ABA Finals Return to Shreveport
(Phoenix, AZ) The American Basketball Association is pleased to announce that the 2015 American Basketball Association National Championships series will again be held in the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum at Shreveport, Louisiana.
“The decision to again give the finals series to the Mavericks Organization to host is largely based on their professionalism showed in the past” said CEO Ron Tilley. “We also like to reward the defending champions of the league by allowing them to host the following season.
The 2015 ABA National Championship Finals will be held at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum from April 14-19, 2015 and will be broadcast on ESPN3. Tickets for 2014-15 Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks are on sale now at www.sbmavs.com or at the Hirsch Memorial Coliseum ticket office.
Campbell carves out basketball career with Showboats
The Vicksburg Post recently posted an amazing article on Cordaryl Campbell of the Jackson Showboats. The article highlights the journey of this young man and illustrates the obsticles he had to overcome to be on his current path. You can read the full article here
SB Mavericks keep win streak alive with 113-96 win over #2-ranked Jacksonville
(Shreveport, LA.) – The Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks, top-ranked in the ABA power rankings all season, faced their toughest task to date Saturday night at Hirsch Memorial Coliseum when they welcomed #2-ranked Jacksonville to town.
Like so many before, the Giants left with a loss.
The Mavericks opened the game on a 10-0 run, then closed with another after Jacksonville had pulled within seven late in the fourth to defeat the Giants 113-96 on Pink Out Night for breast cancer awareness at the Hirsch.
The victory extends the Mavericks’ professional basketball record to 69 consecutive wins overall and 74 straight at home. Shreveport-Bossier is now 9-0 on the season.
“It’s a great win, a great win,” said Mavericks head coach Steve Tucker. “Any time you beat a team of the caliber of Jacksonville, it’s huge. I thought we controlled them pretty well for three of the four quarters, and had some players play great ballgames. We’re happy, but not satisfied, and now we can go on and focus on the next challenge.”
The Mavs depth once again proved to be the biggest factor, as five players scored in double figures, led by spectacular performances from Tony Hooper, Ed Horton and P.J. Couisnard.
“I just wanted to be aggressive and do the things Coach asks of us,” said Hooper, who led Shreveport-Bossier with 18 points – including 11 in the second quarter – to go with four rebounds and four assists. “There were times in the game where we needed big shots, and I felt great out there. It’s a huge win against a great team. It sets us up for the rest of the season now.”
As good as Hooper was, Horton and Couisnard were just as efficient, if not as flashy.
Horton scored 16 points to go with five rebounds and a team-high six assists. The reigning ABA and National Championship Finals MVP was particularly effective in the second period, when the Mavs were building a double-digit lead for the first time, scoring nine points in the frame.
Couisnard, meanwhile, had 16 points, four rebounds, two assists, a team-high four steals, and was a scorching 4-of-5 from behind the 3-point arc. Couisnard, who Tucker called “one of the three best players in the ABA” after the game, scored five of his points in the last run as Shreveport-Bossier iced the game with authority.
“Coach has called on me to hit big shots before, and I’ve been fortunate to hit a lot of them,” said Couisnard, who has fought through a sore knee all season. “Last year in the finals, when I was not having my best game, I heard ‘P.J.!’ and I went in and hit the shot. Coach has a lot of faith in me, and I’m glad I can go out and do the things he asks of me.”
Jacksonville (5-1), who is the first team this season to take a lead at any point in a game against the Mavericks (16-14 with 4:20 left in the first), did everything it could to get back in the game despite being down by as many as 26 in the fourth. Guard Trey Guidry did the majority of that nearly on his own, finishing with a game-high 31 points, including 15 in the final period. His free throws with just over two minutes to play brought the Giants to within 103-96.
Then, as they’ve done so many times before, the Mavericks pulled away for another double-digit victory.
“I think we’ve got several areas we can improve on, but this was a great win for us,” said Tucker. “We’ll keep working and striving to get even better. This was a very positive step for this team this year.”
The Mavericks return to action Thursday, December 18, when they welcome the Texas Rim Rockers to Hirsch Memorial Coliseum. This weekend, December 20-21, the Mavericks will host the Montgomery Black Hawks in back-to-back games on Saturday and Sunday.
Jacksonville Giants Collects Canned Goods
Jacksonville Giants Basketball Team Collects Over 1000 Canned Goods and Trained over 150 young basketball hopefuls
While most people were shopping for gifts, enjoying family, or sleeping off Thanksgiving delectables, the ABA Jacksonville Giants basketball team and Godspeed Elite Sports Performance (Godspeed) worked out to support the community.
Sarah Brakin, basketball coordinator for Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League, contacted the Giants and Godspeed Elite and asked if they would be willing to teach basketball skills in return for donated canned goods. She received an immediate “YES.”
Nearly 150 young basketball players turned out Friday, November 28, 2014, for the two sessions to train with the 2012 and 2013 National Champions Jacksonville Giants. Brakin could not believe the turnout and commented, “The kids love the Jacksonville Giants and respect the professional skills and experience of Godspeed Elite owner James Coleman.”
Coleman’s Godspeed training center is the “OFFICIAL TRAINING SPONSOR” of the Jacksonville Giants.” Joe Miller, Vice President of the Giants, explained: “Our Giants players work out at Coleman’s facility every week. According to our Head Coach Kevin Waters, Coleman and his team of trainers give the Giants a competitive advantage over other teams.”
The Jacksonville Giants will donate and deliver all food and cash donations to one of the Giants’ charitable partners, United Community Outreach Ministry (UCOM). Miller said, “For over 35 years, UCOM has owned and operated a food pantry in the historical church on Old St. Augustine Road just north of Emerson. UCOM’s commitment to giving is so outstandingly strong that they quietly do God’s work without any concerns about recognition. In October, UCOM contacted the Giants and expressed concern that their food pantry was getting bare earlier than usual this time of the year. Their desperate need for help laid the foundation for the Giants’ partnering with Riverside Presbyterian. Today’s generous collection will be a timely contribution for UCOM’s mission. The Giants thank all these young athletes for their canned gifts.”
According to Brakin, the youths participating in today’s Black Friday event donated nearly 1,000 canned goods for this cause. “We’re so proud of our team, the Jacksonville Giants, and Godspeed Elite Sports Performance, for their dedication to the City of Jacksonville and those less fortunate. What a terrific message to send in these tough times throughout the United States and the world. And, I am happy that our students are learning fundamental lessons from these organizations, such as it is better to give than to receive.
The Jacksonville Giants, Godspeed Elite Sports Performance, and Riverside Presbyterian Church Basketball League thank Sacred Heart Catholic Church & School for use of its gymnasium for this charitable event. The Giants provided the church and school with complimentary tickets (purchased by Giants Sponsors) to its Home Opener on Saturday, December 6, 2014.