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SB Mavericks rock Texas RimRockers in first game of weekend series

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, February 28th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks continued to gear up for the ABA Championship Finals Saturday night, overwhelming the Texas RimRockers from the opening tip en route to a 136-72 victory at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

Shreveport-Bossier (26-0) stretches its pro basketball record win streak to 86 games, two victories shy of the John Wooden-coached UCLA Bruins’ NCAA Division I record. The Mavericks are now 60-0 all-time since moving to Shreveport-Bossier and 48-0 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The Mavs wasted no time in asserting their dominance Saturday, sprinting out to a 43-12 lead after shooting 69.2% in the first quarter. The RimRockers (12-3), by comparison, were held to just 25% shooting in the first and 35.9% for the game.

“Sometimes it just seems like you get your shots open and they just keep going in,” said guard Currye Todd, who had a game-high 22 points along with seven boards. “We’re moving the ball really well, and that’s getting us some great looks.”

Head coach Steve Tucker was very pleased with the way his Mavs moved the basketball, leading to 26 team assists to just five for Texas.

“We have had some really good teams at moving the ball and sharing the ball,” said Tucker after his ABA-record 202 career victory. “I don’t know if we’ve ever had any team better at moving the ball than this team. I think P.J. (Couisnard), Anthony Jackson, and Ty Hamilton are playing great basketball at the point, and P.J. has taken to that new position sensationally. But our wings are playing very good also. Josh Pace and Jermaine Blackburn are playing lights out. Josh has played like an MVP again this season.”

With the guards pushing the energy level, Shreveport-Bossier got more stifling play from its big men, in particular The Twin Towers of Jon Rogers and Brandon Davis. Rogers scored 10 points, grabbed four rebounds, blocked two shots, and was a difference-maker on defense. Davis was his equal defensively and chipped in nine points, a team-high eight rebounds, and three blocks.

Joining Todd, Rogers, and Davis in double figures were Josh Pace with 18 points and six rebounds; newcomer Jonathan Phelps with 16 points in just 12 minutes; and Mike Crain with 11 points and five assists. Jackson and Hamilton paced the Mavericks with six assists each, and Kenneth Cooper joined Davis with eight boards.

Phelps, in just his third game with the team, was in double figures for the second time.

“It’s a privilege to come to a team like this and to contribute,” said Phelps, a Vicksburg, Mississippi native. “The Mavs have a championship tradition, and I am proud to come on board and help the team win.”

To get to that championship, as Tucker points out, the Mavericks still must win seven more games.

“We have been and will continue to use these remaining regular-season games to prepare for what we ultimately want to achieve, and that’s winning a championship,” said Tucker. “We know what’s ahead of us, and we will be prepared to meet the challenge.”

The Mavericks and RimRockers tip-off again Sunday afternoon at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, with the usual Sunday game time of 4 p.m. The first 100 general admission ticketholders will receive a free official Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks beanie. General admission seats are half-off when you bring your church bulletin to the game. Family ticket packages start as low as $25.

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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