The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 22, 2001 · Page 19
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2001 CS Eastern Conference Saturday's Results Pacers 79, 76ers 78 Hornets 106, Heat 80 Today's Games Raptors at Knicks, 11:30 a.m. (NBC) Magic at Bucks, 7:30 p.m. (TNT) T NBA PLAYOFFS: WESTERN CONFERENCE Western Conference Saturday's Results Jazz 88, Mavericks 86 Spurs 87, Timberwolves 82 Today's Games Suns at Kings, 2 p.m. (NBC) Trail Blazers at Lakers, 4:30 p.m. (NBC). Jackson / Final player 76ers cut FROM PAGE 01 Experience pays off for Jazz Utah scores game's final six points to deny iVIavs in game marred by technicals, ejection By The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Karl Malone, John Stockton and Danny Manning proved experience means a lot in the playoffs. Malone scored 26 points and Stockton had 12 points, 18 assists and two go-ahead free throws with 25.8 seconds left as the Utah Jazz scored the final six points and beat the Dallas Mavericks 88-86 Saturday "It's just basketball. Forget about age," said Utah coach Jerry Sloan. "Young, old, whatever. It's about who plays focused." In an emotional, closely contested opener to the best-of-five series, it was the Jazz that held their focus in the end. Utah prevailed in a frenzied atmosphere and took a 1-0 lead into Tuesday night's Game 2 in Salt Lake City Manning scored 12 for the Jazz, hitting a huge 3-pointer with 58 seconds remaining. With Utah trailing 86-82 and facing a do-or- die possession, Malone found Manning open at the top of the key. "They went down to double-team on Karl," Manning said. "Karl gave me a great pass. 1 got a clean look at the basket, and I'm very fortunate it went in." Dallas coach Don Nelson was ejected midway through the fourth quarter as referees called seven technical fouls and one flagrant foul. But it was a call that wasn't made that had the Mavericks steamed at the end. After Stockton hit two free throws with 25.8 seconds remaining to put the Jazz ahead 87-86, Dirk Nowitzki drove the lane at the other end. Nowitzki was stripped by Malone, and Donyell Marshall came away with the ball before being fouled with 3.3 seconds left. "Dirk puts the ball on the floor a lot," Malone said. "He likes to go to his left. He keeps the ball down low, and 1 was able to grab it." • EASTERN CONFERENCE The Associated Press Utah Jazz guard John Stockton makes the game-winning free throw against the Mavericks In Saturday's 88-86 victory. Mavericks assistant Donn Nelson, who took over after his father was ejected with 7:20 to play, jumped and ran in front of the Dallas bench, stunned that no foul was called. "Dirk taking it strong to the hole was something we've encouraged him to do all year," the younger Nelson said. "In the playoffs, a lot of times you don't get calls like that." Television replays appeared to show Malone stripping the ball cleanly "1 thought 1 was fouled but you'll never get that on the road," Nowitzki said. Marshall missed his first foul shot but made the second. After a timeout, Michael Finley inbounded to Nowitzki, who tossed it back to Finley for a 30-footer that bounced off the front of the rim at the buzzer. Spurs 87, Timberwolves 82 SAN ANTONIO — Tim Duncan hit the biggest shot of the game for San Antonio, while Minnesota turned to Dean Garrett — not Kevin Garnett — late in the fourth quarter Duncan had 33 points, 15 rebounds and four blocks as the San Antonio Spurs beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 87-82 in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday Duncan's 15-foot bank shot over Garrett with 12.7 seconds left all but sealed the win for San Antonio, which overcame a poor third quarter and shut down Garnett in the fourth. Game 2 is Monday night at the Alamod- ome. Garnett did not attempt a shot over the final six minutes, although he was credited with a field goal when Duncan inadver­ tantly tipped the ball in the wrong basket with 7.4 seconds left. The Wolves quickly fouled Antonio Daniels, who iced the victory by making two free throws. Garnett led the Timberwolves with 25 points. Terrell Brandon had 18 and Szczer- biak had 13, but it was Garrett who took the Wolves' biggest shots — a jumper that missed with 1:16 left and another that missed with 38 seconds left. After Duncan hit his bank shot to make it 85-80, Sam Mitchell drove the lane and clanged a shot off the backboard. The rebound bounced in off Duncan's hand, and Garnettteot credit because he was the closest Minnesota player. the Bruin guards. Jackson was on the injured list much of the 1999-2000 season with the Detroit Pistons because of tendonitis in his right knee. He was activated for two weeks in November, 1999, before going back on the injured list. He was once again activated on April 19, 2000. Jackson was signed by the 76ers as a free agent last August and played in seven exhibition games before being the final player waived by Larry Brown's club on Oct. 30. "They didn't release hie on a matter of my playing potential. It was a matter of something else I