Fresno Stars
68-14 (7-1)

Callaway Kings
51-31 (1-7)

Score (click for boxscore) Game MVP Hi Points Hi Rebounds Hi Assists
1. Kings 130, Stars 126 James Edwards 44 James Edwards 9 Terry Cummings 19 Reggie Theus
2. Stars 125, Kings 122 Patrick Ewing 39 James Edwards 14 Patrick Ewing 17 R.Theus/Magic
3. Stars 146, Kings 131 Magic Johnson 31 Mg.Johnson/A.Robertson 11 James Bailey 17 Magic Johnson
4. Stars 128, Kings 122 Orlando Woolridge 25 Orlando Woolridge 15 Terry Cummings 13 Magic Johnson
5. Stars 147, Kings 139 Magic Johnson 50 James Edwards 13 Rick Mahorn 15 Magic Johnson
Fresno wins series 4-1

Game 1 – The Callaway Kings were ahead 68-60 at the half, but Fresno came back to make it a 96-94 game at the end of three. Fresno then takes the lead with 10:56 to go in the 4th and pulls out to as much as a 6-point lead before the Kings come back and the teams’ swap leads several times (14 lead changes and 24 ties in the game). The Kings took the lead for good with 55 seconds remaining. Artis Gilmore was in foul trouble much of game, playing 22+ minutes and fouled out with 2:41 left while trapping Reggie Theus on the perimeter. James Edwards scores 18 in 2nd quarter on his way to a game-high 44 points. Theus recorded 19 assists. Orlando Woolridge had 25 points and 7 rebounds for the Stars. Fresno outscored the Kings 24-4 in fast break points while the Kings’ reserves outscored the Stars’ reserves 79-49 with the help of MVP Edwards.

Game 2 – The game was pretty close all the way. Fresno enjoyed their biggest lead of 8 points during the first half. Callaway posted a 33-25 third quarter, building their biggest lead of 5. The score was 93-88 Callaway, with 11:05 remaining in the 4th when Fresno rallied for 10 unanswered points. A short time later, Callaway rolled off 8-straight to go back up 109-106. Another big momentum shift saw the Stars go on an 11-2 run to go up 117-111. The Kings would get no closer than three from there, falling 125-122 to the home team. Rookie Patrick Ewing, who is limited in the series due to injuries and fatigue, stepped up to win MVP honors with 29 points, 14 rebounds and 5 blocked shots. Alvin Robertson added 26 points and 13 boards. Magic Johnson scored the triple-double with 19 points, 17 assists and 10 rebounds. James Edwards led Callaway with 39 points and 9 rebounds. Marques Johnson scored 26 and Reggie Theus matched Magic with 17 dimes. The series heads to Callaway tied 1-1.

Game 3 – With Patrick Ewing in street clothes, Fresno traveled to Callaway for Game 3.  Fresno raced out to 46 points in the first quarter to take a 46-34 lead.  The second and third quarters were basically even, with Callaway trimming 4 points off of Fresno’s lead.  The fourth quarter began 112-104 for Fresno.  Then, Fresno slowly increased its lead through the fourth to win 146-131.  Fresno had its fast break working, going 19-25 for 38 points.  Magic and Alvin Robertson led the charge with 31 points each.  Perhaps a key factor of the game was that Terry Cummings dealt with foul trouble most of the game, scoring only 8 points in 14 minutes.  Callaway’s bench outscored Fresno’s 88-28, and the Kings outscored the Stars in the paint 70-36.

Game 4 – In the first quarter, both Patrick Ewing and Artis Gilmore had to sit due to foul trouble.  Very fortunately, Fresno was still able to come out of the first with a 35-31 lead.  In the second half of the third quarter, Ewing and Gilmore again both had to sit, but Fresno again was able to increase it’s lead a little during that time.  Starting the fourth, Fresno held a seemingly comfortable 22-point lead.  Even at the 9:06 mark, Fresno maintained a 20-point lead.  That is when Callaway embarked on a furious comeback, outscoring the Stars 27-12, leaving Fresno with just a 5-point lead with 1:53 to go.  In the midst of the comeback, Magic Johnson got hurt.  The game said he should come back, but he never did.  Doc Rivers and Alvin Robertson tired trying to replace Magic.  Down the stretch, Fresno played pretty evenly with the Kings, holding on for  a 128-122 victory.  Terry Cummings scored 16 in the fourth to lead Callaway’s comeback.  With other key players on the bench due to foul trouble or injury, Orlando Woolridge led Fresno with 25 points.

Game 5 – Fresno put Callaway in a deep hole in the 1st qtr, 42-25. The Kings shot just over 30% from the field and Magic ran the fast break to perfection; the Stars only missed 3 shots all quarter. Fresno stretched their lead up to 22 pts. before the Kings rallied late in the 3rd to pull within 2. The Stars collected themselves to go back up 112-98 after three.  The Kings made another rally to bring it to 126-133, but were unable to come any closer. James Edwards scored 50 for the home team.  Alvin Robertson had 15 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists.  Magic Johnson was named MVP with 45 points and 15 dimes. Congratulations to Louis Landhuis for another great season, making the playoffs for 4 straight years and 6 out of the 7 years of the league’s existence.