The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on April 26, 2001 · Page 23
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPORTS THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2001 03 • PRO BASKETBALL Orlando to need all its Magic BRIEFLY Magic 96 Bucks 103 . Bucks lead, 2;0 Bucks bury Magic in 2-0 liole witli lielp from Allen's 27 points By ARNIE STAPLETON The Associated Press MILWAUKEE — Ray Allen wouldn't be bullied by Andrew DeClercq or burned by Tracy McGrady Fired up by a flagrant foul from De­ Clercq, Allen scored a personal playoff-best 27 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Orlando 103-96 Wednesday night and took a 2-0 lead in their best-of- five series. In the fourth quarter, Allen slowed down McGrady after the Magic's 21-year-old star appeared primed to win the game by himself. McGrady scored a career playoff-high 35 points, but just five in the fourth quarter as the Magic lost for the 11th straight time to Milwaukee. "He was smoking," Allen said. "I had a chance to sit back and watch him and he had a real good rhythm making jump- shots. He thought he was going to post me up a little bit more and he had a little spin move. And I was right there in his pocket." Sam Cassell added 26 points for the Bucks, who won consecutive playoff games for the first time since 1989, when they beat Atlanta two straight en route to a 3-2 series win, the last time Milwaukee advanced past the first round. Game 3 shifts to Orlando on Saturday night. The Magic tried to transform themselves from a finesse team to a physical one, and they sent the Bucks to the line 33 times. Allen was ll-of-13 from the foul line and Cassell made all nine of his free throws as the Bucks niBA PLAYOffS Wednesday's Scores Milwaukee 103, Orlando 96. Phoenix at Sacramento, late Today's Games Toronto at New York, 7 p.m. Portland at L.A. Lakers, 9:30 p.m. The Associated Press Bucks point guard Sam Cassell pumps his fist In Exaltation after burying a tliree-pointer during the fourth quarter Wednesday In Milwaul(ee. Cassell finished with 26 points. outscored Orlando 25-9 from the stripe. The Magic immediately took heed to their coach's challenge to be more physical as DeCler­ cq picked up a flagrant foul for hammering Allen just 1:15 after tipoff. Alien was assessed a technical foul by official Bob Delaney after jumping up and getting into DeClercq's face. "I told him I wasn't going to iQt somebody throw me down to the floor and I was going to de- T MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Red-hot Mariners win sixth straight By The Associated Press NEW YORK — Carlos Guillen drove in three runs with a pair of two-out hits as the Seattle Mariners beat the New York Yankees 7-5 Wednesday night for their sixth straight win. The Mariners, despite the offseason loss of Alex Rodriguez, have won 10 of 11 and lead the majors with a 17-4 record. Guillen, who entered the game hitting .175 with seven RBIs as Rodriguez's replacement at shortstop, gave Seattle a 6-5 lead in the sixth with an RBI single off Andy Pettitte (3-2). He also had a two-run single in a four-run second and tripled in the eighth to finish 3-for-4. TWINS 6, RED SOX 4,10 INNINGS BOSTON — Tori! Hunter hit a three-run double in the 10th-inning as surprising IVtlnnesota rallied past Boston. The Twins tied the game in the ninth on back-to-back doubles by Jacque Jones and A.J. Pierzynski against Rod Beck (0-1), then won for the sixth time in seven games. Minnesota leads the AL Central at 15-4 after posting the worst record in the league last year. ORIOLES 6, TIGERS 4 DETROIT — Cal Ripken hit first his first home run of the year to lead Baltimore. Ripken, rested Tuesday by manager Mike Hargrove for the second time in three games, hit a three-run homer in a five-run fifth off knucklaballer Steve Sparks (1-2). Ripken, who went 1-for- ROUNDUP 4, is batting Just .161 and entered with six RBIs in 52 at-bats. Ripken, 40, Increased his career RBIs total to 1,636, tying Ernie Banks for 19th place. BLUE JAYS 8, RANGERS 5 TORONTO — Brad Fullmer hit a three-run homer and added a go- ahead infield single in the eighth inning to lead Toronto. Fullmer homered in the first off Kenny Rogers (1-2), and put the Blue Jays ahead 6-5 in the eighth. Paul Quantrill (3-0) got one out for the win, and Billy Koch worked a hitless ninth for his sixth save in seven chances. ANGELS 3, INDIANS 1 CLEVELAND — Ismael Valdes got his first win since July and Benj'i Gil hit an RBI triple as Anaheim defeated Cleveland. Valdes (1-2), whose last win came July 23, 2000, with the Chicago Cubs, left after five innings with a blistered finger. He allowed one run and four hits. Four other Angels finished with Troy Percival getting three outs for his third save. WHITE SOX 2, A'S 1,11 INNINGS CHICAGO — Paul Konerko hit a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th inning as Chicago snapped a four- game losing streak. Konerko's homer, his fourth of the year, came off former White Sox reliever Chad Bradford (0-1). David Wells allowed just one run and five hits in nine innings, and Keith Fouike (1-2) gave up only two walks in two scoreless innings. Jose Valentin hit a solo homer in the first inning. Braves dump Astros By The Associated Press HOUSTON — Kevin Millwood got his first victory of the season before leaving with a sore left hip and Chipper Jones hit a three-run homer as the Atlanta Braves beat the Houston Astros 11-3 Wednesday night. Millwood (1-2), who had not