Russ makes a basket
fMummy, Clutch win again By Randy Peterson . , (Trteunt SUN WrIMr) DALLAS CENTER, IA. - We'U caU them Clutch Baker, Sticky Fingers Cerretti and Mummy Spenla for reasons that will be explained later. - Woodward-Granger and Dallas Community squared off for the second time here Friday night, with their 7-1 Raccoon River Conference boys' basketball records on the line. Woodward-Granger won the season's first meeting, 47-46, on a last-second shot by Jon Baker. Baker came to the rescue again Friday night, making about a 10-foot shot in the lane with The Tribune's Spotlight Game seven seconds to go to give Woodward-Granger a 51-48 victory. Baker's score came after a steal by Woodward-Granger's Tim Cerretti, a reserve who has started off and on this season. The tiny guard stole an inbounds pass with 28 seconds to go, then Woodward worked the ball around for 16 seconds before Baker's game-clincher.: i . Randy Spenla, who is taped from just above the knee to just above his waist, made numerous clutch baskets down the stretch and scored 10 points. Baker led all scorers with 23 points. Jeff Kuehl paced Dallas Community with 14. After a sluggish first half, Dallas Community pulled to a 32-30 lead midway through the third quarter and a 48-47 lead with 34 seconds to play after Russ Slauson's basket. But it was all Baker after that. "We weren't looking for Jon in particular," said Woodward-Granger Coach Rich Ashton. "We were looking for any one of three players. We Sticky worked the ball around for about 16 seconds because we really weren't in . any hurry. All we wanted to get was a good shot." Baker's heroics 'in both games against Dallas Community was not the first time the senior has helped out in the clutch for Woodward-Granger. In a sectional tournament contest against YJB of Jamaica last season, Baker hit a free throw in the fourth overtime to . win, 62-61. "We went into our delay game," Baker explained about the final seconds Friday night "We were trying to get the ball to someone who had an open shot, and I got the ball in the lane. All I had to do was turn around and - luckily it was in." - But without Cerretti, Woodward-Granger may have been taking a long, quiet bus ride home. , ' ' "I was going for the steal all right," he said. "And the last thing I wanted to do was foul, because that could have meant the game." Cerretti started the first part of the season, but lately has been playing as a reserve. . "I had a few bad games early in the season," Cerretti said. "But I'm happy just as long as I can contribute." Spenla, an all-conference performer last year, has been out at times this season because of numerous injuries. Ashton did not want to say how much tape he uses on the senior because "I'm afraid of what the school board will say." "I got hurt during football," Spenla said. "I hurt my back during pre-season practice and did not play." Ashton said that Spenla is operating with patched up abdominal muscles at the present time. "I'm as near 100 per cent as I'll ever get," Spenla smiled. And, as a matter of fact, the entire Woodward-Granger basketball team was smiling after this one!