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The Soguin Gazette-Enterprise - Thursday, February 20, 1986 - Page 3 308 46 Bypass South 3721600 SPORTS Bulldogs enter 'Snake Pit' tonight TLC GUARD Mike Velasco, shown covering an Incarnate Word ballhandler, provides some senior leadership for the Bulldogs as they prepare for a critical conference showdown with St. Mary's University Thursday night in San Antonio. (Staff photo by Steve Boehm) LADY BULLDOGS Tanya Bullard (52) and Mary Pettit (44) fight for a rebound during a recent game. The TLC girls play St. Mary's at 5 p.m. Thursday in San Antonio. (Staff photo by Steve Boehm) By JOHN II. Sports Editor The Texas Lutheran College basketball team controls their own destiny Thursday night but if they expect a future beyond a date with Mary Hardin-Baylor Saturday in the Doghouse, then they must accomplish a task they haven't performed since 1982 — defeat the St. Mary's Haulers in the "Snake Pit" in San Antonio. The showdown game for the area rivals ope'ns at 7:30 p.m. with the runnerup playoff spot in the Big State Conference on the line with the Rattlers taking a 6-2 BSC mark into the fray i while the Bulldogs hope to knot things up boasting a 5-3 loop mark. •' The game is the rubber match for the season as TLC took a 60-57 victory earlier in the year in the finals of the Mid-Texas Tournament held at the Doghouse while the Rattlers took a 72-69 decision in the first round of conference play also on TLC's home court. TLC coach Newton Grimes is hoping senior captain and team leader Bruce Spencer can play some- quality time as he continues to heal from a knee injury suffered in December. "The key could be how effective Bruce can play," said the Bulldog coach. "In the first game we had Bruce but the second time around we didn't and then Bill Rccchia got hurl early in the game." Rccchia replaced Spencer in the lineup after the transfer became eligible in January. Both teams rely heavily on the guard spot as St. Mary's, now 14-11 on the season, has surged recently behind the play of freshman Anthony Houston while TLC's main gun is conference scoring leader Benny Russell who takes a 20-points per game average into the key conference battle. Grimes is aware of Houston's talent, but won't alter his game plan at the outset. "It's in our game plan to stop him and we'll use it if we have to but we aren't going to start out thai way," said Grimes of defending the Rattlers' main scoring threat. TLC needs some rebounding work from their inside men as postmen Ken Homann and Will Nixon will have the job of sweeping the boards for the local collegians. As for the importance of the game, Grimes doesn't feel his club is feeling any pressure. "We've been in a 'must-win' situation for a long time," Grimes noted. "The players are really looking forward to this game." TLC takes a 14-10 season record into the contest. In the preliminary game, the TLC Lady Bulldogs look to knock the Lady Rattlers out of first place in the conference when the two teams begin things at 5 p.m. Coach Lana Urbanek's team is in the process of paying back all the conference teams as the Lady 'Dogs lost all of their first round games before coming back with victories over St. Edward's and East Texas Baptist in their last two contests. TLC is 2-6 in the BSC while the Lady Rattlers are tied for first with a 7-1 mark. HHi STATK CONKKKKNCK Men'* StHndini's SI Krlwmrl's SI Mary's Texas l.ulhf.Tan Huston •'I'illritson Kasl TI-XIIS llaplist Mary Hiirdin Maylnr Worm-n's Conf. 71 (j-2 ','.\ 1 4 2-r, on Season 19 10 14-1 1 14 IB 1 0-1.1 5-20 !i '/A Season If. V 14-10 SI Mary's 1 1 Huston TillrilMiM 71 Mary llarrlin Haylor 4-4 Kast Texas ftaplisl :f-"i Texas Lutheran 'I (1 SI Krlward's 17 Thursday's games: 'all men women headers/ Texas Lutheran al SI Mary's. SI Kd ward's at East Texas Baplisl, Huston-Tillolson al Mary Ilardin-Haylor 10-12 9 Ki 12-12 double Schoolboy playoffs UT tops in SWC By The Associated Press Bob Weltlich has his first victory in four years against Dave Bliss, a fellow assistant to Bob Knight at Army and Indiana, and Weltlich's Texas Longhorns are all alone atop the Southwest Conference basketball race. Karl Willock's free throw with 25 seconds left gave Texas a 58-57 victory Wednesday night in Austin, ending an eight-game losing streak against Southern Methodist University. With the victory, its eighth in a row, Texas improved its record to 178 for the season and 12-2 in SWC play, one-half game ahead of idle Texas Christian (11-2). SMU fell to 16-8 for the season and 8-5 in league play. Elsewhere Wednesday night, Rice's Jeff Crawford hit a 25-foot shot in the closing seconds but missed a 30-footer at the buzzer and Arkansas (12-13, 4-10) escaped with a 60-59 victory over the Owls (9-15,2-11). The victory was only the second for the Razorbacks in seven home conference games this season. Texas and TCU battle Saturday in Fort Worth, with the winner taking the upper hand toward nailing down SHS golfers 4th The Seguin High School boys golf team captured third place out of 20 teams at the Bastrop Independent School District Golf Tournament held at Pine Forest Golf Club in Bastrop on Saturday, Feb. 15. San Antonio MacArthur took the top spot with a 324 total followed by Austin Crockett at 333 and Seguin at 334. Sean Nunez and Kevin Abrameit led the Matador linksters as the local duo tied for fourth in the medalist race shooting a pair of 79's. Other Seguin scores included Phil Wuest at 84 and Jude Willoughby and Jay Kiel at 92. The SHS golfers host the Seguin Matador Classic at Starcke Park Golf Course next Monday and Tuesday with 23 teams entered. the top seed in the league's postseason tournament. Willock, fouled by Scott Johnson while attempting a jumper with two seconds left on the 45-second shot clock and the game tied 57-57, missed the first of two free throws. Texas then called timeout. After Willock made the second free throw, SMU (16-8, 8-5) ran the clock down to three seconds before Glenn Puddy missed a 12-foot shot along the left baseline. Texas trailed 37-30 at half time, but held SMU to 20 points in the second half. Navarro on tonight; Marion opens Friday The Navarro Panthers enter the state Class A playoffs Thursday night in Floresville as they take on the District 62-A champion Tilden Cowboys in a 7:30 p.m. bi-district clash. Navarro, runnerup in District 61-A this season, can advance to play the winner of the Boerne-Agua Dulce game with a victory. Tilden boasts a small, quick ballclub and Navarro coach Ray Young respects his first round opponent. "They are pretty good and if you make a mistake they take ad- vantage," said Young. "But we're excited to be here." 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