The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on June 25, 2005 · Page 25
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SATURDAY, JUNE 25. 2005 SALlNIA JOURNAL , BASEBALL/D3 WIMBLEDON/ps NASCAR 7 D6 D USBL POSTSEASON FESTIVAL Cagerz provide capper on Midwest's dominant day By BOB DAVIDSON Salina Journal LOCAL NEWS KANSAS CAGERZ PROFESSIONAL BASKETBALL , OnCe the Kansas Cagerz stopped turning the ball over, they were able to douse : the Westchester Wildfire. !:, Hamstrung by 21 first-half turnovers, ;„the Cagerz were less charitable in the, ;;;second half. The results were pre- "dictable and impressive as they pulled away for a 106-91 victory in a quarterfinal game of the United States Basketball League's Postseason Festival before. a small but vocal gathering Friday night at the Bicenten-. nial Center. C The Cagerz (18-13) play the Oklahoma . Storm in the semifinals at 7 tonight. The Storm devastated New Jersey 104-77 in their semifinal game earlier in the day On a day when the Midwest was obviously best — all four Midwest Diyision teams pummeled their Eastern Division opponents — the Cagerz turned iri one of their best effortis of the season. It came three days after a franchise-worst 45-point loss at Dodge City, and two days ; after the release of former starters Tai Crutchfield and Jeremee McGuire. Utilizing a balanced, patient and unselfish offense, the Cagerz methodically dissected the Wildfire in the second half. . They shot 54.3 percent from the field (19 of 35) and won the rebounding.battle 31•15. .'• ; "We played awfully tight, awfully nervous (in the first halJE)," Kansas coach Francis Flax said. "We had a lot to get off our minds, and it took a half to do. 7. it-" The Cagerz' play was vindication of" the stunning moves they made on See DOUSED, Page D4 USBL Festival scores At Salina BIcenteiiirilal Center-'. Friday's qiiai^Qrflnals^^j^C.^ Nebraska 117, Brooklyn 110 Dodge City 117, Pennsylvania 107 Qklalioma 104, New Jersey 77 Kansas lOp, Westchester 91 Today's semifinals 4 p.m. — Nebraska (15-16) vs. Dodge City (19-12) 7 p.m. — Oklahoma (19-12) vs. Kansas (18-13) JEFF COOPER / Salina Journal The Cagerz' Bryan Lucas puts up a first-quarter hook over Westchester's MIcah Brand Friday atthe Bicentennial Center. Veterans not yet showing years Legend's Tarpley, 40, and Cranes' Spillers, 31, will face off in Festival's semifinals By ARNE GREEN Salina Journal The last time Roy Tarpley and Mo Spillers got together, it was as teammates on another continent. Thanks in large part to their performances Friday in the first round of the United States Basketball League's Postseason Festival, the two veterans will meet again today in the semifinals at the Bicentennial Center. Tarpley, 40, and an NBA veteran, • scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Friday to help the Dodge City Legend past Pennsylvania, 117-107. Earlier, the 31-year-old Spillers had 33 points and seven rebounds as the Nebraska Cranes rallied from a 22- point deficit to upset top-seeded Brooklyn, 117-110. "I played a season in China and he was over there playing with us," said Tarpley, v(rho ejfchanged pleasantries with Spillers briefly before the Legend took the court. "He's an old friend. . "It was good to see mimmmmmmmmmmmi him after three or LOCAL four years." NEWS Besides their brief stint in China, Tarpley and Spillers took markedly different paths to Salina for the three-day tournament, which continues at 4 p.m. today when the Legend and Cranes meet in the first semifinal. Spillers, voted the USBL's sLxth man of the year, has knocked around minor league basketball and played overseas since he concluded his college career at Utah State in 1996. Tarpley, a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks out of Michigan in 1986, has petitioned for reinstatement to the NBA after 10 years, following his ban for substance abuse violations. But despite their advanced ages by USBL standards, Spillers and Tarpley remain committed first and foremost to helping their teams advance in the tournament, which concludes with the championship at 2 p.m. Sunday "He has been so positive and so humble," Dodge City coach Dale Osbourne said of the 7-foot Tarpley, who joined the Legend for the last five regular-season games, averaging 12.4 points and 6.4 rebounds. "And when guys see that, it just rubs off on everybady See VETERANS, Page D4 • PRO BASKETBALL The Associated Press Tim