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Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks thump South Houston in exhibition at LSUS

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

 

By Kirk Copeland

kirk@abamavericks.com

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(Shreveport, LA)  – The defending ABA National Champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks wrapped up their exhibition season in style Tuesday night as they walloped the South Houston Assault 122-96 at The Dock on the campus of LSU-Shreveport.

Four Mavericks scored in double figures, led by center Kenneth Cooper’s 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting. Cooper was once again active on the defensive end of the court and under the basket, and ignited the crowd at The Dock with a pair of thundering dunks late in the first half.

“The coaches tell me not to try to do to much, but my game is about hustle and defense,” said Cooper, who had 11 points Saturday as the Mavericks beat the BAFB All-Stars 70-38. “I was fortunate to get some good looks on the offensive end and score some points tonight, but defense and rebounding are where I build my game, and I felt like I did a pretty good job of that tonight.”

Joining Cooper in double figures were reigning ABA and Championship Finals Most Valuable Player Ed Horton with 15 points, point guard Anthony Jackson with 13 points, and point guard Chris Hagan with 10 points. Horton and Jackson were particularly effective in the third period when the Mavericks stretched out to a 42-point lead.

Center Chad Eichelberger fired in nine points and led the Mavericks with seven rebounds, four of which came on the offensive boards. Eichelberger had a key early blocked shot that sparked the Mavericks to a 27-point lead after the first period.

Swingman P.J. Couisnard joined Eichelberger with nine points, while guard Brandon Johnson led the Mavericks with five assists.

“I thought we looked a lot better tonight than we did Saturday at Barksdale,” said Mavericks assistant coach Albert Waldvogel, the acting head coach for Tuesday’s contest. “We got away from our normal rotation in the fourth quarter just to see if the guys could handle it stamina-wise. They responded well. I thought we played well on both ends of the court. We’re ready.”

Guards Devin Toliver and Kenny Taylor scored 18 points each to lead South Houston. No Assault player had more than two rebounds or assists.

The Mavericks will be holding a Season Tip-Off Party Thursday, November 6, at Horseshoe Riverdome in Bossier City from 7 p.m. to midnight. Highlights include the presentation of championship rings to the 2013-14 Mavericks, performances by the Lady Mavs Dance Team, DJ Love providing the music all night, a cash bar, and a chance to meet and mingle with the players. Must be 21 or older to attend.

Free tickets for the Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks Season Tip-Off Party are available at ALL local Metro PCS locations. Visit www.sbmavs.com for more information.

The Mavericks open the 2014-15 season Saturday, November 8, when they take on the Colorado Kings at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. A gate ticket for the State Fair of Louisiana gets you a FREE game admission OR purchase of a Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks game ticket gets you a free admission to the State Fair. Children 12 and under get in free. Visit www.sbmavs.com for complete game schedule and further information.

Tickets for 2014-15 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks are on sale now at www.sbmavs.com or at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum ticket office.

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