Shreveport moves on to Final 4 of TBL playoffs with win

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

Shreveport defeated Enid Saturday night 112-104 in game three of the best-of-three series at the Stride Bank Center to win the Central Conference Championship and advance to the Final Four of The Basketball League.

The Mavericks got out to a fast start scoring 41 first quarter points to take a 41-27 lead after one period. Shreveport continued to heat it up and took its biggest lead of the game in the second quarter at 66-45 before the Outlaws rallied in the second half to get within 102-98 with a little more than four minutes left in the game.

Paul Parks hit a 3 to make to break an almost four-minute scoring drought and give Shreveport a seven-point advantage 105-98. Chuck Guy cut the lead to five with a couple of free throws (107-102) with a minute left but that was as close as Enid could get. Paul Harrison hit four free throws in the final 29 seconds to ice the game away.

Harrison led Shreveport in scoring with 30 points, Parks tossed in 28, Ty Jordan 14, PJ Meyers had 11 points and eight assists, and Josh Montgomery came of the bench to score 10.

It was a bounce-back night for Parks who had just five points in Friday’s 129-109 loss. He had five points in the first two minutes of Saturday’s win and 13 in the monster first quarter.

Enid relied on its starting five as its bench only played 22 minutes in the game. KD Moore led them in scoring with 33 points, Ricardo Artis had 24 points and 16 rebounds, Darin Johnson 16 points and Guy 13 points and 10 assists.

Shreveport held Enid to 40 percent shooting from the floor after the Outlaws shot 50 percent in their win Friday. The Mavericks shot 52 percent Saturday night and 41 percent (12-29) on 3-point baskets.

Enid forced a game three with its win on Friday as Artis tallied 40 points and 14 rebounds. Guy had 31 points and 12 assists and KD Moore 15 points and 11 rebounds. Its bench played 30 minutes with reserve Quantel Denson scoring 12 points.

The Outlaws took over the lead midway through the first quarter and never trailed thereafter.

Harrison led Shreveport in scoring with 21 points, Tavin Cummings had 20, Jordan 12 and Montgomery 11.

Shreveport will face the winner from the West. California Sea-Kings and Socal Moguls were playing game three Sunday night in a winner-take-all.

Photo by LEE HILLER