Mountaineers 51-38 (0-6)
Stars 81-1 (6-0)
|Score (click for boxscore)||Game MVP||Hi Points||Hi Rebounds||Hi Assists|
|1. Stars 113, Mountaineers 112||Magic Johnson||28 M.Johnson/A.Dantley||12 Michael Cage||8 Magic Johnson|
|2. Stars 154, Mountaineers 96||Alvin Robertson||34 Alvin Robertson||12 Blair Rasmussen||13 Doc Rivers|
|3. Stars 124, Mountaineers 117||Ben Coleman||22 A.Dantley/B.Coleman||23 Patrick Ewing||8 Magic Johnson|
|4. Stars 132, Mountaineers 110||Magic Johnson||43 Magic Johnson||15 Magic Johnson||13 Doc Rivers|
Game 1 – Fresno jumped out to a 20-12 lead with just over 5 minutes remaining in the first period. Andes then turned the table on them and finished the period on a 19-8 run to take a 31-28 lead after one. Magic led the Stars with 10, Benoit Benjamin topped ADM with 8. Adrian Dantley scored 12 points in the 2nd frame, but both teams tallied 26, making it a 57-54 lead for the visitors at the half. The Mountaineers built a 9-point advantage with 2 minutes left in the 3rd, but Fresno rallied and scored 8 of the period’s last 10 points to make it a 3-point game again, heading into the 4th. Fresno reclaimed the lead at 99-98 with 6:41 on the clock. From there, the teams traded leads until the clock said 58 seconds and Patrick Ewing made an inside basket to go up 111-110. The Stars’ defense held and Magic Johson raced back and made a fastbreak layup to make it 113-110. Benjamin got a bucket at 27 seconds to pull Andes within one. The Mountaineers forced Paul Pressey to miss a shot, but Ennis Whatley was smothered by the Stars and couldn’t get a shot off. Magic Johnson was named game MVP with 28 points, 11 rebounds and 8 assists. Pressey added 19. Fresno, the league’s best offense during the regular season shooting at a .579 clip only managed .457 in this one. Dantley finished with 28 to top Andes. Byron Scott was good for 20.
Game 2 – The Fresno Stars took their game one wake up call seriously, scoring 45 points in the first period. Alvin Robertson scored 13 and Magic 10 as they had a 15-point lead heading into the 2nd. Andes couldn’t get it going in this one, they never tied or lead and the Stars coasted to a 154-96 blowout. Robertson was named game MVP with 34 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists. Doc Rivers added 22 points and 13 assists. Earvin finished with 18 points and 10 dimes. Adrian Dantley tallied 23 for the Mountaineers.
Game 3 – The Andes Mountaineers were glad to be home. They scored 8 of the game’s first 10 points to excite the home crowd with possibilities against the heavily-favored Fresno Stars. Just as fast as it started for the home squad, the tables turned and Fresno went on a 26-9 spree and ultimately took the first quarter 35-26. Jerome Kersey topped the Stars with 10 and Adrian Dantley had 9 for Andes. The second period saw Fresno build a 16-point advantage, but Andes closed it to 11 as the teams went into the locker rooms with Fresno up 68-57. The Stars came out of the break on a 12-4 run to take their biggest lead of the contest at 19. Kenny Gattison got inside at the buzzer for a bucket that gave Andes the 3rd period 31-29. The Moutaineers kept grinding away in the 4th, eventually pulling within one at 112-111. Joe Watkins called timeout and got in his squad’s faces, adjusted the strategy a bit and his guys responded. They quickly got it back to a 5-point cushion and Doc Rivers went 6-6 from the free throw line down the stretch. The Fresno Stars go up 3-0 with the 124-117 victory. Rookie Ben Coleman was the unlikely MVP of the game. He had 22 points and 10 rebounds in 17-1/2 minutes subbing for Michael Cage. Ewing had 23 rebounds and 15 points, but was only 7-19 from the floor. Magic had a game-high 8 assists to go with his 16 points. Dantley made 10-14 freebies to lead Andes with 22. Bill Laimbeer finished with 18 points and 13 boards. Fresno had the fast break advantage, 36 points to 14, but due to Ewing’s shooting woes, shot only 40% inside (16-40). Magic and gang hope to close this series out when they meet again on May 8th.
Game 4 – Fresno entered the game hoping to close out the series. They got off to a good start, getting out to a 12-4 lead and winning the first period 37-27. Magic led the way with 12 points 4 rebounds and 2 assists. The Stars also got to the charity stripe for 12 FTs, hitting 11 of them. Johnson continued being hot, scoring 13 in the second quarter, giving Fresno a 68-53 lead going into halftime. Byron Scott led Andes with 12 points. In the third period, Andes edged Fresno 33-31, leaving the Stars with a 99-86 advantage going into the fourth quarter. Dantley scored 6, Tucker 5 and Robinson 5 to lead the Mountaneers. In the fourth quarter, Fresno opened with a 10-5 run, opening up an 18-point lead that Andes could never reduce, and the Stars went on to win 132-110. Magic Johnson added another 12 points in the fourth, finishing the game with 43 points 15 rebounds and 9 assists. Doc Rivers helped out with 16 points and 13 assists. Adrian Dantley led Andes with 22 points, supported by Byron Scott with 14. With the win, Fresno closes out the series.