New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Syracuse surprises Georgetown, 65-63
SYRACUSE. SY >AP) - While Rafael Addison played the entire pine en a roll against second-ranked Georgetown, Syracuse teammate Dwayne Washington had as many stops and starts as a carnival ride But few were surprised when Washington kept the hall after a time out with 16 seconds to play. Eight seconds later he took an off-halance. 15-foot jump shot to put Orangemen ahead. Washington followed with a free throw as ninth-ranked Syracuse dealt the Hoy as a 6543 loss, their second straight after 29 consecutive victories over two seasons “I knew it was going to fie something special." said Addison, whose 2ft-pomt. 12-rebound performance ranks as one of the finest in his career. “He ( Washington) just looks to get the ball in those situations.”
Washington, an all-conference point guard last year as a freshman, had hit only four of IO from the field prior to his winning shut He also had missed a1 J three free-throw attempts, turned over the ball seven times and had only four assists But he still got the ball for Syracuse's final shot
“Pearl's got to be tough to make that shot in the end." Georgetown Cooch John Thompson said of Washington .Syracuse improved to I3-3 on the year and 3-3 in the Big East Conference as it snapped a three-game Irving streak to the Hoyas before 32.229 fans - the third largest crowd
ever in the Carrier Dome.
Now 7-2 in the league and 18-2 overall, the Hoyas have lost two straight games for the first time in SI contests arid after 29 straight victories dating back to last year. But Thompson, perhaps mindful of a 12-day break from Big East pressure marked by upcoming games against Arkansas and Florida Southern, said he wasn’t concerned
“I don't want to get accustomed to losing, but we’ll work it out We’re not going to go home and cry’ about it,” he said
Seven-foot Hoy a center Patrick Ewing turned in a
remarkable performance with 21 points and 17 rebounds — more than half the team s total of 32. But his effort fell just short when Georgetown snipers David Wingate, Michael Jackson and Horace Broadnax went a collective eight-for-28 shooting over Syracuse's zone defense Bill Martin scored 15 points for the Hoyas and Jackson, w ho was five-of-10, had IO points Syracuse Coach Jim Boe he im tried to downplay the magnitude of the triumph by telling reporters. “It’s nice to win and I'm happy to win. but it's just another game " But the thrill was still there for Addison, a junior who has led the team in scoring for nearly two seasons "Anybody who tells you it’s not a great thrill is sadly mistaken.” he said.
After 905 games, St. John's back at No. 1
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
In December 1951, St John’s was the No I basketball team in the nation arid Ixiu Carnesecea was in his second year of coaching at St Ann’s Academy.
In January 1965. St John s is the No I basketball team in the nation and l>ou Carnesecea is in his 17th year as coach at St John's.
There were 905 games between top rankings and about the only thing that didn t change was Carnesecca's aversion to the No. I tag “It's hoopla,” the coach of the Bed men, 15-1, said Monday about St Jonn’s going to the top of the Associated Press poll. "It’s good for the school, good for the kids. We have to keep our feet on tin* ground.’’
St John’s had to be walking on air last weekend after •ending Georgetown’s 29-game winning streak at a time when the Hoyas' were No I. The Hedrnen beat Georgetown 6645 Saturday at the Capital Centre It is the first time since December 1951 that the Ked-men, who were ranked third last week, have held the top spot, according to the school’s sports information office TTiey held the No I position for just one week then, before losing to Kentucky by 41 points St. John’s lost to Kansas in the national championship game that season just two years after Carnesecea graduated St John s received 52 of 63 first-place votes and 1,249 points from a nationwide panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Georgetown received IO first-place votes and 1,202 points in easily outdistancing Memphis State, which received the other first-place vote and 1,130 points in moving from fourth to third.
Georgetown, which had held the top spot from the preseason voting through lune regulur-season polls, suffered its second consecutive loss Monday night, bowing to Syracuse 6543 Southern Methodist, winch suffered only its second loss in 18 games this season Saturday at Texas Tech, 6645, fell from second to fourth, receiving 1,016 points, 28 more
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than Illinois, which switched places with Duke, 867 points, from last week Oklahoma is seventh with 850 points, followed by Georgia Tech, one of two teams to jump eight places in this week's poll. The Yellow Jackets, 15-3, received 716 points in moving from last week's No. 16 ranking. They beat Clemson 64-59 and North Carolina 6642 last week Syracuse received 698 points in moving from lith to ninth place, while Michigan, 18th last week, joined Georgia Tech in the long jump category
North Carolina leads the Second Ten, followed by Tulsa, DePaul, Oregon State, louisiana Tech, Nevadans Vegas, Maryland, Villanova, Kansas and Alabama-Birmingham.
Boerne rips Smithson Valley
BOEHNE - The Smithson Valley Kangerettes fell out of a second-place tie in the District 27-3A race Monday night, losing to Boerne 54-33.
Smithson Valley, which fell to 11-14
on the season, is now 4-3 in district play and a game behind second-place Cole The Cougars defeated Bandera 39-32 Tuesday night
Boerne remained undefeated in the district race at 7*0 The I .ady Hounds are 19-4 on the season
Tiffany Beene led..the Kangerettes with IO points, while Siudynn McCoy scored nine points and Kiln Wagner and Karen Allbright seven each.
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led all scorers with 14 points, while Stacy Allen scored 13 and Patsy Baxter 12.
Boerne led 30-23 at the half Three games remain in the district race, with Smithson Valley playing
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Floresville at home Thursday, Bandera at home Monday and Southside on the road next Thursday. Cole has games remaining with Southside, Boerne and Floresville.
Boerne defeated Cole 64-39 the last time the teams played
Texas NBA teams grade out
Tile NBA regular season is halfway over, and it’s tune for midterm report cards for the three Texas teams.
