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Mavericks Prepare to Defend ABA Championship

March 21, 2011 - American Basketball Association (ABA) - Southeast Texas Mavericks News Release

The Southeast Texas Mavericks (29-1) will open up defense of their ABA National Championship on Wednesday night at 8:30 PM when they take the court for their first game of the ABA Championship Finals to face the East Kentucky Energy (#2 seed from the East).

It was another outstanding season for the Mavericks during the 2010-11 season. The Mavericks compiled a 29-1 record, won their 3rd straight Division Championship, finished the regular season with 20 straight wins, and was ranked #1 in ABA National Power Ranking Poll for the entire season (first time that has ever been done). The Mavericks also set a record for the most consecutive weeks at #1 in the Power Ranking by being atop the National Ratings Poll for 33 consecutive regular season weeks over the last two seasons.

The Mavericks are a deep team made up of a combination of veteran and young players that have meshed together very well. Odell Bradley leads the Mavericks in scoring with a 16.3 average. 8 Mavericks players average in double figures in scoring. Brandon Davis averages 8.9 rebounds per game. Myles Thrash leads the Mavericks in assist per game by dishing our 4.5 per game. Desmond Cambridge averages 4 steals a game and Jon Rogers remains the most dominate big man in the ABA by blocking 3.5 shots per game.

PJ Cousinard and Hollis Giles are two of the most talented and upcoming young players in the ABA. Cousinard and Giles both hail from Houston, TX and starred at Yates High School. Cousinard starred in college at Wichita State University while Giles was a small college All-American at Georgetown College in Kentucky.

The Mavericks will enter the ABA Championship Finals with a 35 game home court winning streak and have compiled an 84-7 record in the ABA over the last 3 seasons. This will be the Mavericks 3rd straight Final Four appearance.

The ABA Championship Finals will begin this Wednesday with two games at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM at Nutty Jerry's Entertainment Center (NJEC) in Winnie, TX. The Championship Finals will consist of a double elimination tournament that will eliminate two teams and then the Final Two teams will match up in a 3 game series to crown the 2010-11 ABA Champion.

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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