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Wednesday, May 7, 1997

Hawks let upset shot fly the coop

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AP Sports Writer
CHICAGO, May 7 -- The Atlanta Hawks may never have a better chance to
``steal'' a victory at the United Center, where the Chicago Bulls have
been nearly unbeatable the last two years. And they know it.

``This is a missed opportunity, there's no question about it. We should
be upset, angry and ready for the next game,'' Atlanta coach Lenny
Wilkens said after Tuesday night's 100-97 loss to the Chicago Bulls in
the opener of their Eastern Conference semifinal.

The Bulls played poorly in the first half and the Hawks played well,
building a 16-point lead early in the third quarter.

Dennis Rodman -- no surprise -- got ejected and even Toni Kukoc got a
`T' for arguing. The world champions were losing their composure on a
floor where they have lost only four games the last two years.

Who ya gonna call?

Scottie Pippen, of course. Michael Jordan, quite naturally.

``You can't be shocked. They're going to make their run and we weren't
effective to hold that run off. We should have won,'' said Hawks guard
Mookie Blaylock, who had career playoff highs of 31 points and 12
rebounds before missing some key shots in the final minute.

Pippen hit six 3-pointers, including a game-winner with 43 seconds to

Atlanta's Mookie Blaylock badly missed a 3-pointer with about 35 seconds
left, stepped on the sideline after taking an inbounds pass with 32
seconds to go and shot an airball on a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.

Jazz 103, Lakers 101
Karl Malone knocked the ball away from Nick Van Exel outside the 3-point
line right before the final buzzer to preserve Utah's victory, after
Antoine Carr made two foul shots with 2.1 seconds left for his only
points of the game.

Utah got a break when no foul was called on Malone's block, which helped
give Utah a 2-0 lead in the best-of-7 series, which resumes Thursday
night at Inglewood, Calif.

Malone scored 31 points, Jeff Hornacek added 21 and John Stockton had 16
points and seven assists for the Jazz, who survived an NBA
record-setting 7-for-7 3-point shooting effort by the Lakers' Robert

Shaquille O'Neal, miffed about comments made by Jazz center Greg
Ostertag after Game 1, outscored his rival 25-4 and outrebounded him
12-4. Byron Scott added 24 points.

Snyder takes 4A golf, Stockton third

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AUSTIN, May 7 (AP) -- The boys' golf team at Austin Anderson High School
is a champion again.

Led by medalist Troy Matteson, Austin Anderson claimed the boys' Class
4A golf state championship Tuesday. The team finished second last year
after winning the team title in 1995.

In girls' 4A action, Snyder, which was third in last year's state
championship, won the title with a 634 (325-309), seven shots ahead of
Dallas Highland Park (641). Fort Stockton and Bastrop tied for third
with 665.

McKenzie Gibson of Highland Park won the individual title after firing
her second straight 73 on the par-71 Roy Kizer Course for a two-day
total of 146.

Snyder was led by Daysha Weaver, who rebounded from a first round 83 to
shoot 71 on Tuesday, placing fifth overall.

Classes 1A through 4A crowned champions Tuesday in the University
Interscholastic League state golf tournament. The 5A championship will
begin Thursday.

Matteson shot a 68 -- the day's low-round in 4A -- on the par-71 Roy
Kizer Course for a two-day total of 140. It was the junior's first
individual title. He was third last year and runner-up in 1995.

Anderson posted a team-total 588 (304-284), 18 shots better than
McKinney (606). Jacksonville was third with 618.

Jimmy Walker of New Braunfels Canyon finished second in the medalist
race with a 143 (72-71). Chris Cureton of McKinney tied for third
overall with Longview Pine Tree's Dan Floyd at 148.

In boys' 3A, Austin Lake Travis won the team title with a 618 (308-310),
just ahead of Texarkana Pleasant Grove and Mexia, which tied for second
with 621. Abilene Wylie (623) finished fourth.

Ryan Hancock of Mexia won the medalist honors with a 149 (74-75) on the
par-71 Lions Municipal Golf Course. One shot behind was Michael Martin
of Jacksboro (75-75), Jeremy Martin of Sealy (74-76), and Jeff Brinkman
of Austin Lake Travis (75-75).

In girls' 3A, defending champion Yoakum carded the day's low-round of
329, but could not get past China Spring which won the team title by
three shots. China Spring shot a two-day 664 (334-330), while Yoakum
shot 667. Columbus finished third with a 730 (368-362).

Nicole Albrecht of Yoakum won the individual title with a 157 (79-78) on
the par-72 Morris Williams Golf Course. China Spring, which had four
golfers in the top 10, was led by Shannon Barr's 159 (82-77), Melody
Moore's 163 (81-82), Shellie Wenzel's 171 (90-81) and Kristie
Schlemmer's 176 (85-93).

In boys' 2A, Hamilton ran away with the state title after firing a
two-day total of 623, well ahead of Cisco (651), Memphis (652) and
Salado (659).

Medalist honors went to Michael Pruitt of Idalou, who fired a 65 Tuesday
on the par-71 Lions Municipal Course to go along with a 71 on Monday

Brian Edwards of Hamilton and Jerry Graham of Post tied for second at

In girls' 2A, Ozona pulled away from Quanah after tying for the
first-round lead. Ozona, who had Krisly Pridemore, Shelly Sullivan and
Melissa Childress all finish in the top 11, fired a 721 (361-360), while
Quanah finished with 727. Arp was third with 759.

Jennifer Faulkner of Gainesville Callisburg fired a 75 Tuesday to go
along with a 78 on Monday, taking medalist honors with a 153 on the
par-71 Lions Municipal Golf Course.

Wendy Gray of Haskell was second (163) and Amanda Graves of Edgewood was
third (165).

In boys' 1A, Meridian won the state championship with a two-day total of
663, 20 shots better than second-place Shamrock (683) and 36 shots
better than third-place Robert Lee (699)

The medalist was Chris Baker of Marfa who fired a 74 on Tuesday for a
two-day total of 155, two shots better than Will Williams of Celeste,
Nick Phillips of Booker and Greg Marsh of Kopperl, who each finished at

In girls' 1A, Baird ran away with the title, posting a 751 (385-366),
well ahead of Robert Lee (767) and Vega (792).

Melissa Smith of Robert Lee fired two straight 80s to finish in a tie
with Shamrock's Sterling Seward (83-77) and then beat Seward in a

Baird was led by Kyla Neal (182), who finished fourth, and Pam Mason
(184), who tied for fifth.

Co-ed volleyball tournament
to raise funds for girls hoops

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PECOS, May 7 -- A co-ed volleyball tournament will be held on Saturday,
May 24 at the new Pecos High School gym in order to raise funds for the
Pecos Eagles' high school girls basketball program.

Varsity coach Patty Hall said the one-day tournament for men and women
has an entry fee of $75, and a deadline of May 15 to enter. T-shirts and
trophies will be awarded to the top finishers in the tournament.

For further information, contact Hall at either 447-7248 during the
day, or evenings at 447-4058.
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