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18 GREELEY (Colo.) TRIBUNE Sat.. June 4,1977 Portland heads home with 3-2 advantage By RALPH BERNSTEIN ' AP Sports Writer PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Bob Gross scored 25 points and led a 2frS third-period Portland blitz as the Trail Blazers beat the Philadelphia 76ers 110-1W Friday night to pull within one victory of the National Basketball Association championship. The triumph gave Portland a 3-2 lead in the NBA's best- of seven final playoff series with Game Six scheduled for Portland at 3 p.m., EOT, Sunday. It wasn't as easy as the two blowouts the Blazers won over Philadelphia in Portland last Sunday and Tuesday. Although the Blazers built a 22-point lead at 91-69 late in the third period, the 76ers--led by substitute Joe Bryant- rallied to reduce the deficit to five points with 3:23 left in the game. Then, Maurice Lucas, who scored 20 points, broke the hearts of a sellout crowd of 18,276 at the Spectrum with a jump shot and a feed to Lionel Hollins that produced another field goal and an insurmountable nine-point lead with 1:53 to go. Portland's 6-foot-ll center Bill Walton scored only 14 points, but it was his rebounding and devastating feeds in the first three periods that triggered the Blazers to their third consecutive victory in the series. The Blazers can win their first NBA title with a victory Sunday. And if they do, they will be only the second team in NBA history ever to lose the first two games of the championship series and come back to take the title. Julius "Dr. J" Erving led the losers with 37 points and along with Bryant was the spearhead of Philadelphia's fourth-period rally. Doug Collins scored 23 and playmate Henry Bibby 16. Gross and Dave Twardzik paced the Blazers to a 22-15 first- period lead, Gross collecting eight points and Twardzik five. Both teams were tight and the game developed into a bruising defensive struggle through the first half. In the second period, with Lucas scoring 11 points, the Blazers built an 11-point margin. But the 76ers took advantage of a series of Portland personal fouls to reduce the lead to five at 34-29. The Blazers got their lead back to six points, but a three-point play by Erving and a field goal by Collins reduced it to 43-41. A basket at the buzzer by Lucas gave Portland a 4H1 advantage at the half. In the third period, Portland led 53-M when the 76ers erupted for eight straight points to come within one point with 8:03 remaining. George McGinnis, Philadelphia's sleeping giant to this series, awakened briefly for three quick baskets in the Philadelphia spurt. On his last field goal, McGinnis had a chance to complete a three-point play with a free throw that would have tied the game. But the shot hit the rim and bounced away. Tribune Sports pages DETERMINED REBOUNDING -- Portland Trail Blazers' Bill Walton and 76ers' Caldwell Jones wrestle for rebound under Sixers' basket Friday night during National BasketbaD Association playoff game in Philadelphia. Referee called for a foul when Jones came over Walton's back. (AP Wirephoto) Downtowners open legion A season with 5-2 victory Strange triple play helps Orioles edge CHERRY CREEK - The Greeley Downtowners Legion A baseball team followed the pitching of Dan Stoffler and Stan Reifschneider, along with a defense that turned four double plays and didn't make an error, to a season-opening 52 win over Cherry Creek here Friday afternoon. Stoffler and Reifschneider scattered seven hits and were backed up by a defense that shut off every Cherry Creek rally. The Downtowners also produced key hits at key times to take a 1-0 record into its home opener, a 1 and 3 pjn. Sunday doubleheader at Butch Butler Field. "We did make some mistakes on defense, but I'm st;'.! pleased," said head coach Mike Stoffler. "Out hitting still isn't there, but what can you expect with only eight or nine days of practice?" The Greeley Legion A team got a pair of