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Shreveport Bossier Mavericks Bring ABA National Finals to Hirsch Coliseum

SHREVEPORT, LA. (COURTESY MAVERICKS) - Joe Newman, chief executive officer of the American Basketball Association (ABA), this week announced that the Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks will host the 2014 ABA National Championship Finals in April.

SHREVEPORT, LA. (COURTESY MAVERICKS) - Joe Newman, chief executive officer of the American Basketball Association (ABA), this week announced that the Shreveport-Bossier City Mavericks will host the 2014 ABA National Championship Finals in April.

All games will be held at the Hirsch Coliseum in Shreveport, Louisiana.

The eight teams at the top of the ABA Power Rankings will compete in the play-offs beginning Thursday, April 10th.

Rankings for the week ending Sunday, Feb. 9, place the Mavericks and Jacksonville Giants as the #1 and #2 teams in the ABA, followed by the Richmond Elite, Atlanta Wildcats, North Dallas Vandals, South Florida Gold, Bay Area Matrix and Chicago Steam, respectively.

Competition is expected to be fierce heading into the Final Four, especially between the Mavericks and Giants, who are expected to have a bye until then – if they maintain their #1 and #2 rankings.

Both teams hold back-to-back National Championships – the Mavericks won in 2010 and 2011, and the Giants won in 2012 and 2013 – but the powerhouses have not met at center court since the Mavericks’ victory over the Giants in the 2011 playoffs.

“We’re heading towards an inevitable showdown in the playoffs between the Mavericks and Giants,” said Newman. “But there are quite a few other teams that have their eyes on the Championship and cannot wait to make the challenge in Shreveport.”

The teams that are ranked #5, #6, #7 and #8 going into the play-offs will compete beginning Thursday, Apr. 10, with the emerging winners meeting the #3 and #4 ranked teams at center court on Friday. Those winners will play the #1 and #2 ranked teams in the Final Four on Saturday.

Competition continues Sunday, Apr. 13, when the top two teams vie for the Championship title in the best two out of three games.

Play-off, Final Four and Championship tickets will be available at the coliseum daily, 10:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., beginning March 31, and through showtimes on game days.

Tickets and additional information are also available online by visiting www.abamavericks.com



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