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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas SportsPage 10A    Merald-Ztftimg,    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Wednesday,    December    4,    1991 ‘Unicorn ball’ beats Kerrville Smithson Valley s Damon Boatner jumps over a crowd of Memorial Minutemen for a high pass in Tuesday’s Ranger victory against the visiting Minutemen Boatner led Smithson Valley with 18 points, and was also a factor on the boards (Photo by Bill Ervin) Strong half lifts SY past Bulldogs A 14-poini swing in the second quarter gave Smithson Valley the lead in Tuesday’s basketball game against Somerset, with the Rangers blowing out the Bulldogs in the second half for a 69-52 victory. Smithson Valley improved to 3-1 with the win, after getting a scare early from the red-hot Somerset team. “We weren’t hitting any shots early and they were — it seemed like everything they threw up was going in,” Smithson Valley Coach Steve Dement said. The teams were tied at 12-12 after one quarter, but Somerset took a 10-point lead to start the second quarter Rocky Bnnegar and Dennis Hcnser-ling were both hitting three-pointers from several feet past the three-point line. Dement said “They were hitting so many shots from what looked like the parking lot,” he said “ll was really kind of bugging mc. But we stuck to our game plan. I just said, ‘They’ll get cold/ And they did — they cooled off considerably rn the second half ’ The Rangers got back into the game quickly in the second quarter, after Somerset began to miss a Statistics Smithson Valley 69, Somarsat 52 SMITHSON VALLEY Boatner 18, Church 14, Herring 9. Long 9. Johnson 8, Tiller 5. Garrson 2, Gamey 2. Moreno2. few shots. “We started running a little bit more,” Dement said. “Jason Long and Jon Herring started getting out in the open court, and they did a good job of dishing off and finding people. “We got into a groove where we were finding the open man and executing better. And when they started missing some shots, it was us getting the rebound and beaung them back.” Dement said the Rangers did an outstanding job of rebounding throughout the game, particularly in the second half The effort on the glass was led by Galen Church and Damon Boatner “We really cleaned house on the boards,” he said. “Galen and Damon took over on the boards in the second half. Damon went to the (offensive) boards real well and followed up on a lot of misses.” Boatner led the team in points with 18, with Church adding 14. Dement said both players did very well against Somerset’s I -3-1 zone. “Galen and Damon were finding the creases and looking for each other,” he said. “Jon, Jason, Galen and Damon started to hit a lot of shots.” Herring and Long added nine points each, while reserve center Brian Johnson spelled Church capably with eight points off the bench. Dement said he expected a slight letdown after the Thanksgiving break, adding that he was pleased to sec the team regroup in the second quarter. “I kind of suspected we’d be a little bit flat starting out,” he said. “But their shooting had a lot to do with it. The main thing is we stayed with it and came on strong.” Smithson Valley plays in the Antonian Tournament this weekend, with the Rangers opening on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against Lackland. The winner plays at 4:30 p.m. Friday, with the loser playing at 3 p m on Friday. By JOE BELK Sports Editor New Braunfels’ victory against Kerrville Tivy on Tuesday was about more than starting a winning streak and defeating a strong team. It was about more than avenging an overwhelming loss to the Antlers last year. It was, according to Coach Cliff Wilkins, about playing Unicom ball. “This is like old-time Unicom ball. That’s what Coach (Victor) Sierra calls it,” Wilkins said. Sierra, a former Unicom who played on two state tournament basketball teams, is in his first year as a Unicom assistant coach. He said this season’s team has many of