runs in the first inning to give Stoffler an early lead. Two walks and a fielder's choice set the stage for a two- run single by Bert Dieck. The Downtowners made it 4-0 with a pair of solo home runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third, Ron Kern stroked a two-out, two-strike pitch over the left centerfield fence. And with two outs in the fourth, Jim Jorgensen homered in almost exactly the same spot. It looked like Cherry Creek might come back with its home runs in the fourth, but the alert Greeley defense ended what could have been a big inning. Ron Kahn and Bill Hanson stroked consecutive homers to slice the margin to 4-2, and Cherry Creek later loaded the bases with only one out. But Greeley third baseman Dave Villa started a double play which got Stoffler out of the jam. The Downtowners turned double plays to end Cherry Creek rallies in the third, fourth, fifth and eighth innings. Stan Reifschneider relieved Stoffler in the fifth and pitched five shutouts innings. Greeley added an insurance run in the eighth inning as University High's Bobby Rusch delivered a two-out double scoring Phil Cotner, who had walked. The Cherry Creek Legion A club was made up of Cherry Creek High School players which won the Centennial League and participated in the Class AAA State Tournament. Following Sunday's home opener, the Downtowners travel to Cheyenne for a 7:30 p.m. game Tuesday, Downtowner* (H AB R H Bl K«n,2b - 2 Cunningham, Ib l 0. Villa, 3b 4 Dieck, rf 3 Reifschneider, lb-p j KANSAS CITY (AP) -- A stopped at 22 1-3 innings. The 9-5 decision over the New York^ freakish triple play, with Balti- Indians went on to beat the Yankees Friday night. more shorlstop Mark Belanger Seattle Mariners 7-1 Friday Texas 15, Milwaukee 8 getting two putouts, short-cir- night. cuited a Kansas City ninth-inning rally and allowed the Ori- White SOX win again ota fto escape with a 7-6 victory " nvpr thP Rnvak Frirtav nighf over the Royals Friday mght. ARLINGTON Tex (AP) ARLINGTON, Tex. (AP) - ° er Campanens and Juan ,,..,,,,,,.. .... _ Bcmquez drove m three, runs CHICAGO (AP) - Alan Ban- apiece as the Texas Rangers njster and Jim ^.^ de[eated fte Al Cowens opened the Kansas , , . - ,, ., . , City ninth with a double. Pinch-. TM TM S each , m , a seve TM e " lD ' 8 Friday m ^~ A hitter Dave Nelson walked and ^ ' m TM? """4TM" the . C TMP a " e " s TMntnbuted two ^""ngCh.cago \VhUe Sox to doubles and a smgle and Ben- their fourth straight victory, a iquez slammed a double and a 'in 9th Royals single as the Rangers shelled' four Brewer pitchers for 18 hits. Twins down Boston Pirates edge closer to first-place Cubs Stoffter.p P.Cotner.lb Ruach.cf Knickerbocker, If Totals Cherry Crtek(I) Arton, lib Kahn,3b Hanson, ss Booth, Ib Gritfln, Ib Howenton.lf Davits, If Degenrtaro, cl Bloogett, cf VanGytener, rf Peterson, rt Cortei,c Schnlttcer, p Burton, p Tot J It Downtownwi 701 in Cherry Crttk 000 300 DP -- Downtowner* 4 R e i f s c h n e i d e r ; v i l l a - 1 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 i B R H B l 0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3 0 1 0 30 1 7 J 010-J 7 0 WO-J 7 0 Villa-Kern- PITTSBURGH (AP) - Jim Hooker pitched a five-hitter and Dave Parker drove in two runs to lead the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 5-0 victory over the Chicago Cubs Friday night. The triumph moved the Pirates within a half-game of the first-place Cubs in the National League East.; Reds 4 , Astros 0 CINCINNATI (AP) - Fred Norman pitched a two-hitter and Johnny Bench lashed a two-run homer as the Cincinnati Reds whipped the Houston Astros 4-0 Friday night. Rogers fires 1-hitter MONTREAL (AP) - Right- hander Steve Rogers pitched the second one-hit shutout of his major league career as the Montreal Expos snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals Friday night. Phillies edge Mets NEW YORK (AP) - Jim Lontwrg and Ron Reed combined to pitch a five-hitter as the' Philadelphia Phillies