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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Sports Herald-Zritung Wednesday. May 18 1983 8A Robert Johnson Magic is the root of all Spurs' woes This supposed to U* the break-through year for the San Antonio Spurs After a history (rf playoff failures, including last year s whipping at the hands or more accurately. the flying feet of the D>s .Angeles leakers, the Spurs were supposed to get their revenge in 198.'! On paper, it actually seemed possible In acquiring Artis fillmore from Chicago, the Spurs thought they had finally filled their biggest need a center w ho could score, rebound, block shots and give any center in the league all he could handle To win the championship, we eventually have to beat hareem." Spurs coat h Stan Al beck fwd said That’s why we got Artis Hut things have fallen apart. The Spurs’ current series with the lakers was supposed togo seven games at the very least Instead, San Antonio loses two straight at home and faces a TI deficit Hie series should end with (tame 5 at the Forum Wednesday night Frat to ally every Monday-morning point guard in San Antonio is asking, ’ What’s wrong with the Spurs'*” That's easy The lakers are what s wrong with the Spurs Here’s why Playoff experience The talkers' starting unit includes four players who have been together since the club’s IMO championship season Hareem Atulul .labbar, Marvin Magic” John son, Norm Nixon and Jainaal Wilkes ( lark Kent-style forw.ird Hurt Kambis is the only newcomer, and he \ in there to rebound and play defense, not s< ore Actually. Michael Cooper should count as five he's been there since 80, too; fie doesn’t start, but fie plays .is many nunutes as Kambis Uh*se guys have played over 40 playoff games together since Johnson’s rookie year of 1979-80 It sftows The l.ikcts get lots of layups off fast breaks, but their movement off the ball is so good, tfiey get loads of layups off the half-court game I haven’t seen a team get so many goo*! shots since Portland ’n one magical championship year in 1977. thanks to tile passuig wizardry of Hill Walton The bench I know. I know, the benches were supposed to fa* even thin year The Inkers lost ! star rookie James Worthy to a leg injury, and Hob McAdoo was supposed to be rusty after a three-I month layoff from a foot mjurv Hut they re not even The Spurs’ starting five matches can play with anyone, but tfiey still have [ no scoring punch off Ute bench lake Sunday’s (lame Four Hie I .aker bench j outscored tin* Spurs suits 28 la, with M< Adou and I Cooper getting 14 and 12, respectively The Spurs j lost bv *ight The bench instill the difference it s not that tile lakers have a deep ttench. tfiey just have two guys who could shirt somewhere else Cooper should start; he s a ttetter player than Hamitic and McAdoo is a former NH\ scoring champion Who's (tit the Spurs bench’’ Hdgar Jones Mike Dunleavy Hager Phegley j Mu bae! Sanders lo make matters worse, both super subs are I super-versatile Coonier can play forward arui , guard M> Vloo forward and t enter McAdoo s i return has been one of the keys to the series His presence means Hareem has to play 36 minutes a game instead of 46 Magic Johnson W ith Johnny Moore having his I best season, and witfi George (iervin being *.eorge (iervin. tile Spurs thought tiley could hold I their own at guard No such luck Shaking off a .t i i long lump, NiV’fi has Ute edge on Moore, I and (iervin has been hounded into a subpar performance by the lacker defense Hut the real difference is Magic There has J never I teen anyone like hun He is the complete Se e SIM KS, I’age IZA Unicorns stay alive, whip Mules Deciding game in Seguin By KARI MITCHELL Sports editor When Haul lagunas took over the mound from starter Bobby Tristan in tile fourth inning, the term relief pitcher' was never more appropriate Retiring 12 of the 15 batters he faced, lagunas 13-2> stifled the Alamo Heights offense and led the New Hraufnels Unicorns to an 8-4 second game bi-distnct play off victory The win evens the Class 4A play off series at 1-1 and boosts the Unicorns to 19-8-1 while the Mules are 20-8 The deciding game will be played today rn Seguin’s Starcke Park at 7:30 p.m. "All we were looking for,” said NB coach Pete Garza, was some kind of catalyst .something to bring us flack into Uh* game and bring the guys flack up Lagunas was it ” Corning in with the Unicorns trailing 4-2 and the leadoff