New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 9ADenne H. Freeman AP Sportswriter
Free agent market stands to enrich Cowboys
IRVING (AP) —It was deep in the fourth quarter of a blowout game, and Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones was on the sidelines to congratulate his victorious warriors.
There were a few minutes left.
A play occurred near the Cowboys sidelines. A player from the other team recognized Jones.
Since he was within earshot, the player yelled at Jones:
“When there’s free agency I want to come play for you.”
'inc player might have to get into line. Unrestricted free agency in the NFL is officially here and will help high visibility teams like the Cowboys, who have a great winning tradition and tremendous facilities.
And they have an owner like Jones and a coach like Jimmy Johnson who have shown they arc willing to wheel and deal more than most franchises.
Randall Cunningham, quarterback for the Philadelphia Eagles, said recently the Cowboys will be the team that most players will want to play for after they qualify for unrestricted free agency after five years. Cunningham said the Cowboys won’t get everybody, but Valley Ranch is where a lot of players will want to roam.Jones ready to deal
“I’m proud he said it,” Jones said. ”1 feel the Cowboys will be as an attractive place to play as there is in the NFL. We have a lot to offer. We have a great coach, a great facility, and Texas Stadium is one of the best football stadiums in the country.”
Jones has been trying to ready himself financially for what he knew was coming. In the agreement, each NFL team will have to fork over about S8 million in damages and attorneys fees to settle outstanding litigation.
The Cowboys, who have sold out 16 regular season games this year, are in the black for 1992.
“It’s better than bank interest returns," was the wafy Jones put it.
Jones paid $140 million for the team. Some thought that was about $30 million too much.
But the Cowboys winning ways have brought the dollars streaming into the Cowboys coffers much more quickly than even Jones thought.Winning entices players
In free agency, it’s a game of the deepest pockets win.
But you also have to have a little more.
No player wants to play for a dog franchise. Besides, if you are a good player and go to a bad team, your career could be shortened by the sorry talent around you.
“I like our position,” Jones said. “It will be sort of like colleges recruiting high school players. You’ll have to present an attractive package that they will go for.”
The Cowboys are already talent rich but they could still use help at linebacker, safety, offensive line, tight end and backups at quarterback and running back.
“We want to row out there where the big boats are,” Jones said last year. "We want to climb on one of those big yachts and see what it’s like in deep water.”
Jerry, get out your oars.
EDITOR’S NOTE — Denne H. Freeman has been covering sports in Texas for The Associated Press since 1967.Sunday, January 10,1993 Herald-Zeltung, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns slash Tivy for sixth straight
Cougars fall flat in last three quarters
Heights runs wild after Canyon starts with 20-16 lead
Darnell, Muniz power inside game
By DOUGLAS PILS Sports Editor
It started ugly and during one spurt in the third quarter New Braunfels head coach Cliff Wilkins couldn't watch any more so he went for some water.
However, the Unicorns ripped off a 19-2 run to start the decisive fourth quarter for a 67-50 victory over Kerrville Ttvy Friday night. The win pushes New Braunfels* record to 16-3 and 3-0 in District 28-4A play.
The night looked like it would be a long one for the Unicorns in the first quarter, as they opened the game shooting I of 12 from the field, missing the first eight shots. They finished the opening quarter 6 of 21 (28 percent), yet held a 14-11 advantage with some tenacious defense and strong rebounding. Junior guard Jessie Morales grabbed an offensive rebound and in one swift motion laid the ball in as time expired in the first quarter.
New Braunfels’ bench sparked the team throughout the game with 27 points, including IO from 6-foot-1 junior Albert Muniz. Muniz was spelling starter Randy Darnell and scored six quick points in the first quarter to break the shooting skid.
Muniz said he likes giving Darnell, who led the Unicorns with 16 points, his breaks.
"Every time I come in I just want to do real good and help off the bench," Muniz said. "Dawg (Darnell) has been playing great this whole season and I just want to come in and give him a little bit of rest. I come in, take his place while he's out and he comes back in and tears it
Muniz said it good for the team to win one going away after two consecutive close district games.
"This was a good one because we just finished playing Canyon and Smithson Valley barely coming out of those games," he said. "It's a good for us to win by more than a couple of points. It was a real good game."
