ABA Finals notes – Championship Series begins tonight; Mavs to honor Military

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, April 11th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The wait is finally over.

After more than five months of preparation, regular season, and playoffs, the ABA Championship Series tips off tonight at 7 p.m. at historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The undefeated and defending champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks (30-0) face the third-seeded Miami Midnites (19-5), who are competing in their first ABA season, in a best two-of-three series for the league title.

“It’s very special to realize what we’ve accomplished to get this far in our inaugural season in the ABA,” said Miami head coach Damon Wilcox after his team knocked off second-seeded and two-time champion Jacksonville 121-106 Thursday night to reach the Series. “That being said, we still have work to do. We know how good the Mavericks are, and we’ll have to do something even more special to knock them off.”

All of the Championship Series games will be streamed live online and will be broadcast over radio.

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Radio: KRMD Sports Talk 100.7FM (CBS Sports Radio) (Click on the “Listen Live” tab at the top of the home page)

Sunday’s contest will tip off at 4 p.m., and Monday’s game (if necessary) is slated for a 7 p.m. start time.

***** Saturday night is Military Appreciation Night for the opening game. All current and former members of the Armed Forces, National Guard and Reserves receive free admission with valid military ID. A printable coupon for free military tickets is available on and

***** The Mavericks operations crew spent Friday installing two 8 ½-foot by 6 ½-foot digital screens above the scoreboard at mid-court in Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. The screens are being furnished by Digital Network Associates, and spokesman Travis Brocato says they should provide fans an exciting view of the action.

“These are great digital screens that will give fans the opportunity to get right into the action on the court,” said Brocato.

***** Several interesting faces have been in the crowd during the first three days of the ABA Finals.

++ Former Maverick guard and Shreveport-native Ed Horton has attended every game so far, spending time visiting with the current Mavs. Horton won last season’s ABA and Finals Most Valuable Player Awards.

“It’s good to see these guys again,” said Horton, who left the team in late December to play overseas. “We had a lot of success together, and I’m excited for them to be in position to win another championship.”

++ Terry Martin, Sr., head basketball coach at Monroe’s Richwood High School, is taking in the Finals to see two of his former players compete. Shreveport-Bossier center Kenneth Cooper and Jacksonville guard Terry Martin, Jr., won a state title under Martin, Sr., in 2005.

“I’m came out here to support Terry and Coop, and I am so happy for their success,” said Martin, Sr., a 1984 draft choice of the Atlanta Hawks after a great career at Louisiana-Monroe. “Obviously, I couldn’t be happier for my son, but Coop is almost like a son to me as well. These young men do things the right way, on and off the court.”

++ Bowling Green Bandits owner Bryan Loder flew in to attend the first two nights of the Finals.

“We are obviously disappointed not to be here as a team, but I wanted to come down and take in the Finals experience,” said Loder, who’s Bandits finished the season 20-3 and ranked fourth in the league’s power rankings. “Shreveport and the Mavericks organization have put together a truly special event.”

***** For a complete list of ABA Finals events and game schedule, visit or
***** Tickets for the Finals can be purchased at or the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum box office. Call 318/631-4930 for more ticket information. 
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