Anthony Jackson’s 35 points fuel Mavericks to 112-85 victory over Indianapolis

Anthony Jackson’s 35 points fuel Mavericks to 112-85 victory over Indianapolis

By: D. Harris

OWENSBORO— The Kentucky Mavericks put together a complete performance on Sunday afternoon at the Owensboro Sportscenter as they cruised to an easy 112-85 victory over the Indianapolis Diesels. Sunday’s win marks Kentucky’s fifth win over Indianapolis this season. The Mavericks also improve their record on the season to 18-1.

Anthony Jackson led all scorers with 35 points on 13-19 shooting from the floor. Jackson also drilled 5-7 three point field goals. Corey Wilford collected 21 points in the game, while Cordarius Johnson and Gerard DeVaughn each scored 10 points apiece. Johnson led the Mavs with eight rebounds, and a team-high five assists.

Kentucky forced Indianapolis into committing 19 turnovers, and out-rebounded the Diesels 42-36 in the game.


How it happened

It was another strong opening for the Kentucky Mavericks in the first quarter. An 11-3 start from Mavs had the Diesels shaken early right from the start. Indianapolis seemingly turned things right around with a quick 10-2 run from the Diesels to tie the game back up at 13 apiece.  However, the Mavs would respond with a 10-0 run of their own to re-take the lead for a 23-13 advantage. Kentucky remained out in front with a 25-17 lead after the first. Anthony Jackson led the Mavs with eight points in the quarter.

Another 9-4 run from the Mavs extended their lead out to double-digits at 32-21 in the first few minutes of the second quarter. Indianapolis’ 14-4 run shrunk Kentucky’s lead to 36-35, but the Mavericks would refuse to give up the lead. Anthony Jackson knocked down a corner three on the ensuing possession, which sparked a 17-5 run to go into halftime with their largest lead of the game at that point, at 53-40. Jackson scored eight more points in the second to lead all scorers with 16 points at the half.

The Mavericks used the third period as an offensive clinic, as Kentucky began to quickly blow the game wide open. The Mavs led 68-45, and everything was clicking on offense. The Mavericks were finding easy ways to score, as Anthony Jackson continued to fuel the offense. Jackson knocked down a triple with a hand in his face well behind the three point line, which gave Kentucky a comfortable 76-51 lead. Kentucky out-scored the Diesels 34-21 in the quarter, as they once again had the game well in hand at 87-61 heading into the final quarter.

The balanced scoring attack continued for the Mavericks in the fourth. Although Jackson was the main catalyst, everyone else on the floor was getting involved. Indianapolis just didn’t have an answer offensively, as the Mavericks’ defense stepped up their intensity too. By the end of the game, Kentucky had four players finish in double figures scoring. The Mavs also knocked down 13 three pointers in total throughout the contest, and finished the game shooting 47% from the field.

What’s next?

The Mavs will travel to Indianapolis to play the Diesels for the sixth time this season on Thursday, April 7th. The Mavs final regular season home game of the season will be on Friday, April 8th against the Danville Riverhawks.

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