Shreveport, LA (Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks) — The Dallas Diesel were the latest team to fall victim to the streak – the Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks’ winning streak, that is.
With Thursday night’s 121-85 victory, the Mavericks are 19-O for the season - and more determined than ever to hold onto the #1 spot in the American Basketball Association (ABA) Power Rankings.
The Mavericks came out quickly and controlled the game from the tip-off to the final buzzer.
“Center Jon Rogers and power forward/center Brandon Davis set the pace, and the Diesels just couldn’t catch up,” said Steve Tucker, Mavericks’ president and head coach. “This brings the Mavs to 45 consecutive wins.”
Point guard Tony Hooper hit several key baskets in the first quarter, and guards Ed Horton and Mike Crain chipped 3 pointers to widen the spread.
With 20 points to his credit, point forward/center Alex Sanders raised the bar for the Mavericks’ top scorers, but Hooper was right on his heels with 19 points. The Mavs’ other leading scorers were Horton and guard Trey Moore with 14 points each; and Crain and guard Currye Todd with 10 points each.
The Diesel’s leading scorers were Dallas Hunter with 31 points; Drew Jenkins with 16 points; and Tony Williams with 10 points.
The Mavericks have home court advantage again this weekend when they face-off against the Conway Cyclones at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb 8, and the Denton Destroyers at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 9, at Hirsch Coliseum.
During Sunday’s game, fans will get an opportunity to meet other Louisiana sports stars Kendra Neal, Amanda Wilson, Cherokee Rhone and Larry Anderson.
Neal, who played women’s basketball for Louisiana Tech from 1992 to 1996, is currently the head coach for Mansfield High. Wilson, who played for Louisiana Tech from 1995 to 1999, was drafted into the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and played power forward/center for the Phoenix Mercury and Louisiana Suns.
Rhone played for Centenary from 1979 until he was drafted by the Portland Trailblazers in the 1982 National Basketball Association (NBA) draft.
A cornerback and kick returner who also attended Centenary, Anderson was drafted into the National Football League in 1978, and played seven seasons for the Pittsburgh Steelers and Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts. His tenure with the Steelers included back-to-back Super Bowl wins in 1979 and 1980.
For tickets or more information about Saturday’s face-off with the Cyclones or Sunday’s match-up against the Destroyers, visit www.abamavericks.com.