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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Hsrsld-ZtltMf Wednesday, March 2,1983 SA SAN ANTONIO < AP) Mike Mitchell, George Gervin and Ai tis Gilmore “were clicking, and when they are on. we are a very tough team to beat,” San Antonio Coach Stall Albeck says. Mitchell scored 33 and Gervin 25. while Gilmore threw iii Iii points and grabbed IB rebounds, as the Spurs defeated the Seattle Super Sonics 119-104 Tuesday night. 'it was nice not playing catchup to this team. I believe our last 12 games are a sign of how we will play iii the playoffs," Albeck said. Seattle, which set a sizzling pace at the beginning of the season, winning its first 12 games, dropped its first decision to the Spurs in four games this season. “Jack Sikma has reinjured Ins foot and is playing hurt aud is not back to where he should be. We made a pretty good comeback in the fourth quarter with our second unit, but San Antonio came up with some lag shots We're trying to find consistency on this road trip." said Seattle Coach I wilily Wilkins. Gus Williams led the Sonics with 19 points, and Sikma added hi. The loss was the 14th iii the last IG road games for Seattle, 32-27, but the Sonics blame the bad spell on injuries and said the club is the same now as early in the campaign and should be getting back on track soon. We started the season at 12 and zero and found it very difficult to sustain that level of intensity. We are over most of our injuries, and we are looking forward to making a good run iii the playoffs." substitute guard Freddie Brown said. Mitchell and Gervin each got 15 of their points in the first half, while Seattle was hitting only IG of 49 shots, and the Spurs took a 57-45 lead into intermission. The Spurs put the game out of reach in the third quarter, leading by 12 points, 75-63, Gervin scored six straight points in a 10-0 spree and the Spurs turned their lead into an 85-63 edge with 1:47 remaining in the third quarter. The Sonics rallied to close to within 102-92 with 4 26 left in the game. Greg Keiser and Mark Radford scored 14 each in the fourth quarter to lead Seattle's late comeback. The victory was the seventh in nine games for San Antonio, which raised its record to 36-23. Pitcher Armando Martinez attempts the pick off at first. Stott photo by John Senior Calendar Baseball:    Thursday. March 3: Canyon at Fredericksburg tourney through Saturday: Friday. March 4: Nixon atSV. 4 p.m.; Saturday , March 5: NB at Austin CBJ, I p.m. Tenuis:    Wednesday, March 2: SV at Cany on. Friday, March 4: NB tournament at Canyon Maddox smashes 3-run homer in CHS win By SCOTT HARING Wire editor The Canyon Cougars put together a solid game Tuesday — decent pit ching, strong defense and timely hitting to beat the Cole Cougars, 7-5. The victory is particularly heartening because it w as the first game of Stott photo by John Senior Canyon Troy Burch rounds third in the Cougars' win. the season for a young ball club. “I think overall, the team played well,” coach Ralph Behrend said. "I hope we can play better in the future.” The big blow was a Greg Maddox three-run homer in the bottom of the first. After Randy Riggs and Danny Hernandez led off with hits, Alfonso Rodriquez and Bret Cappelman both popped up. But Cole pitcher Chris Beman tried to sneak a fastball past Maddox on his first pitch to the senior first-baseman, and Maddox snuck it over the left-field fence to drive in three runs. Cole had taken the lead in the top of the first on a pair of unearned runs caused by first-game jitters. A single off Riggs’ glove, a misplayed fly-ball double and an infield single loaded the bases with nobody out. Freshman third-baseinan Hernandez let the next ball go through his legs for a two-run error. Starting and winning pitcher Tommy Bain settled down after that, however, getting a pop-up, force out and strikeout to end the inning. Cole tied the score in the top of the third on a hit batsman, a single and a sacrifice fly. But Canyon came right back rn the bottom of the inning to take the lead for good. After two quick outs, Maddox drew a walk and stole second. Troy Burch Jr.’s infield hit put men on first and third, and Maddox scored on a throwing error by Cole third-baseman Dane Boyle. Tommy Bain followed with a triple to center to score Burch, and Canyon was up, 5-3. Run Rittiman came in to pitch innings four, five and six for Canyon and did a good job. He also drove in the last two Cougar runs. In the fifth inning, Cappelman led off with a double and Cole decided to intentionally walk Maddox. After a groundout advanced the runners to second and third, Rittiman delivered a single down the right field line to make the score 7-3. j i -..... . Canyon danced on the edge at disaster a number of innings, but just when it looked like Cole was going to bust loose, someone would close the door. Davis saves Mavs as Rockets come back In the second, it was Marcelinu Gonzales. With nobody out and Cole Cougars on first and second, Gonzales fielded a line-drtve smash off the bat of DK Scott Myles and doubled up the