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Wednesday, May 31, 2000

Campbell, Burnen take tournament title

PECOS, May 31, 2000 -- The team of Mike Campbell at Mark Burnen shot a 64 on Sunday to place first in the Championship Flight of the Pecos Men's Golf Association's Memorial Day Two-Man Low Ball Tournament, at the Reeves County Golf Course.

The pair won the tournament's top flight with a 131 total, four strokes up on Mike Claburn and Tim Windham, who shot a 68-67-135. Ruben Baca, Jr. and Michael Baca placed third at 140, shooting a 67 on Sunday after a round of 73 on Saturday.

Four of the five flight winners at this year's tournament broke 70 during the opening round of play on Saturday, including first flight winners Gerald and David Burnett. They tied Campbell and Burnen for the day's low round with a 67, and shot the same score Sunday to finish at 134. Tweeter Wafer and Matt McGowen were next, six strokes back with a 70-70-140 and Charlie and Chuck Claburn were third, with a 72-69-141.

Tom Aguilar and Dan Maldonado won the second flight, shooting a 69 on Saturday and a 67 on Sunday for a 136 total, nine strokes ahead of Israel and Carlos Nichols, who shot a 71-74-145. The Nichols won a scorecard playoff over Bob Burkholder and Donny Bradley, who also shot 145 with rounds of 73 and 72.

Danny Hernandez and Raul Molinar were the winners of the third flight, shooting a 71 on Sunday after an opening 75 for a 146 total, three shots up on Russell Dodson and Robert Suehs, who shot a 78-70-148. They took second in a card playoff over Pablo and Frank Alvarado, who shot 70-78-148.

In the fourth flight, Jimmy Martinez and Adolfo Aguilar shot a 68 on Saturday, and then had a 77 on Sunday to finish at 145, four strokes up on Jesse Anchondo and Gilbert Herrera, who shot 74-75-149. Ronnie Martinez and Tom Bain shot a 78-73-151 to finish third.

Local golfers get Espy tourney wins

PECOS, May 31, 2000 -- Pecos golfers who were part of two teams captured first place in their flights recently, at the Sixth Annual Jim Trey Espy Memorial Adult/Youth Golf Tournament, held at the Alpine Country Club Golf Course.

The tournament is designed to raise scholarship funds for a Fort Davis High School senior, and other senior golfers who competed in the tournament also were given scholarship money from the proceeds of the tournament.

That group included Logan Cooksey of Andrews, who teamed with Bill Cooksey of Pecos to capture first place in the President's Flight, the second highest of the eight flights in the tournament.

The other local winners at the tournament were Jimbo and Lauren Martinez, who captured first place in the Third Flight. Lauren Martinez also won the award for longest drive in the girls 16-18 year old division.

In the tournament's Fifth Flight, the other Pecos team, of Terry Jean Allen and Shelly Martinez, finished third.

Rick and Blanton Baker were the Championship Flight winners at the tournament, while the other first place finishers were Jimmy Smith and Henry Vega in the first flight, Steven Rodriquez and Collin Matthews in the Second Flight, Mike Fleming and Robert Hernandez, Jr., in the Fourth Flight, Kelly Porter and Laura Abbott in the Fifth Flight and Robert and Tricia Hollander in the sixth flight.

Blazers' win sends Lakers back to Portland

AP Sports Writer
LOS ANGELES, May 31, 2000 -- That home-court advantage the Los Angeles Lakers worked so hard to earn with 67 regular-season victories? Forget it.

In the Western Conference finals, home is where the hurt is.

The Portland Trail Blazers beat the Lakers in Los Angeles for the second time in a row and third time this season Tuesday night, a convincing 96-88 victory that forces Game 6 Friday night in Portland.

"Obviously you all don't listen to me when I talk," Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy said. "I told you from the very beginning that I didn't think there was a home-court advantage in this series. I thought that either team was capable of winning every game on the other team's court."

The last four games of the series have been won by the visitor. The only homecourt win came in Los Angeles in Game 1.

The Trail Blazers, still down 3-2, can force a deciding Game 7 if they can finally win one at home.

"We just have to wipe out the fact that we lost two games at home," Portland's Scottie Pippen said. "We know in our hearts that we can outplay them."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Pippen shouldn't even have been allowed in the game. But, even though he played three quarters with two dislocated fingers on his left hand, Pippen was in this one in a big way.

"That's just Pip being a warrior. This is no time to sit out," teammate Rasheed Wallace said. "Like the other night when I hurt my ankle. That team is just too tough for us to sit out."

Jackson said he told Pippen he should have been suspended for a game for elbowing John Salley in the back of the head late in Portland's homecourt loss in Game 4 Sunday.

"He shouldn't have been playing in this ballgame," Jackson said. "He clearly threw a cheap-shot elbow to the back of the head and he just got fined $10,000. I wanted to tell him that he was a presence who shouldn't have been there."

In the latest of what has been a back-and-forth bickering between the player and his former coach, Pippen was unimpressed by Jackson's opinion.

"Phil is not my coach. I'm not listening to nothing you tell me about Phil. Have a good day," he said, then he left the postgame news conference.

Wallace was just 7-for-21 from the field, but scored 22 points, including seven of eight free throws, and grabbed 10 rebounds. Steve Smith added 13 points, and Arvydas Sabonis 12. Two reserves who barely caused a ripple in the series, Brian Grant and Detlef Schrempf, added nine each.

Shaquille O'Neal had 31 points and 21 rebounds. Ron Harper added 14 points.

But it was a rough night offensively for the rest of the Lakers.

Kobe Bryant was only 4-for-13, scored 17 points and committed six turnovers before fouling out with 4:45 to play. Glen Rice was 1-for-8 from the field and 0-for-5 from 3-point range, finishing with four points.

The Lakers were just 6-for-27 from 3-point range and shot 38 percent from the field.

"I thought we played pretty good defense. We couldn't put the ball in the basket," O'Neal said. "I think we tried to put them away with all 3s. It's disappointing. We just have to learn from this."

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