The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 1, 2001 · Page 19
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Salina, Kansas
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Tuesday, May 1, 2001
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THE SAUNA JOURNAL SPOHTSI TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2001 D3 T PRO BASKETBALL Spurs eliminate T-Wolves COUNTY ROUNDUP Baseball Duncan, Robinson combine for 45 in San Antonio's victory By JOHN AKERS The Associated Press RBST ROUWD Monday's Game San Antonio 97, Minnesota 84 (Spurs win series 3-1) Today's Games Milwaul<ee at Orlando, 6 p.m. (Buci<s lead series 2-1) Utahi at Dallas, 8:30 p.m. (Jazz leads series 2-1) MINNEAPOLIS — Tim Duncan scored 24 points and David Robinson added 21 as the San Antonio Spurs wrapped up their first-round series against Minnesota with a 97-84 victory Monday night. The Spurs, 3-1 winners of the series, also knocked the Wolves out of the first round in 1999, before going on to win the NBA title. They will play the winner of the Dallas-Utah series. "It doesn't matter who we play," said Duncan, who also had 16 rebounds. "You can say that, and sometimes it does matter. This time, it really doesn't. If Dallas comes back, that could take a lot of them. Utah would be fine, too." The Wolves lost in the first round for the fifth time in as many seasons. Their 0-5 series record in the playoffs is the worst among all NBA franchises. Minnesota's Anthony Peeler and, Terrell Brandon, both scoreless in the first half, hit back-to-back 3-pointers with less than six minutes left as the Timberwolves rallied from a 10- point deficit to make it 75-73. The Spurs outscored . the Wolves 22-11 the rest of the way, including a pair of baskets by Robinson that pushed the Spurs' lead to 79-73. The Associated Press The Timberwolves' Reggie Slater wrestles the ball away from the Spurs' Malik Rose during the first quarter Monday in Minneapolis. San Antonio won the game 97-84. "There was a tough stretch where we got into a slump there," said Robinson, who had 14 rebounds. "Coming back down the floor, I felt pretty good so I put them up there. "Finishing out this game means so much to me. We've still got to get better." The Wolves' Wally Szczer- biak scored 20 points, giving him 38 over the last two games. He was held to IB points in the first two games of the series. Kevin Garnett added 19 points and 15 rebounds, and Brandon finished with 17. Robinson played the fourth period with four fouls. He picked up his fourth with 4:26 remaining in the third period, and the Spurs leading 63-57. They took a 71-63 lead into the fourth quarter, with the help of 3-pointers by Danny Ferry and Antonio Daniels. They both made four 3-pointers for the game. Ferry finished with 18 points and Daniels had 16 to make up for a poor shooting night by Duncan, who was 8- for-23. "It was either a swish or an airball, it seems," Ferry said. "We've ridden on Timmy's back all season, but when teams double-team him we have guys who can shoot the baU." The Timberwolves' guards missed their first 10 shots. Brandon and Peeler were a combined O-for-6 in the first half, which ended with the Spurs leading 44-43. Reserves scored 17 of 19 points for the Spurs during a stretch between the first and second periods, boosting their lead to 31-26. Malik Rose scored the Spurs' final seven points of the first period, which ended at 19-19. Reserves Daniels, Rose and Samaki Walker combined to score 21 of the Spurs' 44 points in the first half. Notes Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders became the first coach in NBA history to lose in the first round Ave seasons in a row. ... The Wolves lost Game 4 for the fourth season in a row. ... The Sputs have never been forced to Game 5 of a five-game series after winning the first two games. ... Peeler was 9-for- 41 in the Wolves' three losses. Ell-Saline splits with Beloit BELOIT — Jeff Hindman allowed five hits and hit a home run in leading Ell-Saline to a 5-3 victory over Beloit in a baseball doubleheader Monday. Beloit won the opener 8-2. Hindman hit a solo homer in the third inning of the second game to give Ell-Saline a 1-0 lead. The Cardinals had 10 hits in the game. Beloit broke a 2-2 tie with four runs in the bottom of the third of the first game. Matt Taylor took the loss for Ell-Saline. The Cardinals (8-9) play at Lincoln Thursday. BRIEFLY Cagerz's Webber to join touring team The Kansas Cagerz will be without Sedric Webber for their two games in Florida this week. Webber, who scored 29 points and grabbed six rebounds Sunday night in the Cagerz's 93-90 win over Dodge City, is