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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Regional Quarterfinal ShowdownSportsThursday, March 25,1993_HeraW-ZWTwng,    New    Braunfels    Page    9 The New Braunfels Unicorns and the Canyon Cougars square off for the third time this season Friday night in a Regional Quarterfinal game at Cougar Stadium at 7:00. Above, goalie Kevin Mooney is mobbed by his Canyon teammates after Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Austin Anderson. Mooney blocked a penalty kick in the waning moments to seal the victory. At right, Reed Wingate, trying to head a ball against Alamo Heights' Thomas LaBatt, and the Unicorns defeated Austin Bowie 2-0 Tuesday to advance to Friday's game. The Mules, District 52 s other representative, are also among the region s final eight teams, and will play at Austin Westlake Friday at 7 p.m. Photos by John Huseth. I    i NBA Roundup: Robinson dominates Timberwolves National Basketball Association The Associated Fleet MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Timberwolves wanted to make sure someone else besides David Robinson was responsible for beating them. Ultimately, Robinson had an outstanding all-around game and teammates Antoine Carr and Bean Elliott also had a big role in San Antonio's 105-92 victory over the Wolves. Robinson had 29 points, ll rebounds and seven assists, while Elliott scored 23 points and Carr finished with 18 points on 9-fbr-13 ■hooting. "You know David Robinson is an All-Star, so you have to make someone else step up and beat you," Minnesota’s Thurl Bailey said. "Antoine Carr and Scan Elliott stepped up and played great We played Robinson as well as we possibly could. He worked for every point he got” Robinson, coming off a season-low nine points in a 37-point defeat Tuesday at Cleveland, had 24 first-half points to lead the Spurs to a 56-42 halftime edge. The Wolves never got closer than nine in the second half, largely because of the second-half scoring of Elliott (15 points), Carr (eight) and Willie Anderson (nine). The Spurs also committed just eight turnovers and sank 25 of 29 free throws. Robinson would have done even more damage if not for his 2-cf-10 shooting from the field in the second half. Even with that, the Spurs shot 50 percent from the field (40 of 80). This wasn’t the first time Robinson has dominated the Wolves. He’s led the Spurs to a 17-2 record against Minnesota by averaging 25 points and ll rebounds in those 19 games. Only Utah’s Karl Malone has more points against the Timberwolves in their four-year history. Minnesota, which has the NBA’s second worst record at 15-50, was a welcome sight for a Spurs team that came to town 6-9 since the All-Star break, including a 19-point loss Sunday in New York and the 37-point defeat Tuesday to the Cavaliers. "David came back because we got the ball to him in better position," Spurs coach John Lucas said. "We got the ball inside. New York and Cleveland scorched us, so this was a good win for us." "We've been struggling,” Robinson said. "For a team trying for a Division title, we can’t afford this. We approached this game with a lot more intensity. We had to get more physcial. We wanted to use our size to establish our territory." “We went to our power game,” Carr said. "We tried to go inside a whole lot, and it worked. It was very physical. I was trying to play as hard as I could, and that’s probably why I fouled out” The Spurs, who surrendered 71 second-half points in the loss at Cleveland, held the Wolves to 92 for the game. The Spurs are 29-4 this season when they keep foes under IOO points. Suns 120, Lakers 105 In 24 hours, the Phoenix Suns went from the roughest night of the season to one of the easiest EASTERN CONFERENCE Atlantic Division W L Pct. GB New York 45 19 .703 New Jersey 40 27 .597 61/2 Boston 38 28 .576 8 Orlando 31 33 .484 14 Miami 29 36 .446 161/2 Philadelphia 21 44 .323 24 1/2 Washington 19 46 .292 261/2 Central Division Chicago Cleveland 47 42 20 .701 24 .636 41/2 Charlotte 35 32 .522 12 Atlanta 34 32 .515 121/2 Indiana 32 33 .492 14 Detroit 29 36 .446 17 Milwaukee 25 41 .379 21 1/2 WESTERN CONFERENCE Mldweet Division W L Pct. GB Houston 43 23 .652 — San Antonio 41 24 .631 1 1/2 Utah 38 29 .567 51/2 Denver 26 40 .394 17 Minnesota 15 50 .231 271/2 Dallas 7 59 .106 35 Pacific Division x-Phoenix 