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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 30, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas COMING THURSDAY mm H SV gets defensive A look at the Rangers’ defensive linemen. Heraid-Zeitung To have your sports event publicized, contact Will Wright at 625-9144, ext. 223, or by e-mail at [email protected] Collarette Classic begins Q Rangers-Mavericks rematch c Canyon’s annual girls basketball w A District 26-5A co-champs face each o A tournament features nine area teams. A other for 5A-II Region IV title. A Time: 11a.m. T Time: I p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) T Canyon vs. Calallen Cougars face Wildcats in 4A-II Region IV football title game. Time:2p.m. (KNBT-FM92.1) Band of Brothers Canyon football player Matt Moreno rests during practice. SPORTS THE DAILY T-l-C- K-E-T Sidelines From staff, wire reports LOCAL CANYON PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Saturday’s 2 p.m. Canyon-Corpus Christi Calallen 4A-II Region IV football title game at Victoria Memorial will be sold at the Canyon front office from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. today and Thursday and from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Friday. Adult tickets are $7; $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $8. SV PLAYOFF TICKETS - Tickets to Saturday’s I p.m. Smithson Valley-SA Madison 5A-II Region IV football title game at San Antonio’s Comalander Stadium will be sold today from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Smithson Valley field-house; Thursday from 8- II a.m. and 2:30-5 p.m. at the fieldhouse and from 11:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. in the cafeteria; and Friday from 8-11 a.m. at the field-house and from 11:30 a.m.-1:45 p.m. in the cafeteria. Reserved adult tickets are $8; $7 for general admission and $3 for students. All seats at the gate will be $8, cash only. SPURS FEND OFF LAKERS - Manu Ginobili scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half for the San Antonio Spurs, who fended off a late charge by the Los Angeles Lakers to post a 90-84 victory on Tuesday night. The win was the Spurs’ sixth straight over the Lakers, who played their first game in San Antonio under coach Phil Jackson since a victory over the Spurs in Game 5 of the 2004 playoffs on a last-second basket by Derek Fisher. Kobe Bryant, averaging better than 40 points in his last five games, struggled to get open shots while being defended by Bruce Bowen. Bryant finished with 25 points, but shot 9-for-33. Sasha Vujacic was fouled by Tony Parker while making a 3-pointer and he hit the free throw to trim the Spurs’ lead to 83-79 with less than three minutes left. Ginobili and Michael Finley each made a pair of free throws for San Antonio, but a 3-pointer by Lamar Odom narrowed the difference to 87-82 in the game’s final minute. Tim Duncan made two free throws to give the Spurs a five-point lead with 15 seconds remaining. Bryant, crowded by Bowen, missed another long 3, and Duncan was fouled again and he made one of the foul shots with 2.5 seconds left. Duncan finished with 16 points, while Michael Finley had 12 and Bowen 11 on 5-for-7 shooting. Odom scored 27 and had 16 rebounds for the Lakers. Vujacic and Smush Parker each had IO points. STATE UT DOWNS UT-PAN AM — LaMarcus Aldridge scored a career-high 23 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Texas shook off poor shooting in the first half to beat Texas-Pan American, 82-54. PJ. nicker added 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns (6-0), off to their best start since winning their first 14 games in the 1981-82 season. Cougars offensive linemen heart of team s conscience, focus this season By Will Wright Sports Editor There are small joys that come with advancing four rounds deep in the state football playoffs. The Canyon football team is now enjoying the fruits that come with that territory. To the Cougars, working out on the field, hanging out together in the fieldhouse, watching game films at each other’s houses — while being fed by supportive parents — comes with advancing to the state quarterfinals. “My dad has coached me all my life,” tight end Steven Davis said. “It never really hit me until after the New Braunfels game, when he said to me that he didn’t want it to end because he doesn’t want to stop coaching me." A month later, Canyon coach Les Davis is still coaching his son, a member of the senior offensive line that has helped get the Cougars to this round. On Saturday, they’ll play Corpus Christi C fallen in a Class 4A-Division II state quarterfinal at Victoria Memorial. Davis, a tight end, is one of seven O-line starters for the 12-1 Cougars. Center Erie Ralph, right guard Joseph Ward, left guard Jeff Ewing and right tackle Matt Davidson are the returning starters from last year’s unit, which now includes tight end