The Shreveport boss Mavericks continued the team’s winning tradition and legacy with another banner season, fighting for another title. Playing in the Centenary Gold Dome has been a good thing for the Mavericks. They have been one of the bright spots in Shreveport over the last several months, attracting new fans and holding on to the older fans who remember the days when the Mavericks were untouchable.
Back in the day, the team were back-to-back undefeated national champions, compiling a 66-0 record, and ultimately won four Pro Basketball National Championships, which was the most in ABA history. They still hold the ABA record of 94 straight home wins, which was phenomenal. Well, they are at it again, and have once again brought another championship home. The Mavericks beat the Albany Patrons 137 to 132 to earn the championship title.
The Mavericks were voted the Sports Team of the Year in 2016 by the Owensboro Community Magazine for their work on and off the court. In April 2017, the Mavericks decided to cease operations and go dark once again. It was the end of one of the best runs by any Professional Basketball Organization/Team in the world of professional basketball, and it was truly a sad occasion.
After 3 years of being dormant, the Mavericks have returned home to the city and community that embraced it like no other, Shreveport, Louisiana. The plan by its new owner, Pat Booras, is to make the team the best show in town, and to continue its long history of success and winning. That tradition just continues to get better with the recent win of their third Championship over the Albany, New York team. This is their first championship for The Basketball League.
It took three games and overtime, but the Mavericks brought “The Lillie” back to Shreveport. This just the team’s second year in The Basketball League, and this recent championship should propel the team to new heights. It was a hard-fought battle and a grueling season, but Coach Steve Tucker’s young team prevailed, and Shreveport has another championship from the Shreveport Mavericks.
“To be playing at home in Shreveport, LA is special! I cannot say how special it is to me and all who are a part of our Mavericks Family. Maverick’s Managing General Partner/Head Coach, Steve Tucker, is ecstatic about the prospects of bringing another title home to Shreveport. It has been a successful season, with the team making it to the playoffs against a very good Houston team.
The team has competed well, and is just won another championship. The support the team has always had from the people of Shreveport has been vital to their success. And that has been the case this season. Once again, the Shreveport/Bossier Mavericks are the best game in town, and it has continued to gain new fans—young and old.
Big thanks go out to the Mayor of Shreveport and all of the supporters of the team who honored the team this past Tuesday with a celebration party at Ernest’s Supper Club and at the Art Center downtown. The team is planning to make the next season just as good as this past season. Many of the players will be returning, and there is no reason why the Mavericks can’t make it two in a row.
Pat Booras, the owner of the Mavericks, is a lifelong Shreveport-Bossier resident, who is committed to bringing the best product he can to the citizens of Shreveport-Bossier. He was named one of the most fascinating people of Shreveport in 2017, and his motto is “Be the best you can be, compete against the best.” And that’s my take. [email protected]