Mavericks mangle Waco, tune up for key Tuesday clash at home

TUESDAY SHOWDOWN:  After blasting hapless Waco on the road Saturday night, the Shreveport Mavericks have a late-season matchup with a TBL Central Division contender Tuesday night in The Gold Dome as Dallas visits.


Shreveport was all business Saturday night at Waco posting a 138-93 TBL win over the hapless Royals to increase its current win streak to four games in The Basketball League action, setting up a showdown of contenders Tuesday night at home. 

The SMAVS (14-3) will host the 12-3 Dallas Skyline at 7:05 Tuesday in The Gold Dome on the Centenary campus. Shreveport shares the TBL Central Division lead. Dallas is in third place, a game back.

Shreveport has two home games remaining, and five more on the road to wrap up the regular season. The top four teams in the division go to the playoffs.

Saturday, the Mavericks again followed the lead of All-Star guard Paul Parks, the leading scorer in the game with 28. He ignited the Mavericks from the tipoff with three straight 3-pointers in the middle of the opening quarter and finished with four in the period as the visitors led 31-13. 

The onslaught continued in the second quarter with Parks tallying another 13 points to give him 25 by halftime as the Mavericks had complete command, 70-41.

Six other Mavs scored in double figures led by Josh Montgomery’s 20 points. DeAndre McIntyre and Balil Richardson both tallied 15, Paul Harrison 13, A.J. Cheesman 12 and Cordarius Johnson 10. Parks and Richardson both had 10 rebounds and P.J. Meyers and McIntyre passed out five assists apiece. 

Shreveport outrebounded the Royals 74-43 and shot 51 percent from the field compared to Waco’s 38 percent. 

Mario Kegler and Kylon Higgins both scored 16 to lead Waco.

TBL Central Standings

SHREVEPORT MAVERICKS       14-3          .813

Enid Outlaws                               14-3         . 813

Dallas Skyline                              12-3          .800

Potawatomi Fire                         13-4           765

Sugar Land Imperials                   7-6          .538

Beaumont Panthers                     4-9          .308

Rockwall 76ers                            4-12          .250

Waco Royals                                1-14          .067

Little Rock Lightning                  1-15          .063

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