defeated New York 1-0 Friday night and snapped the Mets' three-game winning streak under new Manager Joe Torre. Braves win pair ATLANTA (AP) - Willie Montanez and Gary Matthews each belted two-run homers and led the Atlanta Braves to a 5-3 victory over the San Francisco Giants in the opener of a doubleheader Friday night. Padres \, Dodgers 0 LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Dave Winfield belted an nth-inning home run to give the San Diego Padres a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers Friday night, as four Padre pitchers combined on a two-hitter. Iowa wins 6th straight DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -A two-run triple by Steve Staggs helped Iowa to a six-run third inning as the Oaks defeated Denver 10-5 Friday night in American Association baseball. It was Iowa's sixth straight victory over the Bears. Jim Otten, who got the save in relief of winner Dave Frost, hit a two-run homer in the seventh. Bob Rcece homered for one of Denver's runs. Mondrigon.Colngr. 2B .-- Husch, Dfgennaro. HR -- Kern, third with none on: Jorgensen, fourth with none on; Kah«i, fourth with none on; Hanson, fourth with none on. SB - Mondragon. Kern, Rinch, Knickerbocker. Stoffler (W) so.1, bb-2, Reifschneider (5) so-3, bb-3; Jorgenien. Lauer (8). Schnlttcer (LI so-3, bbJ. Burton (5) so- fl, bb-«; and Cort«. Fred Patek singled, loading the , . Pinch-hitter John Wathan then lofted a fly to right fielder Pat . Kelly, with one run scoring. But, on the relay in, Patek was caught off first base. Shortstop Mark Belanger threw to second baseman Billy Smith, who threw back to Belanger. Belanger tagged out Patek and then saw Nelson breaking for the plate. Belanger raced in and caught Nelson three feet short of home for the third out Oakland 3, Toronto 2 OAKLAND (AP) - Dick Allen delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly in the ninth inning Friday night to give the Oakland A's a 3-2 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ecftersfey fires I-nitrer SEATTLE (AP) - Cleveland's Dennis Eckersley gave up one hit-- Ruppert Jones' home run with two out in the sixth-- as his hitless streak was BLOOMINGTON.Minn. (AP) -- Rod Carew tripled twice and singled and Dan Ford belted a two-run homer to back the strong pitching of Dave Goltz and help the Minnesota Twins beat the Boston Red Sox 6-2 Friday night. Turner's suspension reinstitufed NEW YOHK (AP) - Ted Turner's one-year suspension as active owner of the Atlanta Braves was officially reinsti- luted Friday by baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn. . ' The effective date of the resumed suspension is May 19, the date a federal judge upheld Kuhn's power. Kuhn suspended Turner for a year on Jan. 18 after the controversial, high- spirited club owner made remarks at a cocktail party that he would outbid anyone for free agent outfielder Gary Matthews, formerly of the San Francisco Giants. Matthews eventually did sign with the Braves. Kuhn ruled that Turner's comments constituted tampering. The commissioner also took away the Braves' first- round .choice in the baseball draft. Turner filed suit March 8 and, on May 19, U.S. District Judge Newell Edenfield ruled in Atlanta that Kuhn had the power to suspend Turner but did not have the authority to take away the draft choice. Friday's action, a spokesman for the commissioner said, "merely confirms that the suspension has been placed back into effect." It now ends March 23, 1978. The suspension was not in effect between March 1.6, when Kuhn lifted it pending outcome of the hearing, and May 19, when Edenfield made his ruling. the standings By Thi Asioclated Prm AMERICAN LEAGUE Eatt Bait NYork Boston Milwwkee 25 36 Cleve Detroit - 37 ?0 37 !3 33 33 Toronto Minn Chicago Texas Calif Oakland K.C. Seattl 13 30 Wett 31 18 .633' !S 19 .596 2 35 It 33 J11 .511 .510 Kiwnis defeats Cowan, 9-0, for 4th straight legion win ?! It .471 31 33 J89 Frldiy'i Gamei Chicofro 9, New York 5 