New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, February 5,1904 7AHockey battle heating up in Sarajevo
SARAJEVO, Yugoslavia (AP) — Canada threatened Saturday to protest the eligibility of players on most other Olympic hockey teams if the United States tried to take any action against Team Canada, and the Canadians might even pull the team out if a U.S. protest were successful.
The United States says that four Canadian players have too much professional experience to count as amateurs, but no formal protest has been filed. F. Don Miller, executive director of the U.S. Olympic Committee, has said he would wait until after a private meeting with Canadian officials Monday before taking such a step.
Murray Costello, the director of the. Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, said Saturday he would file protests stating that
players on eight or nine of the 12 teams in the hockey field were ineligible if the U.S. challenges his own team.
Asked whether the Canadian hockey team would withdraw if an American protest was successful, Costello said: "We’ll have a hard decision to make. That’s a possibility.”
But Dave King, coach of the team, said the Canadians would be playing in the 1984 Winter Games even if they have only 16 eligible players.
While the officials worried about the rule book, hockey players concentrated on the possibility of a historic rematch. Both the Soviet and the U.S. teams arrived here Saturday and the Soviets made it plain that they intended to win back the gold medal the United States won in I,ake Placid in 1980.
As the countdown to the first events of these Games on Tuesday continued, snow fell on the mountains around Sarajevo and rain drenched the city itself.
And, in the first men’s downhill training run before the Olympics, Peter Mueller of Switzerland proved he is in fine form when he was clocked with the fastest time — I minute, 48.19 seconds.
He was 19 hundredeths of a second faster than Vladimir Makeev of the Soviet Union. The training was halted after 46 of the 81 skiiers had gone through the run because of poor visibility from the snowfall.
It was obvious that the Soviet hockey team had only too well remembered the gold it didn’t win in I^ake Placid.
Goaltender Vladislav Tretiak, a veteran of
three Olympics and about to play in his fourth. said as the Soviet team arrived Saturday,
‘ We’ll get the gold and there is no doubt about it."
Meanwhile, with three days remaining before the Olympics begin, IOC President Juan Antonio Samaranch said he can see the day when the IOC will pay the expenses every athlete competing in the Olympics.
Samaranch said the possiblity for paying athletes’ expenses is becoming more real because of the millions of dollars in revenue from television.
ABC paid more than $90 miHion for the American rights to televise the Winter Games this year. The network will pay $309 million for the 1988 Winter Games in Calgary.
When the Soviets, decked out in fur lined
coats and fur hats, arrived by plane Saturday morning. Tretiak made it clear what the team's intentions were.
"We’ll get the gold and there is no doubt about it,” he said.
Tretiak's words were not rash, for the Soviet Union is considered the best and the strongest team here.
Hts coach, however, chose to be more
"We think we are the favorites, but everyone has a chance. Sport is sport," said Soviet hockey Coach Viktor Tikhonov "Everyone will be playing their best game against us and each team will try to beat us.
“Our first goal is to end atop our group. Then we’ll worry about the finals Most of these teams are very good.”Foul-plagued Unicorns fall to Apaches
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
New Braunfels had some tough opponents to overwhelm Friday night.
In the scorebook, the Unicorns faced Gonzales, who was tied for the District 13-4A lead with Kerrville Tivy going into the match.
But the Unicorns also had to face a slew of questionable calls by the referees, including a technical on normally mild-mannered Coach Cliff Wilkins in the crucial second half.
In the end, New Braunfels couldn’t quite overcome both opponents and lost 50-45.
After the first half, the Unicorns looked like they had almost put themselves out of the ballgame.
“We couldn't buy a shot in the first quarter,” Wilkins said. “We played them even from then on out.”
The Unicorns made only six of 16 field goals in the first half, and rarely got an offensive rebound.
“They muscled us underneath pretty good,” Wilkins said. “I think that was the ballgame.”
New Braunfels scored only nine points in the first quarter, and the whistle began to make a difference in the second period. John Matney was called for three fouls within a two-minute stretch. •
The Unicorns didn’t fare any better offensively during the second quarter, although they switched to a man-to-man defense which slowed the Apaches down to a 24-17 halftime lead.
But the third quarter was one marred by whistles — 13 player fouls (three of which were offensive fouls I and the technical.
The Unicorns got off to a good start as John Muschalek, Victor Sierra and Greg Bender ripped the nets, pulling the Unicorns closer.