runner at second to end the threat. In the fourth, Rittiman had men on first and second with one out, but got a pop-up and a strikeout to end the inning. In the fifth, two walks and a throwing error on a pickoff try put Cole runners at second at d third with only one out. But Manuel Ca ma reno, put rn that inning in center field, came up with a diving catch of a sinking line drive and doubled up the Cole runner for Canyon’s second double play. A pair of back-to-back doubles by Myles and Boyle in the sixth closed the score to 7-4, but Cole had to face Maddox in the seventh and final inning. Maddox’ wildness almost did the Cougars in. After an opening walk, he threw a ball to the next batter that actually hit his bat while it was still on his shoulder behind hts head. The ball bounced off the bat straight back to Maddox, and he scooped up the gift and got a forceout at second. But three more walks later, Cole had a run in, the bases luaded, and only one out. The senior right-hander bore down, however, and got two ground balls to end the game just as the sun went down. Bain, the winning pitcher, went three innings, giving up three runs (only one earned), five hits, two walks and two strikeouts. Rittiman also went three innings, giving up one run, three hits, four walks and five strikeouts. Maddox, who technically receives a save for his work, went one winning, giving up one run and walking four. Cole’s Beman gave up seven runs, eight hits, six walks and three strikeouts, going all six innings. Canyon spread its eight hits out. Only Burch Jr. got more than one, going 2-for-3 and scoring a run. Riggs, Hernandez, Cappelman, Maddox (a three-rfln home*4^ii*aa and Rittiman (2 RBI) got the other Cougar hits. The Cougars next play this weekend at the Fredericksburg Tournament. HOUSTON I AIM Dallas Coach Dick Motta will tell anyone who will listen that a 20-point lead in the Nalional Basketball Association doesn t mean a thing and his team almost proved the point The Mavericks had the Houston Rockets oil the ropes after three quarters, piling up an easy 103-77 margin, but Dallas failed to land tin* knockout punch and Houston roared back, shaving Dallas’ lead to five points iii the final minute Tuesday night. Two free throws by Brad Davis w itll 38 seconds remaining field off the Rockets, as Dallas captured its club record 29th victory of the season with a 123-115 triumph. “I can’t get y ou guys to believe tliat a 20-point lead isn t anything in this league,” Motta said "With a 3-point goal, a couple of non-calls, and a couple of long shots by some guys trying to fatten up their stats, and before you know it, it’s down to It). Then ifs winnable for the other team." Forward Jay Vincent scored 13 of his game-high 27 points during the Mavericks' third-period surge, but he and most of Dallas’ starters were on the bench early in the fourth quarter. "I tried to warn them," Motta said “I put iii a lot of new guys, but when you put in younger guys, you'd think they’d use the time as a training ground to improve their game, lf I tiad stayed with my substitution pattern, we could have won by 25." Hot shooting by Terry Teagle and Calvin Murphy and aggressive inside play by Billy Fault/ and Major Jones brought the Rockets to life. “We got the momentum back when Fault/ and Major got aggressive,” Buckets Coach Del Harris said. “Terry and Calvin generated some offense and, for the* first lime, we had some inside-outside things going,” Harris added Teagle scored 18 of his team-high 24 points in Hie fourth quarter, including a 3-point goal with 46 seconds left that capped a 35-12 Houston run and closed the srore to 117-112 Murphy and Harris weren't around to see the end, however. Following an errant attempt by Murphy and heated arguments with referees Tommy Nunez and Wally Kooney, the two were ejected with six seconds remaining Murphy thought he was fouled on the shot. Mark Aguirre added 26 points to the cause of tlk* Mavericks, who raised their record to 29-29. Wally Walker scored 20 for Houston, 11-47. Just jealous Sutton says other SWC coaches envy him HOUSTON (AF)- Arkansas Coach Eddie Sutton says lie doesn't intimidate Southwest Conference basketball officials and those coaches who say he does are guilty of jealousy. “I think there is a lot of jealousy in this league,” Sutton said in a telephone uiterview Tuesday with Houston Radio Station KIRK sportscaster Mark Berman. “We have won the league championship five of the last six years and Houston never has won it. They were picked to win it last year and the didn’t.” The Hogs are 100-6 under Sutton in home games played at Barnhill Arena, site of Thursday’s Southwest Conference showdown against the No. I ranked Cougars. SWC coaches have accused Sutton with intimidating officials, especially with the backing of a vocal home crowd. "I don’t think I get on the officials any harder than (Houston Coach) Guy (Lewis) does or (Texas Tech coach) Gerald Myers or several other coaches in our league,” Sutton said. "I have coaches that go through and grade officials and we don’t get any more good calls than bad