SB Mavs welcome Atlanta Aliens and Memphis Lions this weekend

Tuesday, November 25

By Kirk Copeland
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(Shreveport, LA)  – An exciting weekend of ABA action is in store at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, as the defending National Champion Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks put their 64-game winning streak (69 straight at home) on the line with games against the Atlanta Aliens on Saturday, November 29, and the Memphis Lions on Sunday, November 30.

The Mavericks have gotten off to a hot start this season, going 4-0 after big wins over North Texas and Jackson over this past weekend. Shreveport-Bossier is averaging a whopping 133 points per contest so far, and feature a deep and talented roster that includes several former league and Finals Most Valuable Players, as well as a host of 1st-team All-ABA players.

Most notable among the current squad are Shreveport-native and reigning MVP of both the league and the finals, Ed Horton, and MVP of both in 2009-10, Josh Pace. Both players are off to scorching starts, and are also strong team leaders off the court.

To say that the Atlanta Aliens have had a trying beginning to their season would be a huge understatement. On November 9, Aliens guard Markell Smith died tragically after collapsing on-court during Atlanta’s game against the Montgomery Black Hawks. Following Smith’s passing, the team postponed all activities leading up to Saturday’s game.

The Markell Smith Memorial Trust Fund has been established at Wells Fargo Bank – account number 8484525434/routing number 061000227 – to help with funeral arrangements and support his daughter, Maliah Smith.

The Mavericks, in a show of solidarity, wore black ribbons on their uniforms in honor of Smith over the weekend, and will continue to don the ribbons for this weekend’s contests.

On the court, the Aliens feature several players who spent their collegiate careers in Division I programs, including 6-foot-9 forward Chris Hines of the University of Alabama and 6-foot-5 guard Vincent Banks of the University of Cincinnati.

Other notables for Atlanta include 6-foot-9 center Johnny Lett of Auburn, 6-foot-8 guard Marquis Gilstrap of Iowa State, and 6-foot-8 forward Thomas Brown of Lamar University. Head coach Duck Richards’ team’s strength lies in its size, which surpasses any opponent that the Mavericks have faced this season.

Tip-off time for Saturday’s game vs. the Aliens is slated for 7 p.m.

The Memphis Lions (1-2), coached by first-year head man Larry Stepter, are a young, quick team, featuring crafty, smaller players that can put the ball on the floor and drive to the basket with authority.

Leading scorer TiRon Peoples, a 6-foot-4 guard/forward from Mid-Continent University, gained acclaim in 2012 when he won the Ball Till Ya Fall Slam Dunk Contest against some of the nation’s top collegiate players. Peoples scored 24 points in the Lions’ lone win of the season, a convincing 150-84 trouncing of the Delta Storm Saturday in Jonesboro, Arkansas.

Joining Peoples with big games against the Storm were Terry Leake, a 6-foot-4 forward from Delta State, who scored 20 points and snagged 15 rebounds; Turio Tumblin, a 6-foot-5 forward from LeMoyne-Owen College, who fired in 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and five steals; and Ralph Conley Jr., a 6-foot-6 forward, who dropped in 16 points to go with 10 rebounds, and six steals.

The Mavericks welcome the Lions Sunday, with an afternoon tip-off time of 4 p.m.

The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks have several exciting events and promotions in the upcoming weeks, beginning December 6-7 when the Mavs host the Tip-Off Classic for the second year in a row. The DFW Stars, Central Texas Rhythm and Indy Naptown All-Stars (from Indianapolis) will join the Mavericks for the two-day event at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

On Saturday, December 13, the Mavericks present Susan G. Komen Fight for the Cure Pink Out Night when they welcome the rival Jacksonville Giants, who the Mavs defeated in the National Championship Finals last season, to Shreveport. The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks support the fight against breast cancer, and encourage fans to wear pink to the game. By purchasing game tickets from your local Susan G. Komen chapter, a portion of proceeds go to the Northwest Louisiana Chapter. Tickets are available locally at 2015 Fairfield Avenue, Shreveport, La. 71104.

KMSS Fox 33 partners with the Mavericks on Saturday, December 20, for Fox Fan Free Night as the Montgomery Black Hawks come to town. Not only will free tickets be available through KMSS, but the Lady Mavs Dance Team will be hosting their Fall Dance Clinic.

Further details on these exciting events will be provided as we get closer to the dates of the promotions.

Tickets for 2014-15 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks games are on sale now at or at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum box office, which can be reached at (318) 631-4930.

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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