won since Sept 22, allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1-3 innings. Scott Elarton (3-2) dropped to 0-4 against Atlanta, allowing four runs and seven hits in six innings. CARDINALS 5, EXPOS 2 ST. LOUIS — Albert Pujols had three RBIs for the third straight game, hitting a three-run homer off Britt Reames (2-1) for a 4-2 lead In the fourth. ROUNDUP Jim Edmonds was 3-for-3 for St. Louis with an RBI single in the first. Andy Benes (1-1 ) allowed two runs and four hits in five Innings. Gene Stechschulte got Michael Barrett to pop up with the bases loaded for the final out In the seventh and finished with one-hit relief for his first career save. BREWERS 7, METS 2 IVIILWAUKEE — Richie Sexson hit a two-run triple in a four-run seventh and Jimmy Haynes (2-2) allowed two runs, eight hits and four walks in six innings. David Weathers allowed one hit in three innings for his third save. Steve Trachsel (0-4) gave up three runs and eight hits in five innings. fend myself. For that, he gave me a technical," Allen said. "It's a guy's right to foul you, but when he slams you on the floor, it's another story" Magic coach Doc Rivers chastised his players after Game 1 for failing to retaliate when Bucks forward Scott Williams hammered McGrady on his way to the basket for a flagrant foul. "Doc came out with something about an eye for an eye," Bucks coach George Karl said. "But the truth is both our teams are fairly finesse oriented. But in the playoffs it is intense and physical." M c Grady got some help this time, and not just from his teammates standing up foir-him. Charles Outlaw scored 17 points, Mike Miller had 11 and Darrell Armstrong and Pat Garrity each added 10. McGrady, however, only attempted three free throws despite taking 31 shots. "How Tracy McGrady can shoot the ball 31 times and only go to the line three times is a farce," Rivers fumed. "I thought he got frustrated. He was getting hit on the arms, on the head. And they weren't calling it:" McGrady has gotten used to not getting the calls. "I've been going through that all season," he said. "To hell with it!" The Bucks' "Big Three" — Allen, Cassell and Glenn Robinson — combined for 67 points, 19 more than they accumulated in Game 1 Sunday night. The Bucks led 82-77 entering the fourth quarter and never lost the lead despite scoring just one point until Lindsey Hunter's 3-pointer over McGrady with 7:53 remaining made it 86-80. Jason Caffey scored a career playoff-high 13 points for Milwaukee, and Ervin Johnson, shut out on the offensive end, had 13 rebounds. . The Bucks, who outrebound- ed Orlando by 17 in Game 1, had a 53-41 edge on the glass Wednesday night, including 10 from a surprising player — Prather to play for Austin Peay State CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — Brown Mackie's Sean Prather, a 6-7, 215-pound forward who earned NJCAA Region 6 Division II honors, has signed a letter of intent to play at Austin Peay State. Prather averaged 18 points and nine rebounds as a sophomore at Brown Mackie, shooting 56 percent from the floor and 72 percent from the free- throw line, He was selected Brown Mackie's team most valuable player. "Sean is very athletic and runs the floor very well," AP- SU coach Dave Loos said. "I think he can help us inside and out. He has a very solid post game but is athletic enough to go out on the floor and play away from the basket. He goes to the boards very hard and has a good touch around the basket." T-Birds' Erkenbrack earns another honor Brett Erkenbrack, who guided Cloud County to the NJCAA Division I women's junior college national championship this past season, has been named Junior College Women's Coach Ryan / Kelly takes wait-n-see attitude FROM PAGE D1 It's a question that has crossed the mind of the skipper "Everything I've been hearing is that I should try to keep this under control," Kelly says. "That's my old school upbringing. But, you know what? The old school is out of school. At first I was hoping to kind of keep what we're doing a secret, but I said to myself the other day, 'Hell, let's ride this out and see what happens. Why worry about it?' " Guardado has been a Twin since 1995, and is therefore a certified Kellyologist. He says there is definitely a different Tom Kelly this year, the implication being that Kelly was going to hold this bunch to a different (read: higher) standard. "He gave a speech at the beginning of spring training that was the best I ever heard," says the little southpaw. "He talked about how he was not here to babysit, that we were a good team, and what we had to do was pick each other up. It was one of those speeches that gets to you in the heart. It was very exciting. It got the ball rolling for us." Kelly is a man who in the past has never minded assuming the role of Oscar the Grouch. Early in 1997 spring training, for example, he informed his players that if they planned on perfecting the style of baseball they had put on display in 1996, they had better plan on doing a lot of sitting, because "I'm just not gonna watch it." The average young player was terrified of him. Some people believed the man had grown crotchety and would be better off with a change of scenery What are we talking about now? Mr. Rogers? "I don't want to say he's laid- back," Guardado explains, "but this year in spring training he was more at ease, I guess. More patient. He was very encouraging to the younger players. More outgoing. He was having a little more