the same qualities which made his teams succeed. “Those guys can do it,” Sierra said. “(Unicorn ball) is about hustle and getting after it.” He said a big part of it is going onto the next play after a foul or a mistake, and Wilkins agreed with that. “It’s about what happens next,” Wilkins said. “It’s fun. We’re having fun out there.” The result of Unicom ball on Tuesday led to a 73-63 victory against the visiting Antlers, a team that was averaging 105 points per game before the loss. Tivy had defeated Bandera and Austin Reagan. Lance Rocsch made several big plays in the game, scoring six fourth-quarter points after John Drury picked up his fourth foul and Rocsch reentered the game for some crunch-time minutes. “Lance did a real, real good job,” Wilkins said. “Every one of those six points he scored in the fourth quarter was big.” Rocsch broke a tic with 7:10 left in die game by converting an inbounds-pass assist by Andy Caldwell. Tivy took its final lead of the game at 52-51 with a three-pointer, hut Caldwell’s drive lo the basket gave New Braunfels the edge to keep. Rocsch scored again to put the Unicorns ahead by three, and Brad Lyhrand added a free throw. The Antlers cut the lead to 56-54 with 3:44 remaining, but Michael Sierra’s jump shot got the roll and bounced in to increase New Braunfels’ cushion. Caldwell penetrated again to score and {nit the team up by six. After Rocsch’s third basket of lite quarter and a baseline jumper by Brett Riedel, Sierra and Ricdel combined Statistics New Braunfels 73, Kerrville Tivy 63 NEW BRAUNFELS: Drury 3 5 8 11. Over ak 3 3-5 11. Sierra 2 5 6 9. RMM 2 5 7 9, Caldwell 3 0-1 7, Roesch 3 12 7. Buslos 3 OO 6, Smith 0 5-7 5, Lytwand 2 O O 4. Had gins 1 1-2 3. Simons 012 1. Sargent 0 OO 0 Totals 22 26-40 73. Kerrville Tivy    19 10 16 IS — 63 NewBreunfels    13 19 IS 26 — 73 for nine free throws down the stretch. Sierra hit all four of his opportunities, while Ricdel sunk five of six. While New Braunfels extended its lead in the fourth quarter, a play late in the third helped tupi the tide. Tivy had taken a 47-45 lead on two free throws with seven seconds left, when New Braunfels tried to get hack for a final shot. Kevin Hudgins broke through Tivy’s pressure and got a cross-court pass to Reagan Overall, who nailed a thrcc-pointcr al the quarter buzzer to give New Braunfels the lead. Overall tied Drury for the team lead with 11 points. The Unicorns finished with a balanced scoring effort, with 11 players scoring. Sierra and Riedel each scored nine points, while Caldwell and Roesch added seven each. “Again, everybody contributed,” Wilkins said. “Dustin (Simons) and James (Sargent, both recently out of football) are going to help us. I think we’re going to he 12 deep, believe it or not.” He said the defense did a good job, particularly in the second half, although the Unicorn offense never got unbacked. “(Both teams) never did get any offensive consistency going,” Wilkins said. “I don't think it was a matter of cither team having tremendous execution. The cffotl of both clubs was real good. I’d like to think the (poor) percentage of theirs was iii pail due to our aggressiveness, lx>th in the man and the I -3-1. We pressed a lot in the first half, and that's what kept as in the bail game.” Tivy had substantial leads early at 6-0 and 16-8, before the Unicorns rallied to lake a halftime lead. “We started real, real slow off<*i-sivcly,” Wilkins said. “We outscored Se* UNICORNS, Page 11A Coogs hold off MinutemenHays pushes past Unicorns MOUNTAIN CITY — The New Braunfels Unicorns stayed with Hays for more than a half in Tuesday’s girls basketball game, but then saw the Rebels break the game open for a 56-37 victory. New Braunfels trailed by five at halftime, and Coach Marla Pusiejovsky said the team had played well. “We played real well the first half, and we continued to do that for the first half of the third quarter,” she said Pusiejovsky said the Unicorns missed some shots under the basket, which kept