New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
UH led by frosh with 'heart of a shooter'
HOUSTON (AP)- Alvin Franklin, the freshman point guard charged with quarterbacking the University of Houston’s powerful inside game, has spent the season trying to learn how a freshman starting guard should behave.
“I don’t know how I’m supposed to act or play, so I just go out and play the best I can,” said Franklin, who will guide the UH attack Friday night against Memphis State in the third round of the NCAA Midwest Rgional tournament at Kansas City, Mo.
“I wish somebody would tell me so I would know.”
The confident LaMarque, Texas, teenager earned a starting position because no one told him a freshman wasn’t supposed to start for the nation’s No. I ranked team.
In last Saturday’s second-round victory over Maryland, no one told him a 6-0 freshman wasn’t supposed to drive the baseline, score a triple-pump basket over a 6-9 opponent and then draw a foul.
His loudest cheering section was the
“That move was awesome,” fellow guard Reid Gettys said. “I tried to count the pump fakes and I lost track after three. He was so quick. It was just great to see him take it right at their big guy like that.”
Franklin, who led the state’s schoolboy scorers last year, has had to sacrifice his urge to take the ball to the basket because of UH’s powerful inside corps led by 7-0 Akeem Abdul Olajuwon.
Franklin has been forced to play the
outward role of the assist man but he still has the heart of a shooter.
“I think I could have averaged maybe 14 points a game this year but I’m doing what it takes for us to win,” Franklin said. “I know that I’m building up my confidence now and that my turn is coming. I think I’ll be able to shoot more next year.’
Franklin’s transformation from a high school shooting guard to a college point guard hasn’t been easy.
“I guess that basket was the shooting
guard coming out in me,” Franklin said. “When the season first started, I was timid about shooting but now I look inside and if the pass is not there, I’m confident enough to put it up.”
Franklin’s confidence now is riding as high as Houston’s 23-game winning streak.
'I’m glad I’ve earned the confidence of the other fellas,” Franklin said.
“It makes me feel good that I am handling the pressure and being the point guard for the No. I team in the nation.”Sports
Wednesday, March 23, 1983 8A
NB breaks loose; beats CHS
NB's Tomas Juarez tries to bring in a slippery ball
NBTA Meeting: Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. Election of officers and discussion on proposed tennis center.
Baseball: Today Hound Rock
Westwood at New Braunfels, 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 24: Luling at Smithson Valley, JV at 2 p.m., varsity at 4:30 p.m. Lockhart at New Braunfels JV (doubleheader), 4 p.m. Friday, March 25: New Braunfels at Lockhart (district game), 6:30 p.m.; Fredericksburg at Canyon (district
game), 4:15 p.m.; Canyon JV at Navarro, 4:30 p.m.; Smithson Valley at Poth Tournament. Saturday, March 26: New Braunfels JV at Hays (doubleheader), I p.m.
Tennis: Today: Smithson Valley dual match vs. Boerne at Fair Oaks; Canyon dual match at New Braunfels. March 25-26: Canyon and Smithson Valley will play in the Seguin Tournament.
By SCOTT HARING Wire editor
It was a night not fit for man nor beast, nor, one would think, for baseball. But Bobby Tristan and Ronnie Rittiman didn’t seem to mind.
Tristan of New Braunfels outdueled Canyon’s Rittiman in a tight pitcher's battle Tuesday night on Unicom Field as New Braunfels beat the Cougars in each team’s district opener, 3-1.
The enthusiasm of the Canyon - New Braunfels rivalry seemed to be less intense, both on the field and in the stands, because of the weather. A light mist kept the grass wet and slippery all night, and a temperature in the 40s made for numb fingers and cold feet.
Tristan and Rittiman, though, seemed impervious to it all. Tristan went all seven innings for the Unicorns, giving up no earned runs, four hits, no walks and striking out nine. Rittiman gave up two runs in five innings, also allowing four hits, two walks and striking out five.
“Bobby Tristan did a superb pitching job," Unicom coach Peter Garza said after the game. "I felt like he got stronger as the game went on and he did a good job with his control."