ones.” Houston is 0-7 in games played at Fayetteville and Sutton thinks that record will be on the Cougar players' minds in Thursday's game. “There have been times in the past when Houston should have beaten Arkansas here in Fayetteville,” Sutton said. “But it got to the latter stages of the game, and I think deep in their hearts they said to themselves that they wanted to win but they thought we've got the hex and we can’t win.’” An Arkansas victory would repay the Cougars a 1978 Houston victory in UH’s Hofheinz Pavilion. The Razorbacks had just been named the No. I team in The Associated Press poll and the Cougars upset the Hogs. Sutton said he hoped officials would call a close game in Thursday’s game. "If they don’t call a close game we have no chance to win,” Sutton said. "If it is a physical game, then Houston will win the game so I hop they keep both coaches on the bench. If I jump up, I hope they put me back with the team." Houston will take a 23-2 record and an 18-game winning streak, longest in the nation, into the game. Lagunas saves NB Senior hits double for winning run By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor Haul lagunas blasted a line drive through third base to send Ruben Zavala home and give the New Braunfels Unicorns a 6-5 opening day victory over the Seguin Matadors Tuesday. “I’m really pleased that we started the season out with a win,’’ said coach Pete Garza. "But I thought it was a typical first game for an inexperienced ball club. We still have some problems. Our pitchers aren’t in as good a shape as I thought — Armando < Martinez) ran out of gas earlier than I thought he would and our hitting is too anxious. We got enough of them — eight — but not as many as we should have." Going two straight innings without a hit, the Unicorns were looking at the bottom of the third before they finally caught a piece of the ball and scored some points. But when they did, it was a 2-0 lead. Smashing the sixth pitch into right field, first baseman Chris Winkler led off the inning with a single, stole second and third and came home on a Doug Campbell sacrifice fly. Then pitcher Armando Martinez circled the bases on a bounced single through second, a steal, Campbell's sacrifice and a grounded single to left field by Rubin Zavala. Unfortunately. Zavala’s steal attempt on Michael Cardenas’ first pitch failed and retired the side. “Slightly over-confident in the quick lead,” according to Garza, NB began to have problems in the top of the fourth. Martinez began to tire on the mound and allowed five hits and two walks as the Matadors grabbed four runs and a 4-2 lead. Pitcher Jimmy Garcia claimed the first on a single, a steal and two line-drive singles by John Zunker and Torn Kohler, respectively. And when Kohler blasted a low-flyer into left field hole, they had their second and the 2-2 tie. Zunker rounded second and third and came home. Kohler tried to make it three as he moved to second on a steal and took off for third on Jay Voss’ bunted single but a quick scoop by Martinez forced the second out. Seguing last two runs came on short stop Jesse Bueno’s double to center field. He picked up KBIs from Tim Patek and Voss and secured the 4-2 lead. One more man was walked before Stewart Carley popped an easy out to center field and retired the side. New Braunfels came back in bottom of the fourth and again tied the score off runs from Lagunas and Bobby Tristan, lagunas took first on an errored single, went to second on Tristan’s right field grounder, walked to third when Garcia balked and came home on Mike McDaniel's single to make the score 4-3. Then Tristan rounded the bases on a single, the balk arui McDaniel's single to tie the score at 4 all. Seguin again broke into the lead in the top of the fifth when the Unicorns changed pitchers. Tristan replaced Martinez on the mound and walked his first man — Garcia. Garcia then took second and third on an error by NB catcher Campbell and came home on a Zunker single. The side was retired, however, when Martinez snaffled a Kohler line drive single and made the double play to second. Seguin would not score again. After shutting down the Matadors in the next two innings with a quick three-up-three-down, the Unicorns took their place beside the plate ready to score in the bottom of the seventh. Campbell, the first up, walked, turned over his bases to pinch runner Joe Espinoza who stole second and third and came home on a Tomas Juarez single to tie the score at 5-5. Juarez was then picked off on a steal attempt before Zavala smashed a high single to center field and moved to second on sacrifice bunt by Cardenas. Now looking at two outs and a possible first loss, NB waited for for lagunas’ move. First pitch, ball, second pitch...a line-drive through third and the winning run. "I think all in all it was a good game," said Garza. "I didn’t really know what we had, so I didn’t know if we’d win. But, I’m glad we did." NB's next game will be played Saturday in Austin against LBJ, picked to place first or second in their district. Game time is I p.m.. Sonics take licking, Spurs clicking ;