batter on base with a walk, lagunas allowed one hit before shutting down the Mules with two strikeouts arid fielder’s choice to retire the side The Unicorns promptly took the lead in their half of the fourth, scoring three runs off three hits and a walk off Mules’ starter Roland Virella leadoff batter and designated hitter Armando Martinez walked and took second on a passed ball I tis tan was safe on an error by Mule third baseman David Baker, with Martinez advancing to third He scored on Mike McDaniel’s fielder's choice to narrow the gap to 4-3 McDaniel moved to second on another passed flail, took third on a lagunas single and sneaked home on a wild pitch, with I .agunas moving lo second Chris Winkler followed with a triple to center field, scoring lagunas and giving the Unicorns' a lead they never relinquished Hut Winkler was stranded on third, as Doug Campbell was picked off first after a and Hufien Zavala popped out Still riding high, the Unicorns shut down the Heights offense in the fifth with a quick three-up-three-down approach and set up for another three-run Unicom inning, this time at the expense of Alamo Heights relief pitcher Ixirry I^e Martinez drove in Hone Ortega from third on a suicide squeeze bunt, and Winkler came through with a two-out single to right field, driving in Michael Cardenas and Tristan "Chris needed those hits for himself,” said Garza, “not just for the team although it really helped us out a lot I feel real good about the way everyone played today because they kept plugging and never gave up.” The Mules fell again to quick three-up-three-down in the top of the sixth and, despite a lapse in lagunas' pitching which put the first two batters on base w ith walks, they retired in the seventh with two left on and no runs scored Heights had taken a early lead, scoring two runs with one out in the first inning off Baker and F’eel singles Hut, Dan Weingart grounded into a double play that retired the side. The Mules made it 3-0 in the .second inning when two first base errors allowed leadoff batter l4*e to score, but New Braunfels came back with a run of its own in the bottom of the inning when McDaniel scored .Martinez w ith a single Both teams added another run in the third to put the score at 4-2 Baker picked up his second HBI when he smashed a single to score Peel Cardenas gave the Unicorns their second run when fie drove in Campbell from third on a line drive single The way the game ended wasn't a surprise," said Garza "Even after yesterday's loss I felt we could come back and win tonight I believed it it was just a matter of getting the guys to believe it ” lagunas picks up Hie win while Virella take*, the loss Mule catcher Beet, ( balked up six passed balls setting up three runs NR    Oil 330 x - 4 I 7 AH    211 OMO - 8 ii 3 Virella, I we 4i. Virella <5i and Beet, Tristan, lagunas 41 and Campbell WB I-agunas 3-2» LB Virella 7-41 NB's Armando Martinez collides with Alamo Heights catcher John David Peet to score the Unicorns first run. The collision knocked the ball loose. Murray denies Brewers' charges HOUSTON (ABI Former Dallas schoolboy football and baseball star Kevin Murray has denied allegations by a Milwaukee Brewer official that he accepted a car and credit cards to sign a national letter of intent with Texas AAM Murray received a fJo.OW) signing bonus and played last season in tin* minor leagues for the Brewers before deciding to give up baseball to attend AAM and play football The Brewers are asking U S District Judge (iabrielle McDonald to forbid Murray from playing football for the Aggies Judge McDonald scheduled final arguments in the case today after questioning the Brewers’ attorney on Tuesday concerning the team’s reasons for pursuing injunctive relief Murray testified Tuesday that he did not accept any inducements before signing a national letter of intent w itll the Aggies. Backs to the wall Spurs face elimination against Lakers I NI ii.KWT Mil). Calif i ABI Its winning time,” a playoff proclamation by Earvin "Magic” Johnson, seems to have become the I-os Angeles lakers' theme The l-»kcis, whipped 4 1 during meetings with San Antonio during Bm* past regular season, can send the Spurs home for Hie summer with a victory in tonight’s fifth game of tfieir National Basketball Association Western Conference fmaLs I>os Angeles holds * 3-1 edge going into tile 8 30 p rn BDT contest at the Forum and needs just one more victory to move into the