The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 2, 2001 · Page 27
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THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS WEDNESDAY, MAY 2, 2001 D5 Pollard gets it done for Kings PHOENIX — I don't want to say it gets easy at this time of year to stare straight at the car without once noticing the engine, but the Sacramento's Scot Pollard could be the MVP of the Kings/Sims series at ^ this point. MARK KREIDLER Sacramento Bee -# Or, to quote Jason Kidd, "He's the MVP of the series at this point." Right. Or could be. Hey, we got us a debate £*out Scot Pollard! Good thing nobody's paying attention. Kidd could have been joking about Pollard, except for the fact that he wasn't. Coming off the court after - seeing his Phoenix Suns punt j that 17-point lead on Sunday, Kidd surveyed the damage, gave due respect to Sacramento's other key players, lamented his own team's shortcomings and then turned to the subject of the backup big man with the triple topknot. "He has destroyed us," Kidd said. It's funny strange, not funny ha-ha. The game-changing player doesn't usually log only 17 minutes, as Pollard did in Sacramento's Game 3 victory The guy the other team calls MVP doesn't usually i< wind up with modest totals * like 10 points and four re,., bounds, which is what you'd ' find next to Pollard's name if you went back to the box score. But when Kings coach Rick Adehnan defends^^his team's style by noting that it has done "the dirty work" required to win tough games all year, who's he talking about? Doug Christie, one. Pollard, two. Everybody else is pretty much tied for third. Scot Pollard is a working testament to the concept that, even in the NBA, the fundamentals stiU apply The man ought to-be Exhibit A, or at least A-minus, every time a coach finds himself trying to explain to a kid that he can win his team a game without once bouncing a pass off his elbow or sailing from the key for a three-toed dunk. "I'm just doing my thing out there," said Pollard. "I run hard, attack the offensive boards, stay with it. I think we won some of the hustle plays (Sunday), and that's the way we play" You might think a workmanlike player such as Pollard would find himself out of place on a team with a disco reputation like the Kings. And, quite obviously you'd be dead wrong. In a season in which depth and strategic substitutions have mattered more to Adehnan than perhaps any coach in the league. Pollard has become a go-to guy in the most bizarre way - When Sacramento needs help, it goes to Pollard. Energy? PoUard. Defense? Physi- cality? A couple of hard fouls, just to send the old message? The same guy When Sunday's contest was on the verge of being out of control, the Kings down 36-19 after a stinkathon of a first quarter, Adelman brought Pollard into the game and waited for the good news. Pollard was everywhere in the second period, including the middle of the comeback. He scored eight of his points then, four of them on tip-ins. He pulled down three rebounds at the offensive end, and could it possibly have been only three? Every time the Phoenix players looked up, they saw Pollard either tipping a ball, grabbing a baU or blocking their path to the ball. "This guy was attacking the boards like a Tasmanian devil," said Suns guard Mario Elie. "That was the difference in the game. He kept the Sacramento Kings in the game just with his hustle." And, shoot, hustle isn't even a stat. But by the time the second quarter had ended, the Kings were all the way back — had played their way back into a game that could have gone blastmg away from them. That was the dirty work, the second quarter. It's amazing how many people look at Pollard and miss the story entirely They fall for the hairstyle angle or the . fashion sense or the vintage- car collection, and PoUard makes it easy for them because he is quick and funny and sarcastic, a good quote. (Someone asked PoUard how the team reacted in the huddle after falling so far behind in the first quarter Sunday. "We just gave up," he immediately replied In mock seriousness. "We thought the game was over. We just said the heU with it.") Here's a weird paraUel: At the height of Dennis Rodman's career, a lot of basket- baU fans looked at Rodman as a clown in short pants, some sort of carnival-sideshow freakazoid who fell bass-ack- wards into aU those rebounds for the Chicago BuUs. What they didn't know — what some of them stiU don't know — is that, when he wasn't wearing garter belts, Rodman was a scrupiolous observer of the shooting tendencies of his teammates and his opponents. He had a working knowledge of where their shots tended to come off the basket when they missed. He was a great rebounder because he did a superior job of figuring out where to be on the court in that key moment. In short, he worked harder than the guy playing next to him. PoUard is no Dennis Rodman, except in the good way Of course, they don't usuaUy confer MVP designations based upon hustle. Maybe Jason Kidd is on to something. Maybe they should. T PRO BASKETBALL COUNTY PREP ROUNDUP Phetteplace shines as Knights split ! Jeremy Phetteplace had a dreani,day but the Sacred Heart Knights could salvage only a split in their baseball doubleheader Tuesday against Wichita Trinity at Matson Field. Phetteplace was 7 for 7 with 10 RBIs in the two games. Sacred Heart won the opener 19-3 in three innings, but lost the second game 14-11. The Knights (3-1 Cottonwood VaUey League, 10-3 overall) scored 12 runs on seven hits, four " walks