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5^1^ RAMS AND CARBONDALE BID Rams Will Stick With Two Guards Mt. Vernon won one and lost one at Carbondale but neither performance was satisfactory . . . Nobody knows it better than coach Bob Arnold . . . The Rams had 40 'turnovers' (loss of the ball through mistakes) in their two games at Carbondale . . . They lost it 17 times against Cahokia, but won the game with .511 shooting . . . They lost it 23 times against Alton and couldn't recover . . . With 40 miscues in two games, the locals were lucky to break even ... "The -x- kids -x- -x- have lost confi- didn't he? I even thought he was remarkable in sticking with Nate Hawthorne on defense." "What's the best team you've met this year?" we asked. "EdwardsviUe is by far the best balanced club we've played," said the Alton coach . . . "Mt. Vernon, perhaps, is a stronger team but doesn't have the balance. We couldn't get ir the game against Edwardsville . . . It was 1 no contest ..." -X- -X- -X- Decatur Eisenhower and Peoria Manual should have shared an award for their 73-72 contest yesterday . . . The teams deserved a "trophy for loafing." Decatur won the game, but dence and it's* really hurting ; also earned a lion's share of the us," said coach Arnold before yesterday's loss to Alton . . . "We've got to have some success before we can pull out of it . . ." Following the holiday action, the Ram coach said he planned to stick with Eddie James and Ronnie Henderson at the guard positions ... "I think it's a move we have to make," he said . . . -x- -x- -x- The Rams' rocky start this year has come despite some hard work by a "board of loafing trophy in blowing a big lead against the outmanned Peoria club . . Incidentally, the two teams scored 60 field goals, tying ; Carbondale tourney record . . . With the defenses exhibited EACH club might have talliec' 60 field goals ... -X- -X- -X- Tourney refs at Carbondale are drawing extra duty . . . Official Fred Brenzel's father died on Christmas day and Fred withdrew from the tourney . . . "The news came too late -for u strategy." Coach Arnold and j to get. another official," said soph mentor Sonny Ellis have received advice from former coach and athletic director Stan Changnon,' former coach Scott Gill and community college coaches Jim Waugh and Wayne Arnold . . . "Mr. Waugh scouted Centralia, Mr. Changnon scouted Ca- hoka for us, they've all helped," said Arnold . . . "There's plenty of basketball knowledge around Mt. Vernon and I'm willing to 'pick the brains' of the men who have been there before." Meanwhile, the Mt. Vernon coach hasn't hit the panic button ... He isn't that sort of a man . . . -X- -X- -X- Tourney Notes "An awful lot of ball games are played in five weeks," said Carbondale coach Walt Moore yesterday when contemplating the loss of his ace guard Bob Pankey . . . Pankey has a hairline fracture of the right ankle. It was first thought to be a severe sprain . . . "They tell me his ankle will be in the cast for three weeks, then it will take maybe two- weeks to strengthen the anklo," said Moore, "but Bob will be hard to keep sidelined for that | long." Walter paid a big compliment to his scrambling guard who is SIU publicist Fred Huff," so the other men had doubled over to take up the slack ..." -X- -X- -X- Mt. Vernon's Tommy Williams went to SIU on a football scholarship and won his frosh numeral this fall as a reserve quarterback . . . "Now, I might wind up playing basketball," Tommy said yesterday . . . Williams, a Ram guard last year, is working out with the Saluki frosh cagers. "Gale Lister, of Effingham, has transferred to