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DECATUR EISENHOWER, THORNTON CHAMPS! -X- -X- -X- Alton Beat Kahoks For 3rd Decatur's Speed, Hot-Firing Kill Meridian, 71*53 Decatur Eisenhower's Panthers came into the Carbondale Holiday Tour- ey with the idea that alertness and speed c o ti I u overtake height. By the time the dust cleared, the '68 Carbondale champions had made believers of 5,200 roundball fans who h a d turned out to watch the Panthers outclass scrappy Meridian, 71-53. Decatur, a team which stands only an average of 5-11 per man, utilized an alert ball-hawking d efense and some quick o ffensive moves to race away from a Meridian crew a v e raging over 6-1 in the height department. The champs, paced by three of the 10 all- tourney team members, turned hack Alton 83 -78 in the semifinals, squeaked pnst Peoria Manual 74-73 in the quarterfinals, and d estroyed Herrin 75-49 to set the stage for their successful championship bid. j Meridian, the "Cinderella" team in the tourney, upended the fourth seeded Collinsville Ka­ hoks 64-57 in the semis Saturday afternoon, pulled the rug out from under Carbondale's top seeded Terriers 72- 65, and killed Harrisburg 65-49 in their opener, before taking second in this year's tourney. BOX SCORE Decatur (71) SA FG FT TP Landrum 11 5 1 11 R. Harper 2 2 15 Johnson 13 5 5 15 Madlock 17 9 2 20 Beals 21 10 0 20 T. Harper 0 0 0 0 Fonville 2 0 0 0 Totals -x- Meridian (53) 66 31 9 71 -x- -x- SA FG FT TP Roberson 12 6 6 18 Biggerstaff 12 4 0 8 H. Dumas 20 6 0 12 Kerby 12 4 2 10 Spaulding 10 2 2 Fleming 10 2 2 J. Dumas 0 1 1 1 Totals 58 20 13 53 By Quarters: Decatur ._ 20 19 9 23—71 Meridian 5 15 IS 15—53 In the battle for third plncp, last year's runner-up Alton blasted Virgil Fletcher's Collinsville quintet 7863. In the consolation final, a strong St. Patrick crew nipped Caholda 64-GO. Decatur jumped to a 20-5 margin after one quarter bchinJ the eight - point output of 5-10 playmaker Roger Beals. Meridian couldn't find t h o range during the second stanza either, and hustled to the locker room at halftime faced with a 39-20 deficit. IP that initial half, Decatur, hit on 19 of 38 field goal attempts for an even .500 percentage while Meridian could manage only 7 of 25 from the field tor a frozen .280. Decatur out- rebounded 1he taller Meridian Bobcats 22-17 after two quarters. Meridian Closes Gap The scene for the first five and one half minutes of the third stanzo charged as Meridian cutscored the Panthers 14-2 to close the gap to 41-34. But, going into the final eight minutes of play, the closest the Bobcats could get was 10 points. Early in the quarter, Decatur opened up a 55-40 margin. Meridian managed to get with in 10 age in at. 57-47. But Bill Madlock and Perry Johnson fired in 14 points down the stretch and the panthers of Decatur emerged the '68 champs, 71-53. A key factor in the game was of course, the shooting of both teams. Decatur made good on 3] of 66 attempts for a .470 mark, while Meridian could musLer only .345. The Bobcats hit only 20 of 58 from the field. The ball- sharking trio of Dave Landrum, Madlock, and Beals forced 11 turnovers and some rushed shots, and 6 -4 Johnson pulled down 16 rebounds. Probably the most important factor, though, was the overall balance and team coordination of the Decatur Club. A starting lineup of 5-8, 5-10, 5-10, 5-11 and 6-4 would indicate a height deficit too great to do anything about, but when those five ball players display the qualities of shoot ing accuracy, excellent pass- work, quick hands, and just plain alertness, it's hard to beat them. Tendency To Let Down The only undesirable trait the winners had as a team was inconsistency. The Panthers had exploded for a 20- point lead in the third quarter against Peoria Manual but escaped with only a one- point victory. Against Alton, they entered the fourth quarter leading by 19 but won by only five. Meridian had a couple of standout performers in husky 