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High school All-Star games, intrasquad scrimmage highlight busy day for SB Mavericks

By Kirk Copeland
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kirk@abamavericks.com

Saturday, March 21st

(Shreveport, LA.) – Two exciting high school all-star games and a fiercely-competitive Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks intrasquad scrimmage made for a busy day at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum and the Mavericks Training Facility Saturday.

Early Saturday, Hirsch hosted the Louisiana High School Coaches’ Association Girls’ and Boys’ All-Star Games – sponsored by the Shreveport-Bossier Sports Commission – and was scheduled to provide the venue for Saturday evening’s Mavs scrimmage. After strong rains breached the roof, leaving several wet spots on the court, the scrimmage was shifted across Pershing Blvd. to the MTF.

The Gold team of P.J. Couisnard, Josh Pace, Mike Crain, Brandon Davis, Tyrone Hamilton, and Alex Sanders beat the White team of Anthony Jackson, Currye Todd, Chad Eichelberger, Kenneth Cooper, Jonathan Phelps, and Jermaine Blackburn 71-67. Todd scored a game-high 16 points for the White squad, while Pace (11 points) and Davis (10) led the Gold.

The biggest news from the scrimmage, however, had nothing to do with the final score.

Early in the first of four six-minute quarters, before the players had a chance to break a good sweat, center Jon Rogers got a black eye and bloody nose from an accidental elbow and sat out the rest of the game.

The good news is that Rogers’ injury does not appear to be serious, and he should miss little, if any, practice time.

The injury seemed to have an effect on the entire team, however, as each side had trouble settling down afterward.

“We had to make some adjustments with the teams due to Jon’s injury, and we were probably pretty shaken to see one of the best players in the league go down like that,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “Fortunately, he should be fine.

“Other than that, we got a lot of good work done, and we’re right where we want to be heading down this home stretch to the Finals. Still work to do, though.”

The top-ranked and defending ABA champion Mavs have already clinched the top seed and will host the Finals April 7-13 at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

In the first all-star contest of the day, Kalani Brown of Salmen High ignited a big second-half run to lead the East team to an 86-65 win over the West in the LHSCA Girl’s All-Star Game. Brown, a Baylor commit, was named the game’s Most Valuable Player after scoring 16 points. Local stars Kei McCoy (Airline), Gabby Jackson (Benton) Ashlyn Jacobs (Mansfield), Sara Housley (Stanley) and Princess Cohen (Natchitoches Central) all represented the area in the game, while Sheila Dupree (Plain Dealing), Kendra Neal (Mansfield) and Toni Martinez (C.E. Byrd) were members of the coaching staffs.

In the LHSCA Boys’ All-Star Game, Marlain Veal of Helen Cox High scored 18 points to nab MVP honors as the West defeated the East 119-100. Parkway’s Artavious Lynn and Lakeview’s Tay Hardy scored 11 points each, and Byrd star Chad Lott fired in 9 for the East. North Caddo’s Ka’davion Evans scored six points for the West team.

MAVS/ABA NOTES: The Mavericks got even stronger this week with guard Tony Hooper rejoining the team after a stint overseas. Hooper was back in town Saturday, but missed the scrimmage due to illness. He should return to practice this week.***** Saturday scores from the ABA Playoffs: Providence Sky Chiefs 116, Philly Spirit 104 (Providence faces the Baltimore Hawks Sunday at 2 p.m. in Providence); South Florida Gold 106, South Coast Fire 96 (South Florida meets the Miami Midnites Sunday at 4 p.m. in Miami); Birmingham Blitz 111, Memphis Lions 107 (Birmingham’s next opponent to be determined). The Austin BOOM and Texas Fuel face off Sunday at 7 p.m. in San Antonio.

(For further information on the ongoing ABA playoffs, visit sbmavs.com and abafinals.com)

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