the University of Illinois and I might just gel a chance for some first- string action." said Tommy . . . -x- -x- -x- Kenny Dillingham's Odin Eagles beat Columbia 78-58 to reach the O'Fallon holiday semifinals against New Athens today . . . The victory boosted* Mt. Vernonite Dillingham and his Eagles to an 8-2 record for the year ... The South Misses The Beat Again Is southern Illinois basketball prestige withering on the vine? Withering, maybe — but not dead yet . . . South Seven teams took another holiday licking . . . Centralia, in the championship bracket at Centralia, and Harrisburg, in the consolation Kahoks, Decatur Advance Alton Cracks MTV; Meridian Upsets Moore's Terriers Mt. V. Register-News By Bill Webb Carbondale and Mt. Vernon, seeded one and two in the Carbondale Tourney, were both victims of the upsetters yesterday as Collinsville, Decatur, Eisenhower, Alton, and Meridian advanced to today's semifinal games. Meridian held Carbondale's Les Taylor to seven points in the initial half and took an 18-point advantage after two quarters before trimm i n g the top • seeded host Terriers, 72-65. Avenging a season - opening loss to the Rams, Alton ran up j a 19- point first half lead on i cool- shooting and turnover I prone Mt. Vernon, and then held ' off a third quarter surge that prey to a strong fourth- seeded Collinsville quintet, 78-56. Mt. Vernon managed to hit on only 6 of 24 field goal attempts the first half and turned the ball over 14 times during the same time while falling prey to an Agresslve Alton Redbird club. Nate Hawthorne put the Rams out front 4-1 with a pair of field goals following a Larry Hardimon free toss. Then Ron Caldwell and Stan Burton tied it up for the Redbirds. Mike Jeffries gave Alton a 6-4 margin but Hawthorn tied it up. Four straight Alton fielders gave Alton a lead that the Redbirds continued to increase. Rams Close to 9 points The Rams found themselves down 37-18 as the third quarter got underway, but looked as if 1—B SATURDAY, DECEMBER 28, 1968 fell short to drop the locals they might change things in a'l BATTLE OF THE GIANTS—Over 400 pounds of manpower went for this rebound when Alton's Mike Jeffries (54) and Mt. Vernon's Nate Hawthorne (51) tangled in a board battle. Hawthorne, who tallied 22 of the Rams' 50 points in yester-_ day's defeat, outstretched the husky Jeffries to gain control in photo above. Redbirds' Stan Burton and Rams' Steve Strickland watch the action. (Richard Clark Photo) -x- -x- -x- from tourney action, 64-50, Though trailing 63-43 at one point in the third stanza, Peoria Manual roared back in the final seconds only to fall a point short and bow 74-73 to third 1 -seeded Decatur Eisenhower. Marion, down by only seven going into the fourth quarter, couldn't turn the key and fell hurry. Hardimon gave Alton a' S BOX SCORE Alton (04) SA FG FT TP far better known as a football; bracket at Carbondale, are the quarterback ... , only conference entries left kick"On the basketball floor, some : j ng kids wait for something to hap- ] 0f " the eight semlfinalists at pen — but Pankey is the kind ( centralia and Carbondale, the who likes to make things hap- South te represented by two pen," said coach Moore . -X- -X- -X- Mt. Vernon beat Alton by five points in the season opener, Alton beat Mt. Vernon by 14 yesterday ... "Has your club improved that much?" we asked Alton coach Ralph Sterrett. "We've improved for certain but this was our best game today. Stan Burton, our big center, came of age out there today," replied Sterrett . . . Burton, Alton's 6-6 center, is a senior but is playing his first year of basketball. "I got him out of