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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas SportsTuesday, December 24,1991    Heraid-Ze/fung,    New    Braunfels.    Texas    Page    7 CHS Classic produces local players of week Bustos, Riedel, Caddell among standouts By JOE BELK Sport* Editor With two of the local basketball teams reaching the top three in the Canyon Classic, there were a number of extremely impressive performances by local players last week. Among the players of the week are three players who received all-tournament recognition at the Canyon Classic, while another standout was a Smithson Valley player who stood out in what was a difficult week for the Rangers. Also honored this week are the Unicom player who led her team to its first district victory, and the team which finishes the pre-Christmas season with the best record. Bell Bustos, New Braunfels — Bustos was clearly the county’s Player of the Week, as the Unicom small forward almost won the Canyon tournament by himself on Saturday. That’s not to imply that the other Unicorns did not play well in the tournament — to a man, they did. But Bustos, who played exceptionally throughout the three-day event, elevated his game even more during the final minutes of the championship game against Copperas Cove. Copperas Cove led New Braunfels by IO points with less than two minutes remaining, when Bustos took control of the game with a combination of tremendous instinct and plain luck. Bustos took a three-point shot which bounced off the rim into the air, falling through the hoop to cut the lead to seven. He quickly stole the ball on the Bulldogs’ next possession before they could get into the delay game. Bustos had a clear path to the basket, but missed the open layup. Incredibly, he got the offensive rebound and converted the putback while being fouled. He did not complete the three-point play on that trip, but made up for it on the next one — which was a remarkably similar circumstance. Bustos stole the ball again, and again was fouled on the transition basket. This time, he also sunk the free throw, cutting the lead to two. Copperas Cove missed two front-end situations in the final 11 seconds, but the Bulldogs got both offensive rebounds to hang on for the win. Unicom centers Dustin Simons and Lance Roesch also had strong tournaments for New Braunfels, with each provide inside scoring to complement the perimeter play of Bustos, Mike Sierra, Brett Riedel and others. And John Drury, as always, managed to get more than his share of the tough rebounds. Katie Riedel, Canyon — The Cougarette post exploded for two double-figyre outings this week, lighting it up for 15 points (of the 35 scored by the entire Cougarette team) against Nixon-Smiley and coming back for 13 in Canyon’s 47-41 win against Cole. Riedel’s production was immensely helpful to the Cougarettes, taking pressure of leading-scorer Misty Brever and Riedel’s co-inside threat, Glenda Hendricks. The Canyon senior scored six of the first eight points against Cole, getting an assisi on the other early basket. After getting in foul trouble early and staying in it, she managed to remain in the game down the stretch and contributed some important baskets near the end of the game when the outcome was still in doubt. The Cole game was a breakthrough of sorts for Canyon, as three players reached double-digit scoring totals. Riedel, Brever. and shooting guard Catherine Wiesner combined for 40 of the Cougarettes’ 47 points. Wiesner had an exceptional first half against the Cougars, hilling five outside shots before halftime. Brever picked up the slack in the third quarter to momentarily hold off Cole, which got back into the game in the fourth before Canyon rallied to win — the first comeback victory of the year for the Cougarettes. Brian Caddell, Canyon — Caddell didn’t do anything different in the Canyon Classic than he’s done all year — in fact, he may have been a little off from the outside compared to previous performances. But in low-scoring games, he still averaged almost 20 points and more than IO rebounds per contest to maintain his county-best scoring total. Although he’s had substantial help from his teammates, Caddell has been a marvel all year as the Cougars go to the break with an impressive 8-8 record. Before this week’s games, he had hit a phenomenal 50 percent of his 78 three-point attempts on the season, and was hitting 60 percent of his two-pointers. Along with Michael Krueger, Caddell has also been the leader in Canyon’s rebounding effort. With an ability