But with five minutes remaining, the dam burst on New Braunfels players. Kenan Ikels was called for a hacking foul, his second of the game. At the 3:22 mark, Muschalek was called for his first foul. A few seconds later, Ikels was called for an offensive foul, his third.
l^ess than a minute later, Muschalek picked up his second foul when referees called him for charging while he was driving for a lay-up.
At the 1:42 mark, he was whistled for a third, an offensive foul while he was trying to get out of a tangle of defenders with his rebound.
That call pulled Wilkins off the bench to complain, and the referees quickly called a technical.
Gonzales led 38-30 after three quarters, but the Unicorns weren’t through.
Bender popped two quick jumpshots and two free throws to start (te period and pull the Unicorns within six, 42-36. *
Following a bucket by David Caddell, Sierra grabbed a defensive rebound, brought it down, and drove for the lay-up. He didn’t score, but he drew the foul. He hit one of a pair of free throws to pull the Unicorns to 42-39 at the 5: OO mark.
A minute later, a Gonzales player was whistled for his fifth foul, but then New Braunfels’ Brent Free was called for his third. The Apaches converted the free throws, and then moved back to a 48-41 lead, despite a basket by Caddell.
With 2:31 left in the game, Gonzales’ Darren Hunt, the top scorer for the night with 14 points, fouled out. But Sierra, who earlier had missed a free throw that would have pulled the Unicorns within two points, was unable to hit the first free throw on a one-and-one.
While the score was still close, Unicorn players missed two other opportunities on the first free throw of a one-and-one chance. All of these miscues were rebounded by the Apaches.
iespite a strong effort, the Unicorns couldn’t find the basket, although Muschalek hit four more points befoi e the game ended.
“I thought we had a chance with the one-and-one’s (free throw opportunities) to get within two, but we didn’t convert,” Wilkins said.
“I’m just real proud of our kids, but we can’t make the big effort when we needed,” the coach explained. “Again, we just can’t get over that hump.”
The Unicorns dropped to 8-17 on the season and 1-8 in district play.
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Gritty Rangers fall to Bandera
Smithson Valley's Scott Balmos snags a rebound
By DAVID KING Sports editor
l,ooking at the physical matchups. Snuthson Valley hardly belonged on the same court with Bandera Friday night.
The Bulldogs brought a tall, senior-dominated team to face a small, sophomore-dominated Smithson Valley team. On the surface, the Rangers didn’t have a chance.
And Bandera did w in the District 26-3A game. 43-39. but not without a fight
"Ifs disappointing to lose, but these kids aren’t losers," Rangers Coach Roger Kraft said. "They ’re not losers "We didn’t match up with them very well — they ’re a senior ballclub, they’re more physical, they're more talented But our kids played with guts and courage.
“It tears your guts out for the kids to play like that and come up short ” Smithson Valley whipped the Bulldogs in the first half, taking a 28-21 lead on the strength of a smothering zone defense and a patient offense that shot 48 percent from the field
Bandera, which had 6-7 Bruce Robison, 6-3 David Schwarz. 6-3 Steve Parker and 6-1 Jon Graves in its starting lineup, had three offensive rebounds in the first half against a Smithson Valley team that started one player - Butch Hegeman — who was over six feet tall Hegeman, 5-10 sophomore Rolando Trevino and freshman Scott Balmos, another six-footer who came off the Rangers' bench, fought the Bulldog* hard under the basket. Hegeman managed to score 16 points and Trevino nine.
But the strain of keeping the ball away from Robison on lob passes and stopping Parker, who had a game-high 18 points, w as too great Smithson Valley’s defense stayed tight in the second half, but the Rangers could manage only ll points the entire second half on 5-for-25 shooting from the field and l-for-10 shooting from the free throw line "We had lo do every thing right, and when that happens one breakdown can kill you," Kraft said “I thought that was the best defensive game we’ve had since I’ve
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been here,” he added “We knew that we had to do and we did it "
Handera overcame Smithson Valley’s halftime lead in the third quarter, hitting three long-range jump shots to pull within three at 30-27. Schwarz dropped in a short shot off a jump ball to make it 30-29. and a minute later he followed up a miss to give Bandera a 31-30 lead
Smithson Valley fought back lo trail 33-32 at the end of the period, but Bandera kept the advantage the rest of the way as the Rangers could hit only one of six free throws in the fourth quarter,
A short flurry late in the game pulled the Rangers to within one point twice. Trevino made it 36-35 with a 10-foot jump shot with 2 55 left, but Parked answered with a jumper of his own
The Rangers’ Paul Booth made it 38-37, and Parker was called for a foul at the other end But Balmos missed the front end of a one-and-one, Robison scored, and Smithson Valley was never closer than two points again.
