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Tuesday, April 28, 1998

Alvarez 15th at I-4A golf; netters ousted

PECOS, Apr. 28 -- The first trip to regionals for Pecos
Eagle tennis players Mark Marquez and Jeff Lam was a brief
one on Monday, while Eagle golfer Alva Alvarez fared a
little better on her first day in San Angelo, and is in line
for a regional medalist berth today.

Lam and Marquez were ousted by Dumas' Ross Jones and Bo Ames
in the first round of the Region I-4A Tournament at Bentwood
Country Club, while Alvarez is in 15th place out of 87
players after the first day of the 36-hole I-4A golf
tournament at Riverside Golf Course.

Alvarez, who qualified for regionals by finishing fourth at
the District 4-4A tournament, shot an 84 Monday, tying
Hereford's Jacque Benzer and Lindsay Ward for 15th, just one
stroke behind five other players tied for 10th after the
first 18 holes of play.

The Eagle junior's score was second-best among the 12
golfers from 4-4A playing at regionals. Big Spring's
Stephanie Waggoner shot an 80 and is in a two-way tie for
seventh, while the Steers are in third overall at 339,
behind Snyder (317) and Pampa (326).

Andrews' girls are sixth in the team standings, with a 347
score. On the boys' side in golf, Andrews shot a 303 and
holds a 10 stroke lead over Granbury, while San Angelo Lake
View is fifth, 21 strokes back.

Lam and Marquez, meanwhile, were beaten in their first round
match, 6-1, 6-1 by Jones and Ames, last year's third place
finishers at regionals.

"I believe they were kind of overwhelmed being at
regionals," said coach Bernadette Ornelas. "They kind of
picked up at the end of the second match, but they were down
3-0 by then.

"I think just the overall experience of being at regionals
was a good experience for the players, and I think it will
help them, especially going into a new district (the El
Paso-area 2-4A) next year," she said.

The Eagles' regional track qualifiers will be in San Angelo
on Friday and Saturday for their two-day meet at Angelo
State University.

Robinson, Duncan get Spurs past Suns

AP Sports Writer
SAN ANTONIO, Apr. 28 -- The Rookie of the Year was the star
of the show.

And David Robinson was named best supporting actor in San
Antonio's 100-88 victory over the Phoenix Suns in their
Western Conference playoff series Monday night.

Tim Duncan and Robinson keyed a pivotal third-quarter rally,
and Robinson provided something Spurs coach Gregg Popovich
said couldn't be measured in his game-night statistics.

``He was the defensive force that allows us to play like we
did,'' Popovich said. ``Everything flows from that. The team
is much more confident when he anchors the defense for us.''

Robinson, who had 17 points and 12 rebounds, also blocked
four shots.

The Spurs now lead the best-of-5 series 2-1 and have the
chance to close it out if they can win Wednesday night in
the Alamodome.

Hours after receiving the NBA Rookie of the Year award,
Duncan led the Spurs with 22 points and 14 rebounds.

``Tim has played fantastic this series,'' Robinson said.
``He doesn't have all the experience. He has the

With the score tied at halftime, the Spurs outscored the
Suns 27-15 in the third quarter as Duncan had eight points
in the period and Robinson added six. At one point, the two
7-footers took turns dunking off passes from each other.

``We used our height,'' Duncan said. ``Pop (Popovich) called
some great plays. We got it inside.''

Suns coach Danny Ainge said Robinson's play, along with the
Spurs' shooting, made the difference the game.

The Spurs, trying to match up better with the smaller
Phoenix players and attempting to improve their outside
shooting, abandoned their ``Triple Towers'' lineup and
started 6-foot-4 shooting guard Vinny Del Negro in place of
7-foot center Will Perdue.

The strategy worked well for San Antonio. All five Spurs
starters scored in double figures. Del Negro finished with
18 points.

``Their big lineup hurt us, but their small lineup killed
us,'' Ainge said. ``The bottom line is, and we've said it
all along, when they're hitting their perimeter shots and
we're not, it's going to be tough.''

