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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Tuesday, January 201987    Herald-Zeffung,    New    Braunfels,    Texas    PagtS Giants made big favorite But players don't agree PASADENA, Calif. (AP) -Theod-dsmakers aren't sure the Denver Broncos belong on the same field as the New York Giants for the Super Bowl. Both teams claim otherwise. The point spread for Sunday’s game at the Rose Bowl has gone from 8 immediately following the conference championship games to 94 and even IO. Considering the number of New York fans with added interest in the game this year, the spread could go higher. “It’s ludicrous,” Giants Coach Bill Parcells said Monday as the teams began final preparations for the National Football League championship game. “We only beat them by three points in New York. It’s ridiculous. The teams are more even than that.” The Giants edged the Broncos 19-16 on a last-minute, 34-yard field goal by Raul Allegro on Nov. 23. The Broncos outgained the Giants 405 yards to 262, rallied to tie the score 16-16, then fell victim to an eight-play, 55-yard drive that led to the winning kick. The Broncos struggled to an 11-5 finish after starting 60, while the Giants won their final nine regular-season games. Denver was routed 41-16 In its season finale by Seattle. The Giants continued their overwhelming play in the playoffs, routing San Francisco 49-3 and Washington 170. The Broncos had close victories of 22-17 against New England and 23-20 in overtime at Cleveland. Said Broncos linebacker Tom Jackson : “How we got hero shouldn’t matter as much as our being here.” Denver Coach Dan Reeves says both teams are better now than in November. Giants quarterback Phil Simms doesn’t have fond memories of the previous game with Denver. And he expressed “shock” that the Giants are so heavily favored. “I know a little about betting and It means the New York bettors are betting the Giants and there are more New York bettors than Denver bettors,” he said. The Giants held a full-scale practice Monday, while the Broncos, who arrived on Monday, scheduled their first practice today. The intensity and interest in those sessions is, according to Reeves, “extremely important, the most important days for us.” But Reeves thinks his team is ready now. “The players were ready to play after the pep rally.” Reeves said of the sendoff by 63,257 fans who went to Mile High Stadium to do nothing more than cheer their heroes as they were introduced. “From an emotional standpoint, we would've been ready to play it then and there.” Parcells says of the point spread: “It’s a product of the way we played the last two wins. "People think we're that good. I can assure you we’re not.” Spurs down hapless LA Battle for first oeavL cuttnarn i New Braunfels and Kerrville Tivy, two of the three teams tied for first place in the District 13 sa boys race, will meet head-to-head at Unicorn Gym tonight. The other team tied for first place with a 6-1 record, Fredericksburg, will host Smithson Valley at 8 p.m. Canyon will play in Boerne in the final week of the first half of 13-4A competition. All games are at 8 p.m. On the girls side, New Braunfels will try to stay in the playoff picture in Kerrville against the Tivy Lady Antlers. Smithson Valley will host second-place Fredericksburg at 8 p.m. and Canyon will host first-place Boerne at 7:30 p.m. For the complete standings and schedule, see Scoreboard below. Brotzecommits to Rice BROTZE Paul Brotze, a first-team all-district player for the New Braunfels Unicorn football team, has made a verbal commitment to attend Rice University in the fall. The 6-3, 205-pound senior was both a center and an outside linebacker for the Unicorns, which advanced to state semifinals for the fourth time in the last five years. Brotze was also on the District 13-4A All-Academic team, having compiled a 94.78 grade point average during his high school career “It's going to mean a lot of work, going to Rice, but I'm looking