them at a distance ai certain points. She said the pressure was effective, hut that the team would then let up and allow a basket. “We used our press and they had trouble with it,” she said "The finishing touches of it just weren't there. If we would have been more effective, it would have been a different story because they were having real trouble. There were some real close calls of IO seconds dial we didn’t get.” Robin Riedel scored 13 points and Kim Caf fey ll, accounting for 24 of the 37 points. Six other players scored, but none lied more Bum three points. “I can't get many other ones lo shoot,” Pusiejovsky said. “We were not running the offense in the second Statistics Hays 56, New Braunfels 37 NEW BRAUNFELS Rotter 13. CaHoy 11. Bottu 3. Cook 3. Garcia 3. Wets 2. Bedford 1. ScMameus I. half, and really for the whole game. We only scored 37 points. That’s not very many.” She said the team is close to becoming very effective, showing signs of it defensively in die Hays game. “Everybody played fine. Just at die end, we quit doing the things we actually practice doing,” Pustc-jovsky said. "They have to trust our system. It’s an effective one, and I know they can run it — they do it all the lime.” New Braunfels will play in lite Leander Tournament this weekend. Tilt Unicorns opal on Thursday at 1:30 p.m. against die host Lions. 'Hic winner of that game will play the winner of LBJ and Westwood at 7:30 p m. on Friday; the loser* ',f liaise two first round games meet at 1:30 p.m. Friday.Cougarettes fall to Somerset By JOE BELK Sports Edttoi Canyon survived a Memorial rally I uesday night, flanging od for a 60-59 victory against the Minutemen “We made ii cxciung, didn’i we.” Canyon Coach Kenny Ronda said “ll wasn’t our best effort of the season “ The Cougars scored their last basket of the game on Michael Kruc .ger’s put back with 2:10 remaining Hun gave Canyon a 60-55 lead. I Krueger made a key ae I ens ive play ;on Memorial’s next series, stealing •die ball I rom Minuteman center Gilbert Vasque/ in die low post * Vaxque/ scored on Memorial’s next possession cutting Canyon’s dead to dtrec • The Cougars missed two free throws with 56 seconds remaining iii •die game and Memorial’s Elms Marline/ brought die visitors to within ;ont poult with a baseline jumper Canyon missed a I rom end widi 23 .seconds left, allowing Memorial a acor cd six of die team’s eight fourth Quarter points. “lie was kind of die stabilising Joice die coach said of Krueger T'Wiien we lost our composure, I* jeeps lux poise and made sofia: big baskets. He teaily stepped ut and sui bih/4£d dungs.” Krueger scored early in Use quarter pn a cut to da basket aid a bueno assisi, and again —- alter a putback by brian Cadded —tm a post-up shut. , Canyon took its largest lead early in die durd quarter, opening the second trail with dune poult st ion by Justin Jonas and Ark; Hornick to make die score 40-26 'Hie Cougars matched Blat lead later ut the quarter on Jason Julius basket from a bueno assist, giving Canyon a 44-30 advantage * “We started out in the second half like a house on fure," Roilier said “horn there, dungs kind of fell apar I."Statistics MEMORIAL (59) Aguirre 1 0-0 2 Vasquuz 3 0-06, Aguero 1 0-0 2. Carny 9 0-0 21. E Martinez 5 2 2 13 Baas 6 0-8 12. L Marine* 0 3-4 3, Tovar 0 000 Totals255-12SB CANYON (60) Jonas 3 CH) 8 Caddeli 8 6-8 25 K rugger 4 0-08, Bueno 2 0-1 4. Bosses 50-1 13 Browr 1 0-0 2 H aru eft* 0 0 2 0. Snick* OMO Lugo 00-00 Totals 23 6-12 SO Memorial    12    14    it    14    — M Canyon    22    12    16    •    — 60 louted out None Total louis Memorus 14, Canyon 13 Throe-point goals Memorial Canty 3. t Marines. Canyon bustic* 3. Caddo* 3, Jonas 2 JV sour* Canyon 48 Memorial 30 He said die learn also played well in Ute first quarter leading 22-12 after eight minutes Caddeli I lad IO of his game-high 25 clouee at a game-winning shot. Cougar point guard Anthony bueno noir die ball with six seconds left, but was fouled from bd ii rid on his way to the