fun." There was a reason. "There were a couple of games in spring training where I looked down at my uniform to make sure I had the right one on, we were playing so well," deadpans Kelly At the very least, the 2001 Twins are competitive. But how good are they? Before this series at Fenway all of their games were against Central Division squads. "We'll see what happens when we play Boston, New York, and Baltimore (the opposition in 12 of the 15 games, staring Tuesday night)," says Kelly "I'm going to reserve judgnient. Let's get through the next 10 or 12 days and I'll have a better feeL" Just check the box scores. If Mr Guardado is back to being Everyday Eddie again, they'll be the same old Minnesota Twins. COUNTY SPORTS Swimming ERKENBRACK of the Year by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. Erkenbrack was previously named Region 6 and NJCAA National Coach of the year For the KBCA honor, Erkenbrack will be presented a plaque at the association's awards reception Wednesday Aug. 1, at Washburn University in Topeka. Falcons sweep KCAC baseball honors LINDSBORG — The Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference has announced is baseball and Softball players of the week. Friends' Brian Ayers, a freshman second baseman, was named position player of the week after going 8-for-16 (.500), with three runs scored, three doubles, a triple and six RBI. Friends also sported the pitcher of the week in Brandon Woodyard. Woodyard, a senior from Owasso, threw the third no-hitter in school history in the Falcons' 4-0 victory over Sterling. Woodyard struck out five and did not allow a walk. In Softball, Saint Mary of Leavenworth players swept honors. Kim Hankins was named position player of the week after batting .389 with five runs scored and driving in eight runs. She had a game- winning, two-run triple against Sterling and had a slugging percentage of .667 for the week. Two complete-game conference shutouts earned the Spires' Jaime Hoffman conference pitcher of the week. Hoffman won three of her four decisions on the week and boasted an earned run average of 1.16. Babe Ruth draft slated for Saturday Salina Babe Ruth baseball will hold its initial draft and clinic Saturday at Matson Field beginning at 8 a.m. The clinic and draft are for boys ages 15-18 who are not playing high school baseball. Those interested must bring proof of age and gear and be ready to play Ex-Bills assistant hired by Ottawa OTTAWA — Ronnie Jones has been named the new head football coach at Ottawa University. Jones was special teams coordinator for the Buffalo Bills during the 1999-2000 season. And he worked from 1996 to 1999 as an assistant coach at the University of Texas-El Paso, including three years as defensive coordinator Jones also held assistant coaching positions in the NFL from 1987 until 1996, including the Philadelphia Eagles, Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Raiders, Houston Oilers, and as defensive coordinator for the Arizona Cardinals. Jones begins his new job immediately. Bluejays, Swedes tied at KCAC Tourney ANDOVER — The Tabor Bluejays are taking dead aim at Bethany's dominance in KCAC men's golf. The Bluejays are tied with the Swedes for first place after the first day of the conference tournament at Terradyne Country Club. The two teams finished the day with three players each in the top six and posted 27-hole scores of 447. Bethany entered the tournament seeking a seventh consecutive KCAC golf championship, which would tie the Swedes with Southwestern and Baker for the all-time conference record. Southwestern is third in the team race at 455 and Kansas Wesleyan is another six shots back at 461. Sam Hodson of Tabor leads a closely-grouped medalist race with a 27-hole score of even-par 107. Eight players are within five strokes of the lead. Mike Morgan of Bethany and Logan Marshischuk are tied for second at 109, while Ebin Waters of Tabor and Sven Delin and Cody Forrest of Betha,ny are tied for fourth at 110. From Staff and Wire Reports Season Tickets — T ^ 1 • PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL Now On Sale! Tickets are available only at the Salina Bicentennial center. You may renew in person or by phone 826^7469 or toU free 1-888-826-7469. Central finishes second behind Indians MANHATTAN — Salina Central won three events Wednesday atthe Manhattan Invitational swimming and diving quadrangular to finish second in the team race behind state powerhouse Manhattan. The Mustangs scored 317 points —122 behind Manhattan — to finish second and were followed by Salina South with 271 points and Junction City with 247. Central received a flrst-place performance in the 200-yard medley relay (2:04.48) behind the foursome of Amber Klug, Sarah Donley, Tori Smith and Danielle Boyer and also finished second in the 400 freestyle relay with a new state qualifying time (4:03.17). Donley, Boyer and Smith joined Emily Allred on the winning 200 freestyle relay team (1:51.12). Klug also won the 100 backstroke (1:06.82) and finished second in the 100 freestyle; Sarah Donley was second in the 50 freestyle; Katie Donley was runnerup in the 100 backstroke; Boyer placed third in the 200 individual medley and Smith was third in the 500 freestyle. Amanda Taylor of Salina South placed third in diving. "The two pools we seem to have our best times are at home and in Manhattan. That proved true today" Salina coach Keith Smith said. 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