New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
SportsPage 8 Herald Zeitung, New Braunfels, Texas Friday, February 8, 1991
Canyon’s Fidel Rodriguez (14) and Roy Vela (9) box out a New Braunfels player in a prior game. The Cougars had their first taste of success in district play with a 4-1 victory over Boerne Thursday night.
Cougars claim first 27-5A win
NB girls in finale, boys host Ho
BOERNE — After giving up ll goals in four district games, the Canyon Cougars decided it was time to beef up their defense. And a week’s worth of practice time seems to have done the trick.
\ A strong effort by Canyon’s fullbacks and midfielders, plus a three-goal flurry in a 15-minute period, led the Cougars’ to a 4-1 victory over Boerne Thursday night, giving the team its first District 27-5 A soccer victory of the season.
“We’re a lot better team than our record indicates,” said Coach Danny Bueno of the Cougars’ 1-4 district mark. ‘Things just haven’t gone our way. We’re really not that bad.”
After beginning district play against the top three teams, Bueno said he had hoped to start a winning streak against the rest of the district. The plans went awry last weekend when Seguin scored a goal in the final minute to pull out a 2-1 victory.
Now that the Cougars have secured their first 27-5A win, Bueno said it is not too late to build some momentum. Canyon hosts 1-3 Kerrville Tivy in a 7:30 p.m. game today.
“The kids are excited to get a win,” he said. “Hopefully we can make a run. We wanted to get our first win against Seguin, but things just didn’t work out for us. But we’ve got Tivy at home tonight, and as long as the kids
District 27-5A Soccer Standings
San Marcos 3. Clemens 1 Thursday's Game Canyon 4, Boerne 1 Today's Games
Clemens at New Braunfels Kerrville Tivy at Canyon Smithson Valley at Pflugerville Lockhart at San Marcos Boerne at Seguin
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — With Terry Cummings and Rod Strickland out of the lineup, Scan Elliott knows he has to assume more of the scoring burden for the San Antonio Spurs.
Is 30 points enough?
Elliott reached his career-high Thursday night in San Antonio’s 118-108 victory against Indiana, hilling 12 of 15 shots from the field.
! “The guys were getting me the ball gfter the first couple of shots went down,” said Elliott, who had IO points in the first nine minutes and had 18 by intermission. “I felt pretty food.”
; It also helped that David Robinson look on his share of the scoring and rebounding with 35 points and 15 boards. The Spurs shot 57.5 percent and had little trouble snapping their season-high two-game losing streak ! Detlef Schrempf led Indiana with £1 points. Reggie Miller added 20 and Michael Williams 17.
• “The bottom line is that we didn’t move the ball on offense,” Schrempf iaid. “We didn’t get the ball to the gpen man. You can’t play this game when you are standing still. We got caught standing too many times.”
; Indiana was sluggish on offense, getting just 19 assists and being outscored 34-8 on the fast break.
For just the second time all season, rookie Dwayne Schintxius drew a starting assignment. Robinson moved lirom center to power forward due to Cummings’ injured hand.
\ Schmuius finished with 9 points and 8 rebounds in 26 minutes.
* “I was thrilled with Dwayne,” San Antonio Coach Larry Brown said. *His conditioning looked great and I think we need to keep playing him.”
The Spurs used a 12-2 run late in the second quarter to erase an eight-
Eint deficit en route to a 51 -51 tie at I break.
Robinson had 15 third-quarter points, including IO straight midway through the period as the Spurs built a 7-point lead.
Ahead 96-90 with 8:11 to play, San Antonio went on a 16-6 run to put the game out of reach, 112-96 with 3:48 left
“We played well in the first half •id then we went flat at the sum of the second and let them catch up,” Miller paid. “I don’t know what we need to do to get us over the hump but we
play hard, we’ll be alright.”
Bueno credited the play of midfielders Brian Dudley, Jurgen Abrego, Fidel Rodriguez arid Louis Gonzales for neutralizing Boeme’s two foreign exchange players Thursday night.
“Their two best players were midfielders, and we were pretty concerned about them because they are such good players. But they weren’t factors except for early in the game," he said.
After a slow start for the first seven or eight minutes, Bueno said. Canyon’s midfielders began to control the ball and open the game up for the offense. Harvey Gomez had the first goal of the night, scoring midway through the first half off a crossing pass from Marky Vela.
Within 15 minutes the Cougar lead was up to 3-0, as Rodrigo Rodriguez scored on a one-on-one opportunity with the Greyhound keeper, and Vela scored from 20 yards out with Chris Garcia credited with the assist.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Boerne cut the lead to 3-1 (Hi an indirect kick from IO yards out. A few minutes later, keeper Kristen Malish stopped a Greyhound penalty kick, which Bunco said put the momentum back on Canyon’s side.
“That penalty kick would have made it 3-2, but he did a good job on it. The only goal he gave up was on the indirect kick from up close, so I’d say he did a real good job,” Bueno said of his keeper.
