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Kentucky Mavericks torch Danville Riverhawks 118-62 in final regular season game

Kentucky Mavericks torch Danville Riverhawks 118-62 in final regular season game

By: D.Harris

OWENSBORO— The Kentucky Mavericks absolutely smoked the Danville Riverhawks 118-62 on Friday evening at the Owensboro Sportscenter. Friday night marks Kentucky’s final regular season game. With the win, the Mavericks end the regular season with a 19-1 record, and also add on to their 100-plus consecutive home victories.

Eight Mavs players finished in double figures, Dwayne Lathan led the way with 18 points on 8-14 shooting from the field. Anthony Jackson, Jon Rogers, Mike Crain, Cordarius Johnson, Gerard DeVaughn, and Rafael Johnson all scored at least 10 points in the game.

The Mavericks’ defense forced Danville into committing 28 turnovers. The Mavs also knocked down eight three pointers in total during the course of the game. Kentucky shot 50% from the field during the game too.


How it happened

Right out of the gate the Mavericks exploded out to a huge 17-0 lead. After a dominating first five minutes from the Mavs, the game was essentially all but over.

Mike Crain knocked down two quick three’s, and the rest of the Mavs on the floor were scoring in easy fashion. The Mavericks shot 7-14 from the field, while Danville was 0-12 in the opening segment of the game.

The Mavs’ offense cooled down for the next few minutes of the quarter, but Kentucky extended its advantage all the way out to 25-7 at the end of the quarter.

Danville was held scoreless for the first five minutes of the game. The Riverhawks were without a made field goal until the 4:33 mark of the first quarter, and shot just 9 % from the floor on 2-21 shooting.

The Riverhawks cracked double digits as a team with nine minutes to play before halftime. The Mavericks led 43-18 early on in the second, and the lead continued to get larger, as Kentucky blew the game open all the way to 53-20.

Seemingly everything the Mavs were doing in the second quarter was working, while Danville’s woeful shooting continued. The Mavericks led by 33 at halftime, with the score at 59-26. The Riverhawks shot just 10-42 from the field in the first half. Corey Wilford led all scorers with 14 points at the break, and the Mavs as a team shot nearly 50% from the floor in the half.

In the second half, the domination continued. Kentucky doubled-up the lead on the Riverhawks at 72-36 halfway through the quarter. A 19-4 run from the Mavs added on to the lopsided lead even more.

The Mavericks led 81-40, and were doing it all by shutting down Danville’s offense and forcing the Riverhawks into making costly turnovers. Kentucky’s ability to score in the fast-break with ease was a key factor in the third quarter.

Even though the Mavs led 92-45 in the fourth quarter, they continued to play with energy on both sides of the ball. This also included their full-court press defense. The Mavericks used their same formula of defense, which led to even more easy uncontested baskets.

Kentucky’s largest lead of the contest was 59, at 118-59.


What’s next?

The Mavericks will host the Midwest Division Playoff game on April 16th at 7 p.m.at the Owensboro Sportscenter.


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