the halls at school last year," said Sterrett. "He learned the game quickly but became ineligible for awhile, then broke a finger. This is really only about his twelfth basketball game, but he sure did it today, teams — Centralia and Merid ian . . . But even this year's poor showing is an improvement over the South's fate in last season's holiday activity ... At Centralia and Carbondale in 1967, southern Illinois quintets lost the first 10 games they played. This year, against rivals from other sections, the South won four and lost five in first-round contests . . . Benton, Centralia, Mt. Vernon and Marion were winners . . . Nashville, Salem, Herrin, P'ville and West Frankfort losers . . . (Carbondale won, but against Du Quoin another Little Egypt entry * . . Harrisburg lost, but to the South's Meridian . . .) Let's face it . . . The showing was not promising . . . Hardimon 21 10 3 23 Jeffries 10 6 5 17 Burton 6 3 6 12 Caldwell 2 2 15 Middleton 3 2 2 6 'Hightower 4 0 11 Koppenhaver 10 0 0 Hagen 0 0 0 0 TOTALS 47 23 IS 64 Mt. Vernon (60) SA FG FT TP Hawthorne 15 10 2 22 Sledge 7 11 Strickland 3 2 4 Gray 3 0 0 Henderson ,. 8 0 5 James 6 3 1 Sanders 8 2 1 :-«iiiififiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittfiiiiiffiiiifiiiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinitiiiiiiiitiiiiii]iiimitifiiimiiiiiiiiffiTfiiiiicuius£ AT CENTRALIA 1 Yesterday's Results | | Champaign 77, Jacksonville 71 § | Homewood-Flossmoor 86, Nashville 77 § | New Trier East 88, Benton 56 I | Princeton 69, Freeporr 66 §1 I Decatur Stephen 74, Salem 70 = | Thornton 68, Belleville West 59 | = Centralia 90, Peoria Spalding 85 j= j Pittsfield 73, York 58 | | Today's Games | | Homewood-Flossmoor vs. Princeton—9 a.m. § | Decatur vs. Pittsfield—10:30 a.m. | | Champaign vs. New Trier—1 p.m. § = Thornton vs. Centralia—2:30 p.m. = | (CONSOLATION FINALS) | | Consolation—4 p.m. 1 | Third Place Game—7:30 p.m. jf 1 Championship Game—9:00 p.m. E AT CARBONDALE | Yesterday's Results | Decatur Eisenhower 74, Peoria Manual 73 1 Alton 64, Mt. Vernon 50 | Collinsville 78, Marion 56 § Meridian 72, Carbondale 65 1 Pinckneyville 85, Herrin 52 | Chicago St. Patrick 59, Glenbard East 55 i Harrisburg 72, Du Quoin 56 § TOTALS 50 18 14 50 By Quarters: Alton 17 20 13 14—64 Mt. Vernon 10 8 18 14-^50 BAL.L CONTROL—Stan Burton (32) Alton's 6-footG center, leaps high above Rams' Steve Strickland to control rebound in action at Carbondale yesterday. Burton, a first-year performer though a senipr, played outstanding game in Redbirds' 64-50 thumping of Mt. Vernon. Under basket are Mike Jeffries (54) of Alton, and Nate Hawthorne (51) of Rams. (Richard Clark Photo) * PREP SCORES * We're having a after Christmas Sale on new and used cars at the Big Store, so now is the time to save on the car of your choice. 64 Cadillac Coupe Deville .... s 2195,00 (See To Appreciate) 68 GTO With Low Mileage . _. $2995.00 67 Firebird Convertible ... $2395.00 66 VW 2 Door $1295.00 66 Cadillac Sedan Deville . „ $3695.00 (4 Door Hardtop) Buy One Of These Beauties Today At At Mattoon Cario 62, Phillips 54 Thornton 68, Sullivan 50 Lawrenceville 100, St. Anthony 85 Mattoon 93, Springfield Grif fin 62 At Kushville Chapin 64, Clirton 43 Macomb 66, Warsaw 58 Galesburg Costa 64, Nauvoo 60 Glasford 78, Rushville 61 At Luther orth Quigley South 67, Stagg 52 H Merest 80, Wauconda 70 Uliana Christian 59, Holy Cioss 57 Luther North 69, Schurz 65 At Olney Wood River 80, St. Joseph 54 Lincoln 70, Staunton 50 Fairfield 63, Areola 53 Sparta 75, Olney 53 At O'Fallon Wilmington 79, Lebanon 67 Marissa 68, Love joy 44 l 'Teeburg 83, Sandoval 80 Belleville East 88, Gibault 