Rodriguez, a sophomore forward reluming to the lineup after missing a week with an ankle injury, scored his second goal of the game and fourth of the season on another one-on-one opportunity. His first attempt was deflected by the keeper, but bounced right back to him. Rodriguez’ kick off the carom found the comer of the net to ice the game.
The Cougars outshot Boerne 18-8 in the game, while sweeper Roger Gomez and fullback Doug Hell were defensive standouts, Bueno said. The defensive unit also received a txx>si with the return of fullback Warren Ferguson, who was out with grade problems.
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Atlanta 127. Chalcone 114 Houston 96. Cleveland 92 Boston 117, New York 101 Orlando 106. Minnesota 103 Washington 124, Nee Jersey 117 Chicago 95. Detroit 93 Dallas 102, Golden State 101 San Antonio 118, Indiana 106 Today's Games No games scheduled
really need to push ourselves. ’ ’
Indiana, which missed all IO of its three-point attern pts, fell to 4-19 on the road while San Antonio climbed to 19-5 at home.
Ma vs 102, Warriors 101
DALLAS (AP) — With foyr seconds left in the game and his team trying to defend a one-point lead, Dallas Mavericks Coach Richie Adubato figured Golden Stale Coach Don Nelson would try something out of the ordinary to go for the victory.
Adubato was correct, bul Nelson's call for a backdoor play from out of bounds on the right sidelines glanced just off the fingertips of Rod Higgins, preserving Dallas’ victory.
"Nellie’s probably the best al being clever at the end of the game,” Adubato said. "Nobody would expect
(Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Thursday’s contest was a makeup game of the one that was jxistponcd on Tuesday because of the wet condition of the Boerne Middle School field on Tuesday.
Full slate of games on tap for tonight
All nine District 27-5 A soccer teams will be in action tonight, with New Braunfels and Canyon hosting games and Smithson Valley on the road for a non-district contest.
San Marcos, the district leader with a 6-0 mark, hosts last-place Lockhart. The Lions arc winless in five games, bul had only been outscored by eight goals in their first four outings before being stomped 11 -0 by Smithson Valley on Tuesday.
New Braunfels, which had its game at Kerrville Tivy postponed on Tuesday, will host Schertz Clemens at 8 p.m. The Unicorns arc 3-1, having
somebody to try a 15-foot backdoor pass from out of bounds, but he’ll do it. And it almost worked.”
Rolando Blackman hit two free throws with nine seconds remaining lo give Dallas the lead.
The Warriors still had two opportunities to pull out the victory in the final four seconds. First, Chris Mulling attempt to lob for a layup for Higgins off the inbounds pass fell out of bounds.
Dallas’ Dcrck Harper's attempt lo inbound the ball with 1.4 seconds remaining also went out of bounds, however, giving the Warriors another chance. Bul Tim Hardaway’s desperation 30-footcr at the buzzer glanced off the rim.
Harper led seven Mavericks in double figures with 20 points and Randy White and Blackman added 14 each. Milch Richmond paced the Warriors with 34 points and Hardaway added 19.
Dallas, which won for the fourth
lost to San Marcos in its last game on Saturday. The Buffaloes come into town with a 2-2-1 record, having lost 3-1 lo San Marcos on Wednesday.
Tivy will play at Canyon in a 7:30 p.m. game. The Antlers are 1-3, having suffered back-to-back shutout losses to Smithson Valley and San Marcos.
In tonight’s fourth district matchup, Seguin will host Boerne. The Greyhounds’ loss to Canyon dropped them to 2-4, while die Matadors arc 2-3, having been outscored seven goals to six in those district games.
Smithson Valley filled its open date on the district schedule with a 7:30 p.m. game at Pflugerville. The Rangers arc one point behind San Marcos in die 27-5A standings with a 5-0-1 record. After a disappointing tic with Clemens a week ago, Smithson Valley revamped its offense, resulting in its 11 -goal effort against Lockhart.
lime in its last five games, trailed 101-UK) after Richmond canned two foul shots with 17.5 seconds to play, selling the stage for Blackman’s dramatic free throws.
Rockets 96, Cavaliers 92
RICHFIELD, Ohio (AP) — For a few seconds early in the fourth quarter, the script was unfolding perfectly. John Williams, the NBA’s highest-paid player, was back from injury and poised to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers into playoff contention.
Williams’ dunk pulled the Cavaliers within one point of the Houston Rockcus. His 15-footcr on the baseline put Cleveland up 81 -80.
But that was all Williams could produce, and the Rockets wrecked his comeback when David Wood nailed a 3-point shot with 19.7 seconds left that gave Houston die lead for good.
Tlic Rockets claimed their fourth straight victory and their seventh in the last eight games. Cleveland has lost 24 of 29.
The New Braunfels Unicom girls basketball team plays its final game of the season tonight at East Central, while the Unicom boys host the Hornets in the only home game on the slate.
The two 26-4A local boys teams are both on the road, Canyon at district champion Clemens and Smithson Valley at Bastrop.
