Kentucky Mavericks

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Kentucky Mavericks
Founded 2006
League ABA (2006-07), (2008-11),(2013-15)
CBA (2007-08)
Premier Basketball League (2015-present)
Team history Rio Grande Valley Silverados (2006-08)
Southeast Texas Mustangs (2008-09)
Southeast Texas Mavericks (2009-11)
Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks (2013-15)
Kentucky Mavericks (2015-present)
Based in Owensboro, Kentucky
Arena Owensboro Sports Center
Colors Blue, Red, White
              
Owner(s) Jerry Nelson, Jr
Head coach Steve Tucker
Championships 4 (2010), (2011), (2014), (2015)
Division titles 4 (ABA)
Dancers Maverick Dancers
Mascot Charlie Horse

The Kentucky Mavericks are a franchise of the Premier Basketball League based in Owensboro, Kentucky.

History[edit]

Originally known as the Rio Grande Valley Silverados, the team was a member of the Continental Basketball Association. Owned by McAllen businessmen Art Gonzalez and Kevin Mitchell, the Silverados were based out of McAllen, Texas and played their home games at the McAllen Convention Center.

In the team's inaugural ABA season of 2008-09, the team played in Beaumont. The Mustangs proved to be a force to be reckoned with winning 27 of their first 28 games, many by margins of 50 points or more. Their only loss was a one-point defeat in the final seconds of the game to the Texas Fuel. The Mavericks rose to the top of the ABA Power Rankings early in the season and did not fall from that perch until suffering defeat in the ABA Playoff Semifinals.

On May 14, 2009, owner Jerry Nelson announced the new name and logo. The team name was changed to Southeast Texas Mavericks.

The name had changed, but the game remained much the same for the franchise as the Mavericks consistently remained atop the ABA Power Rankings. On January 25, 2010 the Mavericks set an ABA record for victory margin by beating the New Mexico Rim Rockers 158-72. The margin of 86 points erased the old mark of 81 set by the Kentucky Colonels in the 2004-05 season.

The Southeast Texas Mavericks were ranked third in the MLN Sports Zone Minor League Pro Basketball Top 10 for January 2010, ahead of teams from the NBA Development League, Premiere Basketball League among others.

After dominating the ABA for the three-straight seasons, the owners of the Mavericks decided to leave the ABA and seek a more challenging professional basketball league. The Mavericks contacted the NBA Development League office about possibly buying a franchise and beginning the process of becoming a member.[1]

After numerous meetings with NBA D-League officials, Mavericks’ owner Jerry Nelson accepted the league's "No" response to their request to join the D-League. The team sat out the next two seasons. In 2013, Nelson made the decision to return to the ABA and relocated the team to Shreveport.[2]

During their time in Shreveport, the Mavericks compiled a total record 66-0, including a 50-0 record at the Hirsch Coliseum, which was their home arena. Along with going 66-0, the Mavericks compiled two league championships as well.

The Mavericks had much success in their time in Shreveport, but in the offseason of 2015, the Mavericks announced that they would be moving, and the city they chose was Owensboro, Kentucky. They also changed leagues from the ABA to the Premier Basketball League. In there first game in a new league and the new city, the Mavericks took on defending PBL Champions, the Rochester Razorsharks. The Mavericks took down the Razorsharks pretty handedly, winning by a score of 108-88.[3]

ABA-PBL win-streak[edit]

As of January 1, 2015 the Mavericks have won an ABA-record 73 games in-a-row.[4] The ABA streak would continue until the 2015 championship victory over Miami Midnites, their 92nd win in-a-row. Since joining the PBL, the Mavericks have upped their winning streak to 99 games.

Season-by-season record[edit]

Season W L Win % Result
2008-09 27 2 93.1% ABA SW Division Champion. Lost in playoff semifinals.
2009-10 23 3 88.5% ABA League Champions
2010-11 23 1 95.8% ABA League Champions
2013-14 30 0 100% ABA League Champions[5]
2014-15 32 0 100% ABA League Champions
2015-16 7 0 100%
Totals 162 7 95.8% 4 ABA League Championships

Current Roster[edit]

Player Name Number Position Height College
Anthony Jackson #33 PG 5'11" Columbus State University
Tony Hooper #23 PG 5'11" University of Louisiana-Monroe
Dwayne Lathan #20 SG 6'3" Indiana State University
Mike Crain #11 SG 6'3" Valdosta State University
Matthew Karn Practice Player SG 6'3" University of Nebraska
PJ Couisnard #3 G/SF 6'4" Wichita State University
Cordarius Johnson #14 SF 6'6" Louisiana Tech University
Jerrell Lewis #7 PF 6'7" Tennessee State University
Lamar Sanders #44 PF 6'6" Lamar University
Brandon Davis #13 PF 6'7" University of South Alabama
Rafael Johnson #45 PF 6'6" Wiley College
Jon Rogers #34 C 6'9" Valdosta State University
Alex Sanders #50 C 6'9" University of Louisville
Gerard DeVaughn #32 C 6'9" Stillman College

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SETX Mavericks leaving ABA...NBA-D League next?". The Examiner. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "ABA team comes to Shreveport Bossier". KSLA. Retrieved 9 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Successful Season Opener as the Kentucky Mavericks beat the Rochester Razorsharks". mavup.com. Retrieved 2016-01-20. 
  4. ^ "SB Mavericks ring out 2014 with road win over Baytown Bandits, 128-60". Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks. 30 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "Shreveport-Bossier Mavericks win the ABA Championship". ArkLaTexHomepage.com. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 

External links[edit]

Official team website