6-3 center Dwayne Roberson, who was voted the tourney's most valuable player, and 5-10 jumping - jack Stan Kerby, who grabbed 19 rebounds against Collinsville, and 6 -8 Bob Shapiro and 6-5 Algis Tervydis. However the overall balance couldn't compare with that of Decatur. Mereidian was a deliberate ball club and couldn't stay up with the faster Panthers. Alton Claims Third Standout forward Larry Hardimon gunned in 25 points in leading Alton to a 78- 63 conquest of Collinsville in the battle for third. The Redbirds led by one at the half, six after three periods, and finally broke the game open in the final starcja. Mike Jeffries poured in 22 points and pulled down 15 rebounds and Stan Burton had eight points and 14 rebounds. The reboudning game of Alton was the big difference as they grabbed 43 as compared to the Kahoks' 27. Mike Fletcher topped the Collinsville altack with IS markers, while Bob Shapiro netted 14. Though Cahokia shot 63 times, compaied to only 40 shots by St. Patrick, the S h a mrocka TOURNAMENT CHAMPIONS at the 36th annual Centralis Holiday Tournament are the Thornton Wildcats, who won the title by stopping Champaign—the number one rated team in the state—in a 61-40 game Saturday night. (Centralist Holiday Tournament picture by Mark Houser) PREP SCORES Tournaments At Certralia Thornton 61, Champaign 40 (utle) Centralia 86, New Trier East , 84 (3rd place) Princeton 63, Homewood - Flcssmoor 62 Stephen Decatur 59, Pittsfield 56 Champaign 65, New Trier East 63 Thornton 69, Centralia 58 Princeton 66, Decatur 49 At Carbondale Decatur Eisenhower 71, Meridian 53 (title) St. Patrick 64, Cahokia 60 Meridian 64, Collinsville 57 Cahokia 77, Pinckneyville 64 At Edv.nrdsviUe Edwardsville 76, Bunker Hill 46 (title) Decatur MacArthur 72, Triad 52 (3rd place) Jerseyville 72, Springfield 58 (consolation) At Danville Mt. V. Register-News 1—B MONDAY, DECEMBER 30, 1968 SNKIE tee By JOHN RACKAWAY Roundballs Take Funny Bounces, Too Everyone knows that football take funny bounces . . . But basketballs, when bounced by | rebounding department ... Ha collected just six rebounds in the championship match . . . -x- -x- -x- Thornton made twice as many field goals as Champaign ... It Illinois high school players, can i would have been an even larger also take some nutty hops . . . j victory margin had not Cham- Beforc the Carbondale Holiday j paign escaped with only six tourney, who would have picked fouls 1 for the game . . . Decatur Eisenhower and Merid- -x- -x- -y- ian to clash in the fiivl game? It was Thornton's first tri- Cavbondale and Mt. Vernon, umph at Centralia . . . The were seeded 1-2 in the tourney ; Wildcats finished second to Ben- Orphans Finish Third Wildcats Upset Top Rated Maroons St. John's Hits UCLA In Finals Thornton of Harvey, the 1966 state champion, upset No. 1 rated Champaign Central Saturday night, 61-40, to capture the championship of the 26th annual Centralia Holiday Tournament. Centralia won the third place battle by an 86-84 count. After close first and second quarters, ' Thorntor went on a 19-6 third quarter scoring barrage to send Coach Leedio Calcutta's Maroons down to their first loss in 13 starts. Clyde Turner, the Maroons Henry 2, J. McNeal 2. Orphans Clip New Trier Nate Moore hit a 25 foot shot whh 49 seconds left and Walt Gardner added a free throw in the final seconds as Centralia overcame New Trier East 86- S4 in the third place battle at the Centralia Holiday Tournament. Princeton took consolation honors with a 66-49 win over Decatur. Down by a 57-48 margin mid- standout center,' was held to! ^ Jhrough the third period 17 points, as he hit seven of the losers' 12 baskets and three free throws. Champaign was ice ccld for the game, hitting on only 12-50 attempts for a .240 percentage. Thornton hit on 24-57 shots from the field for a .421 clip. Score by Quarters Thornton: 12 16 13 14-61 Cnampaign: 11 14 6 9—40 Scoring for Thornton: Fox 15, Batts 14, Robinson 6, Halbert 