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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223. Sports Saturday January 18, 2003 IB “.""iimomrani -——»■ Spurs help Duncan beat Hawks 106-93 Next me JL    Ml    s.a.    spurs    sc Four players score in double figures for SA SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Tim Duncan’s big game wasn’t a surprise. It was the offense from his teammates that helped the San Antonio Spurs. Duncan scored 27 and San Antonio never trailed in beating the Atlanta Hawks 106-93 on Friday night and winning its third straight and sixth in the last seven games. Tbny Parker added 19 points, Malik had 16, and Emanuel Ginobili scored a career-high 13. “It was a good game, we focused well,” San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich said. “We played good defense and executed on offense. It was a good night and it will be good day off tomorrow.” The Spurs broke the game open with a 9-0 run to open the fourth quarter. They led 80-62, following two free throws by Duncan with 10:48 left. “In the third quarter we did a good DUNCAN job of not looking back,” Duncan said. “In the past we’ve been letting teams back into ball games. It’s very important to put a team away when you’re up and tonight we did a better job of that and played better for a longer period of time.” Jason Terry scored 21 points to lead Atlanta, which lost its 13th straight road game. Shareef Abdur-Rahim added 17 and Theo Ratliff, 16. “They are a good team and you just have to fight,” Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. “They really hurt us from the free-throw line. Duncan especially did a great job of making plays and getting to the line.” Ginobili scored ll of his points in the final quarter as San Antonio stretched its lead to as many as 20 points, 91-71. Atlanta could get no closer than nine points the rest of the way. San Antonio led 49-42 at halftime and outscored the Hawks, 8-3, to open the third quarter. The Spurs led 57-45 when Parker hit a jump shot with 7:10 to play in the period. “This is a good win, especially after a tough loss at the buzzer against these guys last time,” said Parker, who led the Spurs with four assists. Atlanta beat San Antonio 81-79 on Dec. 27 in Atlanta. S.A. SPURS SCHEDULE Monday, Jan. 20 Spurs vs. Houston Rockets. 4 p.m. on FXSN. Wednesday, Jan. 22 Spurs vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Friday, Jan. 24 Spurs at Utah Jazz, 8 p.m. on KENS. Saturday, Jan. 25 Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Monday, Jan. 27 Spurs at Minnesota Timberwolves, 7 p.m. on KRRT. TICKETS (210) 223-3865 K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley’s Ryan Borgeson (3) dribbles upfield during Friday night’s game against Seguin at Rangers Stadium. The Rangers and Matadors played to a 2-2 tie. SV, Seguin play to 2-2 tie, again Clark on the backside of the goal all alone. Clark took the pass and redirected it behind the keeper for a 1-0 lead. “It was just a good cross pass from Josh Low. He made a good pass and nobody was on me, so it was easy.” Clark said. Clark, who was a defensive First-team All-District selection this past season, was moved up to the forward position because starting forward Reagan Schneider was injured. Whit Outlaw was moved back to Clarks original defensive position. “We had some injured players, so we needed to fill some spots,” Clark said. “Whit Outlaw’s been playing good defense, so he switched with me and I got to go up and attack.” The move paid off for the Rangers, who got the goal from (’birk, but Seguing Jorge Garza scored with 14:04 to go in the first half to tie the game 1-1. Garza, who came in towards the goal from the left, let go of a low burner towards the Rangers keeper. The ball ricocheted off the keeper and towards Chris Meszler, who See RANGERS/2B K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels guard Audrey Fisher (13) shoots as Canyon center Micaeli Smith (20) looks on during Tuesday’s game at NBHS. The Unicorns play Lake Travis and the Cougarettes hosted Del Valle Friday. NB girls basketball whips Lake Travis 64-47Unicorns improve to 6-2 in district From staff reports AUSTIN — The New Braunfels girls basketball team improved to 6-2 in District 25-4A play with a 64-47 win over Lake Travis Friday. Erica Wendell led the Unicorns with IO points, Sarah Knudson scored 12, Mollie Brawner added nine, Audrey Fisher chipped in eight and Claire Buck had seven. “We played a beautiful first half,” NB head coach Larry Schidte said. “We executed our transition offensive off of rebounds really well in the first half.” The Unicorns (17-7 overall, 6-2 in district) play Bastrop at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at Bastrop.