Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks erupt in second half to beat Atlanta Aliens

November 29, 2014

By Kirk Copeland
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(Shreveport, LA)  – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks stormed out of the halftime locker room, scoring 105 points in the second half as they ran away from the undermanned Atlanta Aliens, 173-93, Saturday night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum, the 65th consecutive win for the Mavs.

“I didn’t think we took good care of the ball, didn’t play real good on defense in the first half,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “I gave them their first ‘Fireside Chat’ at halftime. The flies on the wall were holding on for dear life. I thought we responded in a manner that was conducive to winning in the second half.”

Eight players rang up double figures for the Mavericks (5-0), led by 29 points from Tony Hooper, 17 of which came in the third quarter as Shreveport-Bossier outscored Atlanta 54-22.

“Coach got after us a little bit at halftime,” said Hooper, who shot 10-of-14 from the field and also dished out four assists. “We knew we couldn’t play the way were doing in the first half, and I wanted to come out and give us a spark. Coach stays on me to be aggressive and take the ball to the basket, and I was able to do that and get my shots to fall tonight.”

As big as Hooper’s third quarter was, Currye Todd’s fourth was even bigger. The 6-foot-5 guard from Lamar University fired in 23 points in the final period to finish with 27 in the game. At one point, Todd hit five straight jumpers, including three 3-pointers.

“My shot was really falling tonight,” said Todd. “Last year, the guys called me and P.J. (Couisnard) ‘The Splash Brothers’, because we were the best shooters on the team, and tonight I was able to carry on my half of that nickname.”

Joining Hooper and Todd with doubles were Southwood High’s Ed Horton (21 points), Kenneth Cooper (19, including 13 in the fourth), Josh Pace (15), Mike Crain (15), Chris Hagan (13) and Anthony Jackson (10). Cooper led the Mavericks with 10 rebounds, and Hagan chipped in 13 assists to top the team.

The Aliens (3-1) were playing with just six players dressed after the tragic death of guard Markell Smith on November 8. Smith collapsed on the court against the Montgomery Black Hawks and passed away shortly afterward.

“It’s been tough on us to get back in the right frame of mine,” said Atlanta head coach Duck Richards. “I was proud of the way we hung together through all this and played a great team tough for at least a half.”

“It was another good team effort for our guys,” said Tucker. “We improved a lot in the second half. We had nine turnovers in the first half and finished with 10 for the game. If we continue to take care of the ball and play like we did in the second half, I’ll be happy.”

The Mavericks return to action Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. when they welcome the Memphis Lions (1-2) to Hirsch Memorial Coliseum.

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