Stars, who dropped a tough game to the Mavericks last Sunday at Hirsch.

The RimRockers still boast a pair of talented guards in Nolan Dennis and DeAndre Brown. Dennis scored 20 points on December 18 in Texas’ 130-88 loss to the Mavs, and Brown scored 27 points in the RimRockers January defeat.

Houston features highly-recruited high school star Valen Nelson. The 6-foot-1 guard attended Jack Yates High in Houston, also the alma mater of star Mavericks guard P.J. Couisnard, and played a year at TCU, averaging 15 points per game. A knee injury late in his freshman year derailed his college career, and he signed with Houston two months after a tedious rehab.

MAVS NOTES: ***** The Mavericks remain atop this week’s ABA National Power Rankings, where they have been all season. Other notable ranked teams this week include Jacksonville (#2), Bowling Green (#5), Providence (#8), Indy Naptown (#21), and Memphis (#28). The Mavericks have defeated Jacksonville, Bowling Green, Providence, and Memphis twice each this season, and Indy Naptown once. ***** Mavs Summer Camps are registering now. For further details, go to sbmavs.com. ***** Also coming this week, in anticipation of the ABA Championship Finals to be played at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum April 7-13, we will be publishing an ABA Playoff Primer to familiarize fans with how the playoffs work in the league. Look for it on sbmavs.com.

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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