SB Mavs one win away from back-to-back titles after 109-81 win over Miami

By Kirk Copeland
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Saturday, April 11th

(Shreveport, LA.) – Anthony Jackson loves the playoffs.

As a member of the Jacksonville Giants last season, the “A-Train” fired in 40 points against the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks in defeat in the ABA Championship-clinching game.

He topped that Saturday.

Jackson scored seemingly at will, dropping in 14 of 19 shots from the field and 11 of 12 from the free-throw line on his way to a 42-point performance as the Mavericks beat the Miami Midnites 109-81 in game one of the best two-of-three ABA Championship Series at historic Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The Mavericks will meet the Midnites at 4 p.m. Sunday with the opportunity to sew up their second consecutive ABA Championship with a win. It would be the fourth overall for the franchise, most in league history.

“I love playing this time of year,” said Jackson, whose effort was a season-best for any Shreveport-Bossier player. “When the lights come on, I say ‘come on’, and we go get it. I was in that zone tonight, and I’ll be ready to do it again tomorrow.”

Jackson also had three blocked shots and seemed to be everywhere on the court. His steal and desperation four-point heave at the halftime buzzer buoyed the Mavericks (31-0) and seemed to take the wind out of the Midnites’ sails for good.

“The popcorn was popping, the lights were brighter, and Jack was on fire,” said Shreveport-Bossier head coach Steve Tucker after the Mavericks’ 91st win in a row. “It’s a joy to see a guy step up in clutch time and put on a performance like that.”

The Midnites (19-6) began the game on a 12-2 run, putting the Mavs in their biggest deficit of the season. Jackson, center Jon Rogers, and point guard P.J. Couisnard sparked the rally that gave the Mavericks a lead they would not relinquish.

“Hey, that Miami team over there is a very, very good team,” said Tucker. “We knew they were going to come out with a lot of emotion and adrenaline. We weathered that early storm, and when the adrenaline wore off, we were able to take control.”

Jackson did not start, but played a team-high 39 minutes.

“I know I give us that energy coming off the bench, and when Coach T calls on me, I go in and do what I do,” said Jackson.

Backcourt mate Couisnard had another stellar game from his point guard position, scoring 11 points with 11 rebounds. “The Silent Assassin” Josh Pace played to his MVP level, pumping in 16 points on 8-of-9 shooting to go with six rebounds.

Defensively, the Mavericks “Twin Towers” of Rogers and Brandon Davis were in typical swarming fashion, with Davis snaring a game-high 14 rebounds with nine points. Rogers scored 11 points, grabbed five rebounds, and swatted away two Miami shots in addition to his usual defensive prowess. During the first-quarter run that gave the Mavs the lead for good, Rogers got to the free throw line on three straight possessions and altered shot after shot from the Midnites.

Additionally, backup big man Kenneth Cooper once again drew praise from his head coach.

“Cooper is playing his best basketball since he’s been with us,” said Tucker. “He’s playing in big minutes because he’s earned that playing time, and he continues to make the most of it.”

Ray Taylor led Miami with 25 points, and Will Frisby notched a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds. No other Midnites players had more than eight points.

With the championship within reach, Tucker was cautious not to get ahead of himself.

“We have to take these games one at a time, not rest on what we’ve done or look ahead,” said Tucker. “We’ve played all season to get to this point, and now we have to go out tomorrow and finish the job.”

***** All of the Championship Series games are streamed live online and broadcast over local radio.

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Monday’s game (if necessary) is slated for a 7 p.m. start time.

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