Minnesota 4, Boston 2 Baltimore 7, Kan MS City Texas 15, Milwaukee 8 Cleveland 7, Seattle 1 Oakland 3, Toronto 2 Only games scheduled Chicago PittS S LOUiS Phila Montreal H York SFran Houston Atlanta NATIONAL LEAGUE Eilt ' W L. Pel. GB 29 17 .630 28 17 .622 '/) 28 20 .583 2 3i 30 JW 3 19 2fl .XW 10V, 18 30 .375 II We»t 34 14 .680 -34 M .500 9 35 39 .443 11 31 29 .410 13 31 29 .420 13 19 33 .345 16 Frldiy'i Games Atlanta 5-8, San Francisco 3-7 Montreal 3, St. Louis 0 Philadelphia 1, New York 0 Pittsburgh 5, Chicago 0 Cincinnati 4, Houston 0 San Diego l, LOI Angeles o, 11 innings The three-hit shutout pitching ' of Gilbert DelaRosa led the Greeley Kiwanis Legion B baseball team to its fourth straight win of the year by 9-0 over Greeley Cowan at Butch Butler Field Friday night. Cowan came back to score a 10-3 win over Greeley Rotary to even its record at 2-2, while Rotary dropped to 0-4. DelaRosa allowed only one hit in the first five innings. His teammates, meanwhile, exploded for six runs in the second inning to score all the runs he would have needed. Tim Halsey had a two-run double to highlight Kiwanis' six-run rally, and ended up a six-run second inning. Kniffen leading the Greeley team at the and Eric Rivas had three hits to plate with a two-for-three pace the cowan attack, while performance. Greg Neeley and Jim Estrick Cowan bounced back to win had two hits a P iece the second game with a 17-hit K(winll Flrit °U"j, e o_, ,, attack. Arnold Schleiwack, cowm o« ow o-o j 3 Randy McDonald and Ken _ Kiwanis 10' cowTn 7 2*3*-- H is Kniffen combined to throw a Torr «- five^iitter on the mound, with oiST 0 " (W110 -"' 5b ' 2 hpd ' J; snd net (L) so 2, bb-0. Estrick (3) so-3, McDonald (3) $o^, ub-3; and McDonald getting the win Rotary .cored ail three of its runs in the first inning for an Katrt early lead, with two of the runs '«»" being scored on a double by ^ John Frick. j » , ,_ , ,· , «i «» *-\t a i . Erlekwn, McDonald. 3B - Bowles, But Cowan answered with ^rfi'imo ID so-p, uut «nd Hau«r two in its half of the first and l . J J* lt ' w i:? B »* bb ; - 1 McDwi( " d "' ., . . ,, , , . . , . 1*1 »-S' bb-O, Kniffen (4) ».|, ob-1; and then took the lead for good with Paragas. FrUav'i Results First race - Keen beauty 11.60, 7.20, 4.00; Upper Class 15.BO, i.OO; Kim Gee 140. Quinlela U-A) 53.40. Time 31.3d. Second race -- Skirt Troubles 10.40,8.80 d.80; BB'l Comoler 7.40, 3.60; Jolt 4.00. Qulnlela (2-3J 33.40. Twin Qoln (3-6, 3-3) 1037.10. Time 31.01. Third race-- Oshkosh Popper i.OO, 3.40 r 2.80; LR Cactus Charm 7.00,4.30; Elegant Wild) 4.W. Quifilela ( 3 5 ) 30.40. Time 39.17. Fourth race - Pine Cone 16.BO, 7.40, S.U; JR's June 4.80,3.60; Xlnky Hois 4.80. Quinlila (L4) 44.40. Time 31.37.. Fifth race -- Direct Kit 9.60, i.OO, 3.80; Cousin's Weity 19.70, 5.60; Riviera Cheer 6.30. Quinlela (31) 74.00. Trifecta (3.8.6) 1M7.00 Time 39.11. Sixth ract - Judlctow 13.10, 9.00, 7.!0; Campus Hays 5.80, 5.20, 3.60. (Otsd Heat); pecos Bomber 3.80. Quinlela (1-3) ».BO. Time 31.34. Seventh race - Capac Lisa 11.20, 5.00, 3.60; DA's Coleen 7.30, 4.M; M M'i Pacific 5.40. Quinlela (1-4) 29.60. Time 30.90. Eiohlh race -- WP Sevenby Seven 4.80, 4.20, 3.60; Timothy Steven 5.00, 4.00; RockleZ 5.20. Quinlela (6-7) 34.80. Trifectd (7-6-8) 434.40. Time 39.31. Ninth race -- Uppenadam 43.60, 14.60, 6.BO; Dutch Navaho 6.60, 6.40; Flip Troubles 4.80. Quinlela ( 3 7 ) 93.10. Trlfecta (3-7-2) 3060.XO. Tlmf 31.06. Tentn race-- Cher's Delight 32.60,12.40, 4.20; intercessor 7.00,5.00; Tip MeGllvray £.40. Oulnlela (1-7) 92.80. Time 31.04. Eleventh race -- Joe Whoopee 17.40, 6.40, 5.40; Dixie Go 4.00. 3.60; Resolute 4.30. Quinlela (4-5) 63.20. Twin Quln (No Winners) -- (1-7, 4.enythlnp. 156.00; 1-7, S- anything 334.40). Tlm« 39,30. Twelfth ract -- Regal Reign 6.30, 3.60, 3,60; Sllvtr Spike 3.40, 3.00; Xerokee Go 3.10. Quinlela (1-5) 9.60. Trlficta (5-1.4) 44.00. Time 30.73. Attendance - 4510. Handi-- 1294,226. 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