Brock Ogle and left tackle Regan Morrison. Linemen don’t get a lot of publicity, but Tuesday they spoke volumes about the char acter and persistence of this year’s team, which finished second in District 27-4A, defeated archrival New Braunfels and has now tied the 2003 and 1998 teams for the best mn in school history. "We worked hard as a team, fought through all of our hardships and just pulled through,” See COUGARS, Page 10A Canyon tree-toppers prevail past SY MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Canyon offensive linemen, left, Brock Ogle, Matt Davidson, Joseph Ward, Erie Ralph, Jeff Ewing, Regan Morrison and Steven Davis, have helped better the Cougars' offensive output by more than 100 yards per game this season.The Cougars will play Corpus Christi Calallen Saturday in the Class 4A-II state quarterfinal contest. Jackson scores 24, New adds 20 for No. 16 Cougars By Will Wright Sports Editor Faced with trying to move mountains, Smithson Valley coach Allan Miller employed the zone against the Canyon Cougars Tuesday night. While the defense might’ve cooled off Cougars’ twin towers Austin New and Isaiah Jackson at times, each player took turns controlling the action for Canyon in an eventual 68-50 victory at the Cougar Den. The 6-foot-7 New scored 14 of his 20 points in the first half, and the 6-5 jackson tallied 14 of his game-high 24 points in the second for Canyon (3-1), which led from start to finish. “I ve known Allan for a long time — he was my assistant coach here for a number of years, and he hates zone and never wants to do it,” Canyon coach Kenny Rotzler said. “But he had to do something to counteract our size a little bit.” Rotzler said that zone forced Canyon into some bad shots from the perimeter, but Smithson Valley (2-3) couldn’t shoot well from the outside, either, against the Canyon defense. “They didn’t knock down that many. We weren’t quite as cold as they were, I guess,” Rotzler said. Smithson Valley did as well as it could against the Cougars, which opened this week as the 16th ranked Class 4A team in the state by the Texas Basketball Coaches Association. “They’re huge,” Miller said. “Obviously, we don’t have anyone as tall as Austin and Isaiah, so we had a hard time matching up. That’s why we tried to zone them, which we hardly ever do.” Neither team shot well to open the game, but the Cougars opened a gap MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley's Johnathan Johnson tries to shoot over Canyon's Austin New (41) as Isaiah Jackson (22) and Cody Covington (32) look on during the Cougars' 68-50 win over the Rangers. midway through the first period, as a pair of steals by Matt Zachary were converted on the other end hy Jackson, who missed six of his first eight shots from the floor. Leading 15-8, New took over, scoring on a great feed from Zachary and adding a put-back that made it 19- IO with 5:32 left in the half. He added a pair of free-throws and a 10-foot jumper to make it 25-14 with 2:36 left. The Cougars ended the half on a 3-pointer by Shane O’Brien and a steal of an inbounds pass and hoop by Cody Covington that made it 32-18 Canyon at the break. “Austin did a real good job in the first half, but I thought he got a little bit tired in the second half,’’ Rotzler said. “But the five-point play there at the end of the first half was big and gapped it for us.” Jackson scored six of the Cougars first eight points in the second half, getting two buckets off steals in transition. “Isaiah is a big man to handle. He’s a 6-5 guard, and that’s a tough match for a lot of people and its hard to them to handle,” said Rotzler, who also gave Zachary his due. "He pushes the ball well. He’s got great vision and finds the open man and makes us better on the court,” the coach added. “He got a lot of steals out of the trap in our matchup zone.” Down 52-32 going into the final period, Smithson Valley got going behind Brad Respondek and Taylor O’Neal. Respondek scored four of his 17 points and O’Neal hit two 3-pointers that cut the deficit to 61-48 with 2:32 to play. But that’s as close as the Rangers got. “We had die ball with a chance to cut it from there but couldn’t do it,” Miller said. “But the kids played hard. We didn’t do everything we wanted to do out there, but you can’t fault our effort.” Jackson had five steals and two rebounds for the Cougars. New’s IO rebounds gained him another double-double and Covington had nine points and 12 boards for Canyon. Mitch Keogh had IO points, O’Neal finished with eight and Johnathan Johnson and Justin Young each had four for Smithson Valley, which will play Austin Crockett in the first round of the Seguin Matador Classic at 1:30 p.m. Friday. “Hopefully we ll be able to get a win in the first round and then probably play Seguin, a team we’ve already faced, in the second round,” Miller said. “If we can win our first two games, we might see these guys again See HOOPS, Page 10A ;