and two hit batsmen in the first inning of the opener. i Phetteplace was 3 for 3, including a home run, and five RBIs. Justin Walters, Nick Sheahon, Jeff Jaquay and Brian Bechard had two hits each. Chris Neihouse was the winning pitcher. Trinity (3-3, 9-5) scored seven unearned runs in the second inning and two more in the third of the nightcap. The Knights had six errors in the game. Phetteplace was 4 for 4 with a homer and five more RBIs. Walters, Sheahon and Jaquay had two hits each. Walters relieved starter Adam Dechant in the second inning and retired 12 of final 14 batters he faced. Red-hot Trojans sweep Abilene ; GYPSUM — Southeast of Saline pounded out 26 hits and plated 28 runs Tuesday afternoon as the Trojans swept a doubleheader from the Abilene Cowboys. The Trojans, who had 13 hits in each contest, got a five-hit pitching performance from Justin Hartman in the opener as they rolled 13-3. Dan Carr earned the victory in the second game as SE-Saline won 15-5. "We are hitting the baU well right now," said Southeast coach Dee Kolzow, whose team improved to 14-3 on the season. "We jumped up and scored seven runs in the first inning and then four in the first inning of the second game that got us going." 1 Kerry Kolzow led the Trojans' hitting attack in the first game iwith a pair of doubles, a triple and a home run while Andy Pavkov had two doubles and Adam Ptacek pitched in a home run. Brad Brack, Jordan Dupes and Justin Hartman had doubles in the second game for the Trojans while Casey Noonan and Chad Leister each hit home runs. her second goal just four minutes later to tie the game. Just seconds before the final whistle blew, Martina Gonzales slid a pass to Megan Garlow for the game winner. "They set up to kick off and it was just like 10 seconds before the game was over, it was that close," said Central coach Brian Berner. "The thing I was most impressed with was that the girls didn't rush. They kept things in perspective." The Mustangs, now 6-6 on the season, return to action Thursday when they play at Junction City in a 3 p.m. contest. Soccer South blisters Junction City, 9-3 Salina South's Vanessa Piske scored on an assist from Katy Lorson in the first minute of the game, and the Cougars were never chaUenged after that, roUing to a 9-3 victory over Junction City on Tuesday at Bill Burke Park. With the victory, the Cougars improve to 7-5-1 overaU and 1-2 in the 1-70 League. "We did a good job of working the baU down the field, got some good shots and put them away," South coach J.C. Walsh said. The Cougars, who led 6-1 at halftime, dominated the action for the majority of the game, outshooting the Blue Jays 34-5. Lorson led the Cougars with three goals. She now has nine on the season. Katy Conway chipped in with two goals to increase her total to 11. South returns to action at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Topeka West. The Chargers are the No. 1-ranked team in Class 5A. Allen, Bucks not stopping here Milwaukee guard scores 26 as team eliminates Orlando By MIKE BRANOM The Associated Press ORLANDO, Fla. — The Milwaukee Bucks won't give themselves much time to enjoy their _—^ first NBA never chaUenge Clay Center takes two from SE-Saline CLAY CENTER — Clay Center got a pair of strong pitching performances Tuesday afternoon as the Tigers swept a doubleheader from Southeast of Saline. The Tigers got a two-hit pitching performance from Kari Shannon in the opener as they beat Southeast 11-1. Melissa Lohmeyer did her one better in the nightcap throwing seven innings of one-hit ball as the Tigers earned a 5-0 shutout victory "Clay Center was on their game," said Southeast coach Mike Garretson. "Their pitchers were tough, and we didn't do very much offensively Defensively, we had a real bad first inning and they hit the baU hard aU day long. They were reaUy solid and stuck it to us." The Trojans, now 10-6 on the season, return to action Friday when they travel to RusseU. Errors hinder Mustangs'effort, again McPHERSON — The Salina Central Mustangs got bit by unearned runs once again Tuesday afternoon as they were swept by McPherson. Curry Brown gave up just one hit in the opener, but the only hit she gave up was followed by the Mustangs' only error of the game as McPherson scored a 1-0 victory. The Mustangs then committed five errors in the second game, leading to five unearned runs and a 5-1 BuUpup victory " W6 continue to be our own worst enemy," said Central coach Jim LoVuIIo. "We do some nice things. We got one-hit pitching by Brown and a 3-for-6 performance by Morgan (LoVuUo), but we just have inopportune mistakes." The Mustangs (4-11) stranded nine runners in the first game and twice had runners standing on second and third with less than two out$, but didn't score either time. The BuUpups jumped in front with three runs in the first inning of the second game, which proved to be all they needed. LoVuUo had two hits in the second game to lead the Mustangs' attack while Taylor Gorjiyan had two hits, including a double, to lead the attack in the opener Swimming Mustangs drop Great Bend in final minute GREAT BEND — The Salina Central soccer team scored three goals in the final six minutes Tuesday afternoon to erase a two- goal deficit and knock off Great Bend 5-4. The game was played in windy weather and the Panthers used the wind to their advantage in the first half to buUd a 3-1 lead with a pair of goals by Regina Zink and one by Breanne Riggs. ; The Mustangs, who got the wind.advantage in the second half, tiirned the tables quickly when they