Quintet of SB Mavs lead 2015 All-ABA Championship Finals team

By Kirk Copeland
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Monday, April 13th

(Shreveport, LA.) – With a 30-points per game average in the Championship Series against the Miami Midnites this weekend at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, Anthony “A-Train” Jackson came away with Most Valuable Player honors for the 2015 American Basketball Association Championship Finals.

He has a lot of familiar company on the coveted team.

Four other Mavericks join the flamboyant guard on the 2015 All-ABA Championship Finals team along with two Midnites and one member of the Chicago Steam.

Point guard P.J. Couisnard, who sparked Sunday’s win, “The Silent Assassin” Josh Pace, and the “Twin Towers” of Jon Rogers and Brandon Davis rounded out the Mavericks’ contingent of players garnering honors. Miami’s Ray Taylor, who played valiantly in defeat in the Championship Series, and Will Frisby, who sent the Midnites into the weekend best-of-three series huge effort against Jacksonville, were named to the team, as well as Chicago’s Larry Dumas.

With their 92nd consecutive victory on Sunday night, the Mavericks (32-0) won their second straight and league-record fourth overall American Basketball Association Championship.

“I can’t even explain how I’m feeling right now,” said Jackson, who had a team season-high 42 points in Saturday night’s victory. “To win this, my third ABA title, (to win it) with this franchise, with these guys… it’s special, man. I can’t even believe it yet.”

Couisnard followed up an 11-point, 11-rebound effort in Saturday’s game one of the Championship Series with a sterling 32-point performance in the clincher. He was also the Finals MVP in 2011 when he pulled the feat with the Southeast Texas Mavericks.

Pace, the first player in ABA history to win the league MVP and Finals MVP when he did it in 2010 with the Mavs, took over down the stretch in game two Sunday. The three-time ABA champion scored six straight points in 45 seconds, then hit Jackson with a perfect bounce pass on for a fast-break bucket to seal the game.

Rogers and Davis both played their trademark stifling defense throughout the Finals, and combined for 35 points, 38 rebounds, and six blocked shots in the series with Miami. The Mavs gave up just 86 points per game in the Championship Series, due in large part to the stellar play of their frontcourt.

Taylor, who Shreveport-Bossier coach Steve Tucker called “one of the best we’ve ever played against", shone brightly in defeat in the series against the Mavs, averaging 30.5 points, five rebounds, and 3.5 assists.

Frisby was held in check for the most part by the Mavericks in the Championship Series, but his 29-point, 10-rebounds effort against Jacksonville in Thursday’s elimination game was one of the highlight performances of the entire Finals.

Dumas grabbed the attention of fans, media and opponents, despite his Steam dropping both games they played in Shreveport. In the opener against the Mavs, he scored 20 points with six rebounds and five steals as Chicago gave Shreveport-Bossier its toughest test of the season. He followed that up with a 26-point, 10-rebound game as the Steam fell to Jacksonville 99-81.

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