New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, May 16, 1991 Herald Z#/fungt New Braunfels, Texas Page 9Pistons hold back Boston to take 3-2 series lead
BOSTON (AP) — The Detroit Pistons knew the Boston Celtics, winners of an NBA recon! 16 titles, had the will and the skill to rally from an 18-point deficit.
The Pistons also knew, having won the last two championships, that they wouldn’t come unraveled when the Celtics came back.
A 79-61 cushion shriveled to nothing when Larry Bird’s 18-footer tied the score at IOO with 3:40 left.
But Bill Laimbccr’s long-range bombing carried the Pistons to a 116-111 victory Wednesday night, giving them a 3-2 lead in the best-of-7 Eastern Conference semifinal. Detroit is a win away from a third straight conference final matchup with the Chicago Bulls, who defeated Philadelphia in five games.
Portland plays host to the Los Angeles Lakers in the opener of the Western Conference finals on Saturday.
In a scries in which the homccourt hasn’t been an advantage, Detroit can clinch at home Friday night. Boston, 1-1 on the road and 1-2 at home in the scries, would be home for a seventh game on Sunday, if necessary.
‘‘It’s not grim in here,” guard Dee Brown said in Boston’s locker room. “We just have to go back there and (win) again.”
“I like Boston, but I sure don’t want to come back here for Game 7,” Detroit Coach Chuck Daly said. “Only on vacation.” Wednesday night’s game was hardly that for the Pistons, who couldn’t relax until the final seconds even though they never trailed in the last period.
‘‘They made a tremendous run in the fourth quarter,” Detroit’s James Edwards said. “I knew they would.”
And the Pistons, with all their big game experience, were ready for it.
“A few years ago, we probably would have lost our poise in a situation like that,” Detroit's Vinnie Johnson said, “but we kept executing offensively and defensively.”
The deadliest executioner was Lainibcer.
He had made just 16 of 47 shots, a 34 percent average, in the first four games. But on Wednesday night, he was 8 for-14 and made his last three shots.
In the first four games. Joe Dumars made 37 percent of his shots and Johnson only 31.6.
But in Game 5, Dumars was 9-for-17 from the field and 13-for-13 from die foul line for a
game-high 12 points. Johnson was ll-for-19 for 24 points I aimbeer also had 24.
“We knew, sooner or later, their guards would gel hot,” Boston Coach Chris Ford said ‘‘Detroit shot the ball real well.”
The Celtics did get 30 points from Reggie I-ewis and 19 from Brown. They also shook off their rebounding woes in the series, beating IVtroii 43-33 off the boards.
And they overcome numerous adversities lo fight back
Bird, hampered by a bad back, was ineffective for the first three quarters. Center Robert Parish turned his ankle three tunes in the first halt and >at out the second, his status for Game6 was unknown.
And Detroit used a 12-2 run al the end of die first half to go ahead 65-55 and a 10-2
spurt at the start of the second to lake a 75-57 lead with 8:48 left in the third quarter.
The Pistons still led 98-88 before a 12-2 Boston nm ucd the game.
“We played ourselves into a big hole, Boston’s Kevin McHale said. “We battled hard, but it’s not any good unless you win.”
Bird had IO of his 16 points in the final period but missed his only two shots after he tied the score 100-100.
Dumars scaled the win with six free throws in the last 12 seconds.
The outcome had seemed settled king before.
“Our backs were to the wall and we responded,” Boston’s Joe Klcinc said. “We got ii down to where they had to make the big shots, and they did ’
Canyon boosts summer athletic programs
By TOM LABINSKI Sports Editor
Athletes looking to stay in shape or youngsters looking to find a fun way to while away the sum mer days will find something to their liking ai Canyon High School.
The school has intensified its summer athieui program, and will offer something for all ages.
“The summer program has been here for quite a while, but we kicked in by doing some things for the younger kids,” said CHS Athieuc Director Lar ry No worn >.
One of the featured attracuons will be the Canyon Summer Recreation Program, open to all ages from June IO through July 18. The program includes a weight program and an AAU track program
The recreational program will lake place in Ute afternoon and evenings. Students ut middle school or younger can parucipaie rn volleyball, basketball
and ping pong from 5-7 pjn. daily. Those in high school and adults can take pan from 7-9 p.rn. in die same acuviues.
The registrauon fee is SIS before June I and 520 after that date. Out of town guests can register for $2 on a daily basis.
The AAU track program is for athletes ages 9-18, with running events pracuced on Mondays and Wedensdays and field events on I uesdays and Thursdays. Pracuces will be from 6:30-8 pan. at Ute high school track.
The first meet is scheduled for June 15, with a South Texas meet in McAllen June 28-29 and a regional meet in San Antonio on July 5-6.
T he weight program wilt also be held at the high school. An mstrucuonai class lur ail ages will br held from 9:30-10:30 a.m., with open Idling for all ages from 10:30-11:30 ami.
An utsirucuunal class lur middle school students
Four teams vying for the SWC title as tourney begins
and younger will take place from 5-6.30 pan . with open lifting available to high x.hool students and adults from 7-9 pan
A quarterback and receiving football camp fur students currently ut the sixth, seventh and eighth grades will be held die week of June 24
TTie receivers will learn die techniques ut stance. the parts of a route, basic routes, stalk blockutg and candling skills. Quarterbacks will learn die tech tuques of lakuig a snap from center, a three step drop. a five step drop, Run arui Shoot steps, ball haridiing, faking, snap count, huddle control and duuwmg skills.
Die schedule will run from 8-11:30 a rn Jail) at the high school practice fields Die registration fee is 530 before June I and 540 ilia cal ter.