Popovich said he wanted to make sure his team stayed in the
game early and wasn't forced to play catchup.

``We had to go with the more productive lineup to start the
game,'' Popovich said. ``We didn't want to fall in a hole
early. Vinny makes great decisions when he's on the court.''

Antonio McDyess led the Suns with 26 points and 17 rebounds.

``The second half we didn't make any shots. The crowd got
into the game, and they made some open shots,'' McDyess
said. ``Our next game could be our last, so we might as well
let it all hang out.''

George McCloud scored 18 points for Phoenix. Jason Kidd had
16 points and 12 rebounds, and Kevin Johnson scored 15

``They got on us and we didn't respond in the third. That
was the turning point,'' Kidd said. ``We've been together
long enough to pull together. ... This series isn't over.''

The Spurs limited the Suns to 42 percent shooting from the

Duncan, after starting slowly in the first half in each of
the first two games of the series, scored 14 points in the
first half Monday night.

The two teams swapped leads several times before halftime.
Phoenix trailed 32-25 midway through the period, but the
Suns fought back and tied it 44-44 just before intermission
on a 3-pointer by McCloud.

Helling wins fifth, Rangers rout Twins

MINNEAPOLIS, Apr. 28 (AP) -- Rick Helling pleaded his case
well. Maybe he should stick to pitching.

Helling won the argument Monday night when he persuaded
manager Johnny Oates to let him stay in the game with a
seven-run lead after eight innings, despite the fact he had
already reached his pitch limit.

But he didn't get his second complete game of the season as
Oates took him out when two batters reached base. He
ultimately was charged with two more runs as Eric Gunderson
finished the Rangers' 9-4 victory over the Minnesota Twins.

Helling (5-0) ended up throwing 138 pitches and going 8 2-3
innings while joining teammate Aaron Sele as the major
leagues' only five-game winners. He tipped his cap to his
rooting section while walking off the field.

``All I've wanted was a chance to show what I can do, and
this is the first year I've really been given that chance,''
Helling said. ``It's very unlikely I'll go 32-0, but it's
nice to start out 5-0.''

It was especially sweet for Helling, who started his first
game in the Metrodome, just over a four-hour drive from his
hometown of Fargo, N.D.

Helling left 55 tickets for family and friends, and his
brother Rod bought an additional 250 tickets for friends in
Fargo. Rod said he also knew of a bus full of fans from
Fargo that bought tickets on their own.

``It was nice that they could come down to support me,''
Helling said. ``That's the reason I tipped my cap to them
when I came out. I've never really done that before, but I
wanted to show that I appreciated the support.''

Oates said he was unaware that the game was going to be as
big as it was for Helling, who gave up eight hits and three
walks, while tying a season high with 10 strikeouts.

``I didn't do very well in geography,'' Oates said. ``I
didn't know until I got here this afternoon that Fargo was
that close to here. I thought it was somewhere out near
Montana. I don't know.''

Texas' offense was at it again with 13 hits, including home
runs from Lee Stevens and Will Clark in a three-run fourth
inning. Stevens' home run gave him eight in April, tying a
Rangers record.

Juan Gonzalez drove in another run, giving him 33 in the
month -- one shy of Tino Martinez's April record. Gonzalez's
sacrifice fly in the seventh inning was his 10th RBI in
three games.

Stevens, who hit a career-high 21 home runs last season with
the Rangers, hit a 1-1 pitch from Mike Morgan (0-1) in the
fourth inning that just cleared the fence in right-center

Morgan picked up his first decision in his fifth start. He
lasted four innings, giving up six hits and five runs.

``Unfortunately, we've lost all five of my starts,'' Morgan
said. ``I gave the team a chance to win the other games, but
today I didn't.''
Notes:Marty Cordova was out of the Twins'
lineup Monday despite a neck strain he aggravated
Sunday in Seattle. He was listed as day-to-day. ... The
Rangers have won the season series from the Twins in nine of
the past 12 years. ... The Rangers, the AL leader in team
batting average at .329, batted .332 against the Twins last
season, their highest average against any AL team.

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