Shreveport begins TBL semifinal series here tonight against So Cal

By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports

The Shreveport Mavericks will begin their best-of-three semifinal series in The Basketball League playoffs tonight against the So Cal Moguls of San Diego at Centenary’s Gold Dome. Tipoff is set for 7:05 p.m.

Game two for the series will be played Thursday at the same time and place and if necessary, game three will take place Sunday at 3:30 p.m. at the Gold Dome.

So Cal is coached by Olden Polynice, a former NBA player for 16 years. The Moguls, who finished the regular season with an 18-6 record, are led in scoring by 6-foot point guard Julian Winton at 25.7 points per game. He has a season-high 42 points against Vancouver in early April and has posted 31 or more points nine times this season. He also averages 4.9 assists per game. 

The Moguls also get double digit scoring from 6-foot-4 Josue Salaam (16.1), 6-foot-5 Davion Johnson at 14.8, and Kevin McNeal scores 13.1 a game. Alex Smith averages 11.1 points and a team-best 5.5 rebounds. They finished second in the West Conference to the California Sea-Kings (20-4) who they defeated in game three of their championship series 108-107 Sunday.

The Mavericks won game three of their conference series Saturday to eliminate Enid, the defending TBL champions.

Paul Parks still leads the Mavs in scoring with a 22.7 points per game average. Paul Harrison is averaging 19.6 points and eight rebounds a game, Tyrone Jordan 16.1 points a game and PJ Meyers averages 6.1 assists a game.