55 New Athens 64, Venice 45 At Oak Lawn Wheaton North 69, Lemort 68 Joliet East 68, Reavis 63 New Trier West 63, Oak Lawn 54 Lane Park 62, Lockport W. 54 At Danville Danville Schlarman 58, Lewistown 50 Wheeling 76, Naperville 59 Joliet Catholic 66, Morton 62 Danville 67, Marion Catholic bO At Rossville Oakwood 71, Armstrong 65 Rossville 59, Bismarck 57 At Manteno Herscher 79, Momence 52 Manteno 71, St. Francis DeSales 65 (ot) Chicago Christian 83, Dwight 55 Reddick 64, Grant Park 52 At Chatsworth Gardrer South-Wilmington 44, Ruberts-Thalville 41 At Paxton Clifton Central 68, Lexington 45 At Tampico Milledgeville 71, Tampico 55 Maiden 64, Lyndon 61 At Erie Morrison 69, Riverdale 59 Fulton 55, Erie 52 At Genes eo Sterling Newman 64, Geneseo 62 (ot) Savanna 56, Prophetstown 54 (Ut) Non-Tournament Games Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Washirg ton 83, Moline 59 East Moline 74, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Kennedy 47 Rock Island 70, Clinton, Iowa, PI At DeKalb Hinsdale Central 62, Rochelle 44 21- point margin, but Strickland, Sledge,- Sanders, and Hawthorne rattled off 10 straight points and the Rams found themselves down by only 11 with 5:14 left in the third stanza. Then Hardimon popped in one before Hawthorne and Strick| land narrowed the margin to i nine. That was the closest the < Rams could get though and Al- Sftj**^ ton wen t on t 0 win by 14. U. • " Worst Qame tor Vernois The showing had to go down as the poorest of the young season for Bob Arnold's Rams. They finished the game with an icy .360 field goal percentage and 23 turnovers. Alton in turn fired at a fine .489 cip but turned the ball over on 18 occasions themselves. Hawthorne, plagued by fouls in the second quarter, finished high for Mt. Vernon with 22 points. He hit 10 of 15 attempts form the field. Strickland who McNeese Holiday Classic MacMurry 67, Akron 63 Quincy Holiday Tournament Tennessee A&I 117, Kenyon 1 left the game via the foul route 112 (semifinal) i late in the last quarter, had Quincy 96, Millikin 85 (con- 8 points, James 7, Henderson •* f A.; TYLER'S JEFFERSON MOTORS 820 Jordan "Southern Illinois Largest Automobile Dealer" Pontioc—Cadillac—Buiclc—GMG Trucks Mt. Verno solation) At Breese Gillespie 54, Mascoutah 50 Trico 66, Greeneville 65 Assumption 87, Vandalia 53 Tinley Park 65, Anna-Jonesboro 64 At Ottawa-Marquette Marseilles 75, Paw Paw 74 D , Sanders 5, and Sledge 3. Alton's fine forward 1 Hardimon displayed some fine base| line shooting and wound up with |23 markers. Jeffries and Buri ton were close behind with 17 and 12. while Middleton had 6, ! Caldwell 5, and Hightower 1. , Carbondale Rally Short ! Carbondale made a run to e-' Today's Games | Pinkneyville vs. Cahokia—9 a.m. s Chicago St. Patrick vs. Harrisburg—10:30 a.m. = Decatur vs. Alton—1 p.m. = Collinsville vs. Meridian—2:30 p.m. = Consolation Finals—4 p.m. j§ Third Place Game—7 p.m. = Championship Game—8:30 p.m. § '.•fiiiiiiiifiiijiiiiiiiiiiiiiiifiiiiiini 11 tii IIIII miritiiii i mi iiiiiiurf irt inn iiiiiiiii ii j in in inn urif in i iif riiiiuiiii^= PREP Down 13 M Ha,f SCORES Morgan Park 65, Von Steuben 35 Wells 60, Crane Tech 59 At Pontiac Waukegan 63, Normal 53 At PeWn Springfield Lanphier. 79„ B'nomington Catholic 74 Toluca 64, Bradley-Bourbonais 59 North Cihcago 68, Washington 34 Joliet Central 42, Peoria Central 41 Ottawa 56, East St. Louis 55 Quincy 45, Argo 41 (ot) Pekin 57. Lincoln 41 Earlville 60, Putnam County rase its 18- point deficit, and -j I managed to come within 11 when ., ~ „. - , . Dwayne Roberson, who had held Ottawa-Marquette 61, St. Bede tQ seyen ^ ^ f . ye 47 , rebounds the first half and sco- At Cissna Park 'red 24 points and grabbed nine Lankin 70, Donovan 61 i rebounds in the same time him„„,.