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Mavericks Back to Back ABA Champions

March 29, 2011 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Southeast Texas Mavericks News Release


The SETX Mavericks (35-1) defeated Gulf Coast Division rival the Gulf Coast Flash 109-85 at Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) on Monday night to win Back to Back ABA National Championships.

The Mavericks went 4-0 in the ABA Championship Finals by defeating the East Kentucky Energy 122-91 and the previously undefeated Jacksonville Giants 109-87 in the preliminary rounds of the Championship Finals. The Mavs swept the ABA Championship Series 2-0 with a 114-97 victory in Game 1 and a 109-85 win in Game 2.

SETX ended the season with a 26 game winning streak and with a 39 game home court winning streak. The Mavericks were consistent and dominate all season long as they were ranked #1 in the ABA Power ranking for the entire season and for a record 33 straight regular season weeks over the past two seasons.

On Monday night as they have done during the entire 2010-11 season the Mavs got off to a fast start led by PJ Cousinard, Myles Thrash, and Jon Rogers. The Mavs took a quick 9-2 lead. SETX's stifling defense limited the Flash to only 2 field goals in the entire first quarter and the Mavs led 32-10 after one period of play.

In the second quarter Gulf Coast forwards Freeman Taylor and Luther Suggs got the Flash going, but DeSean White came off the Mavs bench to keep the Mavericks ahead with his timely jump shots. The Mavericks led at half-time 50-35.

In the third period of play the two teams exchanged baskets as Taylor, Suggs, and Carlos Riley scored big hoops for the Flash. Cousinard, Odell Bradley, and super sub Desmond Cambridge kept the Flash at bay. The Mavericks took a 17 point lead into the final period of play.

SETX big men Brandon Davis, Lamar Sanders, Alex Sanders, White, and Rogers took over the painted area in the final period of play to dominate for the Mavericks. The Flash could get no closer than 15 points and the Mavericks cruised to their second ABA Title with a 24 point victory to seize Back to Back Championships!

Cousinard and Bradley each scored 16 points to lead the Mavericks in scoring. Cambridge added 15 points. Thrash added 12 points. White chipped in 11 points off the bench for the Mavs. Rogers followed up with 10 points. Taylor led the Flash with 15 points and pulled down 13 rebounds. Cameron Durr added 14 points for Gulf Coast.

The All-ABA Championship Finals Team was as follows:

Nick Wallery - Jacksonville Giants

Daniel Price - East Kentucky Energy

Freeman Taylor - Gulf Coast Flash

Luther Suggs - Gulf Coast Flash

Odell Bradley - SETX Mavericks

Desmond Cambridge - SETX Mavericks

PJ Cousinard - SETX Mavericks (MVP)

For more SETX Mavericks Pro Basketball information call 877-643-7508 or go to www.nuttyjerrys.com .

Note: OurSports Central no longer actively covers the American Basketball Association (ABA) as a professional league due in part to its inability to publish and play a schedule and the transitory nature of many of its teams. For information on professional minor leagues, please see OSC's basketball section.

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