By LEE HILLER, Journal Sports
Paul Parks’ 3-pointer with 2.5 seconds left sent the Shreveport Mavericks to a thrilling 113-110 victory Wednesday night in the first game of the West Regional Finals of The Basketball League at Centenary’s Gold Dome.
The two teams play game two of the best-of-three series tonight at the Gold Dome with tip set for 7:05.
The Mavs’ final eight points were scored by Parks, whose 3-pointer with a little more than two minutes left put Shreveport ahead 107-106. The Moguls, a team based out of San Diego, went ahead 109-107 on a Julian Winton jumper after Isaiah Gentry had tied the score with a free throw.
Tavin Cummings’ free throw with 1:27 left pulled the Mavericks within 109-108 and Parks’ driving layup with 1:07 left put Shreveport back on top 110-109. Winton hit a free throw with 52 seconds left to tie the game at 110-110 and set up Parks’ dramatic 3 from 28 feet at the top of the key.
Parks led all scorers in the game with 33 points (hitting 13-of-23 from the floor and 7-of-13 from behind the arc) and grabbed eight rebounds. Paul Harrison had 27 points, Ty Jordan scored 17 and PJ Meyers added 11 points, gave out five assists and had six rebounds. Cummings finished with a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Winton led the Moguls with a triple-double of 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists. Gentry also scored 26 and grabbed eight rebounds. Asuahn Tatum had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Alex Smith scored 16 points and Kevin McNeal added 12 points.
Shreveport led for most of the game with its biggest lead coming in the first quarter at 18-10. So Cal came back to lead at the end of the first quarter 30-29 but trailed at the half 60-56 as Myers had nine of his 11 first-half points in the second quarter for the Mavs.
Shreveport led by 86-84 as both teams battled back and forth the entire second half. The Moguls took their biggest lead at 106-102 on Winton’s jumper with 3:45 left in the game.
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