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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hsrald-Ztitung Thursday, January 19,1984    • David KingChilly gym makes basketball life unpleasant From a spectator’s viewpoint, it’s the pits. But from a player’s viewpoint, the chill that fills the Smithson Valley gym whenever the weather gets bad has to more than annoying. It may be a concidence, but it seems like the Rangers’ recent battle with the flu — a battle that forced basketball Coach Roger Kraft to pull up junior varsity players to fill the varsity roster and to call off workouts — came while the gym was the coldest. Smithson Valley’s girls have been a little luckier with the flu, but the worst of the weather and the refrigerator-like chill that comes with it may still be ahead. In the Smithson Valley gym, running around in shorts and, even worse, sitting down after working up a sweat can be hazardous to your health. Fair-weather pro Bill Halbert, the golf pro at Landa Park Golf Course, is in Florida this week at the PGA Seniors tournament. Halbert qualified for the trip a few months back, and he starts play today. After today’s and Friday’s rounds, the field will be trimmed. Halbert didn’t make the cut last year, but he’s determined to make the final field this year, his wife said Tuesday. The tournament is at West Palm Beach Gardens, the year-round home of the PGA. The seniors circuit is for golfers 55 and older, and it includes veterans like Arnold Palmer and Sam Snead. Rockin' Rangerettes Smithson Valley’s Rangerettes appear to be the county’s best shot for a basketball playoff spot this year, especially after Monday’s victory over Bandera. The Rangerettes and Boerne are apparently the cream of the district, as both have posted impressive victories so far. Boerne held hapless Randolph to two points in the first half of Monday’s 58-14 victory. And the district title is more than just a title to shoot for. The bi-district opponent for the runner-up in District 26-3A will probably be Sweeny, the state’s No. 1-ranked team in Class 3A. Speaking of rankings, the Texas Girls’ Coaches Association poll that ranked Sweeny No. I has Kerrville Tivy No. 5 in the 4A listings. San Antonio’s Jay and Highlands high schools are Nos. 6 and 7, respectively, in 5A. The rest of the rankings aren’t too surprising — Longview is No. I in SA, tavelland in 4A, West Sabine in 2A and Nazareth in A. Speaking of non-surprises, the first half of the District 13-4A girls’ race didn’t provide many shocks. Each team in the district beat all the teams below it in the standings, all the way down to Lockhart, which didn’t beat anybody. Ninepin veterans Congratulations to Randy and Jane Reinarz, who have been bowling ninepins for an even 30 years. They hit all the prize competitions in the area, and don’t seem any worse for the wear. They bowl out of the Solms Bowling Club. Rough on Ralph After writing that Ralph Sampson had a problem with fouls and with physical opponents, I discovered Saturday that Sampson was second in voting for the NBA all-star team, trailing only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. And now, Sampson has been picked as a backup in the all-star game, which will be Jan. 29 in Denver. I still say give Ralph another year on the bulking-up program, and he’ll be a world-beater. San Antonio's Artis Gilmore makes a move for the ball during last week's game with the Houston Rockets Spurs thrash Nuggets of&rr pnortj oy Jonn /v Se met By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Before Wednesday night’s National Basketball Association game between the Denver Nuggets and the San Antonio Spurs. Denver coach Doug Moe predicted the Spurs would win by 20 points. He was close. The Spurs beat the Nuggets by 21 points, 148-127, before 8,879 fans at the San Antonio Convention Center Arena Moe appeared at a pre-game dinner for Spurs* fans and said he feared the Spurs were on a roll that might be hard to stop. Denver defeated the Spurs 168-155 on Jan. ll in a game that set NBA scoring records, but San Antonio had won two straight and Denver had lost three straight going into Wednesday’s game. The outcome left San Antonio and Denver tied for third rn the NBA’s Midwest Division with 17-23 records. “With this type of offense, I don’t get double teamed at ail. This is my style. This is me at my best. Our offense was playing with a lot of movement tonight,” said San Antonio guard George Gervin, who ted all scorers with 37. The Nuggets tiad seven players rn double figures, including a team-high 25 points from rookie Howard Carter, but forward Kiki Vandeweghe was held to only six points. The Nuggets didn’t score until 3:05 had elapsed in the game, on center Dan Issel’s 18-foot