Here are the grades I’d give out:
Houston Rockets: B-plus
Dallas Mavericks: B-plus
Sari Antonio Spurs: B
Two of the three (Houston and San Antonio) are playing ladler ball ttiari at this time last season, and the Mavericks are playing up to last year's level despite the loss of their starting center in tile offseason
lad’s take a quick teain-by-teain look from an armchair coach’s point of view;
Houston Tile Rockets started 84, swooned when point guard Joiui Lucas was booted after his drug problem recurred, and have bounced back lately. Houston is already nearing its total of 29 wins for last season.
Tile Rockets’ red glare is easy to explain. The Great Experiment has worked. The two “franchise” draft choices, Ralph Sampson and Akeem Olajuwon, aren’t stumbling over eac h other Sampson, last year’s center and number one pick, has adjusted to the forward spot, and Oiajuwon, this year’s top pick, gets better every time out.
Overlooked by the publicity given "Twin Towers” Sampson and Olajuwon is the emergence of Rodney McCray at forward I .ast year’s third draft choice, McCray is scoring 14 5 points a game in the shadow of the two big men.
Those three give Jre Rockets one of the bestRobert Johnson
front lines in basketball But Houston doesn’t have any guards since Lucas left. Lucas wants to come back, but Rockets’ coach Bill Fitch, one of the league’s most stern, inflexible — and successful coaches, probably won’t let hun.
That means Mitchell Wiggins and lionel Hollins will start, and their combined scoring average is 14.2 points a game. If they improve, or if reserve guard Allen I/eaved returns to form, Hie Rockets could take the division title. If not, they'd still make the playoffs, but may not last tong.
San Anton! j: Right now, the Spurs look like a 500 balit i uh. They opened the season with a 6-2 spurt, promptly lost six games in a row, then bounced back to .500. That may be where
The Spurs need bench help and stability. At least the coaching staff isn’t in turmoil like last year, when rookie coach Morris McHone was fired after an 11-20 start Cotton Fitzsimmons is a fine coach and a stabilizing influence.
But the Spurs have made so many roster moves, they should install turnstiles in the locker room. Five of the 12 players listed in the Spurs’ media guide are playing for somebodyelse now.
The bench has always been a sore spot, even when the Spurs were getting to the conference finals. It’s better this year, thanks to the ad
dition of Alvin Robertson, but still inconsistent. The Spurs are now starting to pay the price for ad those lousy drafts of years past. when none of their number one picks panned out.
The starters are still solid l/ook for the Spurs to make the playoffs barring a major injury (like to Artis Gilmore or Johnny Moore).
Dallas: The Mavericks are still the NBA’s glazed doughnut: a fine piece of confectionery with a hole in the middle They still have no center.
Yet the Mavericks have stayed above .500 despite the loss of last year’s center Pat Cummings and a tough early schedule They could make a run for the division crown.
Dallas is an eight-man team: the bottom three guys rarely play. And the last few weeks, the Mavericks have been getting consistent performances from die three key men on the bench: second-year pros Derek Harper and Dale Ellis and rookie Sam Perkins. The bench has helped Dallas to a 10-13 road record; the Mavs won only 12 road games ad last year.
With a center (Uke, say, Pat Ewing), Dallas would take the division. Right now, the Mavericks compensate for the hole by committing the fewest turnovers in the league (15 a game) and leading the league in three-point accuracy (39 percent).
Of course, none of the three Texas teams are any threat to knock off the leakers. But at least they should still be playing when the regular season ends. Only one (Dallas) could say that last year.
New York's King added to all-stars
NEW YORK (AP) - National Basketball Association scoring leader Bernard King didn’t let finishing fourth in fan balloting for the All-Star game bother him.
King, averaging 31.5 points per game, trailed Philadelphia’s Julius Erving, I/arry Bird of Boston and Kelly Trtpucka of Detroit in voting for the two starting forward positions for the Eastern Conference in the Feb. IO game at Indianapolis. But on Monday he was among the 14 players named by conference coaches to fill out the 12-man rosters for the East and West teams.
“I’m very excited about being named to the All-Star team,” said King, who has missed New York’s last six games with an ankle injury, but is expected to return to action this week. “It was one of my goals for this season. Ifs always very gratifying to be considered one of the best at your profession. Being chosen by the coaches is very meaningful to me”
In addition to King, the East reserves consist of centers Robert Parish of Boston and Jeff Ruland of Washington, forward Terry Cummings of Milwaukee and guards Dennis Johnson of Boston, Sidney Moncrief of Milwaukee and Micheal Ray Richardson of New Jersey.
Added to the West squad were centers Akeem Olajuwon of Houston and Jack Sikma of Seattle, forwards Alex English and Calvin Natt of Denver and Larry Nance of Phoenix and guards Rolando Blackman of Dallas and Norm Nixon of the lx>s Angeles Clippers.
The East starters are Erving, Bird, center Moses Malone of Philadelphia and guards Michael Jordan of Chicago arid Isiah Thomas of Detroit.
Boston, which has the NBA’s best record at 364, is the only team with three representatives in the All-Star game. In addition, the Celtics’ K C. Jones will coach the East.
The West starting team is made up of forwards Ralph Sampson of Houston and Adrian Dantley of Utah, center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the I/os Angeles Lakers and guards Earvin "Magic” Johnson of the Lakers and George Gervin of San Antonio. The Izakers’ Pat Riley is the coach of the West, which has lost five straight All-Star games and trails the series 23-11.
Olajuwon and Jordan, the first and third picks in last year’s draft, are the only rookie All-Stars. Blackman, Cummings, Nance and Natt also will be making their first appearance in an All-Star game.
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Smithson Valley’s Tiffany Beene dribbles the ball behind her back during an earlier game