"We wanted to give die younger kids, especially, somediuig to do during die summer," Now oui)
CO! LEGE STATION (AP) — The 15th and final Southwest Conference Tournament follows the wildest regular season in league history.
Texas took the title with seven k>s sos most ever for a first place team and Texas Tech didn t qualify for the tourney despite a school record 42 victories.
Next >ear, the conference will switch to a 36 game, round-robm schedule I he league s seven schools that compete in baseball will play duce game scries home and away, representing the longest campaign rn the 76 year history of iniraconfcrcncc SWC baseball While Texas and AJkM are making their 14th and lith uips to die post season tournament starting today, Baylor is playing for the eighth time and Texas Christian is making its first appearance.
“That would have been a lough dung for me to live with for the rest of my life — being the only team to have never nude ii after all these years and then not make the last one,” said TCL' Coach Lance Brown.
TCU gained the berth alter being tied with Houston and Arkansas for fourth place and then winning the tie-breaking piocedure. ICU is also the only learn in the tournament that is not ranked or has never been ranked among the nation's top 25 teams.
The first round pits the Horned Frogs (32-23) against SWC regular season champion and sixth-ranked Texas (43-16), while the IOih ranked Aggies (41-19) face the 24th-ranked Bears (40 16).
“This team is very drtlereru,” void Blown, a TCU All American ut 1963 “I thought that if we could get a break here or there we could beat Texas. I feel more confident this year Before it was just a prayer ”
IVV comes rn with pietuy of firepower in AU SWC performers Chris Thomsen and Scott Malone Thomson hit 20 heinie runs, which is currently second on the Frogs’ all ame list and is third in the nation. The junior first baseman also brought home 63 runs.
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Malone led the conference in overall hitting with a .392 average, followed by Thomsen’s 368. Travis Barr is the Frogs* top pitcher with an 8 5 record.
Even if Baylor doesn't win die tournament. Coach Micky Sullivan dunks his squad rn iglu gel a NC’A A regional bid anyway.
“We’ve won 40 games, said Sullivan, who still owns die SWC record for his 519 baiung average as a Baylor player un 1954. “And most of that was done without one of the best pitchers in the nation.”
Die Bears have been widioul Scott Ruffcorn since April 7 when he strained a muscle near his elbow at ut logging a 7-1 mark. Ruffcom will not sec any action in the tournament. Duce other Baylor starters ire also questionable
“We've had to work around our pitching,” said outfielder Mike Robison, who is the SWC’s all-time leader in steals. “We’ve hon good liming as far as scoring runs. When our fill-in pitchers have given up a lot of runs, we’ve been able to score a lot to cover.”
I "he Bears boa>t a conference-best
k)2 team baning average led by John Finked 342.
“I think if we win one game here, we vc got a pretty good argument,” said Sullivan who noted dial the Bears swept die IOth-ranked Aggies here. “I hope they take three teams.” .
YoungGill & Steubing selected as year’s top athletes at Canyon I ligh
By I OM LABINSKI Beotia Editor
Fain Gill and Orris Steubuig were named Canyon High School’s best all around atli lutes for 1990-91 as die All Spoil* Booster Club frosted its .pong banquet Wednesday night at die scfiooi commons
Steubing — who competed in football, baseball, Back and powerlifting — was also given die U.S. Marine Distiltgtushed Addcte Award for showing poise and courage, and was named Most Valuable on die powcrhtl-uig learn.
Gill who competed rn volleyball,
basketball and uatk - was named die school’* Best All-Around f emale Amide lur die current school year
Volleyball and basketball player hun Koehler was given die Ben Hardy Award, named alter die tonner Canyon coach lor displaying (cadetship in school and in addcitcs
Kirsten I ocisiei was given die CougarcUe Heart Award as an unsung hero, while Steven I leal n was given die Cougar Heart Award
Runners Slianuon Albrecht and Pal Hunter received die Jimmy Muciuch Scholarships named for die Canyon nock athlete killed iii
an automobile accident
Receiving die Booster Club SJiolui ships were sennas Steven and Mutuel Ileum, Gina Davis and Koehler.
Steubing was named Most Valuable Row edifier after reaching die state meet. Casey Kmchioc was rtamed Most Improved on die learn
Jimmy Scltandua and David Stuckey were named co MV Es on die regional qualify trig golf team, while Katherine MeGaiily wa* named die gills MVF. Will I oitik was named Most hii|»ioved on die gull team
Albrecht, who 1 cav bcd die state meet ut all foul years al Canyon, was named Most Valu able Runner on die girls track team. Hunter rec eived die same award on the boys team
Christina O’Keefe was named Most improved on die track learn, with Becky Kaufman!! receiving the Top Sprinter award. F-mil) Way was named die winner of the Fighting Spit it aw ard Nneka Cleaver and br mc Wing ate were named the outstanding female and mule ten ills players, respectively, after leading Canyon to the district title Katie Riedc! and
Andrew Cannon were named Most Impi civ eel.
Outfielder Democ ah Rivers wa* named the Offensive MVF of die Cougar baseball tearn, with third baseman Junior Rodrigue/, turned the Defensive MVF. Filcher Bryan Arnold received Most Improved honors, while Rey Luna won the Team Spirit award.
Named as Super Sjioit* Scholars on die cheerleading squad after being on the honor roll for four of the five six-week grading periods were Gina Davis, Jeff French, A|»r»l Hall, Cary Syamken, Elizabeth Young, Rishannc Weidncr ami Karla Wa pies.
Brett Zaeske (left), a member of last year s Canyon Track Club, takes many programs being ofter at CHS this summer
off out of the starting blocks in a race last year. The CTC is one of the