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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Contact Sports Editor Bryan Adams at 625-9144 ext. 223.Next Four SAN ANTONIO SPURS SCHEDULE Saturday, March 29 Spurs vs. Utah Jazz, 7:30 p.m. on KR FTT. Sunday, March 30 Spurs at New Orleans Hornets, 6 p.m. on KR RT. Tuesday, April 1 Spurs vs. Orlando Magic, 7:30 p.m. on FXSN. Wednesday, April 2 Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies, 7 p.m. on KR FTT. TICKETS (210) 223-3865 Sports Friday March 28, 2003 IB Jackson powers Spurs past Rockets Duncan adds 25 points, 14 boards By TA. Badger Associated Press Writer SAN ANTONIO — Stephen Jackson scored 27 points and Tim Duncan added 25 points and 14 rebounds as the San Antonio Spurs defeated the Houston Rockets 98-85 Thursday. Jackson scored ll of his points in the third quarter, when the Spurs extended their 11-point halftime lead to as many as 20. The Rockets trimmed the lead to ll in the final period, but Jackson stopped San Antonio’s slide by hitting the last of his five 3-pointers with 5:16 remaining. JACKSON The loss dropped Houston (37-35) a half-game behind the idle Phoenix Suns in the race for the eighth and final postseason berth in the Western Conference. Cuttino Mobley led the Rockets with 21 points. Maurice Taylor had 15 points and Moochie Norris ll. Rookie center Yao Ming played only 16 minutes and finished with two points on 1-for-9 shooting to go with three rebounds. Tbny Parker added 12 points and the Spurs. Duncan had eight assists. San Antonio jumped to a 16-6 lead in the opening minutes by making seven of its first IO shots, while holding the Rockets to 3-for-10 shooting. James Posey hit a baseline jumper, an alley-oop dunk and a 3-pointer to lead a Houston run that cut the Spurs’ lead to 22-20 late in the first quarter. The Rockets lost their shooting touch again in the second period as the Spurs built their lead to 48-35 in the halfs final minute. Bevil tames Tigers Unicorns capture sole possession of first place By Bryan Adams Sports Editor Ironically, in a game where two starting pitchers performed almost flawlessly and defense was the name of the game for 6 2/3 innings, an error with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning helped New Braunfels knock off Dripping Springs 1-0 Thursday at Unicom Field. With the score knotted at 0-0 going into the home half of the seventh inning, Ryan Quidley fought off a 2-2 pitch from Dripping Springs pitcher J ace Smith and blooped a single into shallow center field to start the rally. “Quidley did a great job with two strikes on him to poke the ball over the second baseman’s head. That was the hit we needed,” NBHS head coach Doug Edwards said. With no outs, the obvious strategy was to move Quidley over the second by any means possible. But, for the second time in the game, the Unicorns struck out trying to bunt after a lead-off single. Austin Chandler stepped to the plate with one out and showed bunt on the first two pitches, but let them both go by. Then, on a 1-1 pitch from Smith, Chandler ripped a single through the right side of the infield to put runners at first and second. “Our big objective was to get (Quidley) to second base,” Edwards said. ‘The first batter wasn’t able to do it, and then the second batter wasn’t able to do it on the first two pitches. After that he (Chandler) was just swinging away and he ended up getting a big base hit for us.” On the first pitch to the next batter, Jose Sierra grounded a slow roller to shortstop Cory Pavlica for what looked like an inning-ending double play. Pavlica’s throw to second baseman Josh Wright was right on the money for the force at second, but Chandler abd hard into second base, took out the legs from under WrightWilliams, KU get through Coach K ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Roy Williams got that elusive victory over Coach K — thanks to Nick Collison. Collison nppMHB scored a career-high lf 33 points and had 19    ~ Ff: rebounds to I I    j lead Kansas | to a 69-65 jV ^    k victory over    ML Duke in the HHJjE_JIH semifinals of WILLIAMS the West Regional on Thursday night. A 6-foot-9 senior, Collison scored seven straight points to give second-seeded Kansas a 63-57 lead with 5:41 remaining, and the Jayhawks were on top the rest of the way. Kansas (28-7) will face Arizona on Saturday with the winner going to the Final Four. Williams, in his 15th year as coach of the Jayhawks, was 0-3 in matchups with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, including a 72-65 defeat in the national championship game 12 years ago. Jones led third-seeded Duke (26-7) with 23 points and seven rebounds. Daniel Ewing added 13 points and Chris Duhon scored 12. Freshman J.J. Redick shot 2-of-16 in scoring only five points. ►Arizona 88, N. Dame 71 ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Arizona took all the drama out of this one early. After beating Gonzaga by one point in a double-overtime classic, the top-seeded Wildcats rolled right over Notre Dame 88-71 