SB Mavericks finish regular season unbeaten with win over Texas All-Stars

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, March 7th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks finished off their second straight undefeated regular season Saturday night, dominating the Texas All-Stars from start to finish in a 142-102 victory before a huge crowd at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

With the win, the Mavericks finish the regular season 28-0 and have already qualified for next month’s ABA Championship Finals at Hirsch Coliseum as the top seed. Before last season’s team did it, no professional basketball team had ever finished a regular season unbeaten. The Mavs have now won 88 straight games dating to December of 2010, equaling the record run of John Wooden’s UCLA Bruins of the 1960s. Since moving to Shreveport-Bossier in 2013, the Mavericks are 62-0 overall, including a perfect 50-0 record at Hirsch.

“To have back-to-back undefeated regular seasons is uncharted territory,” said Shreveport-Bossier head coach Steve Tucker after his ABA-record 203rd career win. “To do what we’ve done is pretty remarkable. We get the other team’s best effort every game, and for 88 straight games, we’ve found a way to get it done. Ultimately, though, this won’t mean much if we don’t go out and finish.”

The Mavericks scored five points before the All-Stars got the ball past halfcourt and never looked back. Nine Mavs scored in double figures, and Shreveport-Bossier outrebounded Texas 54-32.

“I thought we came out focused on this job today and weren’t looking ahead,” said “The Silent Assassin” Josh Pace, who scored 18 points and led the Mavs with 10 rebounds. “Most of us have been here before, so we kind of know what to expect when you’re preparing for a championship run. Having the depth that we have on this team is a major plus. We’re all pretty fresh because we have so many players on this team that have talent and know Coach T’s system.”

To its credit, Texas refused to quit, and actually outscored the Mavericks in the fourth quarter 33-32.

“They’re a pro basketball team over there and they played well,” said Tucker. “Dallas Hunter and Eric Tisby are real good players, and they fought all four quarters. We beat a talented team tonight.”

Joining Pace in double figures were Anthony Jackson with a team-high 22 points and seven boards in just 16 minutes; P.J. Couisnard with 15 points and six assists; Mike Crain with 14 points; Jon Rogers with 13 points and seven rebounds; Kenneth Cooper with 13 points and four rebounds; Brandon Davis with 12 points and 10 boards; Alex Sanders with 10 points, all in the fourth quarter; and Jermaine Blackburn with 10 points and three assists.

The Mavericks will take a much-needed week off before beginning preparation in earnest for the ABA Championship Finals, slated for April 7-13 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. The Mavs will play April 7 in Game Two of the night, with a tip-off time of approximately 8 p.m. (depending on prior game length).

“I’m glad to get the salad out of the way, but I’m ready for the main course,” said Tucker. “We’re four wins away. The Finals are going to be five days of hell. Teams are coming in here for two reasons: to beat us and to win a championship. Last year was the hardest championship I’ve ever won and I expect this year to be more of the same. As much as these other teams want us, we want them more.”

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