don't want to get into, because it's a business," Jackson said. "It made me stronger and the good thing to come out of it is my contract is guaranteed and Philadelphia is stiU playing me. I'm going to keep working hard and keep doing what needs to be done to get back in the NBA." Jackson said he feels no resentment against the 76ers, who lost to the Indiana Pacers, 79-78, in the first game of the NBA playoffs on Saturday "I don't have any bad blood against Philadelphia. I have some great friends on that team like Allen Iverson and Eric Snow," he said. "My friend Jalen Rose (who scored 17 points Saturday) called me yesterday and told me he was going to take care of Philly for me. Today, everybody was going against Indiana and I was there with Indiana. Actually, I was with Jalen Rose." Jackson spent time in the CBA and Italy since being waived by the 76ers. He said his focus now is to make the Cagerz a winner Miller's 3-pointer propels Pacers After missing 16 of his first 20 shots, Indiana standout nails game-winner at 76ers By The Associated Press PHILADELPHIA — Reggie Miller wasn't thinking about a tie. He was going for a win all the way In his latest heroic postseason moment, Miller nailed a 3-pointer with 2.9 seconds left to lift the Indiana Pacers to a 79-78 comeback victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in Game 1 of their first-round playoff series Saturday. Miller, who had missed 16 of his first 20 shots, came around a screen and took a pass from Jalen Rose before launching a 3- pointer from 25 feet that rattled in. "On the road I always go for 3," said Miller, whose career highlights include several clutch 3-pointers at the end of games — especially in the playoffs. "I knew it was coming. You knew it was coming. The crowd knew it was coming." The Sixers had a final chance, but Allen Iverson lost his dribble with Miller closely guarding him and couldn't get a shot off as time expired. "We got to a point where we felt we had these guys beat," Iverson said. "We got tight. To get a big lead like that and lose it at home is ridiculous." Indiana, the defending Eastern Conference champions and prohibitive underdogs against Philadelphia, lead the best-of-five series 1-0. Game 2 is Tuesday night at the First Union Center Miller had 17 points and Jermaine O'Neal added 12 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for Indiana, which rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit. Travis Best had 16 points and 10 assists. "We let the world know, we let them know, we can beat them on their own court," O'Neal said. Iverson, who won his second scoring title in three years by averaging 31.1 points per game, had just 16 points. Aaron McKie added 18 and Dikembe Mutombo had 12 points and 22 rebounds. Philadelphia, the top team in the East, is seeking to avenge two straight playoff defeats to Indiana. "We gave them too many shots and I don't think we went inside enough," Mu­ tombo said. "We had a lot of opportunities, but we didn't take advantage of them. Their big men were in foul trouble and we didn't take advantage of that either I'm not happy at all at the way we lost this game." The Pacers took their first lead, 73-72, since the opening minutes on a jumper by Best midway through the fourth. After Iverson answered with a jumper. Miller hit "My goal, first and foremost, is to win. I'm a winner," he said. "Hopefully we'll get this city behind us and the crowd behind us and bring basketball back here the way coach wants to be." First practice Two players didn't show for Saturday's first of two practices at Kansas Wesleyan's Muir Gymnasium — former Brown Mackie guard David Carson, who Flax didn't expect to have, and 6-4 guard Mike Elliott from Montana State. "I think it went pretty well for the first practice," Flax said. "We went through a lot of drills, then scrimmaged. The first few minutes were a little shaky until the players got to know each other We have a good group, very athletic." Flax liked what he saw from several players, including 6-9 center Johnny Phillips of Texas Tech, 6-9 forward Eric Carter of Washburn, 6-8 forward Tory Walker of New Orleans and 6-6 guard DeMarcus Minor of Baylor "I sure wish he didn't have to go back to school," said Flax of Minor, who drove from Waco with his father "He played well today" Former Cager Sedric Webber was not at practice Saturday but was en route and is expected to practice this morning. Intrasquad scrimmage The Cagerz will hold an in­ trasquad scrimmage tonight (two 12-minute periods) at Salina South High School following a 24-minute scrimmage against area high school players. ; The high school scrimmage is set for 6 p.m., with the in­ trasquad scrimmage to follow. Admission is $2.00 per person. KWU / Wins title in dominating fashion FROM PAGE 01 a 3-pointer to give the Pacers a 76-74 lead with 3:21 left. Mutombo tied it at 76 on a pair of free throws with two minutes left. After Rose missed a jumper. Snow scored on a driving layup to make it 78-76. Indiana missed four shots, including three 3-pointers, on its ensuing