jumper. By that time San Antonio had an 114) lead. San Antonio soon widened its lead to 26-4 and the game was never in doubt. “I really didn’t see a game out there tonight. I was very disappointed in our effort. We missed a lot of shots early and got too far behind. We have hit a low rn the last three or four games. There is no zip to our team,’’ Moe said. Artis Gilmore had four points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots in the first quarter and finished the game with 13 points, a season-high 21 rebounds, four assists and seven blocked shots. Nets 124, Pistons 115 New Jersey’s Buck Williams scored 23 points and pulled down 20 rebounds as the Nets outdueled the Pistons. Williams had help from Otis Birdsong, who scored 22 points as the Nets won for the sixth time in their last seven games. 76ers 109, Cavaliers 107 Andrew Toney scored 28 points, but the Philadelphia 76ers needed a pair of missed foul shots by Cleveland’s Cliff Robinson with one second left to hold on. Phil Hubbard scored a career-high 31 points for Cleveland. Bucks 99, Hawks 90 Marques Johnson scored 31 points and Milwaukee survived a 12-point second period to top the Hawks. The Bucks went on a 9-1 spurt in the fourth quarter for an 87-83 lead and held on to reclaim sole possession of the Central Avision lead. Sonics 114, Mavericks 107 Jack Sikma and Gus Williams each scored 13 of their 24 points in the fourth quarter as Seattle notched its sixth straight victory. The triumph was No. 500 for Coach tanny Wilkens against 417 losses in his 12-season career. At 46, Wilkens is the youngest coach to reach the 500-victory plateau. Clippers 110, Bullets 101 Ricky Pierce scored ll of his 15 points in the fourth quarter to help the Clippers end a six-game losing streak. Michael Brooks also had ll fourth-quarter points to finish with 22 and a team-high 13 rebounds. By WILL GRIMSLEY AP Spacial Correspondent TAMPA, Fla. — It was a day depicting one of the interesting sideshow dramas of next Sunday’s Super Bowl XVIII, an event which paralyzes a nation. There was Lyle Alzado, the big, bearded lineman of the Los Angeles Raiders, almost smothered by newsmen, standing on the lush Tampa Stadium turf and regaling his audience with his lion’s roar and raunchy humor. Minutes earlier, less than 30 yards away in the end zone, had stood John Riggins, ball-carrying demon of the Washington Redskins, in full football regalia and cowboy boots, arms folded, frozen like an abandoned Greek statue. “No interviews,” said the hulking line smasher. “This is picture day. Tomorrow is the day for talking.” Thus opening salvos were fired earlier this week in the “Media War” — the in-fighting for newspaper, radio and TV space. Alzado and Riggins are both “flakes,” or odd-balls, with a flair for the theatrical and a lust for public attention. They have dominated — in picture, story and electronic exposure — the period leading up to the big game. Riggins, who even created a furor with his statue act, plunged into the fray Wednesday when he appeared on stage attired in the uniform of a paratrooper. “Hi, fellows, what’s going on?” he asked when the buzzing had subsided. “Last year the Redskins marched on Miami,” he added. “This year we will fly over UA.” Laughter. The uniform, he said, represented Air National Guard of Washington, D. C. He wore a patch which said “Commander, Riggo’s Rangers.” “Be careful what you say to me or you may be attacked by an F4 Phantom fighter,” he warned. Loud laughter. One newsman fell out of his chair. The question-answer session turned into a burlesque. Somebody asked if he cared what people thought of him. “Let’s not get too cerebral, OK?” he said. Asked why he maintained a stolid silence Tuesday while Alzado was getting all the attention, Riggins replied: “I wanted a soft space for my head to fall when he knocked my block off, as he said he was going to do. I hoped he’s be enough of a gentleman to pick it up and hand it back to me.” game that paired teams that were winless in league play. “I know we can’t shoot the ball any better than we did, that’s for sure,” Killingsworth said. “We also did a good job defensively and on the board.” TCI) hit 21 of 32 field goal attempts en route to a 45-33 halftime lead. “I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody shoot the way TOU did in the first half. It was just incredible,” Baylor Coach Jim Haller said. “I thought we did a good job of staying after them after we got behind, but they kept shooting well enough to keep out of reach,” Haller said. Riggins, Alzado take stage Mustangs destroy Aggies, 83-56 Super Bowl Game's on line in 'pit' “You have to accept it. Sometimes I wonder what the referee is looking at. A third year player (like me) gets no respect. If they