championship finals against the winner »»( the Eastern finals in which Bhiladelphia leads Milwaukee three games Leone Despite having won the NBA title two of tin* past three years and being the defending champions, the talkers were rattier lightly regarded heading into this year's playoffs But they've appeared to la* building momentum as the playoffs progress 'Hie lakers took control of Bus series last weekend in San Antonio, impressively winning two contests Blere to build a two-game pad in Bie best-of-seven series Iiie playoffs really are a separate season,” said Johnson "What happened during Ba* regular season isn’t very important when Ba* playoffs start We're the defending champions It's our time ” The absence of two injured front-line reserves, rookie James Worthy and veteran Bob McAdoo, was expet ted to iuniijMT Ba* lakers play off chances But McAdoo has come back strong and. along with Michael Cooper, gives the lakers the same first seven players who won Ba* NBA championship last year. takers Coach Bat Kiley. wia» said heading into the playoffs Blat some people were underestimating his club's chances, feels Ba* lakers are a solid unit now These guys really ladiese in each otiar and in themselves,” hr said "They've bren through so much together and they has a genuine feeling for each other That meatus something ” Two Sari Antonio players, forward Gene Banks and guard Johnny Moore, were flanged up in Ba* two weekend games, but Spurs Coach Stan Albeck said he expects boBi to ta* ready to play in Game j Ha* Spurs apparently remain confident despite being on the brink of elimination I’m very confident we t an beat them,” said San Antonio's George Gervm We've won at the Forum before and we can win there again ” Kyler smacks double to lead SM over Poth A three-run eighth inning and nine strike outs from ace pitcher Bat Bruce helped the Smithson Valley Bangers to a 7-4 come-from* behind practice game’ victory over the 2A Both Birates Hie w iii puts the Hangers at 16-4 overall and gives Brute a 10-2 record SV will meet Hitchcock in the 3A bi-distrn t playoff on Tuesday. May 24, at 7 30 pm in V oakum, Texas "I know they're 2A.” said SV ( *»ach Stan Irvine "But, we played them because they 're as good a team as any I ve seen state quality And Biey had us trailing for most (rf the game with some hard hits Hut Hie) made a mistake when tfiey intentionally walked Bat 1 Bruce I to get to Terry 1 Kyler» ” Tin* score was tied at 4-4 at the start of the eighth inning after a hon ie run by the Birates rn Bie bottom of the seventh stole a one-run SV lead and sent the game into extra innings leadoff (latter Joey Freeman singled before the Both pitcher walked Bruce and prepared for ‘an easy third out’ with Kyler Unfortunately, Kyler smashed a game-winning double, scoring Freeman and Bruce The next batter, Steve Bunch, scored Kyler for tin* last run of Ba* game “Bruce held them after Blat,” said Irvine No problem They got IO hits off of him. but most of them were cheap hits bunts, singles and at least three or four of their runs were unearned All in all. it was a graal victory I feel confident about our chances against Hitchcock now " The Rangers had eight hits in the game S\    (NX)    211    03 Poth    002    IOO    IO WB Bruce 10-2», Bust American League roundupRangers outlast Indians, 6-5, in 12 innings ABLING ION, Texas AB) Jim Sundberg is a > ear older and a lot happier today Ha* Texas Bangers’ ( atelier, who turned 32. wa*, hitless iii five trips to Ba* plate Tuesday night But when it really counted the bottom of Ba* 12th inning with the winning run stall ding on second base Sundberg lilied a shot to left field to give Ba* Bangers a 6-3 marathon win over the Cleveland Indians I Bunk it was a fast ball," Sundberg said of Bu* 3-2 pitch he hit ‘rff leftiiander Kd Glynn, a pit! lier he had never before seen I just tried to watch hun I didn t know flow much ins slider was breaking, but as I saw more pitches off hun I got more comfortable It was 3-2 I fouled off two pill lies and I hit Bm* eighth pitch I was getting tired and I bad to get out of Blere I put everything I had into it ” Suitdberg’s smash past a diving Alan Bannister ended a game Blat lasted four hours, 13 minutes Cleveland Manager Mike Ferraro said Glynn, the fourth Indian pitcher of live night, was on the mound to stay I need a pitcher for tomorrow.” Ferarro said Tuesday night Besides. I ‘Wily had lefBianders left larry Parrish