► CHS girts basketball The Canyon girls basketball team made its first move to get back in the playoff race Friday with a 79-54 win over Del Valle. The Cougarettes (16-7 overall, 4-4 in district) stretched an 18-16 first quarter lead into a 45-34 halftime lead. ’Hie Cardinals (12-11) fell to 5-3 in district play. “We shot extremely well from floor and when they (Del Valle) switched to a junk defense in the second quarter, we had some players step up and hit some key shots for us,” Canyon head coach Terry Tennell said. Every Canyon player scored in the game and senior post Micaeli Smith led the way with 28 points. Erika Vargas poured in 14 points and Bo Warm added IO. Canyon plays Lockhart at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at home.►SVHS boys basketball The Smithson Valley boys basketball team lost 56-52 to Brackenridge Friday and fell to 0-3 in district. Chase Johnson and Eric lcke each scored 15 points for the Rangers, who led 44-41 going into the fourth quarter. The JV won 66-61 and the freshmen team won 56-53 in GT. SV plays East Central at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on the road.►CHS boys basketball DEL VALLE — In a battle of first place teams in District 25-4A Friday, Canyon lost 64-53 to Del Valle. The Cougars, who committed 23 turnovers in the game, fell behind 18-6 in the first quarter and trailed 31-25 at halftime. “We didn’t do a good job of pro tecting the ball,” Canyon head coach Kenny Rotzler said. “You cant’ give up that many offensive possessions against a good team like Del Valle and expect to win.” Jason Gomez led the Cougars with 19 points, Jason Grohman donated 12 and Jerome Davis had IO. Canyon (17-4 overall, 5-1 in district) plays Lockhart at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Lockhart.► NavaiTO pis basketful The Navarro girls basketball team crushed Gervin Academy 56-8 Friday with its two leading scorers out because of injuries. Freshman Brooke Hewitt led the Didy Panthers with ll points and sophomore Kara Peek added IO points. Navarro (12-8 overall, 7-2 in district) plays Cole at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in San Antonio. Rangers rally from 2-1 deficit By Brett Baca Staff Writer In a rematch of a game played earlier this season at the San Antonio ISD Tbuma-ment, the Smithson Valley Rangers and the Seguin Matadors again played to a 2-2 tie Friday night after 80 minutes of game play in 30-degree temperatures. Smithson Valley (7-4-1) struck first eight minutes into the game on a goal from Jason Clark, but later fell behind 2-1 in the second half before getting the equalizing goal on a rebound shot attempt from Darren McCutchen with eight minutes left in the game. “I was pretty disappointed with the 2-2 score,” SV first-year head coach Rush Girard said. “We lost to them in a shootout (4-3) in the San Antonio Tournament, and we felt like we could’ve done better in this one.” The Rangers started off attacking the ball in the first half and scored at the 32:32 mark when Josh Low’s cross pass from left to right found NB blown away Unicorns shoot 27 percent from floor in 53-38 loss to Cavs By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Lake Travis controlled the paint and forced New Braunfels to shoot from the outside Friday night, and the shots just didn’t fall. The Unicorns shot 10-of- 37 (27 percent) from the floor and were held to 12 points in the first half as the Cavaliers rolled to a 53- 38 victory. “This is probably the best we’ve probably played this year, and this was the flattest I’ve seen New Braunfels play,” Dike Travis head coach Jan Jernberg said. “I had not seen them this year where they did not scare me to death. You could tell they were flat tonight. If they would’ve played their normal game, I'm not so sure we would’ve gotten out of here alive.” Lake Travis’ Will Dreiss grabbed an offensive rebound and got the put-back to tie the game at 7-7. The next time down the floor he stole the ball underneath the basket and got an easy lay-in to give the Cavaliers a 9-7 going into the second quarter. Dreiss had 14 points in the game. “I think it was a combination of them playing good defense and us being really flat tonight,” NB head coach Victor Sierra said. “We couldn’t get anything going, and then we got a little frustrated. When you add that to us not rebounding, it results in a long night.” The Unicorns grabbed eight rebounds in the first quarter and IO the rest of the game. Matt Hogue hauled in 13 of NB’s 19 rebounds. Lake Travis started the second quarter with a 6-0 run before Hogue hit a three-pointer from the right corner to cut the lead to 15- :* .Mi* DAVID INGRAM/Heraid-Zeitung New Braunfels forward Jeff Moore fights for a loose ball during Friday night’s District 25-4A game against Lake Travis at NBHS. The Unicorns scored 12 points in the first half and lost 53-38 to the Cavaliers. IO. Hogue finished with 12 points and Greg Winters scored a team-high 14. “We just played straight up zone defense and tried to take Hogue and Winters out of the game as much as we could,” Jernberg said. “We tried to capitalize on our size, because they were hurting pretty bad with their big man (Jose Bustos) in the middle out.” Lake Travis’ Colby Wallis nailed a three-pointer at the top of the key with a little more than a minute left See UNICORNS/2B Imm ;