possession, but McKie missed an off-balance driving layup and O'Neal got the rebound with 11.7 seconds left. Miller then drilled his third 3-pointer of the game to notch the upset. Hornets 106, Heat 80 MIAMI — Jamal Mashburn scored 28 points against his former team as Charlotte took a 1-0 lead by piling on the most points Miami has allowed all season. Traded last August after four seasons in Miami, Mashburn came to Charlotte with a reputation for wilting in the clutch, especially at playoff time. But he rose to the occasion Saturday as did his teammates. Baron Davis scored 23 points and David Wesley 17 for the Hornets, who repeatedly beat the lethargic Heat in transition and dominated the boards. By the midpoint of the third quarter, the Heat trailed 70-42 — their largest deficit this season. Alonzo Mourning, Anthony Mason and Eddie Jones started together for the first time, but their disjointed play made Miami with three rims in the first, one in the second, four in the third and three in the fourth to build an 11-1 lead. "We had some guys do some incredible things at the plate today" Bellew said. "We have had a lot of guys that have really stepped up lately" Royce Carnley went the distance on the mound in the opener to pick up the victory while Max Bethge took care of most of the damage at the plate with a pair of home runs. Tabor came out and took a 3-1 lead after three innings of the second game before the Coyotes blew the game open with a lO- run fourth inning. Bethge went the distance for the victory in the second game. He also clubbed two more home runs to finish the day 7-for-8 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. Dale Shattenberg had three home runs in the game for the Coyotes while Cody Brassfield roped three doubles. For the day Kyle Hemstreet was 4-for-6 with four doubles and six RBIs. The Coyotes, now 23-12 overall and 18-1 in the KCAC, have won 23 of their last 28 games after an 0-7 start to the season. They return to action Wednesday when they play host to Central Christian at 4 p.m. at Evans Stadium. SAVE $300 JOIN OUR FAMILY FUN AT THE ELKS! • 18 Hole Championship Course • Summer Junior Golf Program • Restaurant & Banquet Facilities • Swimming Pool Call For Details 785-827-8585 COUNTY SPORTS Baseball South falls twice to Great Bend GREAT BEND — The Salina South baseball squad lost a pair of non-league contests late Friday against Great Bend, falling in the opener 16-6, before losing a rain-shortened second contest, 7-2. The two losses dropped South to 5-7 on the season. The Cougars and Panthers were tied 6-all in the fifth inning of the opener, only to have Great Bend score nine runs in the bottom of the inning to break it open. "If we make a couple of plays behind our pitcher in that inning, we are out of it with minimal damage, if any," South coach Kurt Wolf said. "But we made a couple of mistakes and before you know it, the dam broke and they pushed nine runs across the plate." The second contest had two 20-minute rain delays. Again it was a close game until Great Bend scored four times in the bottom of the fourth. When the rain began to fall in the fifth inning, the contest was ended. South will face Topeka High in an 1-70 League doubleheader on Friday at Topeka. in No. 2 doubles, rolled up 33 points in the tournament. Manhattan won the event with 56 points while Abilene was second at 46. Salina South finished sixth | overall with 32 points. "We played really well and enjoyed every second of beating some of those varsity teams off," said Salina Central coach Craig Ryan. "I really like how our freshman are stepping up and playing up to the competition." Angst and Mull finished with a 4-1 record to lead the way for the Mustangs while Nathan Martin and Jeremy Zimmer teammed up for a third place finish in No. 1 doubles with a 4-1 record. John Feyerherm led the way for the Cougars in the tournament with a 4-1 record in No. 2 singles to earn second place in the tournament. Track and field Tennis Central JV fifth, South sixth at JC JUNCTION CITY — Salina Central took its junior varsity squad to Junction City and came away with a fifth-place team showing in a 10- team invitational Saturday afternoon. The Mustangs, on the strength of a second- place finish by Aaron Angst and Nathan Mull Keats earns pair of third at KU LAWRENCE — Salina Central's Ashleigh Keats brought home a pair of top | three finishes Saturday from the KU Relays. . Keats, who was competing in her third meet in five days, threw 134-feet, 6-inches in the javelin to grab second place and ran a 15.23 in the 100-meter hurdles to earn a third place finish. "It was pretty tough to get through," said Central assistant coach Joe Wilkerson. "She competed against athletes in all classes." Sunday, April 22 at 6 p.m. Salina Soulh High School $2 Admission Admission will be donated back to area booster clubs. 5:00 p.m. y|iix\-r Autograph session with the rAGES' 5:15 p.m. ^ > 3 Point Contest sponsored the Salina Joumal Connecting communities with information

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