16, Southall 4, Forbes 6. Scoring for Champaign: Tanner 10, NcNeal 2, Turner 17, White 4, Barnes 1, Jackson 2, came through with a 64-60 triumph for the consolation championship. St. Pat hit 22 of those shots and fired at a .550 clip. toe Orphans went into a press that caught the Indians as the quarter ended, 63-63. The score was tied six times in the final stanza before the Orphans took the win. New Trier's Larry Cohen finished as high scorer, tossing i.i 29 points. Norman Meeks, Nate Moore and Walt Gardner paced the Orphans with 26, 23 and 22 points respectively. The win left Centralia with a S-2 mark. Score by Quarters Centralia: 21 20 22 23—86 New Trier: 20 24 19 21—84 Scoring for Centralia: Moore 23, Gardner 22, Meeks 26, Bryan 5, Malohge 8, Ryan 8. Scoring for New Trier: Hohf 20, Geocaris 4, Kosick 21, Sprague 7, Cohen 29, Harris 3. By MIKE RECHT Associated Press Sports Writer And the 16-team field included three quintets rated by Joliet Catholic 69, Danville 63 | the Associated Press among Illi- ^.1111111111 tllltlllllllillllllf lllllllIlllMlllltllllltlf I1IIIMIII1I Illllllf llllIIlIIIIIIIIIIMIlillllllllllllllllllllll IlIIIlllII^ AT CARBONDALE I 1st Team— WATCH FOR OUR BIG BREAKAWAY SALE BEGINNING JANUARY 2 AT THE BIG STORE YOU WILL SAVE A BUNDLE ON A NEW OR LIKE NEW USED CAR. 1969 PONTIAC BONNEVILLE 4-DOOB, SEDAN COME IN TODAY i STAN KERBY, Meridian | PERRY JOHNSON, Decatur Eisenhower | DWANE ROBERSON, Meridian | BILL MADLOCK, Decatur Eisenhower | MIKE DARNELL, Cahokia | 2nd Team— ] LARRY HARDIMON, Alton | LES TAYLOR, Carbondale | NATE HAWTHORNE, Mt. Vernon I ROGER BEALS, Decatur Eisenhower | MIKE JEFFRIE5, Alton I AT CENTRALIA 1 1st Team— | CLYDE TURNER, Campaign | NATE MOORE, Centralia | ALVIN O'NEAL, Peoria Spalding 1 LLOYD BATTS, Thornton LARRY COHEN, New Trier | 2nd Team— | WALT GARDNER, Centralia 1 DAVE WHITE, Champaign I JAX HOHF, New Trier I RICK LARSON, Princeton | GLENN CHINN, Belleville West ^riiiiiiifiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiitiiiiitiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiif^ John Wooden might be a little disappointed with Lew Alcindor, but not Lou Carnesecca, who thinks his St. John's team has about as much chance against Alcindor and UCLA as it did against North Carolina. Before the Redmen met the second-ranked Tar Heels, Carnesecca told a friend he only hoped his team didn't lose by 40 or 50 points. Then St. John's went out and pulled off one of college basketball's upsets of the season Saturday night by beating North Carolina 72-70 in the semifinals of the Holiday Festival in New York. After watching top-ranked UCLA follow with a methodical 83-67 victory over Princeton in the other semi as Alcindor scored 40 points, Carnesecca is hoping now that the Redmen can stay within 40 of the Bruins in tonight's final. "The only way you can score against them is when the big guy is called for goal-tending," Carnesecca said, referring to the domineering 7-foot-iy 2 Alcindor in the center. He blocked numerous shots against Princeton and was called six other times for goal-tending. , "We'll get a chance to prac- j tice our outside shooting, "Car- j nesecca said. "How do you stop him inside? Hope for an epidemic, or hope his arms get tired from shooting." And to make matters worse, UCLA coach Wooden doesn't think Carnesecca has seen anything yet from Alcindor. "I've been a little disappointed in his play in New York," Wooden said. "I thought coming home would get him up, but he hasn't seemed to be. Maybe the fact that he's been booed has bothered him." Two other Top Ten teams, Kansas, No. 8, and Santa Clara, No. 9, will be gunning for tournament titles tonight against upset-minded foes, while Davidson, No. 3, captured the Charlotte Invitational Saturday with a 98-76 triumph over Texas. Kansas, a 60-55 victor over 5 1 Colorado in the Big Eight semis, ~ takes on Oklahoma State, which beat Kansas State 60-52. Santa Clara jolted Hawaii 81-59 