basket Memorial had axiolite/ ti mr ice lo win, biti die Minutemen missed a diree-potiit attempt as time ran oui “(Ont) dung dun hun tai was our fro: dirows, Ruttier said “lf we’re going to compete, we’ve got U) be able lo siep up and hit free throws We wert real lucky u> escape widi a win.” He said he imped dial the game would be an isolated incident, in that die Cougars sliould know how lo protect a lead down die stretch ’’You d expect us to maintain our composure better,” Ruttier said. ’We’re supposedly a veteran ball dub We’re playing a Un of seniors aud juniors who played a k* last year J expeel us to be able lo maintain our poise rn biose situations a little bit bater ” The one playa who did allow that cumpuftuic down b* stretch, Rot/J a said. was Midiael Krueger — who poults in die fir* quarter to help Canyon to na early lead “Brian was hitting everything he shot,” Rootier said. “We came out playing real well They were sagging off us defensively, allowing us to take the outside shot “ Caddeli had some offensive help in the game, with Anc Bosuck matching him with throe shots from behind the three-point line and Justin Jonas hitting two. Bosuck finished with 13 points and Jonas eight, while Krueger also scared eight. “Anc had his best offensive night, and Justin helped pick up the slack a hide bn,” Rouler said. Bueno was held to four points, but still had an impact performance with seven assists and eight steals. 'When we lost our composure, he kept his poise and made some big baskets. He really stepped in and stabilized things/ Coach Kenny Rotzler on center Michael Krueger “Anbmfiy I tad a really good night defensively, and he had some assists,” die coach said. Router said the Cougars need lo improve their offensive consistency. aid work on how to protect a lead “We’ve got to be able to play four good quarters,” he said. “We were kind of forcing some shout there at the end. We need to be more awat of the si i ua ion We should be laking some lime off the clock and moving the ball wound, lo make sure we get a real good shot “ The Cougars play in the Uvalde Tournament (his weekend, opening with Carrizo Springs at 7 p m Thursday. The four-team tournament con-unucs on Saturday, with die Cougars guar a) teed lo play bodi Uvalde aid Devine on Saturday. The Canyon Cougareues lost to Somerset 51-36 Tuesday, after a 32-point performance by the Bulldogs’ Shannon Upshaw “We played a 2-3 zone, but we sui! didn’t handle her very well,” Canyon Coach Tina Sickmillcr said “They were pretty big, loo.” Sicknuller said Somerset had three players between 5-10 and 6-0, all of whom were also stock y. Leah Frazier had IO rebounds for Calyon, an atcompiishmau against the large Soma set playas “ffhaj is good. especially with die size they had,” Sickmillcr said. Misty Hicver lied a strung scoring gaiic with 16 points, with the senior Statistics Somerset • 1, Canyon 3a CANYON Bf ever 16. Hendricks 6. WW* nor 4. Welch 3. Micheison 2. Torres 2. Fra Hor 2. Ated* I. point guard hitting three of four attempts from three-point raige. “My only complaint for her after the game was, ‘Why didn’t you shoot more?," Sickmillcr said, noting dial Brcver played very well. Somerset played a I -2-2 press, with the Cougarettes making some turnover*. We made some bad judgment* on (asse*. Hut it's a leaning process,” Sickmillcr said. “Our pi ess worked very nicely, and we did cause diem lo make some turnovers.” Site said lite Cougarettes' defensive (xessurc has continued to improve. “It is (improving). They're under standing it better,” site said. “I’m asking them lo be a Utile more patient, instead of jumping on die gir l with the ball. We're trying to force die tumov-a on die pas* Before, dtey’d jump on the ball, aid (die opium? iii) would dribble right by us.” Hie Cougacties play in the San Antonio ISO Tournament stating hi day, widi a 10:30 a rn game at Alamo Stadium I tie loser ut ilia game plays a 3:30 p.m. Friday, widi the winner advancing lo a 6:30 p m Friday gam* ;