New Braunfels opened up a nine-point at halftime but could not shake the pesky Antlers. Rcagen Overall scored nine in the quarter and Muniz appeared to extend his arm a couple of inches to tip in an offensive rebound.
Then came the near disastrous run in the third period when the Unicorns could not get the half-court offense flowing. Tivy turned a couple of turnovers into easy points to narrow the lead to 39-37 with about 3:30 left in the period.
New Braunfels went almost five minutes without a field goal, scoring six points on free throws to maintain its lead. By the end of the quarter the Unicorns held a slim six-point lead at 46-40.
Over the next 5:30, New Braunfels outscored the Antlers 19-2 with some amazing assists. John Drury had three, Shae Wilkins had two and Overall had perhaps his best all season. He was cut off on the left side of the goal and appeared to be taking the ball back to the middle of
the court when he whipped a no-look pass to Darnell, who went right by a befuddled defender for an easy layup. Darnell put back an offensive rebound on the next possession for a 65-42 lead to end the run.
Wilkins said different aspects of the team really pulled together for the win, but added that the team will need to play better to be successful over the next four district games.
"I think the job we did on the on the offensive and defensive backboards enabled us to stay in the ballgame until we made our run in the fourth quarter," Wilkins said. "I know we were stagnant a lot of times offensively tonight, but I think a lot of that was because the ball just wouldn't go in the hole. I know we'll have to shoot the ball and play a lot better offensively in the next week and a half as we start our stretch run here down the first round.
"We've got finals sandwiched in there as well, so we've got to be mentally tough to keep our edge."
Wilkins said his bench gives him the opportunity to find the right mix of players during a game and that will help over this next stretch of games.
“I think we’re ready for the wars," he said. "I do not think that we're playing as well as we were a week before we took off for the holidays, but we've been fortunate because we've had people step up and play good games. It seems like myself and our coaches have struggled a little bit to find the right combination in there and it's taking us a while.
"We’ve been fortunate because our bench is so strong, we've been able to sub in and out for people who are not having a good period of time. We have the luxury of at least being able to experiment and get the right combination in there. We've got a lot of guys that can do certain things well and some other things not so well — it just ukes some time to find the right combination."
New Braunfels travels to Uvalde for a rare Monday night game. The school starts iu finals on Wednesday and UIL rules prohibit players from playing the day before finals. There will be three finals on Thursday and two more on Friday, when the Unicorns host Alamo Heights, which beat Canyon 70-38 Friday night.
Two notes of interest from the games: First was the collective look of surprise on everyone’s face as Darnell, who is known for his tough inside play and not his free throw shooting, sank both shots on his only trip to the line.
The other was the first action of the year for senior Randy Walker. Walker, who suffered an ankle injury at the start of the season, played the last 2:31 of the game, grabbing one rebound (and promptly turning it over) and missing one three-point attempt. Despite the miss and the turnover. Walker described getting back on the court as simply “awesome."
SCOTT WUDEL BulutbaN writer
If Canyon coach Kenny Roizler had his way Friday night, he would have taken his team into the locker room at the end of the first quarter and slipped out the back door with a 20-16 win over district foe Alamo Heights. Instead, he and Bis team suyed put in the Cougar Den and stumbled through the final three quarters of their district contest with the Mules.
Canyon scored a total of 18 points after the first period, and handed Alamo Heights a 70-38 district victory. The Cougars remain winless in three 28-4A games and fall to 4-11 on the season.
Canyon was unable to generate any offense after the opening minutes of the second period. The Cougars led 24-21 after a Todd Mitchell basket with 5:36 left in the period, but managed only one more point before halftime. The Mules scored 16 in the same time frame and held a 37-25 halftime advantage.
"If it had been an eight minute game, we would have been right in there," Router said.
Turnovers plagued any second half Canyon rally. The Cougars were whistled for a handful of traveling violations, and threw away every other pass. They also had to contend
"We had to many trips down the floor that we just didn't get anything. We just didn't get even an opportunity to score. You can't do that, especially with the teams that we play in our district *
— Canyon head coach Kenny Rotzler
with a stiff Alamo Heights defense that held Canyon’s high scorers to seven points. Haul Vela and Cate Baese each finished the night as the Cougars* top guns. Baese scored all seven of his points in the Cougars’ impressive first quarter.
