Better, not older Veterans Preki, Segota lead West to MSL All-Star victory, 14-9

February 14, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

The East had all the stats and the West had Preki and Branko Segota.

Enough said.

Preki and Segota last night put on a scoring show that won't be forgotten soon, leading the West to a 14-9 victory over the East in the 13th MSL All-Star Game, the first played at the Baltimore Arena. A crowd of 7,145 braved ice and snow to watch it.

Preki (two goals, five assists) and Segota (three goals, three assists) combined for 13 points in a performance that shattered All-Star records.

The East didn't fare badly itself in the 23-goal explo

sion that easily surpassed the All-Star record of 18 in 1985. Hector Marinaro had three goals for the East, which scored four in 1:10 in the third quarter to tie the game at 7.

That breathtaking run was wiped out by Preki and teammates in the fourth quarter, when they scored six goals.

Preki had two goals and one assist in the fourth quarter and walked off with his third All-Star Game Most Valuable Player award.

Preki won a refrigerator for being the MVP, but there was nothing cold about his game.

"You don't count the goals when you're out there playing," Preki said. "I just kept on playing. I'll donate the refrigerator to charity. It was a fun night."

Segota's six points give him 22 in All-Star competition, breaking Steve Zungul's mark of 19.

Segota, who finished second to Preki in the MVP voting, said the West victory proved that veterans still can do the job in a big game.

"We've been doing it for 10 years," Segota said. "That's what it takes to prove yourself."

West coach Ron Newman, who was booed by the Baltimore fans, said the boos were better than what happened to him in St. Louis recently when a newspaper article referred to him as Paul Newman.

"I'm better looking than Paul Newman, younger and my salad dressing is better," said the San Diego Sockers coach. "But the game didn't surprise me at all. These guys on the West are so good that people ought to pay to watch them play."

Besides Preki and Segota, the West got two goals from Paul Wright and a goal and an assist each from Dale Mitchell and Paul Dougherty.

East goalkeeper Joe Papaleo was the victim of the 10-point second-half spree by the West.

Papaleo, who replaced Blast goalkeeper Cris Vaccaro after he did a good job in the first half, said he knew he was in trouble in the first 15 seconds of the second half.

"When Paul Wright scored, Hector [Marinaro] was laughing at me," said Papaleo. "Can you imagine that? My own teammate laughing at me. He must have known what was coming. Only one of the 10 goals came from outside the penalty box, so I didn't have much of a chance."

West goalkeeper Mike Dowler, who was drilled for six goals in the second half, said, "There I was enjoying a nice quiet All-Star Game, really watching some excellent play just like the fans when all of a sudden I'm in the game and they're scoring so much that my back was sore from bending over to take the ball out of the net."

The only Blast player to score was Rod Castro, who had one goal for the East. Iain Fraser and Domenic Mobilio had one assist each.

Mobilio, who once hit the crossbar, said the two teams "put on quite a show for the TV cameras [SportsChannel America] and the people in the stands. Both teams have explosive players and are going to score a lot."

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