New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Gunslingers, Gamblers make picks, Page 11A
Friday, January 4,1985
By TOM LABINSKI Staff writar
SAN ANTONIO — A case of failed opportunities led to New Braunfels 6$-M loss to Clemens Thursday at the HemisFair Arena.
“We had a lot of opportunities that just didn't fall," said Unicom Coach Cliff Wilkins. “We took it to the basket all right, but we just couldn’t seem to put it in."
The Unicorns are capable of much better play, he said.
"We got beat by them at the buzzer in the last game (64-63 on Dec. 20), so we are capable of playing better. We can play with them," Wilkins said.
“Our problem is we can’t seem to find the right combination or find the right consistency. But we have 12 days to find that consistency," he added.
New Braunfels, with a 6-10 record, begin district play on Jan. 15 with a home game against Kerville Tivy.
The Unicorns stayed close to the Buffaloes for most of the first half, but a lapse late in the second quarter and a larger one toward the end of the game allowed the Buffaloes to take a commanding lead.
With an 18-14 lead in the opening moments of the second quarter, Clemens' Greg Wath hit two outside jumpers and converted two layups as the Buffaloes lead jumped to 32-16 with 24 minutes left in the half.
“We go into streaks were it seems we don’t do anything right,” Wilkins said. “We can’t be a great team until we get some consistency."
Wath led Clemens with 19 points, followed by Kevin Clark who added 18
The Unicorns were led by Victor Sierra's IO points. High-scoring New Braunfels center Tilo Schmidt was held to just four points.
NEW BRAUNFELS (441
THO Schmid! 2 OO 4, Victor Sierra 3 46 IO.
David Cadded 2 00 4, Leon Sneed 2 2 2 6,
Damon Millett 4 O O 8, Alan Walker 0 OO 0, BIM Fox I 0-2 2, Claude Port et ie 0 OO 0. Barry Baker I 2 2 4, Adam Havens 2 0 0 4, Mike Wofford 0 0 I 0, Keneth Ikels I O O 2 Totals 18 8 13 44 CLEMENS 1681 Hubbard 3 34 9, Cor pot tan I OO 2. Mendez I 0 0 2, Wath 8 3 5 19, Clark 7 2 6 16, White 0 0 10, In mon 2 OO 4. Degallado 0 0 2 0, Walker 3006, Hartzog 0 OO 0, Courtney 5 OO IO Total* 30 8 18
Clement............ 16 21 12 It - 68
New Braunfels........ 12 12 IO IO 44
Fouled out None Total fouls New Braunfels 16, Clemens 12
"When a player like Tilo is held to just four points, it’s pretty indicative of how the game went. He's a valuable player on offense and on defense, and we really hurt when he has an off night," Wilkins said.
New Braunfels trailed 37-24 at halftime, but started the third quarter strong by scoring the first six points to trim the Clemens lead to 37-30.
The Unicorns then hit another major slump as the Buffaloes held New Braunfels scoreless until the final minutes of the quarter.
Clemens scored 12 unanswered points to lengthen its lead to 49-30 with 1:21 to play in the quarter.
Wilkins said a main reason for the Unicorns inability to score was the Buffaloes’ press. “We just didn’t handle it well at all," he said.
I^eon Sneed hit a long jumper and David Cadded scored on an underhanded layup to put New Braunfels within 15 points at 49-34 at the end of the quarter.
But the third quarter lapse continued into the final quarter as the Buffaloes outscored New Braunfels 15-2 to widen their lead to 64-36 with four minutes to play.
FORT WORTH (AF) - Texas Christian University coach Jim Killingsworth bemoaned the lead that slipped away in the first half against Houston and mistakes that spelled doom for the Horned Frogs.
“We made some mistakes at the end. We just did some things we can’t do and expect to still win the ball game," Killingsworth said after Houston downed TCU 83-73 in the Southwest Conference basketball opener for both teams Thursday.
“The same thing happened in the first half," said Killingsworth. “We had a 7-point lead and all of a sudden we start turning the ball over and making mistakes and they come back on us."