to play inside or outside, penetrate or shoot, dish or take it to the basket, rebound and defend, Caddell is one of the most versatile players the county has seen in some time. He’s also, no doubt, one of the best. The Cougar team, however, has played consistently as a unit as well as any boys team in the county. Although the Cougars can run and often do behind star guard Anthony Bueno’s significant defensive pressure. Canyon has done a terrific job of working for the good shot and adapting on defense to suit the occasion. Much of Ute credit from that should go to new coach Kenny Rotzler, who was informally dubbed Comal County coach of the year by no less of an authority than New Braunfels Coach Cliff Wilkins — who’s always a contender for that honor himself. Jason Long, Smithson Valley — Getting away from the Canyon Classic, Smithson Valley guard Jason Long had his best week of the season despite what was in pan a difficult week for his team. Long scored 17 points twice during the week, which is a season-high for the talented Ranger junior. Long has been compiling a significant amount of assists for a second guard all year, but Coach Steve Dement was pleased to see him look for his shot more in a Tuesday victory at Cole. In the second round of the Poteet tournament. Long again hit 17 points in a loss to Floresville. Robin Riedel, New Braunfels — Though Kim Caffey and Jennifer Kiolbassa carried the Unicorns and kept them in the game Friday in a close loss to Seguin, Riedel had her best performance of the season earlier last week. With McCollum missing two posts (including their leading scorer). New Braunfels needed — and got — a big game from Riedel. The Unicom post scored 24 points against the Cowboys, preventing Cowboy star Sandra Aguillon, who scored 21, from winning the game despite the absence of her teammates. Riedel also had numerous rebounds and steals in the game, as New Braunfels picked up a much-needed road victory in its District 25-5A opener. The Smithson Valley Rangerettes — With no Rangerette having an exceptional week, this seems a good time to honor the team as a whole. Smithson Valley goes to the break with the best record in the county at 9-4, and the Rangerettes have played outstanding basketball. Among their victories are wins against established teams such as Bandera (the Canyon Classic champion), Fredericksburg and Burnet. The Rangerettes lost to Dripping Springs in the semifinals of the Tigers’ tournament, and opted not to return for the third-place game because of the rain. The highlight of the tournament for the Rangerettes was defeating district-rival Bastrop in the opener, with Tiffany Friesenhahn having a big game to lead Smithson Valley in scoring. Kiana Arizpe paced the Rangerettes against Dripping Springs and in a victory earlier in the week at Austin Crockett. Canyon s Brian Caddell sneaks in between Copperas Cove detenders during Friday’s semifinal of the Canyon Classic, in which Caddell scored 21 points. The senior forward was one of three local players selected to the Classic s all-tournament teams, along with New Braunfels' Bell Bustos and Canyon s Katie Riedel All three of those piayershead the Herald-Zeitung s Players of the Week list. along with Smithson Valley guard Jason Long, New Braunfels post Robin Riedel and the entire Smrthson Valley Rangerette team. (Photo by Bill Ervin) SF misses playoffs despite strong finish SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Francisco 4Vers played like they belonged in the playoffs. The Chicago Bears were beaten like they didn’t. Already eliminated from the playoffs, the 49ers earned themselves little more than some empty admiration with their 52-14 victory over Chicago on Monday night, roll mg up more points than any other Bears’ opponent in the last 25 years. “lf the 49ers got into the playoffs, they might win the Super Bowl,’’ said Chicago linebacker Mike Singletary. ’’They wanted to show the country they belonged rn the playoffs, and they did a good job of it.” The 49ers scored touchdowns the first three times they had the ball, driving 76, 97 and 69 yards without hesitating. On 12 of their first 19 plays, the 49ers gained 5 yards or more, with two other plays resulting in short yaidage touchdowns. “It would be die understatement of the century u> say we got beat by a better team tonight,’’ said Bears center Jay Hiigenberg. “They had a point to prove This was dieir playoff game.