Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on June 4, 1998 · Page 7
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AH DAILY JOURNAL orts Jazz win series opener Chicago-style Stockton scores 24 to lead Utah to OT victory By BOB BAUM -AP Sports Writer SALT LAKE CITY — Game 1 of the NBA Finals was a Utah victory, Chicago-style. As they marched to their five championships of , .the 1990s, the Bulls won big games by doing just enough, making the crucial plays down the stretch, Overcoming all adversity, getting all the necessary breaks. -V; On Wednesday night, when Karl Malone's jump shot was wandering somewhere in the Wasatch ..jRange, when Chicago rallied in the fourth quarter ;.4o force an overtime, the stage was set for another -remarka-Bull triumph. V A year ago, in Game 1 of the finals against the Michael Jordan hit the game-winner over Bryon Russell. But in this intense opener, John Stockton made a running floater over Steve Kerr and two free throws in the final 10 seconds of overtime for an 88-85 Utah victory. "You watch Chicago, and they've won games just like this," Malone said, "where they really didn't play well, they didn't shoot the basketball well, and they won the game." The Bulls were uncharacteristically rattled in the overtime, committing three turnovers, including an unthinkable 24-second violation when Jordan, of all people, lost track of time. The Bulls knew they had kicked away a huge opportunity to take the road game they must get in Salt Lake City if they are to keep their crown. "I couldn't ask for a better game and a better opportunity to win on their court, and we feel like we let one slip away," Chicago coach Phil Jackson said. "It's obvious we had our chances, and it took a heck of a shot by John Stockton at the end to extinguish our hopes." They'll get another chance in Game 2 Friday night. Stockton, at age 36, usually isn't a big scorer anymore. He leaves that to Malone and the crowd of younger players the Jazz have assembled. But on this night, when Malone was misfiring, Stockton took the offensive load himself. He finished with 24 points, his playoff high this year, along with eight assists. The Jazz won even though Malone missed a dozen or so jump shots before he finally made two crucial ones in the fourth quarter. He finished 9- for-25 from the field for 21 points. "In the past, when I didn't have a great game, we lost," Malone said. "This team has matured a lot. Here, in the playoffs, when I haven't played well, we still managed to win, and that's really neat to see when you're trying to win a championship." The Bulls lost Game 1 only once in their five title years — against the Los Angeles Lakers in 1991. Chicago won the next four. Seven years later, the much older Bulls were weary from a seven-game struggle with Indiana in the Eastern Conference finals. Still, they almost pulled it off against the well-rested, if slightly rusty, Jazz. Jordan had a magnificent 15-point second quarter, but managed only 13 in the second half to fin- ;•' it * i ICOMMUNITY I SPORTS I DIGEST itball camp j Mendocino College foot- program will hold a football for players aged 7-18 on July" 13 to 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. daily. • The camp, which costs $125, will emphasize individual position techniques for all defensive, offensive and kicking positions ; and will be held at Mendocino : College. For more information, \ call Lenny Wagner at 468-3141. ; Jr. Giants sign-ups The Ukiah Police Activities 0 __ will hold sign-ups for , the Jr. Giants baseball program for girls and boys aged 8-13 on the next two Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside. .Walmart- r and K-Mart in Ukiah. Games will be played on the South Ukiah Little League fields ,on Gobbi Street after the Litle jLeague schedule ends in July. n. The San Francisco Giants foundation provides all equipment and a $10 annual PAL niembership fee covers insurance and entitles participation in : all other PAL activities. . For more information, call 462-5365 betwen the hours of 3 and 7 p.m. Community softball -; Men's and women's softball teams who want their games covered in the Daily Journal must call details in to the sports department at 468-3518. SCHEDULE THURSDAY Softball Men's B-2 Proshine vs. AM&D/Vic's, 7p.m. Nelson Glass vs. T&S Logging, 8 p.m. r v Women's D-l Aggies vs. Preston Law, 6p.m. RV United Tribes vs. Kickin' Ostrich, 7:30 p.m. Apperson Insulation vs. McDonalds, 9 p.m. FRIDAY Track and Field State Championships at Cerritos College Softball Men's B-5 Ukiah Truck Repair vs. Par- num Oaving, 6:45 p.m. Ferranti Const, vs. Hopland Hardware, 6:45 p.m. Devco Heating and Air vs. Calpella Distributing, 7:45 p.m. Beamers vs. Parducci Winery, 7:45 p.m. United Tribes vs. U.S. Rentals, 8:45 p.m. Pardini Appliance vs. Moore's Flour Mill, 8:45 p.m. TRACK AND FIELD STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS photo by Mickey Mack Ukiah's Rvan Mack, center, will get another shot at Mission San Jose's Jon Stevens, right, at this weekendJsi track mi field state championships at Cerritos College in Southern California. Last weekend, Stevens edged the Wildcat junior at the NCS Meet of Champions in Hayward. Mack eyes state championships Ukiah junior closes in on 1600 meter Empire mark By RAY HAMILL The Dally Journal A funny thing happened to Ryan Mack back in the seventh grade, and his life hasn't quite been the same ever since. The Ukiah junior, who this weekend travels to the track and field state championships at Cerritos College in Southern Califor- ish with 33. Pippen scored 21 on 7-for-19 shooting. But the rest of the Bulls were little help, and