50 15 .769 — x-Seattle 46 21 .667 5 Portland 38 25 .603 11 LA Lakers 33 32 .506 17 LA dippers 33 34 .493 18 Golden State 27 38 .415 23 Sacramento 21 44 .323 29 x-dlnched playoff berth. Wednesday's Games Boston 115, Miami IOO New Jersey 118, Charlotte 116 Chicago 113, Philadelphia IOO Dallas 101. Washington SS San Antonio 105, Minnesota 92 LA dippers 116, Milwaukee 106 Phoenix 120, LA Lakers 105 Thursday's Games Houston at Atlanta, 6:30 p.m. Golden Sues at Denver, 6 p.m. New York at Utah, 8 p.m. Indiana at Seattle, 9 p m Portland at Sacramento, 9:30 p.m. Just ask Los Angeles Lakers coach Randy Pfund. "We don’t have the toughness night after night to beat any of the top teams in the league,” Pfund said after the Suns beat his team 120-105 Wednesday night “We’re much too soft.” Charles Barkley, who had 33 points and 12 rebounds for Phoenix, almost sounded embarrassed that he wasn’t among the 21 players fined for their part in Tuesday night’s brawl with the New York Knicks. “I don’t look at myself as a peacemaker,” he said. I look at myself as an intimidator. Intimidation is important in this sport and I can intimidate as well as anybody else in this league.” The Suns were playing without Kevin Johnson, who was suspended for two games for starting the brawl by ramming into the Knicks’ Doc Rivers. Clippers 116, Bucks 105 Los Angeles handed Milwaukee its 17th consecutive road loss Mavericks 101, Bullets 98 Dallas won for tne second time in 33 road games this season as Jim Jackson scored nine of his season-high 27 points during a 14-2 third-quarter spurt against Washington. The Mavericks improved their overall record 7-59 with their third victory in five games — two on the road — greatly improving their chances of avoiding the NBA’s worst record, 9-73 by Philadelphia in 1972-73. Celtics 115, Heat 109 Boston returned home from a perfect four-game road trip with a victory over Miami as Reggie Lewis had 22 points and 12 assists. The Celtics fell behind by five points early in the fourth quarter before Dee Brown’s jumper with 6:32 remaining put Boston ahead for good at 97-96, the 26th lead change of the game. coach Phil Jackson with two technical fouls 27 seconds into the 2:13. Derrick Coleman had 35 points and 14 rebounds and Rumeal Robinson 28 points and 12 assists for the Nets, playing without their leading scorer, Drazen Petro vie, out with a knee injury. James Worthy and Sedate Threatt led Los Angeles with 16 points each. Danny Ainge, ejected and fined $7,500 for the fight, came off the bench with 27 points for Phoenix. Bulls 113,76ers IOO Chicago won at Philadelphia for its fifth consecutive victory as Michael Jordan scored 19 of his 43 points on 9-for-10 shooting in the third period. Scottie Pippen had 18 points, IO rebounds and eight assists as the Bulls won for the ninth time in ll road games despite losing against Pacific Division teams behind 27 points from Danny Manning and 22 by Ken Norman. Eric Murdock scored 20 points for the Bucks, who have dropped four straight on the road and seven of nine altogether. game. Nets 118, Hornets 116 New Jersey won for the sixth straight time at home, holding Charlotte scoreless in the fined Douglas Pits Indians try to swing back into action The Ase adalid Frees WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — The laughs ars forced, the tears free-flouring and the explanations still foggy as the Cleveland Indians get ready to play ball again after the deaths of two pitchers. Players and families wept Wednesday night at a memorial for Steve Olin and Tim Crews, who were killed in a boating accident Monday. More than 400 people packed a small auditorium next to the team’s spring training field to embrace and share memories. "Well make you both proud,” manager Mike Hargrove promised the two dead players. “Some day, we’ll make you proud." Earlier in the day, the players held their first workout since the accident that killed the two relievers and injured pitcher Bob Ojeda. The players tried to be upbeat during the three-hour workout, but the strain showed. "I think it was a little forced in the beginning,* reliever Ted Power said. "After a while things did get closer to normal. But ifs going to take a long time.” They don’t have much more time. The Indians resumed their spring exhibition schedule today with a game against Baltimore at Winter Haven, where the flag