STATE'UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK COLLEGE AT CORTLAND•APRIL 6, 1990 Seems like old times in NBA By Joel Pinckney If you follow the National Bas- h·thall A~..,ociation, particularly tht• ,Atlantic Divi~ion, it may -.cem li~c old times again. With only ahandfulofgame\ the Philadelphia 7oer~ lead the Atlantic Divbion oy three game!\ over their rival Bo~ton Ct•ltics. The 76cr\ are looking fm their first division title ~incc the 19H2-8.3 -.cason. the year they went on to sweep the Los Angclc-. Lakcrs in the NBA finals. Led by viable MVP candidate Charles Barkley. who is often over- looked because of his outspoken- ness, the 76ers have ... urprised many this season. Picked hy many ex.perts to finish no higher than third behind the New York Knids and the Celtics, the 76ers have quietly be- come a legitimate championship contender. Meanwhile, the Knicks have -.lumped recently, dropping them into third place. Patrick Ewing is having an MVP-Iike season, but hasn't received much help as of lately. As for the Celtics, Larry Bird is back but they have yet to find the consistency that kept them at the top throughout the 80s. In Philadelphia, the 7&ers have gelled. In addition to the scoring, re- hounding and leadership of Barkley, the off-season acquisition of Rick Mahorn has added some muscle inside. Point guard Johnny Dawkins 4uietly distributes the ball. while second-year guard Hersey 1-lawkins lights it up from outside. The ever- improving Derek Smith a.nd sixth man Ron Anderson give the 76ers some quality play off the bench, and do not forget about Coach Jim Lynam, who has done an outstand- ing job. If Philadelphia wins the Atlantic Division, keep an eye on them in the playoffs. They are exceptionlly tough at The Spectrum, their home arena. The 76ers will have home court advantage up to the Eastern Conference Finals should they win the division, assuming the Detroit Pistons make it to the conference fi- nafs. Around the rest of the Eastern playoff time. You can never count out the Celtics, but inconsistency has hurt them throughout the year. The Knicks are looking to regain the form of the season, but the team to catch is the Chicago Bulls, with \Mr. Everything\ Michael Jordan. The Bulls have more depth than last season with rookiesB.J.Armstrong and Stacey King, and Scottie Pippen is a blooming superstar. Look for the Bulls in the NBA Finals, even if Dumars gets healthy. Over in the Western Conference, the Los Angeles Lakers are still the best team. They boast the best record and are looking for a rematch with the Pisto~. butthe fast-rising Phoe- nix Suns are their toughest challenge. The Utah Jazz may win the Midwest Division but are a player short of a championship team. Portland's playoff woes will continue, and the San Antonio Spurs, with rookie sensation David Robiflson, need seasoning. Look for Magic Johnson and the Lakers in the finals against JordanandtheBulls. TheLakers will Conference, the Pistons are still the win the championship in six. games, teamtobeat,butwillnotrepeatifJoe while Magic walks away with the Dumars is on the sideline come series MVP trophy. ~ Duke eaten up in shark infested area by Corey Wiles Sports Editor The UNL V Rebels came out to play Monday night and defeated the Duke Blue Devils 103-73 in the NCAA Championship game. In what was the climax. of an incredible tournament, this game was all one sided as UNL V dominated the game from the beginning and never looked back. cold as I've ever seen a team shoot. UNL V a bad boy image that has been They just didn't seem like they could hard for them to shake. Even though get it rolling. They got frustrated and there has been problems, take noth- then took it out on each other. They ing away from the Rebels. Winning didn't stand a chance after that. a national championship with this UNLVhad a spectacular season y!!ar's crew oflegitimate, outstand- and the fans definitely favored the ing athletes was no fluke. UNL V is Rebe Is Monday night. Probably said to go through grueling practices because Denver is closer to Las andyoubetterbelieveitpaysoff. The Vegas or maybe because they Rebels run and gun philosophy is wanted it just a little more. In the backed up with tenacious defense. \shark tank\ which is where the This is a winning combination. Rebels play their home glliiles, they So the game didn't live up to the do not lose. Named the \shark tank\ hype of a national championship in honor of their coach Jerry Tar- game, but we got to see a show kanian, the Rebels did not lose this performed by UNLV. The Rebels year at home. That is called total aregoingtobetoughagainnextyear, intimidation and domination. but it is very hard to repeat. It's tough \ UNL V was led by guard Ander- son Hunt with 29 points. But it was Augmon, Butler, and Johnson who destroyed Duke on the boards. \UNL V was more physical and caused a lot more turnovers.