Ukiah Daily Journal from Ukiah, California on March 18, 1998 · Page 11
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Deep Valley all-league selections Six Hornets were honored at the recent all-league meetings. Pictured from left to right, back row - David Cetani (first team), Bryan Cetani (first team), Justin Bellegarde (honorable mention), Beau Ingram (second team), front row - Tiffany Korver (honorable mention) and Erika Duran (first team). Player kicked off Fresno State team By MATTHEW Yl Associated Press FRESNO — Avondre Jones, kicked off the Fresno State basketball team after his arrest in an assault and theft case, allegedly pointed a gun in a man's face and cooly told him he could put a bullet through his head. "Avondre put the gun right up against my face and said to me, 'I can just blow a hole through your face right now. What do you think of that?'" Colin DeForrest told The Fresno Bee in a story published today. Jones, the team's starting center, was arrested with top recruit Kenny Brunner on Monday night, hours after Fresno State beat Memphis in an NTT game. The episode is the latest allegation surrounding Jerry Tarkanian's troubled team. The players also allegedly poked DeForrest with samurai swords and stole cash and a camera after an argument over a TV show at Jones' apartment. After talking with police investigating the case, Tarkanian kicked Jones off the team and indefinitely suspended Brunner. "Avondre is done with basketball forever at Fresno State," Tarkanian said. "With kenny, we'll have to wait and see what the reports Show." Brunner denied the allegations, which came just a day after Fresno State officials slammed CBS' "60 Minutes" for focusing on the legal and drug problems plaguing the school's athletes. "I never touched him, never took anything," Brunner told reporters. "This is nothing more than a scandal to bring Tark down." Jones also proclaimed his innocence. "I'm not guilty, I'm not guilty," Jones said. "I got in a situation hanging with the wrbng people." Jones And Brunner were booked for investigation of assault with a deadly weapbn and grand theft. They were freed without bail Tuesday pending a court hearing, Fresno County sheriff Steve Magadan said. Police said the players and DeForrest were drinking at Jones' apartment when an argument began involving a TV program. Tarkanian felt the "60 Minutes" report Sunday night was unfair, and university president John Welty was angry because it didn't say that Fresno State has one of the nation's strictest student conduct codes. Softball Quiet freshman guard to lead UCLA By BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer LOS ANGELES —UCLAis (getting a new point guard in the 'tftiddle of the NCAA tourna- •ftient, and he couldn't be more Different than Baron Davis. '*~ Earl Watson is quiet and ^served, always masking his ^motions on the court. Davis is boisterous and enthusiastic, his face a billboard of feelings. ' Together, the roommates and jpest friends were the first fresh- ,jpen to start at guard for the Bruins in 18 years. 2 j, Now their stellar partnership ^g history, at least for this season, jjavis, the Pac-10 Conference freshman of the year, is out with a knee injury. .ti-jSo -the i Sixth-seeded! JBiruins H$4-8);wiH rely on -Wafcorv'tb direct the 'offense against No. '2 Kentucky (31-4) in Friday's Stauth Regional semifinal at St. Petersburg, Fla. r : "Once we convince ourselves that we can win it without him, $e will win it," senior Kris Johnson said. 0 Davis' absence is a huge loss, put the Bruins have won without Him. They beat Michigan in the second round when Davis was fjmited to 14 minutes after injuring his left knee in an awkward landing after a dunk. They also played stretches without Davis when he fouled out of nine games this season. "He has the talent and he definitely has the skills to pick up the slack for both of us," Davis said of Watson. "When I fouled out, he's been there and got us through a lot of clutch performances." Their statistics are nearly identical. Watson has started all 32 games, Davis 31. Watson averages 5.8 points and 3.1 assists, playing 31.9 minutes. Davis averaged 11.7 points and 5.0 assists in 31 .3 minutes. "Other teams would probably be devastated by this and just would crumble and fold," John- too much. jmuch turmoil to let this stick the • dagger in our hearts." The turmoil included Johnson and Jelani McCoy being suspended last fall, returning in December and then McCoy resigning Feb. 14. "We've just had so many bad breaks since we've been here, so it's like, 'Let's do like we always do, rebound from it, stay focused, stay together and keep playing,'" Johnson said. "You can't think the world's coming to an end. You've got to still have BROWN'S R.U 2 DAYS ONLY! ife^_ TRAILERS, i 5™ WHEEL WHOLESALE Saturday, Mar. 21 & Sunday, Mar. 22, 1998 DUE TO THE BANKRUPTCY OF A SOUTHERN CA DEALERSHIP, BROWNS RV HAS BEEN ASSIGNED OVER TWENTY TRAILERS, 5" WHEEL'S & CAB-OVER CAMPERS BY SKYLINE INDUSTRIES Located in the Ukiah Mervyn's Parking Lot 1-800-794-9418 confidence and believe in yourself." Davis never played like a freshman. The Bruins fed off his swagger and aggressive style of charging to the basket. If they were listless and discouraged, he came to their emotional rescue. Watson's skills belie his freshman status, too. But he's never lit the fire that often seems required to get UCLA going. "He keeps it inside a lot. He's kind of hard to figure out, but he's been doing a better job of communicating to us lately if he's nervous or if he's mad about something," Johnson said. "We're going to need that kind of communication for the rest of the season because it's just him." .. Watson's reaction to Davis' linjuBjurey.ealed |his thoughtful nature. i ': "I didn't even'care about basketball, I just cared about Baron," he said. "Basketball is second when it comes to me and Baron's relationship. He's one of my best friends and I love him a lot." Watson had four rebounds and one turnover in 34 minutes against Michigan last Saturday. "I know Baron will be on the sidelines cheering me on," he said. "That's the way he was for the Michigan game." Conliuedfrom Page 10 things on offense: • Christina Scott, 2x3, with a run and two stolen bases. • Lia Clifton, a double, single, a run-batted-in (RBI) and a run scored. • Darian Harvey, 1x4, RBI; Hilary Heath, 1x4, R; Megan Redding, 1x3, RBI; Lana Grieze, 1x2, RBI, SB; Jessica Killian, R, SB; and Michelle Blanc, 1/3, including a double (D) and a run scored. First-game jitters gone, the Ukiah JV girls hope to settle down, sharpen their defense and be ready for whatever comes at Willits, Friday and Saturday. 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