flies at half-staff and visitors talk in hushed tones. While the Indians started thinking about baseball again Wednesday, investigators got closer to an explanation for the accident Investigators said they will know by the end of the week whether any of the players was drunk when their 18-foot Skeeter base boat rammed a private dock hi Little Lake Nellie shortly after nightfall A cooler with unopened beer cans and a nearly full bottle of vodka were found in the boat, along with an empty beer can. There’s been no confirmation of media reports that one of the pitchers had a high blood-alcohol level. Medical examiners are analyzing blood specimens from Olin and Crews. A state official said results wont be made public until the investigation is complete. Olin, 27, the Indians’ closer, was killed instantly. Crews, 31, the boat owner, died about IO hours later of massive head usuries. Ojeda, 35, had surgery for severe scalp cuts and is expected to be released from the hospital this week. One question was answered Wednesday. Ute medical examiner said Crews' head hit the dock straight on, an indication he never saw it That would explain why the pitchers weren’t able to duck at the last second. Ebarhard Lumbar Co. finished with a 7-1 record in the Junior Basketball League this season for a first-place tie in the fifth-grade division. Team members include: KeNh Byrd. John Camareno, Andrew Fair, Jordan Goodyear, Joshua Graham, Michael Joel, Jay Rltzen and Richard Villarreal. The team was coached James Goodyear, Malord Joet and Randy Fair. Photo by Karts Wenzel. We can learn from Cleveland tragedy I went home early Monday night, just in time for ESPN’s SportsCen-ter. You always know something bad has happened when the normally jovial and bubbly sports- ’ casters don’t start out with 1 some smart-aleck quip. Faces were grim and one even looked dose to tears at one point in the broadcast as they unfurled the tragic news of a boating accident in Florida that would eventually claim the lives of two pitchers for the Cleveland Indians. Shock is usually the first emotion when something like this happens, then the questions start to follow. How could something like this happen to members of America’s ; pasttime? How could this j happen to people in the prime of their careers? What sense ; does this make? Truth is, it happens every- I day. It just so happens that : this time, it happened to some ; guys that we, and quite poesi- ; bly they, thought untouchable. Romomboring Munson It had been 14 yean since a Major League player was killed in an accident, so maybe we just forgot that it could happen. The last ballplayer to meet an untimely demise was New York Yankees catcher Thurmon Munson, whose plane went down Aug. 2, 1979. Munson’s death was the first of any sports personality I remember and it has always stuck with me. I vividly remember the overhead shots of Munson’s plane wreckage and thinking those very same questions as a 12-year-old. I was never mud) of a Yankee fan, but Munson was just one of those guys who would demanded respect if he had played for the Texas Rangers. I missed seeing.the gritty catcher on Saturday afternoons on NBC and I still do. I guess it’s kind of like how people still miss Roberto Clemente. It’s just hard to . believe our heroes can be * snuffed out in the blink of an ' eye. Looking for rooton TTie saying we always beer ! in times like this is "God took I them for a reason.” The same , reasoning holds true for why ; Arthur Ashe ie no longer with ; us and that someday, neither ; will Magic Johnson. Things happen for a reason, I and if for no other reason, we { have been sent a message. ; First, that our heroes are not j invincible. Secondly, and tad- j ly, Ain on the water ie not to « be taken lightly. We are getting v«y dose to I the time of year when we all ; spend a lot of time in and < around water, i.e. Canyon ! Lake, the Guadalupe and the I Comal Rivers. Reports in today’s papers J speak of the possibility of alco- * tai impairing the throe base- ; ball players ability to handle ; the boat. To hear this is both • sad and stupid, but it couldn’t I have come at a batter time. If one lift is saved this spring or summer because someone thinks hack to what happened on March 22 bribre ' taking a boat out under the : influence, than the loss of ; Steve Olin and Tim Craws won’t ba for naught ;