none of them could hit from long range. Chicago was 3-of-16 on 3-pointers. The Bulls never led after the first quarter, but were never down more than eight. Trailing 67-59 entering the final quarter, the Bulls rallied behind — who else? — Jordan. He sank consecutive jumpers to cut Utah's lead to 7572 then, after yet another Malone miss, Pippen sank a wide-open 3-pointer from the top of the key to tie it 75-75. Malone's two jumpers put Utah up 79-75 with 55 seconds left in regulation. Pippen made two free throws to make it 79-77', and after Russell missed, Chicago got the ball to Jordan. He drove across the key, but the shot wasn't there. Instead, he passed to Luc Longley, who scored to tie it with 14 seconds left. Stockton missed a wild shot from the corner, and the game went into overtime. The Jazz scored the first five points of the overtime on Malone's layup and Stockton's three-point play. Giants win sixth straight Giants 8, Reds 5 Associated Press SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Giants left the Cincinnati Reds wondering how quickly they could get from the clubhouse to the airport. "We're glad to get out of this town," Red manager Jack McKeon said after the Giants completed a three-game sweep Wedensday with an 8-5 victory, their season-high sixth straight. "Those guys know how> to play. There's no reason why they won't stay in it." Brian Johnson hit two home runs -for the second time in four .days. and., is 14-for-38 with ' seven home runs and 13 RBIs since returning from the disabled list with an injury to his throwing hand. "His home runs are right on time," Baker said. "His hand's feeling fine, as you can see." Johnson, who also hit two home runs against Arizona on Sunday, had three hits and a walk. Shawn Estes (5-5) won his third straight decision, carrying a four-hit shutout into the seventh before the Reds touched him for five runs. Johnson homered against Brett Tomko (5-4) to lead off the third. Darryl Hamilton followed with a double and scored on consecutive wild pitches to put the Giants up 2-0. San Francisco put the game away with a six-run fifth inning. Hamilton singled and scored on Bill Mueller's double. Barry Bonds followed with an RBI single to make it 4-0. One out later, Stan Javier singled and J.T. Snow hit an RBI double to chase Tomko, who allowed 10 hits and seven runs in 4 1-3 innings. "Tomko hasn't pitched well for a while," McKeon said. "Maybe an extra day of rest will help. Reliever Scott Sullivan gave up a sacrifice fly to Rich Aurilia before serving up Johnson's second homer of the game and eighth of the season, a two-run shot to make it 8-0. The Reds knocked Estes out in the seventh with a three-run homer by Reggie Sanders, a sacrifice fly from Pat Watkins and an RBI double by Brook Fordyce. He finished first in the 3200 (9:32) and second in the 1600, breaking the old Ukiah school record by six seconds in a time of 4:13.81. Mack finished just two seconds behind Mission San Jose's Jon Stevens, who ran the fastest high school time in the nation this year in the race. Now the Ukiah junior stands just .15 seconds off the fastest ever Redwood Empire time in the 1600, something he hopes to top this weekend. "It would be really cool to do that," he said. "And to get another shot at Stevens." A trip to the state meet is ritos College in Southern Cahfor- Ray Hamiu/rhe Daily journal nothing new for the county's nia, decided to try his hand at R Van Mack set a new Ukiah High School record in the 1600 f, nes t distance runner, who track in order to stay in shape for meters at last weekend's Meet of Champions. has already made the grade what was then his first love, tennis. He made the decision to compete in the sprints, but something repeatedly happened that bothered him - he kept losing. "I went up to my coach and told him I'd really like to try the longer stuff," he said. "After that I was hooked." The rest, as they say, is history. And judging by some of his recent successes, it's a pretty impressive piece of history, at least in the annals of the Ukiah High School record books. "My coach in the seventh grade, Colin . _* .. • • • _ ii getting into it and then once I got up here, I started loving it." That love for the sport has since then grown into a passion and that passion has grown into an unparalleled success on the Ukiah sports fields. Mack leaves for Long Beach today, where he will be inland Mendocino's only representative at the state meet, competing in both the 1600 and 3200 meters. Out of the 30 local athletes who made it to the North Coast Section Meet of Champions in Hayward last weekend, Mack was Davidson"really gotme startedui running," the only one to make the grade for the state he said. "In the eighth grade I really started meet. has already made the grade in cross country on two occasions, in both his sophomore year when he finished sixth, and last fall when he finished 19th after competing sick. "He's got something that nobody around here has," assistant Ukiah track coach Dan Jurado said. "He has a lot of talent, desire, an excellent work ethic, high goals and he's strong mentally. He has it all. You don't see a talent like that every day. That's something very rare." Talent is only part of the Ryan Mack story, however. Hard work has also played apart. See MACK, Page 8 MEN'S SOFTBALL Petersen Law tops Vear Insurance The Daily Journal Eric Petersen finished 3- for-3 at the plate with a home run to lead Petersen Law past Vear Insurance 122 in men's B-3 softball action Wednesday night. Brian Bechtol and Mike Erion each also homered in the five-inning matchup.

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