Blondet in 1972 Olympics

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Blondet in 1972 Olympics - Hector's By EARL COX Courier-Journal ft Times...
Hector's By EARL COX Courier-Journal ft Times Executive Sports Editor MUNICH, West Germany Hector's got himself an Olympic basketball team . . . Hector Blondet, that is. Oh, the name of the team officially is Puerto Rico, but no one who saw last night's 81-74 victory over West Germany could doubt that Hector was the man in charge. Hector, the former Murray State star, was doing his things, the things he loves best in all the world: Talking and playing basketball. He talked in both English and Spanish, and he played basketball out of this world. More specifically, his passes were out of this world. Time and time again he brought the appreciative crowd roaring to its feet with most unusual passes. To give you an idea: Once he was headr ed for the basket. But wait, there's a guy in his way. What does Hector do? Without stopping, he takes the ball and bounces it between his legs behind him to a teammate. Hector is the team captain. His position is guard, but sometimes he lets someone else bring the ball up the floor. Then he goes to the corner and yells for the ball. He gets it. Only he can see a teammate open under the basket. He threads the ball through eight other people and finds his man wide open for an easy basket. Eight times in the first half Hector was credited with assists and most were spectacular. Hector didn't play much defense "I have this little cold, see." He made his first two shots, then missed the next five, made two more straight and then missed got a heckuva team his last three finishing with four baskets in 12 tries. He made eight points in all. He also rebounded . . . once. "Hectors a better shooter than that, I'll guarantee you, and he'll prove it," said Gene Bartow, the Memphis State coach, who officially is in charge of the Puerto Rican tsam. "Did Cal Luther teach you to pass like that?" Hector was asked. Luther is the Murray coach. Pointing his finger at a reporter, Hector answered: "It's a gift." Hector was born in Puerto Rico, raised in New York City and has lived in Puerto Rico for the past three years. He attended school at Murray last spring. Earlier, the U.S. won its 56th Olympic basketball game without defeat. Davis lauds EDITOR'S NOTE: Kenny Davis, former star basketball player at Georgetown College, is a member of the United States team that crushed Czechoslovakia 66-35 in its first Olympic competition yesterday. He is writing for The Courier-Journal during the Olympics. By KENNY DAVIS MUNICH, West Germany Defense. That's what did it. We really put the defense to Czechoslovakia in the first 10 minutes. That broke it open. I'll tell you, when you give up just "Do you ever think about that record?" U.S. coach Hank Iba was asked following the 66-35 runaway over Czechoslovakia. "I think about it, but I don't talk about it," answered the retired Oklahoma State coach. "I never talk to the men about it, but I don't have to. They've all been to school and can read." What about the players? What do they think about the victory string that began when basketball became an Olympic sport in 1936? Kenny Davis, the Kentuckian who is a member of the U.S. team, answered: "Oh, we've talked about it, but it doesn't bother us. It isn't like when you've won all your games for years in college and you're beginning your senior year with the burden of a long winning streak. "It's been a long time since 1968," said Davis. "We just don't relate to the 1968 team. So the pressure isn't there". U.S. defense next with 9 minutes and 34 seconds left in the first half. I got a quick, easy basket when Burleson tapped the ball to me at midcourt. I went all the way for a left-handed layup. That's a nice way to start the Olympics. In all, I played slightly over six minutes. I missed my only other shot, mssing everything from the corner in the second half. I sort of rushed that one. Way to go, Kenny. Naturally, I'd like more playing time, but so would a lot of other guys. The important thing is that we won. Here's what coach Iba told us:

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  1. The Courier-Journal,
  2. 28 Aug 1972, Mon,
  3. [First Edition],
  4. Page 20

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