The Horned Frogs’ Dennis Nutt paced all scorers with 26 points as TCU hit 66 percent from the field, but mistakes at the end handed Houston the victory.
“Houston just got the crucial rebounds at the critical times down the stretch,” Nutt said. “That's what you have to do. And we didn't come up with many of those."
"We’re a finesse team and we can't afford to turn the ball over and make mistakes," Killingsworth said.
Alvin Franklin scored 22 points and Rickie Winslow and Erie Dickens added 20 each for Houston.
Southwest Conference Basketball By The Associated Press
Conference All Games
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CERYL CLARK HERALD ZEITUNG
New Braunfels' Bill Fox and Clemens' Paul Hartzog reach for a loose ball
SMU I 0 I OOO 10
Houston I 0 I OOO 9
Arkansas I 0 I OOO IO
Tesas Tech I 0 I OOO 7
Texas Christian 0 I OOO 8
Bay Im 0 0 OOO 7
Texas ABM 01 OOO 7
Texas 0 I OOO 7
Rice 0 0 OOO 6
Wednesday s Games
Texas San Antonio 101, Baylor 91 Arkansas 70, Texas ABM 6/, Southern Methodist 66, Rice 57, Texas Tech 67, Texas 60 Thursday s Game Houston 83. Texas Christian 73 Saturday's Gamas Texas ABM at Baylet Arkansas at Southern Methodist Houston at Texas. Tams Christum at Rice, North Texas at Texas Tech
'Hyperactive' SA slips by Dallas
DCRYL CLARK HERALD ZEITUNG
San Antonio's Artis Gilmore and Dallas' Kurt Nimphius stretch for a loose ball during Thursday's game
Missed free throws doom Canyon effort
SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio Coach Cotton Fitzsimmons called it hyperactivity.
With the Mavericks trailing by four points with three seconds to play, Dallas’ Dale Ellis hit a 3-point shot and was fouled by the Spurs’ Johnny Moore, giving the Mavericks a chanc e to tie the game
But Ellis’ free throw hit the back of the rim and careened off to the side, giving San Antonio a 116-115 win over Dallas.
“It was just a case of overactive glands going astray," Fitzsimmons said. "We know to let them take the long shot and to stay away from the shooter and not to foul, but we did it anyway."
Moore said the foul was a matter of instinct. "I know better than to foul the shooter in a case like that, but my reactions just got ahead of me. We were just fortunate that he missed that shot,"he said.
Ellis three-point shot came from the top of the circle and hopped around the rim before finally falling through
“I got good rotation on the ball, and when you do that they are more likely to go in," Ellis said. “I felt like it was going in when I shot it."
He said he didn’t have that same feeling as he attempted to tie the game with the free throw. “I just wish I had another chance at it," he said.
The Spurs led most of the game and took the lead for good with 8:51 to play in the third quarter on a layup by George Gervin.
Gervin led all scorers with 33 points. Mike Mitchell added 27 points for San Antonio, including 12 points in tilt final quarter.
Mark Aguirre led Dallas with 22 points. Ellis and Jay Vincent added 21 points apiece for the Mavericks. EUis had ll points in the final
The Spurs built their lead up to eight points on a 15-foot jumper by Mark Ivaroni with 10:25 left in the game.
A minute and a half later, the Mavericks cut the lead to one when Ellis hit on a 3-point jump shot, then converted another 3-point play on a layup and a foul.
Brad Davis scored with 8:53 remaining to cut the lead to 90-89.
Mitchell hit on a soft outside jump shot and then registered a stuff to help increase the San Antonio lead to seven with 3: OO to play.
The Mavericks whittled the lead down to two points with seven seconds left before Gervin hit two free throws to make the score 116-112.
Gervin, who played a season-high 42 minutes, played his best game of the year, Fitzsimmons said. "I think that was the best game that I’ve seen him have since I’ve coached him," he said.
"He did a good job on offense and defense, keeping (Dallas guard Rolando) Blackman away from the basket,” Fitzsimmons said.
