SB Mavs overwhelm North Texas, 144-45, in night of special promotions

November 22, 2014

By Kirk Copeland
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(Shreveport, LA) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks paid tribute to veterans and active duty military, welcomed the Salvation Army Angel Tree Project to Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, then went out and swamped the North Texas Fresh, 144-45 Saturday night before a frenzied crowd of over 1,400.

“We came out and took apart a very good basketball team tonight,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker after his squad rolled to its professional basketball record 63rd-straight win. “We only beat them last season by 18 and by 24, so an effort like this is outstanding. This team is a load this year. Our depth is outstanding, and we’ve got a lot of heart at both ends of the court.”

The most telling statistic of the night? The Mavericks held North Texas to just 13 points in the second half, while throwing down 15 dunks in the contest.

“That’s a crazy stat to hear,” said Mavs guard P.J. Couisnard, who had 16 points. “We played really well, and I think that just shows how good we were playing defensively to be able to set up that many high-percentage baskets.”

Shreveport-Bossier placed a whopping nine players in double figures, led by Monroe-native Kenneth Cooper’s 17 points in his first action of the season.

“It felt good to get back out there and contribute to a big win like this one,” said Cooper, who also led the Mavs with two blocked shots and snatched five rebounds. “Our defense was awesome tonight, and we played well as a team.”

Joining Cooper and Couisnard in doubles was Anthony Jackson (14), Brandon Davis (13), Shreveport-native Ed Horton (11), Currye Todd (11), Chad Eichelberger (11), Josh Pace (10), and Brandon Johnson (10). Eichelberger led with six rebounds, while Horton topped the team with seven assists.

“This was a great win for us as a team,” said Davis, who got the Mavs off to a fast start with seven points and two dunks in the first quarter. “Personal stats don’t mean much to me. I prefer to focus on how we play as a team, and I thought we played very well together tonight.”

Tucker also singled out Horton for his performance. The reigning ABA and National Championship Finals MVP added great leadership to his great performance on the floor.

“Horton is playing like an MVP again, and his leadership on this team is unquestioned,” said Tucker. “He plays hard at both ends, and plays well at both ends. He’s one of the most important players on this team, and he may be better this year than he was last year.”

With a 99-point win and so many of his players already having great years, Tucker would have every reason to be content, but the coach was not resting on his laurels, still coaching the team hard even late in the fourth quarter.

“I’m excited, I’m happy, but I’m not satisfied,” said Tucker. “We still have a lot of areas for improvement on this team, but we’re on the right track.”

The Mavericks play the Jackson Showboats Sunday, with an early 4 p.m. tip-off at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. Tickets for 2014-15 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks games are on sale now at or at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum ticket office.

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