"We had so many trips down the floor that we just didn’t get anything," Rotzler said. "We just didn't get even an opportunity to score. You can't do that, especially with the teams that we play in our district.
"You can't have so many missed opportunities and expect to be in the ball game."
Router pulled senior Anc Bostick out of the game in the opening minutes of the second half after the guard argued a referee's call and drew a technical foul. The Mules hit two free throws and took the steam
out of the Cougars' remaining hopes of salvaging a victory.
‘‘We were still right there," Rotzler said. “We’re 13 down and we’ve got an opportunity to make a run and we’re working our tail off. That’s a critical point in the game. You can't give great teams like Alamo Heights that much help.
"We did a great job in the first quaner not giving them that kind of help, and then the rest of the game we kind of handed it to them on a platter."
Alamo Heights went to 6-foot-5 Malo Payne for its offense firepower. Payne scored 16 points in the first half, most of them coming on simple turnaround jumpers. Payne finished the game with 21 after sitting out the final quarter.
Mitchell was 3 of 13 from the field in the game, leaving with six points. Jason Barucky came off the bench to add six points to the Cougars’ total.
CANYON 20 5 6 7 38 A. HEIGHTS 16 21 26 7 70
CANYON — Haul Vela. 7; Calc Baeie, 7; Todd Mitchell, 6; Jason Barucky. 6; Randy Brown. 4; Coy Snider, 3
A. HEIGHTS — Malo Payne. 21: David Hendricks, 17: Thad Zeigler,6canyon s uoy snider grabs a rebound during the team's 70-38 Ions to Alamo Heights Friday night. (Photo by John Huseth)
New Braunfels’ Albert Muniz reaches out for an offensive rebound that he put back in the basket in the second quarter of the Unicorns' 67-50 win over Kerrville Tivy Friday night. Muniz sparked the team with 10 points off the bench. (Photo by John Huseth)Statistics
New Braunfels 14 20 12 21-67 Kerrville Tivy ll 14 15 1050
NEW BRAUNFELS (16-3,3-0)
Andy Caldwell 1-4 5-6 7: Reagen Overall 5-12 1-2 13; Randy Darnell 7-13 2-2 16: Ben Katon O-l 0-0 0; John Drury 1-4 2-4 4: Shae Wilkins 0-3 2-2 2; Jessie Morales 3-5 1-2 9; Randy Walker 0-1 0-0 0; James Sargent 0-2 0-0 0; Albert Muniz 5-6 0-4 IO, Brad Lybrand 1-7 2-4 4; Dean
Smith 1-4 0-1 2. 24-62 15-27 67.
Rebounds: Lybrand IO, Drury IO, Darnell 8, Muniz 6, Morales 5. Sargent 2. Caldwell I, Overall I, Katon I, Walker 1.
KERRVILLE TIVY (7-13.1-2)
20-Dusty Gallagher 0-4 2-3 2: 34-Kurt Leslie 2-7 0-0 4; 40-Joey Snyder 4-11 1-2 9; 44-Greg Peschcl 3-5 0-2 8; 54-Roy While 1-3 1-2 3: 14-Blake Caraway 0-1 0-0 O. 22-Blake Lindley 0-2 0-0 O, 24 Chris Brown 1-6 7-129; 30-Chris Keith 1-21-2
4; 32- Brian O'Donnell 1-3 O O 3; 42-Jeremy Shoening 0-3 4-6 4; 52-Billy Lynn 2-4 0-04. 15 51 16 29.
Fouled Out: NB-Caldwell; KT Lynn. Total Fouls: NB-26; KT-17. Three-point shooting: NB-(4-18) Morales 2-4, Overall 2-9, Wilkins 0-2, Caldwell 0-1, Sargent 0-1. Walker O I; KT-(4 12) Peschcl 2 3. Keith 1-2, O'Donnell 1-2. Brown O I. Caraway 0-1. Shooting Percentages: field goal- NB-38.7%; KT-29.4% — free throw NB-55.6%; KT-55.1%