„_, . _.. cn | self, left the game with an ankle Melvin 67, Crescent City 60 | injury ^ * M ghowing in ^ Saunemin 70, Cissna Park 53! third stanza. At the third quarter gun, Meridian held a narrow 51-46 mar- Milford 66, Sheldon 52 At Edwardsville Jerseyville 64, Quincy Chris- fan Bros. 50 Springfield 97, Litchfield 60 Edwardsville 70", Triad 46 Bunker Hill 68, MacArthur 55 At Macomb East Peoria 77, Carthage 58 Aledo 68, Western 55 Rich Central 63, Bushnell 52 Camp Point Central 66, Northwestern 39 gin and appeared to be on its way out. Then Roberson, with ankle tapea, hustled onto the floor for the final tip off. His clutch shooting and rebounding efforts didn't allow the Terriers to get any closer than three points, and he moved his dark- horse club into the semsi. Meridian goes against Collinsville today. Roberson finished with 35 points and 14 rebounds while Stan Kerby pumped in 21 coun- Enjoy NEW YEARS EVE At The VFW with DELANO DAGG and the COUNTRY BUDDIES 9 P.M. Till ? Members And Guests' Welcome ters. Taylor and little playma- ker Steve Thompson hit 19 apiece for Carbondale. Decatur Eisenhower displayed 1 a fine balanced offensive as Perry Johnson gunned in 21, and the ball- sharking trio of Bill Madlock, Roger Beals, and Dave Landrum popped in 18, 15, and 12. Howard Cole paced Peoria's attack with 17 markers, as Bob Jones hit 13 and Dave Klobucher and Jim Humbles 11 apiece. Marion Runs Out of Gas Marion's fast - breaking Wildcats hung' in there for three periods before running out of! gas against Vergil Fletcher's | fourth-seeded Kahoks. j Collinsville's 6-8 Bob Shapiro captured game scoring honors with 20 points on 10 of 12 field goal attempts. Don Caselli added 15 and Mike Fletcher 12. i For Marion, Jim Marshall put in 11 and Steve Waterbury 10. i In consolation quarterfinals, I Pinckneyville destroyed Herrin \ 85-52, Cahokia slipped past West j Frankfort's Redbirds 73-64, St. j Patrick edged Glenbard East 59 I -55, and Harrisburg beat Du I Quoin 72-56. Illini Rally To Defeat Creighton MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (AP^ — Illinois rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to down Creighton 90-77 in the opening game of the Hurricane Basketball Classic Friday night. The host University of Miami played Pittsburgh in the second game. The Illini out-rebounded and out-shot in the first half, dominated the second half almost from the start of that period and went ahead 68-67 with 6:35 to go on a Dave Scholtz basket. Bob Portman, who led the Creighton scoring with 33 points scored one goal to put Creighton out in front at 69-68, but Greg Jackson a rebounding ace, put in two foul shots and it was all over as Illinois rolled to an eighth win with no losses. Illinois had 53 per cent on 36 of 68 field goals. Creighton had 47 per cent but out-rebound' ed Illinois 47 to 43. Porttnan caged eight of 12 first half field goals to pace his team to its 47-34 halftime margin. Creighton hit on 58 per cent of its shots. LIQUOR—WINE—GIN CHAMPAGNE—MIXES BEER , Hot or Cold, by the Case Other Beverages Bar Accessories SPECIAL PRICES WOODEN INDIAN Open Evenings Free Parkins: in Rear Free Delivery - Pb. 242-0474 HELICOPTER PILOTS Earn $10.00 Per Hour & Up HELICOPTERS NOW BEING USED IN: • Agriculture 0 Law Enforcement 0 . Motion Pictures # Charter 9 Construction • Transportation NOW APPROVED ON G.I. BILL For Personal Interview Call: Mt. Vernon (618) 244-0523 or write Box L-26, Care of Mt. 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