forward to it,” Brotze said Tuesday. “I’ve talked with my parents and friends and coaches, and I’ve heard only positive things about Rice.” Brotze said he may go after a pyschology or business degree, but will register In the fall as an undecided major. He had visited the campus in Houston over the summer and went back again before making his decision “It feels good to have made up my mind and to know where I'll be,” he said. Although he did not get to see the Owls play in 1986. Brotze said he kept up with the team during the season. He said the Rice coaches are looking at birne to continue his role as an outside linebacker SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Victories have not been easy nor frequent this season for the San Antonio Spurs, but their latest resulted from the scoring punch of a rookie and a veteran. Alvin Robertson scored 27 and rookie Walter Berry added 22 Monday night to lead the Spurs to a 113-106 NBA victory over the Los Angeles Gippers In addition to his 22 points, Berry had ll rebounds, two blocked shots and three assists. He hit ll of 14 field goal attempts. “I never thought playing this well would happen this quick,” Berry said. “Playing more minutes makes me feel comfortable and that is the whole key .” San Antonio Coach Bob Weiss said he had told his players the current 5-game homest and is a must and the Spurs, 11-28, answered with their second consecutive home victory. “I told the team four out of five is our goal.” Weiss said “We’ve got a tough one coming with Houston on Wednesday.” Michael Cage had a career high 29 points in a losing cause for the Gippers, who have a 5-34 record, worst in theNBA. Mike Woodson scored 23 for the Gippers San Antonio held a 56-50 halftime lead, primarily behind the shooting of Jon Sundvold. who finished the night with 20 points The Gippers closed to within 98-92 with 7 00 remaining, but Robertson had four baskets and Berry added four points to give the Spurs a 107-96 lead. Rockets 127, Cavs 103 Ralph Sampson scored a season-high 33 points, nine of them dunng a 19-point Houston run in the third quarter, and grabbed IC rebounds as the Rockets defeated Cleveland Houston won for the sixth time in seven games The Cavaliers have lost seven straight to the Rockets and have lost nine of their last ll games overall. Knicks 111, Celtics 109 It was Just what the Boston Celtics wanted — and Just what the New York Knicks needed With the score tied at 109-109 and eight seconds remaining, the Knicks didn’t call a time out and had a reserve forward bnng the ball down the court And when Boston’s defense covered the man he was supposed to pass to, the Knicks’ Louis Orr took a shot from just inside the three-point circle at the buzzer Pistons 108, Hawks 98 Adrian Dantley scored 27 points and Vinnie Johnson came off the bench to add 20 as Detroit defeated Atlanta and overtook the Hawks for NBA By Ths Associated Prats EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct. OB 27 ll .rn — Philadelphia 22 17 .564 54 Washington 19 19 .500 I New York 13 25 .342 14 New Jersey IO a .283 17 Central Division Detroit S ll .094 — Atlanta 25 12 .674 4 Milwaukee 24 16 .600 3 Chicago 19 17 sa 6 Indiana a IS .sa 6 Cleveland 15 24 .3a liw WESTERN CONFERENCE Midwest Division Dallas * 14 .a Utah 21 14 sa 24 Houston 19 19 SOO 5 Denver 17 23 425 I Sacramento ll a .297 12 VI San Antonio ii a 232 134 Pacific Division LA. Lakers a • 7* Portland ai 17 sa 74 Golden State 23 17 .575 I Seattle a 17 .541 94 Phoenix ie a .410 144 LA. Clippers 5 SI rn 84 *Ta LrtliniB, New Jeraey ill New York 111, Boston IOO Philadelphia 107, Phoenix 104 Houston 127, Cleveland 103 Indiana IOO, Chicago SS Detroit IOO, Atlanta St San Antonio 113, L.A. Clippers IOO Denver 118, Portland lie Tsiay'iOMnes Milwaukee at Chlcafs Golden State at Sacramento the Central Division lead. Atlanta had led the division all season, and the Pistons had last been in first place in April, 1984. Nuggets 118, Blazers IU Danny Schayes scored seven points in the final 89 