Blowout wins can’t lift Mavericks in TBL standings

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Two blowout wins over the weekend padded the stat lines for the Shreveport Mavericks, but couldn’t pad their status in The Basketball League standings.

The SMAVS smashed Sugar Land by 49 on Friday night at The Gold Dome on the Centenary campus, then lambasted Little Rock by 33 a day later.

But Shreveport got no style points. The Mavericks are tied for first in TBL divisional standings with Enid at 13-3, with Dallas (12-3) and Potawatomi (12-4) right behind in the Central Division.

Several Mavericks recorded season-highs in the 149-100 win over Sugar Land.

Leading the Mavericks with season highs were Bilal Richardson and DeAndre McIntyre who both had 23 points. Cordarius Johnson poured in 18, another season’s best. Tavin Cummings topped his previous high by two points by scoring 17.

Paul Harrison also had 17 points, Josh Montgomery 15, newly added to the roster Alani Moore rounded out the double-digit scoring with 14.

A day later, Shreveport’s depth proved to be too much for Little Rock to overcome in a 133-100 romp.

The Lightning came out with a lot of energy and led the hosts by as many as 14 points (33-19) in the first quarter when they hit four of their six 3s in the game. Shreveport was able to cut the deficit to 37-30 at the end of the first quarter.

The Mavericks continued slicing into the lead in the second quarter and finally caught the Lightning at 44-44 on a Moore bucket with a little more than eight minutes left in the first half.

Richardson’s presence became a big difference. His inside basket gave Shreveport the lead for good at 50-48 with a little more than five minutes left in the first half and he followed that with a three-point play to up the margin to 53-48. The Mavericks were on their way as they gradually stretched the lead to 67-54 at the end of the first half.

Richardson scored 10 of Shreveport’s first 14 points of the second half to push the Mavericks margin to 81-62.

Tyrone Jordan led Shreveport with 21 points, followed by Paul Parks and Richardson with 19. Harrison added 17, Jamal Brantley 15 and Moore had 12.

Little Rock’s Percell Washington led all scorers with 31 points and Markel Williams scored 24.

Coming up

Sunday, Shreveport at Waco, 7 p.m.
May 10, Dallas at Shreveport, 7:05 p.m.
May 13, Shreveport at Sugar Land, 7 p.m.

TBL Central standings

1. Shreveport Mavericks 13-3
2. Enid Outlaws 13-3
3. Dallas Skyline 12-3
4. Potawatomi Fire 12-4
5. Sugar Land Imperials 7-6
6. Rockwall 7ers 4-11|
7. Beaumont Panthers 3-9
8. Waco Royals 1-13
9. Little Rock Lightning 1-14


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