Dunan was named the NBA Finals iUIVP after the Spurs downed the Pistons 81-74 in Game 7 on Thursday In San Antonio. They're all winners Duncan edges Ginobili for MVP award; Spurs' legacy solidified with three titles in seven years By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press SAN ANTONIO — In the end, it didn't really matter whether the true MVP of the Finals was Tim Duncan or Manu Ginobili. The big winners were the San Antonio Spurs. The confetti had been swept away Friday from the downtown streets where thousands partied into the wee hours of the morning following San Antonio's Game 7 victory over the Detroit Pistons in the NBA Finals. What remained was the Spurs' legacy. For Duncan, it'll be a summer of basking in redemption after he put together his strongest quarter of the Finals, a series-altering 12 minutes that negated an otherwise pedestrian effprt for a player of his caliber. For Gifiobili, it'll be a chance to enjoy the latest accomplishment in a career defined by his uncanny knack for winning. For the rest of the NBA, including the Pistons, it'll be a summer of trying to make the right moves in an effort to elevate to the level that the Spurs reached for the third time in seven years. See FINALS, Page D6 Duncan still the ringleader SAN ANTONIO — There was a moment — there is always a moment — when Tim Duncan decided to end this series, to win another championship, to finish off his opponent. To further his legacy And did we mention his impeccable timing, his subtle sense of the spectacular in an excruciatingly tense seventh game? Diving for a loose ball. Rebounding, scoring, adding the free throw. Tossing in measured, precise bank shots. Converting a 20-footer from the corner. Dunking on a nifty pass. • The man is a beast, the biggest con artist in the league. His impassive features are merely a disguise. During that crucial third quarter 4 AiLENE VOISIN Sacramcnio Bee * See VOISIN, Page D5 T GOLF: U.S. WOiWEN'S OPEN Sorenstam slam in jeopardy at Open The Associated Press Nicole Perrot of Chiie recorded her second straight 70 Friday and leads tl^e U.S. Open by two shots. Annika six strokes back with 36 holes left; Perrot leads at 2-under par By DOUG FERGUSON The Associated Press CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Co. lo. ~ With every fairway she missed and every putt that grazed the edge of the cup, Annika Sorenstam slipped farther away from surprising leader Nicole Perrot in her quest for the Grand Slam. And with every par Michelle Wie salvaged out of a scrappy round at Cherry Hills, the 15-year-old phe- nom showed she just might be ready to contend for the U.S. Women's Open. The biggest event in women's golf brought solid play from Pet-rot and a shocking finish from Soren­ stam, who bogeyed her final three holes for a 4-over 75 to fall six shots behind the 21-year-old from Chile. Perrot, a former U.S. Junior Girls champion who has played only two years on the LPGA Tour, was flawless amid a wild mix of birdies and bogeys around her, posting her second straight 1-under 70 to remain the only player under par at Cherry Hills. Perrot was at 2-under 140 and will play in the final group Saturday with Wie, who kept her composure with a string of pars and finished with a 7-iron into 18 inches for a hard-earned round of 2-over 73, leaving her just two shots behind. Ldrena Ochoa didn't make a par on the back nine until the 17th hole, then dropped a shot on the tough 18th for a 68 that also left her at even-par 142. The most bizarre round belonged to 18-year-old Paula Creamer, who was 6 over par through four holes and appeared headed home for the weekend. Despite an upset stomach, she played the next nine holes at 8 under par, including an eagle from the 10th fairway, to take the lead. Just like that, she gave it back with three straight bogeys, only to save par with a 25-foot putt on the 18th for a 69 to finish at 143, along with Angela Stanford and Rachel Hetherington of Australia. Sorenstam was hardly ready to concede. See SLAM, Page D6 IWIIIIID2 Nicole Perrol -2 a-Mlchelle Wie.... E Lorena Ochoa E R. Hetherington.. + 1 Paula Creamer.. + 1 Angela Stanford . +1 Karine Icher .... +2 a-Morgan Pressel +2 Complete leadertxwrd, PAGE D2 SUGGESTIONS? CALL BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT 822-1404 OR 1-800-827-6363 OR E-MAIL AT 8jbdavid8onesalJoumal.com

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