The loss drops Smithson Valley into a three-way tie for second in the 38-3A race The Rangers are now 4-3 <7-17 overall) and tied with Boerne and Southside,one game behind 5-2 Bandera
In other district games Friday night, Boerne s Bo Summer scored 24 points to lead the Greyhounds to a 62-58 victory over Randolph, and leonard Cortez scored ll points to lead Southside to a 68-59 win over Cole.
In Tuesday's games, Smithson Valley is at Southside, Boerne meets Bandera and Cole batties Randolph
Cougars run past Rebels, 73-59
Canyon’s Thomas Hauessler put together his second straight outstanding game Friday night, leading the Cougars to a 73-59 rout of the Hays Rebels at Hays.
Haeussler, a senior point guard, had 22 points as the Cougars imrpoved their record to 15-11,5-4 in District 13-4A play.
“Haeussler just took complete control oi the game from the outset,” Canyon Coach David Taylor said "He had 22 points, ll assists, six rebounds, three steals, drew a
charge and carried the water. He did it all.” Haeussler scored 24 points Tuesday against Fredericksburg.
Canyon ran a fast break almost the entire game, and four Cougars benefitted to score in double figures. Besides Haeussler, Mike Wolfshohl had 16, Todd Banks 15 and Ben Garcia 12. Wolfshohl added nine rebounds and four steals.
“I can’t remember the last time,” the Cougars had four players in double figures,
Taylor said. “It’s an indication that we’ve got somebody to move the ball around.
The Cougars led 35-27 at the half and stretched the lead to 56-41 after three quarters
After the way we played (Friday), I’m even more confident about how we’ll do in our last three ballgames,” Taylor said Canyon is off Tuesday, but faces lAxkhart at home Friday.
In the junior varsity game, Canyon beat
Hays for the first time this year, 75-35.
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Houston wipes out Mustangs, 76-57
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
HOUSTON — Forward Michael Young scored 26 points to lead sixth-ranked Houston to a 76-57 victory over Southern Methodist Saturday night in a Southwest Conference game.
The Cougars, 19-3 for the season and 9-0 in SWC play, extended their record of consecutive regular-season conference wins to 33. SMU feU to 18-5 and 6-3.
Houston’s 7-foot Akeem Olajuwon blocked eight shots, scored 16 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Jon Koncak, SMU’s 7-footer who in Houston’s 68-89 victory in Dallas last month
had 21 points to 14 by Olajuwon and a 15-6 rebounding edge, scored 12 points Saturday night to lead four Mustangs in double figures He also had eight reboundsArkansas 63, Baylor 44
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark — Reserve Darryl Bedford led a second-half explosion as Arkansas snapped a two-game losing streak by crushing Baylor 63-44.
The Razorback* improved their record to 18-4 overall and 7-1 in the league. Baylor fell to 5-15 and 1-8.
Bedford, who did not play in the first half, scored seven consecutive points in less than one minute as Arkansas pulled away to a 21-
point lead, 53-32, late in the gameTexas Tech 47, TCU 45
FORT WORTH - David Reynolds scored on a jump shot with 5 seconds remaining to give Texas Tech to a 47-45 victory over Texas Christian
Tony Benford’s goal from the left comer gave Tech a 45-45 tie with just under five minutes remaining The last of 14 TCU turnovers gave Tech possession again, and the Red Raiders stalled until Reynolds' game-winner. Tech used up the game's final 44 minutes with a four-corners offense against TCU’s zone.
With IO seconds left, Reynolds took a pass
inside the circle from Beni or d Reynolds, who led Tech with 14, faked to his left before putting up the winning basket from 15 feet.
Rice 43,Texat Aft M 42
COLLEGE STATION - Tony Barnett, who had a game-high 12 points, hit two free throws in the final bu seconds to give the Rice Owls a 43-42 victory over Texas AfkM.
Rice broke an eight-game losing streak to the Aggies with the win and railed its record to 7-12 overall and 4-5 in the conference. The Aggies fell to 11-10 and 4-8 in the SWC.
Rice never led by more that three poults in the second half and Texas AAM never UM in the half by more than two.