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Thursday, June 1, 2000

Summer team to be picked for HS players

PECOS, June 1, 2000 -- Pecos Senior League officials are planning to field a `select team' of older players this summer, who will compete in out-of-town baseball tournaments, league official Danny Reyes said Wednesday.

Reyes said the team would be chosen from players age 19 and under. "We'll play in tournaments in Midland, Odessa and El Paso, and we're planning on going to Las Cruces to play in a tournament there," he said. "We'll see how it goes.

"We want to keep those guys playing and get them ready for next year," he added. "We're going to ask coach (Pecos Eagles' coach Bubba) Williams to tell us what to do, though he can't get involved directly because of UIL rules."

Rodriguez said the practices would start at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Pecos High School baseball field.

Pecos fielded a Big League team for several years, but has not done so the last few summers in District 4 competition due to a lack of funds. The last two seasons, Pecos has had all-star teams aged 9-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-16 competing in District 4 tournaments during July."

For further information on the select team, call either Reyes at 445-3012 or Stephen Rodriguez at 447-4084 or 447-6202.

Pacers find Best way to beat Knicks

AP Basketball Writer
INDIANAPOLIS, June 1, 2000 - Travis Best, who got the Indiana Pacers out of the first round, helped move his team within one victory of the final round.

Best scored a career playoff-high 24 points Wednesday night, including 15 in the fourth quarter, and the Indiana Pacers rallied from an early 18-point deficit to defeat the New York Knicks 88-79 in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals.

"It's a great feeling being one win away from the championship. We're in a great position and want to go to New York and close this series out," Best said.

If he has another fourth quarter like this one, the Pacers might actually get to the NBA Finals after coming so close so many times.

Game 6 will be Friday night at New York, and the Pacers will be looking for the first road win by either team in this series.

So dominant were the Knicks and so inept were the Pacers, the fans actually booed the home team off the court during a timeout early in the second quarter.

It wasn't the first time they had booed during the playoffs. They did it in Game 2 of the first round against Milwaukee, and again during Game 5 of the second round against Philadelphia.

But the difference this time was that the Pacers responded to it.

"If they were booing us, then good. We made them look bad," Mark Jackson said. "We worked all season long to have a homecourt advantage, and they have to realize the importance of it."

The Pacers turned that huge early deficit into a two-point lead by halftime, closing the second quarter with a 23-3 run.

They steadily built their lead in the second half, getting strong games from Best, Jackson, Jalen Rose and Reggie Miller, and didn't let the Knicks back within striking distance in the fourth quarter.

Best had his best game of the series, while Rose had 18 points and seven rebounds. Miller had 16 points and Jackson added 11 points, seven assists, no turnovers and a new gesture - an Indiana version of Larry Johnson's "Big L," crossing his arms over his head or in front of his chest after big baskets.

The strong games by Indiana's point guards made up for below-par games by big men Rik Smits (no points, four rebounds) and Dale Davis (10 points, six rebounds).

"We've seen these guys so many times, we don't have to come out with many new schemes," said Best, who hit a 3-pointer against Milwaukee at the end of Game 5 in the first round to give the Pacers that series.

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