seconds to rally the host Nuggets over the short-handed Portland Trail Blazers. Lakers 128, Nets HS Magic Johnson tied a Meadowlands Arena record with a 42-point performance, 2B of them coming in the second half, to lead the Lakers over New Jersey. It was the Nets’ sixth consecutive loss Pacers 109, Bulls 95 Chuck Person scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth period and John Long finished with 25 as Indiana downed visiting Chicago. A KH) burst put Indiana ahead to stay in the third quarter Long had six of the IO points 76ers 107, Suns 104 Charles Barkley, benched at the start of the game for being late, scored 27 points, grabbed 13 rebounds. handed out four assists, had two steals and blocked a shot as Philadelphia nipped Phoenix.Horn Frogs overpower Texas 52-37, even without Lott By TNB ASSOCIATED PRESS When the smoke had cleared In Monday’s Southwest Conference Basketball action. Texas Christian remained on top in the nip and tuck race to finish as the regular season champion. TCU steamrolled over Texas 52-37 even without star guard Carl Lott, who will remain sidelined for at least six weeks with a broken hand Jamie Dixon scored 13 in Lott’s place as the No. 19 Horned Frogs extended their WinnSports World ing streak to IO, the school’s longest in 35 years TCU was aided by a cold Texas offense that never got rolling The Longhorns went over 16 minutes without sinking a basket despite 17 attempts. "We didn’t react to things very well,” said Texas coach Bob Weltllch.’ We got bogged down and stood around slot. We made it pretty easy for them tonight.” Meanwhile, Texas AEM, now 4-1, ruined a Houston five game winning streak to con tinue its pursuit of undefeated TCU. Aggie forward Winston Crite led all players with 15 points and 14 rebounds to lead AEM to its eighth straight home victory in a 57-45 decision over the Cougars Ricky Winslow scored ll and brought down IO rebounds to lead Houston, 3-1, in its first conference loss. Aggie coach Shelby Metcalf said he hoped his team would use the important win as a stepping stone to the conference championship. it's very important that we take this and build on it,” Metcalf said “It s going to be a very tight race and we are going to have to play extremely well to be in the race It s much more fun when you’re a contender " In another Southwest Conference contest Texas Tech got back on the winning track with a 75-64 win over Southern Methodist which continued its slide It was the Ponies sixth straight loss and they remain winless in conference play. Senior forward Dew ayne Chism droppc in 22 points and sophomore guard Seen Ga added 20 for the Tech victory. SMU Sophomore guard Cato Armstron led all scorers with 30 points. SWC action continues Wednesday as Taxi AEM travels to Rice for a 7:30 pm tipoff an Houston goes to Dallas to face SMU at 8 p o Also Wednesday, TCU meets Texas Tech i Lubbock at 7:30 p m. On Thursday. Arkansas takes on Baylor I Waco at 7 30 p m Scoreboard Iowa takes over No. I spot    o.*..* •    TI AB Chi V By TNB ASSOCIATED PRESS About five hours after moving into the No. I q>ot In the a—*rutj>d press college basketball poll, Iowa proved it belonged therewith leading scorer Roy Marble missing all but nine minutes because of an eye Injury, Iowa nonetheleaa pulled out a 70-67 victory over fifth-ranked Purdue, a club whose only previous defeat had been to No. 2 North Carolina. It’s the first time In its history that Iowa has been ranked No. I. Iowa has another test Thursday at Iowa City against third-ranked Indiana. Iowa, now 17-0, was the beneficiary of UNLV’s one-point loss at Oklahoma, this week’s No. ll team. The Hawkey es received 24 first-place votes from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to 21 for North Caranna. The Hawkeyes accumulated IJH points, II more than the Tar Heals, 15-1. i«sum, 14-1, was next with 1,122 points while UNLV, ranked first for six weeks, slipped to fourth with three Hrst-piace votes and 1,081 points. After Purdue, the rest of the Top IO