Monday, November 16, 2009


The Southeast Texas Mavericks will host the Inaugural American Basketball Association’s Tip-Off Classic at the SMG Managed Ford Arena on November 19 and 21, 2009.

The Mavericks will be hosting the top teams in the ABA at the Tip-Off Classic. Defending ABA Champions the Kentucky Bisons will be joining the Mavericks at the Classic along with ABA newcomer the Bluegrass Stallions and another top ranked ABA team the Music City Stars.

The Mavericks’ own 2008-09 ABA MVP and ABA Rookie of the Year DeRon Rutledge and Currye Todd will be featured along with former CBA All-Star and Syracuse University star Josh Pace.

The ABA Defending Champions Bisons will return the outstanding guard tandem of Mike Wells and Mike James. High flying forward Kenny Jones also returns for another season with the Bisons. The Bluegrass Stallions of Lexington, KY will feature former University of Kentucky standout players Wayne Turner and Bobby Perry. The Music City Stars from Nashville, TN will be led by two of the top players on this level of professional basketball in forwards Donte’ Jones and Odell Bradley.
The opening games will have Bluegrass and Music City facing off at 6:00 PM on Thursday night, November 19 and the 8:30 PM nightcap game will have the SETX Mavericks (ranked # 2 in the Pre-Season ABA Power Rankings) hosting the ABA Champion Kentucky Bisons (ranked # 1). Tip-off for the second game will be at 8:30 PM.

The ABA Tip-off Classic will continue on Saturday night, November 21 with a consolation game and championship game at 6:00 PM and 8:30 PM respectively.

Tickets start at $8.00 and are On Sale NOW at the Ford Arena Box Office, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and Don’t miss the Tip-Off of the ABA season right here in Beaumont, TX at Ford Arena.

For more information on the SETX Mavericks go to: or call 409-951-5500.