Gervin said he felt good seeing as much playing time as he did. "I got a lot of playing time tonight and I felt good. I’m tired of lying back. I want to perform like I did in the old days," he said.
The victory gives San Antonio a ISIS record, 4 V* games behind Denver and Houston in the Midwestern Division race. Dallas falls to 15-16, 34 games off the pace.
The Mavericks shot a poor 42.3 percent field goal percentage in the first quarter, allowing San Antonio to take a 28-24 at the end of the quarter.
Dallas came back to briefly take the lead in the second quarter. The Mavericks led by as many as four points with 4:23 left in the half when
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rookie center Sam Perkins hit a 20-foot jump shot.
The Spurs tied the score with 2:12 to go and took the lead on a Gene Banks Up in and a layup by Mitchell just before the half
The final quarter was marred by a fight between Banks and Aguirre. Both players were ejected from the game with 20 second to
- TOM LABINSKI
By DAVID KING Sports editor
Del Valle had the Canyon Cougars right where they wanted them Thursday night — at the free throw line.
The Cougars, poor free throw shooters all season, lived down to their billing Thursday night by missing 12 of 18 second-half attempts and falling to the Cardinals 48-42 at the Canyon gym.
“All we had to do was shoot free throws and we would have won the game,” Canyon Coach David Taylor said.
But Thursday’s non-district game wasn’t a complete disaster, Taylor noted.
“I was pleased with a lot of things I saw out there," he said. “This is the first Ume we’ve played well as a team for four quarters.
“You’re never happy losing, but I’m pleased with a lot of things that happened out there."
The Cougars, blown out in four of their last five games, hustled and played good defense against the high-scoring Cardinals, especially in the second quarter. Del Valle hit only two of 12 shots in the period as Canyon rallied for a 22-all Ue at the half.
“We played good defense, even man-to-man straight up," Taylor said. “That’s why we were in the game."
Canyon was in the game unUl midway through the fourth quarter, trailing only 42-39 with 3:57 left in the game after a follow shot by Ben Garcia.
But at that point, Del Valle called time out, spead out the offense and pulled the Cougars away from the basket. The Cardinals ran almost two minutes off the clock before Pete Huegele fouled Cedric Whitley on a short jump shot.
Ro, uiie RIB SHUH I 2 3 4, Tioy Moss 0 OO 0, Ben Gatcm 2 02 4, Danny Hernandez 4 02 8 Rodney Hansen 3 016, Todd Banks 3 58 ll. Pete Huegete 0OO 0. David Hays 2 610 9 Totals 1612 2642 DEL VALLE (481 Mays I OO 2. Epps 0 2 3 2. Washington 4 OO 8 Williams 4 01 8. Richaidson 0 3 6 3, Whitley 622 14. WmnOOOO, Jensen 2 7 IO ll Totals 17 14 22 48
Del Valle 16 7 14 12 48
Canyon 12 IO 11 9 42
Fooled out Rictiaidson. Total louis Oal
Valle 20. Canyon 12 Technical Richardson
Whitley hit both free throws to make it 44-39. Canyon’s Danny Hernandez was fouled quickly at the other end, but missed the front end of a one-and-one. Canyon got the ball back, but Hernandez was again fouled and again missed the first free throw.
Todd Banks stole a Del Valle pass, and this time Ronnie Rittimann was fouled on a layup. He hit one of two shots and it was 44-40 with 1:17 left. Canyon pulled within two points seconds later on a follow shot by Garcia, but Adrian Washington penetrated the Cougar defense for a layup to stretch the lead back to four.
The Cardinals’ Robert Williams fouled Rodney Hansen, who missed the front end of a one-and-one. Hansen got his own rebound, but missed another shot. Del Valle, which was in a generous mood, turned the ball back over with 14 seconds left in the game.
Canyon set up a play for Rittimann during a time out, bid he passed up the shot and Del Valle’s Chria Epps intercepted his pass. Epps was fouled on the play and finished off the Cougars with two free throws.
Banks, despite sitting out large parts of the game, was Canyon’s leading scorer with ll points.