Included DoPaul, gyracuoe, Temple, Illinois and Clemson. nn«kn»>M lad the Second Ton. followed by Duke, AiAi«, St. John's. Georgetown, Pittsburgh. Auburn, Navy, TMM Christian and North Carolina State.Sum's son stays in Brotherly City toblnPhlUcMphU. “I spoke to Tom (Landry) today and we couldn’t gat things worked out,” Phillips said ssyMtfy adar inking with the Dallas coach. “I’ve said all along I like it here and It would be hard for me to changa from here.” Phillips, the 28-year-old son of former Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints Coach Bum Phillips, Joined the v.ngif before the IMS season as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Landry said he was Interested in Phillips because the Intensive cooch knew about the ”46” and “3-4” defenses. Landry said he wanted to revamp the Cowboys’ “flex” Jefenae with elements of other defenses.Harrah ratiras, takas coaching lob ARLINGTON — Taxes Rangers taflaldar Toby Harrah has announced he will retire from the game and accept a position aa manager of one of the American League club's farm taams. Harrah said earlier in the year ha wantad to stay with the dub at least one more season but Monday ho acknowledged his playing career was over. “I love baseball more than anything oleo,” he said. ”1 did everything I could to try and stay In baseball but It Just didn’t work out that way. Baseball as a player Is TUeSDAV • pal. — BMeatball: Virginia Tack at Louisville, ESPN 7 p m. — Basketball: Missouri st Kansas, USA. I p.m. — Basketball Clemson at Gaorgia Tech, ESPN IO p.m. - America s Cup: Challenger’* finals, ESPN WBDMSSDAV I pm — Basketball; Connecticut at Georgetown, ESPN 7 pm — Basket ball: Houston at SMU, KERT, USA 7.30 pm — Basketball: DePaul at Evansville, WGN. I pm — Basketball: Villanova at Syracuse, ESPN.Local sports Soccer: San Marcos it Ca- Harrah, 2* who played the last two yean with tho Hangars, will manage the Gulf Coast Haugen, a team that will play at Port Charlotte, FU., tho AL club an- pmladblphia - ranritinatw Wade Phillies, who considered e VBPHMWBMNBMMB WW epsom St einsww^j^^wy Job with the Dallas Cowboys, soys he will stay et his NFL Harrah completed hie major league career with III home runs, Mi RBIs and .SM overage in 2,010 games. Teemer 4 . Ii p . rn nyon. I p.m. — Boys basketball: Kerrville Tivy tth,JV, varsity at New Braunfels. I p m - Girls basketball: Fredericksburg Mb, JV, varsity at Smithson Valley. A p.m. — Boys basketball: Canyon Mb, JV, varsity boys at Boom# A pm — Girls basketball: New Braunfels Mb, JV, varsity st Kerrville Tivy. 1:10 pm. - Soccer: Seguin at Smithson Valley. A pm - Girls basketball: Beane Mb, JV, vanity at Canyon. § pm. — Boys basketball: Sretthaon Volley Mb, JV, varsity at Fredericksburg • pm — Soccer: New Braunfels at Georgetown. TMUBIDAV 7 p.m. — Sports Banquet: New Braunfels Booster Club Fall-Sports banquet, New Braunfels Civic Cantar PBIDAV 4:30 pm. — Soccer: Manorial et Smithson Valley S p.m. — Boys basketball; Clemens Mb. JV, varsity at Smithson Valley I p.m. — Girls basketball . Canyon Mb, JV, varsity st Lockhart 5 p.m. — Girls basketball: Smithson Valley Mb. JV, varsity at Clemens 4 pm - Boys basketball: Mb, JV, varsity st Canyon (Parents’ Night). 4 pm. — Girls basketball: South Sea Wan Campus JV, varsity at New Braunfels. FIIPAV -(ATU! PAY Soccer: Now Braunfels af Baign* tournament.District 13-4A Bgtfcgttoll tfggdjggt BOVI Team Smitnaon Valley at Fredericksburg Hays at Lockhart Osmans idle em Lf Fredericksburg Hays New Braunfels Kerrville TI vy Canyon New Braunfels at Kerrville Tivy Booms at Canyon Lockhart at Hays Kerrville TI vy New Braunfels damns Hays tafgMon Valley Canyon College scores By The assoc totes Presa IMT    _ Ma^ton^JBwdne^M^* Navy 61. Delaware* tan SLM. Belgae* •BUTH Mea*** VA, Pleads* * Min. Valley BM ~ “ ■Valley* 97. Teem J r Kentucky < DaPartM, MMntSL 48 lews*, Purdue 67 8W tan*, m. NMMBogL TI PAR WIST Keewttie Tivy el New Brsiefeli Canyon at Bosnia TV.Martrtiw California a, Hafrtre* NavLas Vegas 73, Frttortn** ;