heading to China to join WEBBER a touring basketball team for a week. Cagerz's head coach Francis Flax said the United States Basketball League allows its players one such trip per season for a maximum of seven days without pay "If (Webber) feels he'll be spotted by someone in China, I'm all for it," Flax said. "But I feel the two places you ought to play if you want to be noticed are Florida and New York." Flax said Webber's starting spot will be taken by either Gary Johnson or Cortez Barnes. The Cagerz play the Lakeland Blue Ducks on Wednesday and the Florida Sea Dragons on Friday. Flax said he expects Webber to return for the Cagerz's home opener May 11. Applications ready for Four-Ball tourney Applications for the annual Saline County Four-Ball golf • COLLEGE BASKETBALL tournament applications are available at Salina's three pro shops, starting today. The tournament will be played June 1-3 at the Salina Country Club the first day, the Municipal Golf Course the second and the Elks Country Club the third day The tournament is limited to the first 96 qualified two-man teams. Lions Stop Hesston at Region 6 tourney Dominic Garza and Clay Delaney had three hits apiece as Brown Mackie outslugged Hesston 13-10 Monday in the first game of the NJCAA Region 6 Division II baseball tournament at Evans Stadium. Brown Mackie (11-29) leads the best-of-five series 1-0. Monday's second game was suspended by rain and lightning in the third inning with Brown Mackie leading 2-0. Games two and three will be played Wednesday at Hesston, starting at 5 p.m. The second game will be resumed Thursday, if necessary The winner advances to the district tournament in Phoenix next month. "The Lions broke a 10-10 tie in the bottom of the fifth with three runs. Scott White (3-2) was the winning pitcher. Casey Funk led Hesston (722) with three hits, including two home runs. From Staff Reports Trojans / Nightcap called in second FROM PAGE D1 by Adam Ptacek and Kerry Kolzow opened Southeast's three- run sixth, which included an RBI single from Hartman and Andy Pavkov's sacrifice fly to make it 10-6. "We really only had one bad inning and if we don't have that kind of lapse, it is a whole different ball game," Sacred Heart coach Roger Mick said. "They send up one quality hitter after the other and we struggled to make good pitches. On the positive side, our infield did some good things and turned two or three nice double plays." Southeast sent 12 men to the plate in the first inning, then another 16 in the second. The Split / Prickett wins game two for Knights FROM PAGE D1 Missouri signs juco center By The Associated Press COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Tigers added size Monday with the signing of junior college center Uche Okafor (pronounced ooh- CHAY' OAK'-uh- four) to a national letter of intent. Okafor, a native of Nigeria, is 6-11, 245 pounds, and played the past two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho. He averaged 9.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game last season in leading the Golden Eagles to a 29-4 record. Southern Idaho was ranked fourth in the final National Junior College Athletic Association poll. Okafor was named the nation's top junior college center earlier this year by He chose Missouri over Illinois, North Carolina State, North Carolina, Connecticut and Memphis. Coach Quin Snyder said Okafor has progressed steadily despite playing basketball for only four years. "He is athletic and mobile, and is a proficient shot-blocker who has the ability to impact a game in a number of ways," Snyder said. Okafor joins a recruiting class that some experts had already ranked among the 10 best in the nation. with aggressive base running, but were thrown out at the plate by Knights first baseman Sarah Weese to end both the fourth and fifth innings. "That was huge," Fritz said. "That's heads-up ball on Sarah's part. "Both teams are aggressive, and we're going to make mistakes. We're a lot alike in that we're both aggressive and we both have pretty good pitching." Karly Prickett (1-0) relieved Wittman in the sixth for Sacred Heart and allowed just two base runners over the last two innings to pick up the victory Charly Bloom, who tossed a three-hitter to win the opener, pitched the last six innings of the second game as well for Southeast. "For us, I saw a lot more positives," said Southeast coach Mike Garretson, whose Trojans are now 10-4, with all four losses coming by one run. "Charly was outstanding. She really pitched well." Golf Knights win Claflin invitational CLAFLIN — Andy Roemer shot a 2-over-par 74 to win medal­ ist honors and lead Sacred