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final. Luke Walton, last seen sprawled in exhaustion on the floor in Salt Lake City after grabbing the final rebound in the second round, had 16 points, seven boards and eight assists for Arizona. Fellow senior Jason Gardner added 19 points in his school-record 134th career start. Channing Frye had 14 See NCAA/2B WILLIAMSBaseball DISTRICT 25-4A BASEBALL STANDINGS Dist All New Braunfels 4-0 9-8 Canyon 3-1 8-7 Dripping Springs 3-1 7-7-1 Bastrop 2-3 8-11 Lockhart 2-3 7-9-1 Austin Lake Travis 1-3 8-9 Del Valle 0-4 0-9 Friday, March 21 New Braunfels 6, Lockhart 3 Canyon 9, Lake Travis 8 D. Springs 9, Bastrop 2 Tuesday’s games Canyon 4, Bastrop 0 Wednesday’s games Lockhart 7, Del Valle 5 Thursday’s games N. Braunfels 1, D. Springs 0 Today’s games New Braunfels at Canyon, 7 p.m. Bastrop at Lake Travis, 7    / pm    / Del Valle at Dripping Sprigs, 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 1 Canyon at Del Vane, 7 p.m. Lake Travis at New Braunfels, 7 pm. Dripping Springs at Lockhart, 7 p.m. and forced his throw to first base to sail high and over the first baseman’s head. Quidley came around to score from second and the Unicorns escaped with a 1-0 victory. “Poor Jose (Sierra), he always gets the bat on the ball, but he’s not one of the fastest guys in the lineup,” Edwards said. ‘When he hit that ground ball I thought for sure it was a double play. “Austin Chandler did a great job of going into second base and made the second baseman go up high.” With the win, New Braunfels (9-8 overall, 4-0 in district) moved into sole possession of first place in District 25-4A and Dripping Springs (7-7-1,3-1) fell into a tie for second place with Canyon (8-7, 3-1). “It’s still too early in the district season to tell anything,” Edwards said. “We K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels junior pitcher -throws to catcher Jason Miori during Thursday’s make-up game against Dripping Springs at Unicom Field. Bevil allowed four hits and no walks inseven innings as the Unicorr still have eight ball games. The more you win the easier it gets, but our goal at the beginning was to at least make the turn at 4-2, and right now that’s the worst we could do.” Pitcher Brad Bevil (6-0) threw another gem for the Unicorns. The junior right- defeated the Tigers 1 -0. hander allowed four hits, did not walk a batter and struck out six to pick up his second win in district play. “I was feeling good out there and I threw a lot of strikes, but the defense was unbelievable today. Our defense kept us in it the whole game,” Bevil said. “My curve was breaking pretty good and I was locating my fastball, but Dripping Springs is a good team and they’re going to put the ball in play.” In four complete games this season, Bevil has thrown 72 pitches or less in each of See UNICORNS/2B Canyon’s Koepp continues career in Kansas Offensive lineman signs with Bethany College By Bryan Adams Sports Editor A big part of Canyon’s amazing turnaround on the football field this past fall was the senior class. After winning just one game in coach Brad Wright’s first two seasons, the Class of 2003 took charge and put the Cougars on the road to recovery, winning seven of nine games and four of six district games. As it is with most football teams, the foundation of Canyon’s offense was the offensive line, and one of the strengths of that offensive line was senior right tackle Eric Koepp. “Erie was one of seniors this year that made the turnaround possible," Canyon head coach Brad Wright said. “That senior group was full of character and Erie was a perfect example. They decided they had had enough of the previous two years and worked hard to beat some teams that we maybe shouldn’t have beaten.” Thursday Koepp signed a national letter of intent to play football at Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. “They have a great football program and the coach was as nice as can be,” Koepp said. ‘I can take driving a little ways as long as they have a winning football program.” During Comal ISD’s Winter Break, Koepp made official visits to Concordia University in Wisconsin, Graeeland College in Des Moines, la., and Bethany College. “They contact**! me first after reading about me on the internet and then they sent me some stuff to read through. I took a visit up there and it was a beautiful place. I just fell in love light away,” Koepp said. “They showed us around campus and showed us the facilities. I talked with coach (Tim) Kessinger and everything was great.” The 5-foot-ll, 230-pound tackle helped the Cougars rush for 217 yards per game this past season and finish fourth in District 25-4A. During his three seasons with the varsity, Koepp said the game he will remember the most happened on Nov. I this past season. See KOEPP/2B K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungCanyon football player Eric Koepp is joined by his parents, Kathy and Pat Koepp (left), sister Stacey (right) and coach Brad Wright (right) as he gets set to sign his letter of intent to Bethany College. ;