Mavericks take care of Indianapolis Diesels 122-96

Mavericks take care of Indianapolis Diesels 122-96

January 21, 2016

By: Daniel Harris

(Owensboro, KY) - It may have been cold outside, but the Kentucky Mavericks were heating it up on the hardwood on Thursday evening at the Sportscenter. After a slow start, the Mavs found their groove and rolled past the Indianapolis Diesels 122-96 to improve to 4-0 on the season.

The game was quickly off to a fast pace in the opening minutes. The Diesels knocked down two early three point attempts to build a quick 6-0 lead right off the bat. Later on, Indianapolis led 11-5, but then began to fall apart on both sides of the ball. The Mavericks found their offense through Jon Rogers’ dominating presence down low, and PJ Couisnard running the floor on fast break opportunities.

The Mavs preceded to go on an 18-0 run to re-take lead at 23-11 halfway through the first quarter. The Diesels would not score again until the 3:54 mark of the quarter. However, Indianapolis would finish the quarter on a hot streak, and cut into the Mavericks’ big lead to make it 30-27 after one quarter of play.

The Mavericks would add eight points on consecutive possessions swiftly into the second quarter to re-build their lead back to double digits at 38-26. After that, the Diesels were able to out-score the Mavs 15-6 to make it a one possession game at 44-41, as the Mavs found themselves in a dry spot on offense. Anthony Jackson scored eight in the quarter, and was a key catalyst in keeping the Mavericks ahead in the contest.

Kentucky ended the quarter on a high note thanks to Tony Hooper, who scored the final five points in the last minute to make it 58-45 at the break. Jackson led the Mavs in scoring with 13 points, while Couisnard and Hooper chipped in with 12 and 10 points respectively. The Mavs also provided 14 bench points, and scored 28 points in the paint in the first half.

The Mavericks were hitting on all cylinders early in the third. Kentucky out-scored Indianapolis 14-5 in the first three minutes of the quarter. Tony Hooper’s behind the back no-look to pass to Alex Sanders, who slammed it home moments later, ignited the crowd as the Mavs built a 22 point advantage at 74-52. The game really started to get away from the Diesels in the quarter. Hooper continued to be an essential contributor, giving the Mavs a much needed energy boost. The Mavericks ran solid offensive sets sharing the ball with each other, as they out-scored Indianapolis 30-21 to hold an 88-66 lead going into the final quarter.

The margin stayed the same throughout the fourth quarter. The game began to get a bit choppy, and the Diesels had multiple technical fouls called on them, resulting in ejections. The Mavericks took advantage of the Diesels miscues, and continued to pour it on offensively. The Diesels committed 24 turnovers throughout the contest.

Coach Steve Tucker gave his insights on the game “They are a veteran team. We knew we would be tested. I thought that we played really well defensively”

Seven Maverick players finished in double figures scoring, including PJ Couisnard who scored a team-high 21 points on 7-12 shooting from the field. Couisnard also provided a team-high seven assists, and brought in seven rebounds. Brandon Davis collected a double-double with ten points and ten rebounds. The Mavericks as a team shot 50% from the floor, and also shot 84% from the free throw line.

The Mavericks will be back in action on January 23rd, when they travel to Racine, WI to take on the Racine Storm.

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