SB Mavericks dominate 2015 All-ABA Team

By Kirk Copeland
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Tuesday, April 28th

(Shreveport, LA.) – The back-to-back American Basketball Association champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks placed a total of four players on the All-ABA teams for the 2014-15 season, the league announced last week.

Star swingman Josh Pace and center Jon Rogers were named to the league’s first team, joining Miami guard Ray Taylor, Chicago guard Andres Muse and Jacksonville guard Maurice Mickens.

Rogers’ “Twin Tower” teammate, forward/center Brandon Davis, leads the second team, along with Miami guard George Gray, Jacksonville center Jermaine “Slim” Bell, South Florida guard Marques Mathis, and Bowling Green forward/center Boris Siakam.

Mavericks point guard P.J. Couisnard highlights the third team, joined by Providence guard Shane DeRosa, Baltimore guard Terry Hosley, West Michigan guard Will Wright, and Chicago guard Larry Dumas.

"This was really tough this year," stated Steve Tucker, head coach of the Mavericks. "The talent this season was the best ever; virtually every ABA team had a very strong player that could have been recognized as an All-Star."

Pace, who was named to the ABA’s All-Decade Team on earlier this season, led the Mavs in scoring with a 17.7 points per game average, and added 7.4 rebounds and 5.8 assists per contest. “The Silent Assassin” took over down the stretch in the title-clinching game, scoring six points and assisting on another basket in less than a minute after the Miami Midnites had cut the lead to 13 points with four minutes to play.

Rogers was a defensive beast throughout the season, averaging 8.6 boards and 2.4 blocks per game, and his post presence was a major factor in the Mavs second-straight title and 92-game winning streak.

Davis joins Rogers to form the “Twin Towers”, effectively eliminating opponents’ inside games. The 6-foot-7 post player from South Alabama averaged 8.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game and played some of his best basketball in the ABA Finals.

Couisnard, who had never played at the point in his career until making the switch midseason, thrived in his new position and starred all season despite a nagging leg injury. The Wichita State graduate scored 11.5 points with 5.2 assists per game and ran the Mavs offense efficiently throughout.

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