*' The Beths (ll-5) were playing with a chance for their eighth NFC Central Division crown rn the last nine years, only to lose oui to Detroit, which defeated Buffalo 17-14 in overtime Sunday. Chicago could have earned a week off and a first-round bye in the playoffs, but, because of the beating it endured Monday night, it must meet Dallas on Sunday at Soldier Field. One team the Bears know they won’t have to see again is the 49trs, who ended their season by winning their final six games, outscoring their last six opponents 199 94 Despite the winning streak, the 49ers (10-6) will miss the playoffs for die first time since 1982. “We’rf not going to remember the six game NFL Hatton*! Football L**gu* * DaUotl 12 4 0 750 339 295 y Chicago 11 5 0 666 2W 26V Minnesota 8 8 0 500 301 306 Final Standing* Qraan Bay 4 12 0 250 273 313 AMERICAN CONFERENCE Tampa Bay 3 13 0 .188 IVV 365 Eaat W L T Pat. PF PA Wast x Buffalo 13 30 813 456 318 * New Orleans 11 5 0 566 341 211 y N Y Jota 6 6 0 500 314 283 y Atlanta 10 6 0 525 361 336 Mum 8 8 0 500 343 349 San Francisco 10 6 0 525 393 23V Now England 8 IOO 375 211 305 LA Rain* 3 13 0 .166 234 390 indttnapolts 1 15 0 063 143 381 x dmchad division Contr*! y clinched play oil benn x-Houston 11 5 0 668 386 251 Saturday's Q*m*» Pinsbuigh 7 9 0 436 292 344 New York Giants 24. Houston 20 Cl* VO tai Kl 6 IOO 375 293 296 Green Bay 27, Minnesota 7 Cmonnaii 3 130.166 263 435 Sunday's Oam*s Wast Dallas 31. Atiant*27 x Danv«r 12 4 0 .750 304 235 PuisOurgh 17, Cleveland IO y- Kansas City 10 6 0 625 322 252 Delton 17, Buffalo 14, OT y LA Ratdars 9 7 0 563 296 297 Tampa Bay 17, Indianapolis 3 Saaltta 7 9 0 436 276 261 Cincinnal! 29. New England 7 San Diago 4 12 0 250 274 342 New Yuk Jets 23. Mtam 20, OT NATIONAL CONFERENCE Kansas Oily 27, Los Angeles Raidets 21 East WLT Pct. PF PA New Orleans 27, Phoenix 3 x Washington 14 2 0 875 465 224 Denvu 17, San Diego 14 y-Dallas 11 5 0 566 342 310 Philadelphia 24. Washington 22 Philadelphia 10 6 0 625 285 244 Seattle 23. Los Angeles Rams 9 N Y. alants 8 8 0 500 281 297 Monday s Gam* Phoenix 4 12 0 250 196 344 San Francisco 52. Chicago 14 Contra) • .......End fhaMlt* stf im..........................- winning sneak,” said 49ers center Jesse Sapolu. “We have to remember the pain of not going to the playoffs. I want the hurt to be there for a long lime. “Beating the Bears was not as important as just showing everybody the way we can play right now. I think we’re playing as well as the Redskins did earlier in the season.” With Steve Young making his first start since Nov. 3, the 49ers led 24-0 al the end of die first half. They outgained die Bears 355-134 and forced a turnover the only time Chicago moved into San Francisco territory. Young completed ll of his fust 12 passes for 204 yards and three touchdowns over Sari Francisco's first three possessions. Jerry Rice caught two touchdown passes and Jamie Williams caught one. Annual NB basketball exes day set for Friday New Braunfels is holding its annual basketball scrimmage for Unicom alumni on Friday, stalling at IO ami, in die Unicom Gym. All former players from New Brauniels are invited to participate in the event, which Coach Cliff Wilkins said will run from IO a.m. until approximately 12:30 p.m. and be followed by lunch. Spurs depose Kings SAN ANTONIO (AF) — Rod Strickland's back running the show for the San Antonio Spurs, and ii looks like coach Larry Brown is going to let his best poult guard play himself into shape. Strickland signed a one-year, $1.3 million contract Monday morning, then played 35 minutes in the Spur s’ 101-90 victory over the Sacramento Kings Monday night. “I’m not in IOO percent condiuou and my liming was off tonight,” said Strickland, who scored 12 points, grabbed seven rebounds and had six assists. “I did not expect lo play that many minutes.” Strickland, who was booed when he entered the game, had plenty of help from Sean Elliott and David Robinson, as die Spurs snapped a three-game home court losing streak Elliott led the Spurs with 23 points while Robinson had 20 points and 17 rebounds. “We had sonic guys really give us a big lift,’* Brown said, “David was phenomenal. Donald Royal (13 , points in 16 minutes) was terrific the whole game “And of course a’s good to have Rod back I expected him to play a lot of minutes because this is like training camp for Rod.” Sacramento was paced by Mach Richmond, who matched his scasoo high with 35 points. “We played hard,” said Lionel Simmons, who had nine points and ll rebounds. ”Wc played an open game. In the second half, they just put it on. We have not been hitting the boards. I think if we would have ha that part of the game, we would have won tonight.” ;