and Dave HosteUer opened ira* 12th for Tetas with singles George Wright struck out before Sundberg came to the plate for the sixth tune and gave the Hangers their Burd straight w in Shortstop Hul ky Dent led Bu* 17-hit Texas attack with four singles in five at-bats to raise ins batting average from 309 to 333 You know what they're calling him?" Bader said Buckaroo ( arew He's only got one man rn bes sights now and that's the man Hod ( arew > w iRi tile wand in California ” Dave Schmidt, who began the season on the disabled list after elbow surgery, pitched the 12th inning for Texas and earned his first win of tile year, Texas opened Bu* scoring in the first inning when Billy Sample blooped a double down tile right field line and scored when Parrish hit a two-out single Hostetler followed with a blast to right field that bounced off Bu* wall arui was booted by right fielder Bat Tabler Both Parrish arui HosteUer scored on the play, w hich was ruled a double with an error The Indians rebounded with two rims rn the second on a single by Tabler. a triple by Mike Hargrove and a single by Julio Franco. Texas had its single runs rn the third and the sevenUi and Cleveland had single tallies in the fifUi and seventh before Andre Thornton tied Bu* game in the eighth with his fifth homer of the y ear We've had a few games like Bus before Bus year,” Ferraro said "You start to get used to them ” Cleveland starter Hick Sutcliffe gave up IO hits and five runs over 6 2*3 innings while Texas Jon Matlack left after five innings. eight Cleveland hits and three runsOrioles 7 5, White Sox 2 0 Mike Boddicker is 12 years younger, four inches shorter and 20 pounds lighter than Jim Palmer He doesn't do underwear commercials. either But in taking Bie injured Palmer's place in tile Baltimore rotation he undressed the Chicago White Sox w ith a fiv e-hit shutout in his first start of the season Consecutive home runs by Hernandez and Rick Dempsey in the second inning staked Boddicker to a 3-0 lead In the opener, Dan Ford cracked a tie-breaking single and Gary Hoenicke delivered a three-run pinch homer rn a five-run seventh inningRad Sox 4, Royals 1 Veteran catcher Gary Alanson doubled home two runs with his first hit of Bu* season in a three-run second inning and Boston got combined three-hit pitching from John Tudor and Bob Stanley The Bed Sox parlayed three of their seven hits along with a walk to score three runs in the second inning off Larry Gut a, who lust his fourth straight game Hal Mi Bae home red for Kansas City’s runBrewers 9. Blue Jays 6 Cecil Cooper, whose batting average flail dipped to 227, drove in two runs with a homer and single and Don Money knocked in three, including his first home run of the season, to pace a 15-hit Milwaukee attack Cooper singled a run home and scored on Ted Simmons' sacrifice fly as Bie Brewers scored three times in the third for a 3-2 lead They made it 6-2 in Bu* fifth highlighted by Cooper's homer and Money's HBI double Money added an HBI single in Bu* sixth and homered in Bie eighth.Yankees 7, Tigers 5 Steve Kemp, who spent five years with I>etroit. crashed a two-run homer with two out in the lith inning The homer, Kemp's fifth, landed well back in the upper nght-field seats and came off Aurelio l-opez, the third Detroit pitcher. Dave Winfield, who drove in three runs with a pair of homers, was on first via a two-out single, his fourth hit Willie Randolph also hit a two-run homer for the Yankees, while relief ace Huh G os sage worked the final 4 2-3 innings arui allowed two hits while sinking out fiveAngels 3, Mariners 1 Bruce Rison si altered five hiLs in recording his fourth consecutive victory and second straight complete game as California broke a three-game losing streak Rison lost his shutout bid in the bottom of the when Bal Putnam homered to tie the game l-l The Angels regained Bu* lead in the seventh on singles by Bobby Clark. Tun Foil and Bob Boone Juan Beniquez and Fills Valentine tut consecutive doubles in the eighth for the Angels' final run California's Hod ('arew collected three hits in five at-baLs to raise his league-leading batling average to 449A's 7, Twins 6 Jeff Burroughs hit a three-run homer in the first inning for Oakland and Bob Kearney belted a solo shot in the sixth that proved to be the winning run Starter Chm Cedi roll, who went 5 1-3 innings, was the winner Kearney’s home run was his fifth of the season and third in the last five games ;