Heart to the championship of the Claflin Invitational golf tournament Monday The Knights won the event with a team total of 314 strokes, eight better than Wichita Trinity's 322. Hoisington was third with 344. Travis Lodette of Kinsley finished second with a 76. Sacred Heart had two other golfer in the top 10 — Mikeal Knipp placed third with a 76 and Ryan Hellmer eighth with an 82 and Ross Stottman 10th with an 82. Central fourth, South fifth at Great Bend GREAT BEND — The Salina Central and Salina South golf teams finished in the middle of the pack Monday at the Great Bend Invitational at Golden Belt Golf Course. Central finished fourth in the team standings with a score of 326, five strokes ahead of South in fifth place. South's Matt McGinley led all Salina individuals, shooting a round of 4-over-par 75 to place third in the medalist standings. . The individual champion was Buhler's Jesse Schulte with a 3- under 68. McGinley was followed by Central's Lee Post, who tied for fourth with a 76. South's Craig Tingen came in with an 81, while Central's Braxton Rogan had an 82. Hays finished second and had two players in the top 10 with Matt Jacobs tied for fourth and Andy Outright placing eighth. Track 1 Cougars outdistance Hays at own meet Salina South's boys won eight events Monday night in their own South Relays to claim the team title by seven points over Hays. The Cougars scored 78.5 points, while Hays had 71.5. Manhattan was third with 43 and Salina Central fourth with 40. In the girls' division, Manhattan easily won the team title with 83 points — 30 more than runnpr- up Salina Central (53 points) — while Salina South was third with 51 points. Each of the 17 events — 10 running and seven in the field — were contested in a relay format. "We were able to put kids in different events to see what they could do at odd distances," South coach Jay Edwards said. "It's nice to have a low-key meet like this before we get to the Central Invitational and the championship phase of the season." The Salina schools will be competing in the Central Invita- "They send up one quality hitter after the other, and we struggled to make good pitches." Roger Mici< Sacred Heart baseball coach bottom three hitters in the order — Pavkov, Chad Leister and Daniel Carr — were a combined 7 for 7 with a walk and seven runs scored. Both teams are at home today, as Wichita Trinity meets Sacred Heart at Matson Field and Abilene plays at Southeast. tional at Salina Stadium on Friday In the first game. Sacred Heart struck first with three second-inning runs, but Southeast answered with seven in the top of the third on three hits and five Knights errors. Laura Reed had an RBI single in the inning and added a home run in the gap to right center in the fourth. • MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL Fast starts often lead to playoffs By JOSH DUBOW The Associated Press It's early to start planning for that Cubs-Twins World Series, but some of baseball's surprising starts this season might mean something. April success has translated very well to October baseball recently, with 15 of the past 18 teams that have held a share of first place entering May, making the playoffs. That's good news for AL East co-leaders Boston and Toronto, as well as the other division leaders: Minnesota, Seattle, Philadelphia, Los Angeles and the Chicago Cubs. But they aren't buying into the history yet. "A good start means nothing without a good finish," said Corey Koskie, one of the keys to the Twins' surprising start. It's been a wild opening month in the majors. Three last-place teams from 2000 — the Twins, Phillies and Cubs — are in first place, while none of last year's NL division winners — Atlanta, St. Louis and San Francisco — are playing above .500. "We started the season very well and we're in first place right now, so we don't have any corrolaints," Philadelphia's Bobby Abreu said. "We just have to keep pushing." It's even worse for the NL champion Mats, as well as Oakland and the White Sox — the two teams with the best records in the AL last season. All three of those teams enter May in last place. m Season Tickets Now On Sale! PKOFBSSIOHAL BASKETBULL 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. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society^" Fighting Blood-Related Cancers and our Presenting Sponsors J.C.'s Bar & Grill and Alltel Cordially Invite You to Play in l^he Eleventh Jinnual Jonathan Gary Cossette, Jr. Jiemorial Qolf tournament Friday, May 11, 2001 Salina Elks Lodge &: Country Club Call: 1-316-667-2222 A.M. & P.M. Flights Available

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