Shreveport Mavericks will need a pair of wins to continue in playoffs

JOURNAL STAFF

The Shreveport Mavericks have put together another successful season in The Basketball League, but all that success can end this weekend if they don’t win a pair of playoff games with the Potawatomi Fire tonight and Saturday night at Centenary’s Gold Dome.

The Mavericks, the No. 2 seed in the Central Conference playoffs, will face the Fire (No. 3 seed) in Game Two of a best-of-three series after dropping the first game of the series in Oklahoma, 113-100 Wednesday. The second game of the series is tonight at 7:05 at the Gold Dome. A Maverick win will force a Game Three Saturday also at the Gold Dome at 7:05 p.m. to see who advances to the Central Conference finals next week.

In the Game One defeat, Paul Harrison led the Shreveport scoring with 28 points and corralled nine rebounds. Ty Jordan added 18 points, Paul Parks scored 16 and Alanie Moore 11.

But the Fire made it difficult in the paint with eight blocked shots and held the Mavericks to 35 percent shooting. The bench will need to step up as well for the Mavs after scoring only 24 points in Game One. In their big win at Enid, the final game of the regular season, the bench outscored the Outlaws 56-7.

Shreveport scored 30 first quarter points and led 30-28 at the end of the quarter. But it only managed 70 points the final three periods.

Potawatomi used a surge late in the second period and then a big third quarter to lead 92-71 entering the final quarter.

Shreveport closed the gap with a 16-2 run in which they held Potawatomi scoreless for four minutes to start the last period and trailed 94-87. The hosts got back on track to go back ahead by double-digits and the Mavericks were not able to get closer than 10 down the stretch.

The winner of this series will face the winner of No. 1 seed Enid and No. 4 seed Dallas in the finals of the Central Conference. Enid took game one of that series 114-100 Wednesday night and played Game Two Thursday.