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Wednesday, May 19, 1999

Junior high boys get 3rd in tourney

PECOS, May 19 -- The Pecos Eagles' junior high boys golf team finished third overall in the four-round area tournament, after a fourth place finish on Saturday in the final round at the Ward County Golf Course in Monahans.

The Eagles shot a 383 in Monahans, finishing behind the host Loboes, who shot 344, Andrews `A', which had a 348, and Andrews `B' which shot a 378. Overall, the Eagles' 1302 score for 63 holes was third, behind the Loboes (1219) and Mustangs (1234) but 25 shots up on Andrews `B' team.

"Trey Perkins, Jack Stickels and Casey Breiten all finished in the Top 10," said boys' coach Wayman Holland. Perkins shot a 91 and was fifth overall with a 308 score, while Stickels was ninth at 323 and Breiten 10th with a 327 following rounds of 100 and 97 on Saturday.

Jake McKinney shot a 95 and David Bradley had a 99 in Monahans to finish 13th and 14th overall, with 330 and 333 totals over the 63 holes of play.

The final round was a little rougher on the Eagles' `B' team, which shot a 457 to drop from fifth to eighth place in the final standings, with a 1458 total. The `B' team was passed by Fort Stockton `A' (388-1422), Monahans `B' (399-1425) and Kermit `A' (404-1438). Kermit `B' was ninth, shooting 481 for a 1610 total.

Chase Laurence was the only `B' team golfer to play all four rounds and finished 18th overall with a 344 score, after a round of 105 on Saturday. Scores for Bubba Foster, Sal Nichols and Will Armstrong were not available.

Andrews' Paul Slaughter won medalist honors with a 286 score, after shooting 79 on Saturday. Monahans' Derek Jordan shot an 82 and was second, at 287.

LCU coach holds Monahans volleyball clinic

PECOS, May 19 -- Lubbock Christian University will be holding a volleyball clinch this summer for junior high and high school students at Monahans High School, MHS volleyball coach Patty Hall said Tuesday.

Lubbock Christian coach Steven McRoberts and three LCU players will conduct the clinics on June 22-24 at the Monahans High School gym. McRoberts' team was ranked No. 6 in the nation among NAIA teams last year, and has a 91-26 record in his three seasons as head coach.

Students entering grades 7-9 in August will attend from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and those students going into grades 10-12 will have their clinic from 5 to 9 p.m. The cost for the three-day clinic is $60 per player at the junior high level and $70 for high school players, and includes a T-shirt. Players are asked to bring kneepads and water bottles for the clinics.

For further information and registration form information, call Monahans High School at either 1-915-943-2519 or 1-915-943-3421. Forms should be sent to Linda Wilson, 804 S. Harry St., Monahans, Tx., 79756.

Blazers burn out in final quarter against Jazz

AP Sports Writer
SALT LAKE CITY, May 19 -- The Portland Trail Blazers started something they couldn't finish.

For three quarters in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals, the Blazers looked younger, tougher and more rested than the Utah Jazz. They led 78-74 entering the fourth, and the sold-out Delta Center was buzzing with apprehension.

That's when Portland's wheels fell off -- no, make that the wheels, the doors, the bumpers and the windshield wipers. The Blazers scored five points in the fourth quarter, the fewest in NBA history, on the way to a 93-83 loss Tuesday night.

``We just did everything wrong,'' Portland guard Damon Stoudamire said. ``I guarantee it won't happen again, but we have to execute down the stretch if we're going to go further.''

The Blazers have the league's deepest roster, so fittingly, their fourth-quarter collapse was a team effort. Some of the lowlights:

--The Blazers missed their first eight shots and 12 of their first 13 in the period. Portland was 2-of-16 from the field, including 0-of-7 on 3-pointers.

--Stoudamire, who outplayed John Stockton during the first three quarters and finished with 15 points, made four turnovers and missed two shots.

--Seven Blazers missed shots in the quarter, and layups by Stoudamire and Brian Grant were the only field goals. Even in the final minute, when Utah had the game in hand, Stoudamire and Arvydas Sabonis missed wide-open shots that could have saved the Blazers from infamy.

--With 10:35 to play, Rasheed Wallace clobbered Bryon Russell on a layup attempt and then drew a technical foul for arguing the flagrant foul called against him. Utah scored four points on the possession, tying the game at 78-78 and shifting the momentum back to the Jazz.

Though the Jazz played solid defense in the fourth quarter, they did little else to deserve the unexpectedly easy win. Utah was 4-of-15 from the field in the fourth, and just 11-of-19 on free throws after the Blazers began fouling intentionally.

``We'll take it. I don't know if we earned it,'' Stockton said. ``I think you'll see both of these teams play better basketball in this series than they did tonight. We can't take a whole lot from this game, because both teams didn't play too well down the stretch.''

In Tuesday night's other playoff game, New York beat Atlanta 100-92 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The other conference semifinals resume tonight with Philadelphia at Indiana in the East and the Los Angeles Lakers at San Antonio in the West. Both home teams won the opening games of the series.

The Blazers' five points were one fewer than the Atlanta Hawks scored in the third quarter of a 1986 playoff game against Boston. They also were fewer than in any regular-season fourth quarter, the previous low being six by Detroit against Orlando in 1993.

The low for fourth-quarter points in a playoff game was eight, by New Jersey in 1993 and Houston in 1994. Portland's previous franchise-low in the fourth quarter was 13, in 1993 against San Antonio, and its low in any quarter was 12 in the second period against Houston in 1987.

``Their defense was excellent,'' Portland coach Mike Dunleavy said. ``They defended well and made it tough for us to get good shots and looks at the basket.''

Karl Malone had 25 points and 12 rebounds for Utah. The Jazz won the opening game in their fifth straight series, a streak that dates back to last year's conference semifinals against San Antonio.

The Blazers played their first game in a week after sweeping Phoenix in the first round. The Jazz eliminated Sacramento in Game 5 on Sunday. Portland's rest advantage was obvious in the first half, as the Blazers took a 15-point lead and threatened to blow the game open.

But Malone and Russell, who had 18 points, kept the Jazz close. Utah took the lead with eight minutes left and then watched the Blazers self-destruct.

``They missed a lot of shots. I don't think it was our defense,'' Utah coach Jerry Sloan said. ``They were taking it to us until they started to miss.''

Grant finished with 19 points, while Stoudamire added 15.

Knicks 100, Hawks 91.

At Atlanta, Allan Houston set a career playoff-high with 34 points and Latrell Sprewell did the same by scoring 31, propelling the surprising New York Knicks to a 100-92 victory Tuesday night over Atlanta in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

After struggling during the regular season, Houston hit a last-second basket that gave New York an upset of Miami in the first round. He burned the Hawks by going 13-of-20 from the field, with three of his misses coming beyond the 3-point line.

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