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Sacramento sews up 2001 2ball competition

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Posted: Saturday February 10, 2001 10:06 PM
Updated: Monday February 19, 2001 4:13 PM

  Peja Stojakovic, Ruthie Bolton-Holifield Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic and Ruthie Bolton-Holifield proudly display their 2ball trophies. AP

WASHINGTON (Ticker) -- Ruthie Bolton-Holifield and Peja Stojakovic were too much in 2ball.

The Sacramento duo simply outclassed the rest of the eight-team field with their mid-range shooting on Saturday night and cruised to an easy victory in the "mixed doubles" event of All-Star Weekend.

Bolton-Holifield, the star of the WNBA's Monarchs, actually showed a sweeter stroke than Stojakovic in the opening round, when they teamed for 66 points. She shot primarily from the right corner, and Stojakovic, the emerging star of the Kings, fired mostly from the left wing.

It was the top score of the first round and blew past the 49 posted by Cleveland's duo of Trajan Langdon of the Cavaliers and Eva Nemcova of the Rockers -- another pairing in which the woman shot better than the man.

Charlotte's pairing of David Wesley and Dawn Staley opened the first round and put up a 46 but were bumped from the finals by Sacramento.

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In the finals, Stojakovic found his range as Bolton-Holifield cooled a bit. Using the same strategy, their combined 62 was enough to overcome the 57 posted by Langdon and Nemcova.

"I carried him the first game and he carried me the second game," said Bolton-Holifield.

In the finals, Langdon struggled and Nemcova carried the team with a deadly corner jumper.

Sacramento assumed the title from Utah, which won last year with the pairing of Jeff Hornacek and Natalie Williams. Hornacek retired and Williams of the WNBA's Starzz took Jazz forward Bryon Russell as her new partner.

Bolton-Holifield and Nemcova were not the only women to show up their male counterparts.

In the first round, Phoenix's pairing of Jason Kidd and Brandy Reed managed a paltry 20 points -- all by Reed. Kidd missed all but one shot and was booed off the MCI Center court.

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