The Unicom boys are in an unenviable situation, as East Central will be trying to clinch a playoff berth at Unicom Gym in the 7:30 p.m. game. East Central has already secured no worse than a second-place tie with San Marcos, and any Hornet win or Rattler loss in the last three games eliminates San Marcos.
The Hornets have more offensive weapons than any other 25-5A team, with three of the district’s top five scorers. Offensively, East Central leads San Antonio with more than 90 points per game, and is 8-1 in district play after splitting its series with leader Seguin.
East Central center Marcus Banks, who has signed to play college basketball for San Diego State, is the top 5A scorer in the San Antonio area with 24.1 points per game.
Banks also leads the city with almost six blocked shots per game, and is first in district in shooting at 69 percent. His 9.5 rebounds per game rank third in 25-5A behind South San’s Miguel Huizar and McCollum’s Pete Gamboa.
Russell Fox is the Hornets’ second-leading scorer al 19 points per game, which is in the top IO among San Antonio 5A players. Michael Hunt, who was the leading scorer in the first round against New Braunfels, is fifth in district with 17 points per game.
The Hornets also have players competing for the district steals and assists titles. Shannon Sullivan currently has 3.5 steals per game, slightly ahead of Seguin phenom Andre Pitts, and Chris Thompson leads a close battle with South San’s Gilbert Ramos in assists with 5.9 per game.
New Braunfels’ stats are not nearly so gaudy, but the Unicorns do have some players among the area leaders. Mike Sima has more than four assists per contest to rank among the top San Antonio area passers, and Isabcll Bustos is among the steals leaders.
Unicom Coach Gift Wilkins has said East Central is a beatable team, which in fact has lost several times throughout its difficult non-district schedule, but that even a team with comparable athletes has to play close to its best to come out with a win.
The Unicom girls arc 4-7 in district and 8-22 on the year, and they hope to improve on that with their final game of the season al East Central. The game is set for 7:30 p.m.
New Braunfels — which beat the Hornets in the first round — has three double figure scorers, tops of any Comal County team. Celeste Colvin, Robin Riedcl and Cindy Mager carry the offensive load for the team, with posts Riedcl and Mager also being the primary rebounded.
East Central's top player statistically is Meredith Kncuppcr, who averages 13 points and eight rebounds per game. Sharpshooting Michelle Mabry leads the district in three-pointers with 55 percent, and guard Stephanie Rice is second in 25-5A in two categories.
District 2S-SA Today’s Boys Gamas East Central at Now Braunfels McCollum at Seguin South San at Hallandale Today’s Girls Games Harlandals at South San Now Braunfels at East Central Seguin at McCoftum End of Season District 26-4A Todoy's Boys Games Canyon al Clemens Hays at Lockhart Smithson Valley al Bastrop (Kris’ B (district Playoffs Monday’s Games Hays vs. Westlake, 7:30 p.m. at St. Edward's University, Austin Lockhart vs. Austin Reagan, 7:30 p.m. at Concords College, Austin
Rice trails only Seguin’s Darla Davis among 5A San Antonio assist leaders with 5.2 per game, and is the district runner-up in steals to South San’s Patty Acevedo.
The Canyon boys travel to Schertz to face district unbeaten Clemens, which won the 26-4A title with a one-point victory at Hays on Tuesday. The Buffaloes return home lo host Canyon in the 8 p.m. contest.
Buffalo center Robb Millet, who had scored nine and IO points in the two games before Tuesday, lit it up for 32 of his team’s 59 against the Rebels. Miller leads all area scorers with almost 29 points per game.
He is not the team’s only threat, however, as evidenced by the team’s wins over Smithson Valley and Bastrop during his slump. Henry Salazar is the Buffalo’s other primary offensive option, hitting for 14 points per game and 41 percent of his three-pointers.
Smithson Valley, which has a two-game winning streak after bealing Lockhart and Canyon, hopes to continue that run when the Rangers visit Bastrop at 8 p.m. today.
Bastrop’s only district win came ai Smithson Valley in the first-round, and the Rangers will hope lo split that series and improve their current 3-5 district record.
Bear center Danny Wisniewski scored 25 points in the first-round meeting with the Rangers, most on passes from point guard Aide Peterson, who dished for nine assists in the game.
The Bastrop team has some of the top athletes in the district, as Peterson is one of two basketball starters signed to play college football. Peterson, a free safety, is headed to Texas AAM, while his teammate, starting forward Billy Blakeley, was signed as a defensive back by Southwest Texas.
For Smithson Valley, Galen Church has scored 16 and 21 points in the past two games, and point guard Jon Herring has hit for 14 and 13 points.
In the other 26-4A game, Hays and Lockhart meet in a game likely lo decide the district runner-up. The Rebels and Lions arc currently tied for second place, with Hays boasting the district’s greatest depth and Lockhart having arguably its best player in Clay Carter.
Lockhart, which beat Hays in the first round, can clinch runner-up status with a win. Hays, however, would need to win and beat Bastrop in the season finale to cam the second spot outright.
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Elliott lights it up for 30 in Spurs’ victory