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Kentucky Mavericks roll Danville Riverhawks 115-88 to win PBL Western Division

Kentucky Mavericks roll Danville Riverhawks 115-88 to win PBL Western Division

By: D.Harris

(Owensboro, KY)- It was a much easier effort for the Kentucky Mavericks at the Sportscenter on Sunday afternoon, as they cruised to a 115-88   victory over the Danville Riverhawks. Kentucky led the entire contest, as Danville never posed a threat to the Mavericks lead. Kentucky has now won all four meetings against the Riverhawks this season. The closest Danville has played the Mavericks all season was a 125-89 loss earlier in the year. With the win, the Mavericks improve to 15-1 on the season, and clinch the western division title.

Four Mavericks finished in double figures, including Corey Wilford, who scored a season-high 19 points. Mike Crain scored 17, Couisnard recorded 15, and Anthony Jackson chipped in 11 points. As a team, the Mavericks connected on 13 three point field goals throughout the game.

 

How it happened

It was a swift-paced start for the Mavericks, who immediately jumped out to a 20-7 advantage. The Mavs were knocking down three’s left and right, and had complete control of the game. Mike Crain connected on the sixth three pointer from the Mavs in the quarter to put them ahead of Danville 33-19 after one quarter.

The Mavs struggled offensively for most of the second quarter. Kentucky had trouble finding any baskets to fall in the first few minutes. Wilford knocked down a three from the wing to bring a much needed basket and momentum to the Mavericks’ offense. The Mavs opened up the lead to 16, but weren’t quite able to put the game out reach yet, as Danville cut the lead down to 55-43 heading into halftime.

In the first half, Kentucky was led by PJ Couisnard, who led all scorers with 13 points. Corey Wilford scored 11. The Mavs also drilled eight triples in the half.

Corey Wilford continued his spectacular outside shooting in the second half. He scored five straight points to put the Mavs ahead of the Riverhawks 62-45 in the third. Wilford also added on to his point totals with eight in the quarter to give him 19.

Kentucky’s stifling defense continued to give Danville problems all afternoon long. The Riverhakws offense struggled mightily in the third, and were held to just 19 points. The Mavericks had a commanding 82-62 advantage heading into the final quarter.

The Mavs cruised in the fourth quarter, as they increased their lead even more on Danville. Jon Rogers dropped an easy basket to put Kentucky ahead by 27 at 92-65. A 23-9 run opened up the lead all the way to 34, at 105-71, which was the Mavericks largest lead of the game.

 

What’s next?

The Mavericks will be back in action at the Sportscenter on Thursday, March 24th, where the play host to the Lake Michigan Admirals.

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