scored just two minutes into the second half on a goal by Soni Rosales. Riggs, however, answered with her second goal just eight minutes later pushing the Panthers to a 4-2 lead which is the way it stayed untU the Mustangs closed with their flurry Alison Radke got things started for the Mustangs with a goal in the 74th minute, cutting the deficit to one, and Rosales added Q&A fLAYOPPS nB8T BOUND Tuesday's Scores Milwaukee 112 Orlando 104 (Bucks win series, 3-1) Dallas 107, Utah 77 (series tied 2-2) Today's Games New York at Toronto, 7 p.m. (Knioks lead series, 2-1) Philadelpliia at Indiana, 8 p.m. (76ers lead series, 2-1) Sacramento at Phoenix, 9:30 p.m. (Kings lead series, 21) playoff series victory in 12 years. Ray Allen scored 26 points and Sam Cas- seU had 14 of his 25 points in the third quarter as the Bucks defeated Orlando 112-104 Tuesday night to win their first-round series 3-1. "We have a day, maybe, to celebrate, but we're hoping to make this a beginning, not a celebration," Milwaukee coach George Karl said. The Bucks, who hadn't won an NBA playoff series since 1989, advanced to face Charlotte in the Eastern Conference semifinals. The Hornets swept favored Miami in the first round. The Magic were led by 25 points from Tracy McGrady, who set an NBA playoff record for a four-game series with 123 field-goal attempts. Rookie guard Mike MiUer broke out of his shooting slump to score 22 points. MUwaukee, the league's second-highest scoring team in the regular season, entered Game 4 shooting only 41 percent from the field. But the Bucks scored 75 points in the second and third quarters behind 56.1 percent shooting (23-for-41) to take control. "We are not a fast, athletic, speed team, but we are a fast- shooting team and that's how we like to play," Karl said. "It's been a lesson on my part, learning to accept some of the crazy shots we take, but that's what we do weU." The Bucks took the lead for good in the third quarter behind CasseU's two 3-pointers, which started and ended a 10-2 run to open the second half, giving Milwaukee a 67-63 advantage. CasseU later had six straight points, beating Darrell Armstrong, as the Bucks went ahead 82-75 after the Magic rallied to take a two-point lead. Keeping the Magic from disaster during the Bucks' outburst was, as usual, McGrady, who averaged 33.8 points in the series. He had 13 points in the quarter, including five straight on a three-point play and a The Associated Press Bucks forward Glenn Robinson shoots Over the outstretched arm of the Magic's Tracy McGrady during the first half Tuesday in Orlando. jumper to cut Orlando's deficit to 90-87 with 2:38 left. "He's a talented player, and. we don't have a mechanism to' disrupt him like maybe some of; the other teams do," Karl said. But Milwaukee ended the period with a 7-0 run for a 97-87 advantage, and Orlando never got closer than seven points in the fourth quarter. McGrady blamed fatigue for his fade down the stretch. He missed aU four of his shots in the final quarter. "I came to the sideline after, the first timeout and my legs' were just gone, shot," McGrady said. "I felt like I was running in cement. I knew it was going to be a long night for me." Mavericks 107, Jazz 77 DALLAS — Dirk Nowitzki scored 16 of his 33 points in the, third quarter, and Steve Nash had 27 points as DaUas routed Utah to force a decisive fifth, game in their first-round series. The series finale will be Thursday night in Salt Lake City The winner takes on San Antonio in the second round, starting Saturday The Mavericks head West on quite a roll as their Big Three of Nowitzki, Nash and Michael Finley who had 20 points and 13 rebounds, are finally clicking. The magic began in the second quarter, when Nash and Nowitzki combined for 22 of Dallas' 28 points as Dallas turned a 10-point deficit into a 45-42 halftime lead. Then came the Mavericks' best quarter of the season. With the trio scoring from inside and long-range — the game turned into a rout. A 24-6 run that carried into the fourth quarter ended any doubt. Jazz coach Jerry Sloan gave Karl Malone, who scored 25 points, and John Stockton most of the last period off. Donley helps Mustangs to first place Sarah Donley won two events and swam a leg on a winning relay team in helping Salina Central's girls swimming team win a quadrangular Tuesday at the Salina South pool. Donley won the 100 fly (1 minute, 5.06 seconds), 200 individual medley (2:24.28) and was a member of the winning 400 free relay team (4:11.07). Her time in the 100 fly broke her own school record. Her sister, Katie, won the 100 back (1:08.69) and swam a leg on the winning 200 free relay (1:51.18). Tori Smith captured the 500 free (6:22.28) for Central. The Mustangs set freshman school records in the 200 free relay and 200 medley relay (2:10.10). Central had 429 points in easUy outdistancing runner-up Andover, which had 330 points. Junction City took third with 268 points and Dodge City fourth with 173. Salina South was led by Amanda Nay lor and Lauri Harding en route to a second-place finish in its quad. Naylor won the diving title (187.75 points) and Harding the 500 free (6:34.67) The Cougars had 344 points. Andover won with 362 points. Junction City was third with 298 and Dodge City fourth with 185. South ^nd Central wiU compete in the 1-70 League meet Friday at Manhattan. Hey A6ifi «»»5 Season Tickets Now On Sale! PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL 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. 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