Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks cruise to 62nd consecutive win with 118-87 road victory over Mobile Bay Tornadoes

November 16, 2014

By Kirk Copeland
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(Mobile, AL)  – The well-conditioned Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks followed a familiar formula Sunday afternoon in Mobile, wearing down the Mobile Bay Tornadoes in the second half en route to a 118-87 win, their professional basketball record 62nd-straight victory.

Head coach Steve Tucker was a man of few words after his squad blew open a tight game at halftime.

“It was a good win on the road,” said Tucker, who’s team improves to 2-0 on the young season.

The Mavericks held a 52-42 game at the half after a Mobile Bay run in the second quarter and were without reigning ABA and Finals MVP Ed Horton following a pair of technical fouls.

“It was not our best shooting night,” said Mavericks assistant coach Sarah Gayler. “But we hung in there pretty well and started knocking down a few more in the second half.”

The Big Ticket – Mavericks elder statesman Alex Sanders – provided the spark in the third quarter, coming off the bench to score 12 points in minimal minutes.

“That’s what Ticket does time and time again,” said Gayler. “He comes in and gives us a boost on both ends of the floor.”

Seven Mavericks scored in double figures in the win, led by a monster performance from Louisiana-Monroe product Tony Hooper. The 6-foot point guard from Monroe scored 15 points to go with nine rebounds, nine assists, two steals and a blocked shot.

“Tony was on his game today,” said Gayler. “He was definitely our player of the game. He played great today.”

Joining Hooper and Sanders in doubles for the Mavericks were power forward Jon Rogers with 13 points; guard P.J. Couisnard with 12 points and 12 rebounds to lead the team; power forward Brandon Davis with 11 points and nine boards; point guard Chris Hagan with 11 points; and shooting guard Anthony Jackson with 11 points. Former ABA MVP Josh Pace played his normal solid game, firing in nine points and pulling down eight rebounds.

“We wore them down in the second half,” said Gayler. “That’s our game. We didn’t have the greatest shooting night, but we played together, didn’t get down, and got a nice road win.”

The Mavericks return home for a pair of games next weekend (November 22-23), including two very special promotions Saturday night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

The North Texas Fresh is the opponent Saturday for the Salvation Army Angel Tree Project Night. Bring a toy for donation for free admission to the game, or pick an angel off our tree and be paired with a local family in need for the holidays.

Saturday night is also Veterans Appreciation Night, with all veterans of our Armed Forces receiving $3 off general admission tickets or $10 off courtside seats. Tip-off for Saturday’s contest is slated for 7 p.m.

Sunday, the Mavericks welcome the Jackson Showboats for an afternoon game at Hirsch. Game time is set for 4 p.m.

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

The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks and KSLA News 12 have partnered to give you the latest Mavs news and fun giveaways right on your cell phone. All you have to do is text “Mavericks” to 81212 to get involved.

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