Kentucky Mavericks Crush Danville Riverhawks 125-89 to Improve to 3-0

For Immediate Release 

January 18, 2016 

(Owensboro, KY)-  Even though it was just the second home game of the year, the Mavs continued to show their dominance on both sides of the ball, in their obliterating 125-89 win over the Danville Riverhawks on Monday evening at the Owensboro Sportscenter. It was the largest margin of victory for the Mavericks so far this season, and their highest point total in a game as well. The Mavs were coming off of a 113-88 thrashing victory over the Lake Michigan Admirals heading into tonight’s contest.

Throughout the entirety of the opening quarter the Mavericks’ defense was holding their own. They were also able to force several turnovers on the Riverhawks, which led to multiple easy fast-break baskets that gave the Mavs the early edge. Danville committed 12 turnovers in the half. The highlight of the first quarter was when PJ Cousinard knocked down a three and drew a foul to convert the four point play to open lead up to 16-4. The Mavs led 19-6 at the halfway point of the quarter.

Dwayne Lathan came off the bench and gave a quick spark to the offense to give Mavericks a sizable lead. Lathan finished with nine points in the first half. The Mavs offensively did a tremendous job of sharing the ball with everyone on the floor, and led 32-17 after one quarter of play.

Danville opened the second quarter with an 8-2 run, and were able to cut the lead momentarily to single digits. After a couple of sloppy minutes from the Mavericks, they began to find their rhythm again. After Danville’s quick run, the Mavericks were able to hold the Riverhawks to only seven points throughout the rest of the quarter. Their defense also forced the Riverhawks into taking many difficult shots, and held Danville to only 23% shooting from the floor in the half.

The Mavs finished the quarter on a 22-7 run, and held a comfortable 56-32 advantage at the break. Anthony “The Jet” Jackson led all scorers with 16 points in the first half. The Mavericks shot 44% from the floor as a team.

The lead began to surge even more for the Mavs in second half. The offense was flowing crisply, as the team collected 17 points in the first six minutes of the third period to lead by nearly 30 points. Dwayne Lathan’s offensive presence continued to show. Lathan knocked down a corner three, and then proceeded to drive to the basket on the next possession for an easy score. He added 10 points in the third quarter, giving him 19 points, as the game was well intact with the Mavs ahead 91-62.

The fourth quarter was the same story. The Mavs found easy baskets with good ball movement on offense, and Danville was unable to produce anything to match on their end. The Riverhawks were shut down for seemingly the whole game, and never posed a threat to the Mavericks’ lead. Coach Steve Tucker discussed the team’s convincing win. “We had good offensive execution, and I was really happy with our young guys as well.”

Six Mavericks finished in double figures scoring, as Dwayne Lathan finished with a season-high 29 points in the blowout victory. Lathan led all scorers in points, and finished with 12 field goals made on 13 shots attempted. Mike Crain dished out a team-high six assists. Brandon Davis and Cordarius Johnson both brought in 10 rebounds apiece. The Mavericks also added 69 bench points, and finished the contest shooting nearly 55%.  

The Mavericks are back in action at the Sportscenter on Thursday, January 21st, as they take on the Indianapolis Diesels. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. The game will be televised on ESPN3, and can also be found locally on radio at 102.7 The Game.

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