The two teams could still be playing a scoreless game if not for a few breaks, and New Braunfels got the first one in its half of the second inning.
After a ground out to open the frame, shortstop Mike Cardenas stroked the ball to the gap in left-center field. It would’ve rolled to the wall, but the wet grass held it up, and Canyon’s Marceline Gonzales ran the ball down, holding Cardenas to a double. After taking third on a wild pitch, Rittiman walked Tristan, who then stole second.
Rittiman then struck out Raul lagunas for the second out and got first baseman Chris Winkler to a 2-and-2 count. It was then that Rittiman made perhaps his only mistake of the game.
“He just hung a curve ball down the middle," Cougar coach Ralph Behrend said. Winkler swatted the gift up the middle for a single, driving in the only two runs the Unicorns would need.
New Braunfels picked up an insurance tally in the sixth. Rittiman complained of pain in his elbow during the fifth inning, and after seeing him throw three more pitches in the sixth, Behrend pulled him in favor of Greg Maddox. But Maddox had a touch of wildness in him, and after a walk, and error, a second walk and a passed ball, Mike McDaniel was in with the Unicorns’ third run. Maddox settled down after that, striking out
NB’s Doug Campbell anticipates the call on CHS' Danny Hernandez
Tristan and lagunas and forcing Winkler to ground out to end the threat.
Canyon made it interesting in the seventh when an unearned run cost Tristan his shutout. After Troy Burch Jr. and Maddox both struck out, it looked like Tristan was cruising. But pinch-hitter Craig Cloud stroked a solid single to left to keep the Cougars alive.
Tristan got Danny Hernandez to hit a towering fly to shallow left field, but lagunas couldn't find it in the mist and the fog and let it fall. Tommy Haymaker, running for Cloud, scored. But after a Garza-called mound conference to calm down his team, Tristan finished Canyon off with another strikeout to end the game.
After the game, the players quietly shook hands and went home. There was not much celebration in
the nearly empty stands, either. Everyone seemed mostly glad to get out of the cold and go home
New Braunfels improves its record to 6-3 overall and is 1-0 in District 13-4A. Canyon slips to 7-3 and is 0-1 in district. I^ast weekend. Canyon went 1-2 at the Lockhart Tournament. Luling came from behind to win the opening round game. 5-4; Canyon beat Bastrop in the second round, 12-7; and Hays beat the Cougars in the consolation finals, 10-5 Alfonso Rodriguez was named to the All-Tournament team.
New Braunfels plays this afternoon at 4:15 p m against Round Rock Westwood at home, and then travels to Lockhart Friday for a 6:30 p rn contest Canyon hosts Fredericksburg Friday at 4:15 p.m. in the Cougars’ next contest.
NIT resumes Thursday
TCU, Nebraska to clash
By KEN RAPPOPORT AP Sports Writer
The Texas Christian University basketball team features an all-senior front line that ranges from 6-foot-8 to 6-10.
That could present some tall problems for Nebraska in Thursday night’s National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal game at Lincoln, Neb., according to Husker Coach Moe I ba
“They’re a tough team for us to go against because of their size,’’ says Iba. “They play a good matchup zone defense and the 30-second clock will favor that. They’ll also run their motion offense as well as anybody we'U play all year."
The TCU-Nebraska game is one of three NIT contests Thursday night. In other action, Wake Forest meets South Carolina in Greensboro, N.C., and Fresno State plays at Oregon State. The quarterfinal round will conclude Friday night, when Mississippi takes on DePaul in Rosemont, IU.
Quarterfinal winners wiU advance to the semifinals Monday in New York’s Madison Square Garden. The title game wiU be played March 30.
TCU is playing some of its best ball of the season. Two weekends ago, the Homed Frogs upset then sixth-ranked Arkansas 61-59 in the semifinals of the Southwest Conference tournament in Dallas. TCU
followed that victory with a 62-59 loss to nationaUy top-ranked Houston in the SWC championship game.