hold (linebacker) Ted Hendricks, the referee will recognize it and call it. If they hold me and I complain, they tell me to go back to the huddle. “Some guys are so good at it that it’s an art. You have to appreciate it. I think that’s why refs don’t call it sometimes. It is so well executed.” Sometimes, though, it is extreme. Washington’s usually laconic Dave Butz remembers one hold that caused him to react. “I had one guy pull me down from behind,” he said. “I don’t usually talk to guys on the field but that time I had to. I told him, ’That was a helluva grab.” Like Long, Butz has become a student of holding techniques. He’s had more time to devote to the subject, since he’s in his lith NFL season. “Some guys will close their fists and catch your jersey with just their small fingers. The ref thinks their hands are closed, but they’ve got you. Other guys will hang on to your breast plate. I don’t care how strong you are, you can’t get away from that.” py THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Not since the late E.O. “Doc” Hayes was coaching in 1956 has Southern Methodist devastated Texas AAM in basketball like it did Wednesday night. With seven-foot center Jon Koncak playing the game of his career, the Mustangs routed the Aggies 83-56 in a Southwest Conference meeting to move alone into fourth place with a 3-2 record. In other SWC games Wednesday night, Texas Tech remained in third place at 3-1 with a 76-68 victory over Rice in double overtime and Texas Christian downed Baylor 76-54. For SMU, it was their worst whipping of AAM since Jim Krebs led the Mustangs to a 97-68 victory over the Cadets 21 years ago. It also was the biggest margin of victory in any SWC game this year. Koncak, a junior from Kansas City, scored 22 points, blocked seven shots, had two assists and collected 20 rebounds. “Koncak just killed us on the boards,” said Aggie Coach Shelby Metcalf. “You really have to hand it to SMU, they played an outstanding game. They have a fine group of athletes that play together and unselfishly.” “Jon just took control of the game,” said SMU Coach Dave Bliss. “Our rebounding kept them from getting the second shot and that’s so important.” He added, “I’m really encouraged with the way we’ve come back from a disappointing loss to Arkansas and played well against Baylor and AAM. It’s really encouraging to see that kind of rebounding.” SMU outrebounded AAM 57-31 and outshot than 53 per cent to 35 per cent from the field. Larry Davis scored 15 points, Carl Wright added 12, Butch Moore contributed IO and Kevin Lewis had IO as all five Mustang starters scored in double figures. Al Pulliam came off the bench to lead with the Aggies with 14 points and Doug I#e had 13. Texas Tech had to battle back from an early 23-6 deficit to beat Rice. A walk-on player, 6-9 junior Woody Martin, keyed the Red Raiders’ overtime win. After a 51-51 tie in regulation, Rice went ahead 57-53 in the first overtime, but Martin made eight of Tech’s IO points to rally his team into a 61-all tie that made a second overtime necessary. Martin, who led Tech with 19 points, made the Raiders’ only field goal of the second overtime, and his teammates wrapped up the victory by connecting on 13 of 15 free throws the rest of the way. Rice Coach Tommy Suitts said he thought his team had the victory when it grabbed the four-point lead in the first overtime. “We had our chance to win it, but you’ve got to give them credit. When they had their chance to finish us off in the second overtime, they did it with free throws,” he said. TCU Coach Jim Killingsworth said his team “played about as well as we can” in its victory over Baylor in a TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Sunday’s Super Bowl matches two explosive offenses, each capable of acquiring huge chunks of yards at a clip. The Washington Redskins scored more points this season than any team in National Football League history. The tas Angeles Raiders led the American Conference in scoring. Clearly, both teams can slug it out in the end zones with glamorous, sudden strike offensive weapons like John Riggins, Joe Theismann, Marcus Allen and Jim Plunkett. But which team succeeds best at that task may be decided in one of football’s less glamorous locations — the opposing lines. The rules are clear. An offensive lineman may do all sorts of things to protect his quarterback and clear running lanes for his ball carrier. The one thing he may not do, however, is hold. And that, according to the Raiders and Redskins defenders, is the one thing their opponents do all the time. “Everyone gets held on every play,” said Howie tang of LA. “If you look hard enough, you’ll find it on every play.” tang doesn't have to look for it. It comes looking for him. ;