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Page 2B SPORTS Hays Free Press * March 31,2010 The Last Caul Continued from pg. 1B new Spur Richard Jefferson is finally beginning to look at home in the San Antonio offense. As for the negative, we've been told all season long by various pundits in the sport- ing world that Tim Duncan has clearly lost a step or two, but in the same sentence they remark that the future Hall-of-Famer has been quietly putting up an MVP- caliber season. Huh?What's that supposed to mean? Recently, I heard a commentator describe Duncan as bothered more by defenders of length more than someone with a big body. I found this interesting, and after paying attention on this particular night, fairly accurate. With Lakers starting center Andrew Bynum out with another injury, Duncan spent the game largely checked by the rangy power forwards Pau Gasol and Lamar Odom. Together, they limited him to a staggering six point-output, which was the third lowest scoring night of his career. My take is, yes, Tim Dun- can is still one of the best big men in the game - and he's still a championship-level centerpiece. But Duncan does seem to be bothered by defenders with length more now than ever before. It also appears to me that San Antonio lacks an interior defensive presence beyond Duncan. Hoping Duncan can do everything alone inside defensively is too much to ask of a player his age. The bottom line is, the Spurs of the past used to hang their hat on playing stout defense. That was the cornerstqne of their four championship runs. San An- tonio can't count on that kind of smothering defense night in arid night out anymore. For some strange reason, Popovich seems to think Bruce Bowen's replacement is Keith Bogans. But in reality, Spurs basketball is altogether void of a wing stopper. On this night, Kobe Bryant got WHAT he wanted, WHEN he wanted it and nobody on the Spurs was good enough defensively to offer him any resistance. In a nutshell, I believe the chances of a title run with this core group of Spurs is minimal, and the team must start rebuilding with youth while Parker is still in his prime. Look for Duncan to play another three seasons or so before riding off into the sunset and taking Popovich along with him. I still feel pretty comfort- able that my Lakers will win the West and face offwith Cleveland in the NBA Finals and I don't think San Antonio will have much to say in that conversation. Still, the Spurs are playing their best basketball of the season over the last month, and they're flirting with being a good team. If they can draw Denver in the first round, they might make noise all the way to the Western Confer- ence Finals. But I'd be very surprised if the Spurs of today could come close to frightening the Lakers like the San Antonio teams of just a few years ago did. .,-., ,.. : i ,., MEXICAN RESTAURANT 108 N. Austin St. Buda 512.295.6043 NOW OPEN 7 DAYS : New Hours: Mor/7-3{n,..m., ! DYE MUSIC 6-8 RM. , . 1st Wednesday of Month We, j. 7 am.-() p.m Hays Soccer Continued from pg. 1 B goal with 27 minutes left in the game when a deep free kick bounced off goalkeeper Luke Adams' gloves. Kenneth Hoffanan was there to pop in the easy goal to make it 2-0. Even with the loss, the Reb- els fled the mark for the far- thest a Hays boys soccer team has advanced in the playoffs in the program's history. The Rebels beat LBJ in a shootout last Tuesday and Lake Travis Friday night to advance to the regional quarterfinals. "We had a chance to make history, but these kids still ac- complished something very few players ever to play soc- cer here have," Burner said. "That's something you can't take away from them." Friday night versus Lake Travis, the Rebs claimed a 2-1 victory over the Cavil- ers at Dripping Springs High School. Against Lake Travis, the team that knocked Hays out of the playoffs last season, the Cavilers got on the board first, but the Rebels quickly answered at the 25-minute mark of the first half. Robbie Clevenger sent a ball through the Lake Travis defense down the left side of the field that Parker Thom- ton ran onto from behind. Thornton then slammed the ball into the back of the net to tie the score 1-1. "That was by far one of the best looking goals we've had all season," Bumett said. "We couldn't have drawn it up any better. They couldn't have executed it any better if there was no one on the field defending them." Hays took a 2-1 lead with 12 minutes left in the first half when CodyTaylor boomed a free kick over the Lake Tmvis defense from 45-yards out. Keegan Fischer deflected the ball in from close range for the goal that proved to be the game winner. The Rebels dropped an extra man back on defense for the final25 minutes of the game tolimit Lake Travis' chances, and when the Cavs did get close to the net, Ad- ams - the hero Tuesday night against LBJ - was there to thwart every second half shot. U O SPRING SPECIAL SIGN AN ANNUAL CONTRACT WITH AT LEAST WEEKLY CLEANZNG$ AND GET ONE OF THE FOLLOWING AT NO CHARGE: 1000 SQ vr OF CARPET CLEANED 1000 SQ FT OF FLOOR BUFFEt)  500 SQ FT OF FLOOR STRIPPED & WAXED CALL TODAY TO SCHEDULE YOUR NO OBLIGATION QUOTE I I I 557 6022 PHOTO BY CYNbY SLOVAK-BARTON Gold medal jump Hays' Meredith Driskell clears 11-feet to capture the gold medal at the Bandera Relays on Saturday. She helped lead the Lady Rebels to a sec- ond-place team finish. The Hays boys team took top honors, finishing in first place. For complete Bandera Relays individual varsity and junior varsity results, visit PHOTO BY TONY SMITH Hays vs. Lehman Thursday Hays shortstop Hannah Ramsey tags out an Elgin runner during a Ios to the Wildcats last week. The Lady Rebs went on to lose to Lockhart 5-0 Monday night to fall to 4-3 in Distdct 17-4A action. Hays travels to Leh- man to play the Lady Lobos Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m. PHOTO BY JUDY COOPER Lehman's Garza 6th at state meet Lehman's David Garza (above) finished in sixth place at the state power- lifting meet over the weekend in Abilene in the 220-pound weight class. His Lehman teammate, Brandon Alford, finished 16th in the state in the 125-pound weight class. Hays Baseball Continued from pg. 1 B rors to knot the score 4-4. The Rebels had plenty of chances to win the game before it went into extra in- nings, but Hays went score- less in both the sixth and sev- enth innings despite loading the bases in both frames with less than two outs. "We really should have won the game by scoring in the sixth or the seventh," Abreo said. "But we've been a good comeback team this year and we never stopped believing we could win." Hays will likely face an- other tough challenge when it travels to Lehman, a team that has never beat- en the Rebels, for a Thurs- day night game. First pitch at Lobo Field is scheduled for 7 p.m. Lehman Softball Continued from pg. 1 B Del Valle added a couple of insurance runs in the sixth when Garcia singled in Victoria Pineda and then Vanessa Rubio doubled to plate Pineda for the Cardi- nals (2-3 in 17 4-A). "We just didn't come out ready to play," Valderaz said. "I don't understand why. I guess we thought we were go- ing to win this game easily." Torres took the pitching loss for the Lady Lobos as they fell into a tie for fifth with San Marcos with five games left' on the district schedule. "It's important for us to win at least two of our next five games if we want to make the playoffs," Herrera said. 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