Mavericks make two Texas stops as stretch run begins


After thrashing the Dallas Skyline on Tuesday night in a key battle of teams near the top of The Basketball League Central Division standings, the Shreveport Mavericks will head to southeast Texas for two games this weekend.

Shreveport will take on the Sugar Land Imperials tonight in Alvin, Texas, at the Upside SportsPlex, and visit the Beaumont Panthers Saturday. Six games remain in the regular season, and only one is at home for the SMavs.

The Mavericks (14-3) are riding a five-game winning streak and trail only Enid (15-3) in the Central Division race.

The Mavericks shot nearly 60 percent Tuesday night in the Gold Dome on Centenary’s campus as they plastered the Skyline 138-117.

All-Star guard Paul Parks paces the Shreveport offense with 24.8 points per game. He leads the team in steals and is second in the league with 2.7 per game. He also leads the team and tops the league in 3-pointers made with 6.6 per game.

Paul Harrison is next in scoring with 18.9 points per game and leads the team in rebounding, averaging 8.6. Point guard PJ Meyers tops the team in assists (6.7 pg) and stands sixth in the league.

The Imperials (8-7) are led by John Mouton, one of the TBL’s top scorers with a 28-point average. The Panthers (6-9) rely on Lyle Hexom with 21.2 points per game.

TBL Central Standings

1. Enid Outlaws 15-3

2. Shreveport Mavericks 14-3

3. Potawatomi Fire 14-4

4. Dallas Skyline 12-4

5. Sugar Land Imperials 8-7

6. Beaumont Panthers 6-9

7. Rockwall 7ers 4-13

8. Little Rock Lightning 1-16

9. Waco Royals 1-16