SB Mavericks face Texas All-Stars Saturday in regular-season finale

By Kirk Copeland
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Wednesday, March 4th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks get their final regular season test before the Championship Finals this Saturday, March 7, when they face the Texas All-Stars at historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

Tip-off for the contest is 7 p.m., and to celebrate the last game of the season prior to the Finals, the Mavericks are giving away free general admission tickets to everyone. Call the Hirsch Box Office at (318) 631-4930 for more information.

The All-Stars are a team comprised of former NBA D-League and international professional players. Several of the All-Stars, including Dallas Hunter and Jacolby Anderson, have been through Shreveport-Bossier earlier this year as members of the Dallas Diesel of the UMBL.

Hunter, who also played for the North Dallas Vandals of the ABA, is a 6-foot-5 guard from Texas A&M-Commerce. In 2014 as a member of Real Club de Lima, he won the All-Peruvian Liga Nacional Most Valuable Player Award, leading his squad to Peruvian Liga de Lima and Peruvian Liga Nacional championships.

Anderson has been a teammate of Hunter’s since 2012 when both were with the Vandals. The pair have since gone on to play together with the Diesel and Real Club de Lima. The athletic 6-foot-2 guard played collegiately at Minnesota-Crookston, where he averaged over 24 points per game his senior season. He should be the All-Stars top offensive weapon, as evidenced by his 35 points per game average while playing in Bolivia in 2014. Anderson also scored 21 per contest with Real Club de Lima last year.

Other players of note for Texas are Richard Thomas, a forward from Grambling State University, and Quincy Diggs, who averaged 12.8 points and 4.6 rebounds as a senior at Akron in 2014. Diggs was named second-team All-MAC that season.

“These guys have good size and good talent,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “We’re excited to be playing against a club of this caliber as we prepare for the Championship Finals April 7 at Hirsch Coliseum. We have prepared all season for this time of year, and now is the time to take care of our business.”


ABA PLAYOFFS AND FINALS: The ABA National Championship Finals, which will be played at Shreveport’s Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, will begin Tuesday, April 7, with all games slated to be seen globally on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app for mobile devices. The final game of the series will be either Sunday, April 12, or Monday, April 13 (if necessary). The top four teams in the ABA will compete in a double-elimination format, with a best two-of-three game championship series starting Saturday, April 11.

The top-ranked Mavericks (27-0), winners of the ABA’s Gulf Coast Division, have already clinched a spot in the Finals. The final three teams will be determined by divisional and regional tournaments to be held March 14-15 and March 21-22 respectively.

#2 VS. #3: The #2-ranked Jacksonville Giants (26-3) and the #3-ranked Miami Midnites (16-3) geared up for their season-ending showdown series with convincing wins last week. Jacksonville blew out the Fayetteville Flight twice (163-108, 145-96), while Miami beat the #5-ranked Baltimore Hawks 108-87. The Giants and Midnites square off both Saturday and Sunday to finish the regular season.

BANDITS ON THE ROAD: The #4-ranked Bowling Green Bandits, coached by former Mavericks assistant Kevin Keathley, ended their regular-season home schedule in style Sunday, whipping the Southern Illinois Monarchs 150-91. The Bandits (18-3) travel to play the Georgia Gwizzlies Saturday and the Montgomery Blackhawks Sunday.

REGION OF DOOM: The South East Regional Tournament, to be held in Jacksonville March 21-22, could feature four of the top 11 teams in the ABA’s power rankings. #2 Jacksonville, #3 Miami, #4 Bowling Green, and #11 South Florida could all qualify for the Regional, meaning only one could advance to the Championship Finals.

A HOST OF HOSTS: ***** The #5-ranked Baltimore Hawks (13-4) will host a Divisional Round Tournament, also featuring the #13 Richmond Elite and the #18 North Carolina Coyotes, at St. Frances Academy March 14-15. ***** The #8-ranked Providence Sky Chiefs (12-7) will host the North East Regional Tournament March 21-22. ***** The #9-ranked Arizona Scorpions (15-2), favorites to win the Western Region, host a Divisional Round Tournament March 14-15. ***** The #11-ranked South Florida Gold will host a Divisional Round Tournament March 14-15.

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