In the first two games of the NIT, the Horned Frogs took a
64-62 decision over Tulsa, the 1981 NIT champion, and then beat Arizona State last Monday night.
“TCU will be a very physical team for us to play,’’ says Iba, thinking mainly of the Horned Frogs’ front line of 6-10 center Brian Christensen and 6-9 Doug Arnold and 6-8 Doug Cucinella at forwards.
“We’re going to have some short practices, so we don’t wear our kids down. They’re better off fresh. You’ve got to make sure you have your legs and some bounce in a physical game. You’ve got to be able to jump.”
Nebraska beat Tulane 72-65 in the first round and then knocked out Iona 85-73 in the second round.
In Monday night’s other second-round games, Mississippi won 65-57 over South Florida, DePaul downed Northwestern
65-63, South Carolina trimmed
Virginia Tech 75-68, Fresno State turned back Michigan State 72-58, Wake Forest beat South Florida 65-57 and Oregon State walloped New Orleans 88-71.
The Ole Miss victory has pumped up Ken Turner,
Mississippi’s assistant coach. “We’re in Newark, just across the bridge,” said Turner, implying that he had the New York skyline in his sights.
The most exciting game of the second-round was between DePaul and Northwestern, won by the Blue Devils on a 35-foot buzzer shot by Kenny Patterson. Ironically, Patterson wasn’t even first choice to take the final shot for DePaul. The plan formulated by Coach Ray Meyer called for either Bernard Randolph or Tyrone Corbin to take the final shot.
"But they overloaded on both of them,” explained Patterson. “So they threw the ball back to me, figuring the worst it would be would be a tie.”
Iona Coach Pat Kennedy missed his team’s loss to Nebraska. Kennedy had stayed at home Sunday when his wife gave birth to a son, and then was unable to make connections for a flight to the game Monday.
Iona’s knockout marked another NIT tourney without the possibility of a New York-area team in the winner’s circle. The last team from the city area to win the New York-based tourney was St. John’s in 1965.Gerulaitis free; charges dropped
NEW YORK (AP) — Tennis star Vitas Gerulaitis has been cleared by a federal grand jury of allegations that he had agreed to purchase $20,000 worth of cocaine.
Following a year-long probe, U.S. Attorney John S. Martin Jr. announced Tuesday that no charges would be filed against Gerulaitis, who currently is ranked fifth in the world and known for his jetsetting lifestyle.
Martin said he would not press misdemeanor charges, though he could do so without an indictment. And he said the grand jury action marked the end of the Gerulaitis investigation.
"I’m just happy ifs ended," Gerulaitis told reporters, via a telephone hookup between the office of his lawyer, Thomas Puccio, and Milan, Italy, where he was waiting to play his first-round match in the Cuore Cup tournament.
“I know that both sides did what they both felt was correct and just,” Gerulaitis said. “I’m just happy with the result.”
Gerulaitis, a Brooklyn-born resident of Kings Point, said his family was “greatly relieved” at the outcome of the investigation, though he said he always believed he would be exonerated Puccio praised Martin and the grand jury for conducting the case in “a highly professional and conscientious manner.”
Martin’s office rarely comments on the actions of a grand jury that does not indict, but he said he felt in this case he had to make them public because of the publicity the case had received.
Martin said the grand jury “found a lack of sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Mr. Gerulaitis with respect to allegations involving a cocaine transaction engaged in by Tony Goble, an acquaintance of Mr. Gerulaitis.”
Goble, 36, a Florida backgammon player, was convicted last Sept. 2 of conspiracy to buy a share of synthetic cocaine from federal undercover agents.
In his conversations with the agents, Goble boasted that he was a close friend of Gerulaitis, whose earnings of $450,875 ranked eighth last year. He has won $2,251,466 in his career.
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Canyon’s Ross Tieken signed a football letter of intent Tuesday for a full scholarship with Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. A 260-pound tackle, Tieken is currently participating in the Cougars’ track program as a shot nutter and discus thrower.