\ said commentator Brent Musberger. \They are the best team in the na- tion.\ UNL V never really looked like they were in trouble and at times they looked invisible. Duke was as UNLV head coach Jerry Tar- becausethetoumamentistoughand kanian, who has had problems in the unpredictable. Ittakes a lot of talent past with recruiting, wasn 'tthinking and a little luck to go the distance in about problems last night. However, the NCAA tournament. The Rebels the recruiting problems have given made it look easy. ~~--------~------------, Baseball returns! By Doug Friedle Staff Writer It was not all that long ago people wondered if we would see base- ball at all. Well, April 9th marks the Opening Day ceremonies for most of the major leagues. It will be a week later than expected but baseball will finally get under- way. The lockout being settled for the most part, its time to get down to business. The only big change in the agreement is the fact that the rosters will be 27 men for the first three weeks than 25 from May 1 on. Who will win this year? At the moment that is almost impossible to tell. Spring training has not really been a true indication at the type of play we'll see (or at least I hope not). Many new faces are making themselves feel at home the next couple of days with their new teams. When they become adjusted to their new teams the standings could be real close. Sports Update: MEN'S LACROSSE (5-2) : Ranked seventh in the nation, the Red Dragon men's lacrosse team extending their win streak to three games by downing 16th ranked Potsdam State 11-7 and beating Ithaca College 16-91ast week. Sophomore attackman Todd Freeman (JAMESVILLE) tallied a season single-game high six. goals against Ithaca. After playing seven straight road games to start the 1990 season, Cortland opens at home on Saturday with a 1 p.m. contest against national champion Hobart College on Davis Field. WOMEN'S LACROSSE (1-0) : The 1990 Cortland women's la- crosse team, under veteran coach Pat Rudy, opened the season With 6-5 victory today over visiting Lock Haven University on Holloway Field. They Red Dragons took a 3-0 lead in the opening minutes, but Lock Haven battled back to tie the game at 5-5 early in the second half. Cortland junior Ann Bolton (FREDONIA) scored the game winner 10 minutes into the final stanza. In a busy week, the Dragons are at Hartwic~ on Tuesday, host Hamilton on Wednesday, play at Trenton State on Saturday and at Glassboro State on Sunday. BASEBALL (7 -6) : Coach Tony Cirelli • s Dragons started their State University of New York Athletic Conference schedule by splitting a twin bill at New Paltz State last Wednesday, losing 7-4 and winning 13-4. Visiting Cornell swept two games. 5-2 and 4-1, from the Drag- . om; on Thursday. Cortland hosts Ithaca College in one nine-inning game Tuesday afternoon, hosts Albany State in a Thursday _double- -header, and plays two games at St. John Fisher on Saturday. SOFTBALL (7-3): Idle last week, the Red Dragon softball squad,. tanked loth in the nation, plays a doubleheader at Oneonta State on _ . Tuesday, plays two games at Geneseo on Thursday, competes in tlie Montclair (NJ) State Tournament on Friday and Saturday, then hosts • Stony Brook for two gam.es· on Sunday. . MEN'S AND WOMEN'S OUTDOOR TRACK: For the second str:aiglnt· week; the Red Dragon men's and women's outdoor track l':se~as(>O start was delayed because of inclement weather. The Cortland . squads will look to begin the 1990campaign on Saturday at the Albany . , Invitational.. MEN'S GYMNASTICS : The three-time national champion Cort- land men's gymnastics squad remains idle until the United States Gym- nastics Federation Division II-ID United States Air Force in 4. I I • I : ~ ' ~ i ~ I ~ li I · .