and meets Columbia, 78-74 upset winner over 18th-ranked Purdue, in the Rainbow Classic title _ game. = Several other highly rated j j§ teams took home tournament i =' crowns during the weekend j § i while others gained tonight's fi-! I j nals. Detroit, No. 11 won the I | j Motor City title with an 87-75 dell; cision over Temple; 12th-ranked | j Illinois whipped Miami, Fla., = 86-76 for the Hurricane Classic §: crown, and New Mexico State, No. 15, took the Evansville Invitational by beating Evansville =: 86-74. || La Salle, No. 17, will meet South Carolina for the Quaker City championship after tripping Indiana 108-88 in the semis while the Gamecocks beat St. Joseph's, Pa., 64-58. (title) Marian Catholic 67, Morton 66 (3rd place) Schlarman 71, Wheeling 59 (consolation) At Rossville Rossville 57, Oakwood 52 (title) Westville 77, Watseka 75 (2 ot) (ird place) Bismarck 71, Armstrong 65 (consolation) At Mattoon Lawrenceville 75, Mattoon 58 (title) St. Anthony 83, Springfield Griffir 56 (3rd place) Cairo 71, Thornton North 61 (consolation) At Breese Assumption 78, Mater Dei 68 Althoff 83, Okawville 65 Tinley Park 63, Trico 61 Mater Dei 73, Okawville 70 Trico 74, Gillespie 44 At Qulncy Oral Roberts 90, Quincy 63 (title) Millikin 92, Defiance 91 (3rd p'ace) At Niles North Niles West 65, Highland Park 62 (title) Grant 84, Warren 74 nois' Top 16—Carbondale, Collinsville and Peoria Manual . . . Mt. Vernon and Chicago St. Pat. were on the state's honorable mention list . . . But Eisenhower and Meridian??? -X- -X- -X- And here's another one . . . What basketball observer — after watching Mt. Vernon humble Centralia 76-63 last Dec. 6 (putting the Rams at 2-0 and the Orphans at 1-1), would guess that by Dec. 30, Mt. Vernon would have a -1-3 record while Centralia would stand 8-2??? The man who could call that shot on Dec. 6 belongs in a | "think-tank" today . . . I -X- -X- -X- Upsets Not New To Mounds Teams Meridian's Bobcats upset two rated teams — Carbondale and Collinsville — to gain the title ton in 1965, then went on to take the Illinois' state crown ... -X- -X- -X- Centralia had the highest points-per-game average in their own tourney, hitting 82 per contest . . . But the Orphans also gave up the most points, opponents averaging 79 per contest . . . -X- -X- -X- How did the giant New Trier team miss the boat? They had the tourney's No. 2 scorer in Larry Cohen (93 points) and) the tourney's top two rebound's in Jay Hoff (65 rebounds) and Bill Kosick (58) . . . -x- -x- -x- New Trier coach John Schneiter, who lost to Champaign by , two in the semifinals, says Proviso East is the best club he's met this year . . . New Trier i fell to Proviso, 53-39, earlier this month . . . -A- -x- -x- Six teams, plus hast Centralia, are already assured for next label at Carbondale . . . Keridian had been knocked over by Benton 76-67 earlier this season and with a young team—four juniors starting — did not figure as a strong contender. . . But Meridian is a consolidated *. i o-i XT-1 i-.ii*.! school, a combination of Mounds, Woodstock 81, NUes East fl Douglass, Mound City Niles North 61, Glenbrook and Mounds Wjoy, and that ...outn 52 | Mounds area gained fame for i- • ,, ? lne y , . one of the greatest upsets in the P airfield 66, Sparta 40 (title) histor y 0 f Illinois basketball.. . Wood River 81, Lincoln 71 i t W as the 1946 regional at Areola 84, Olney 62 | West Frankfort ... The host round and earn the "Cinderella" I y ear * Orphantown meet ' Returnees are Belleville West, Champaign, At DeKalb Belvidere 69, Waterman 50 Kentland 76, Rochelle 59 Mendota 79, Rock Falls 60 DeKalb 56, Shabonna 36 Sycamore 63, Hinsdale Cen t al 58 Arlington 70, St. Charles 48 At Waverly Waverly 57, Kincaid 49 Glenwood 73, Ashland 66 At Kankakee Kankakee East Ridge 60, Sandburg 46 (title) St. Ignatius 62, Crete Monee 40 Morris 69, Kankakee West- viaw 64 At O'Fallon Belleville East 84, Marissa 54 Freeburg 61, Wilmington 39 At Flat River F, R. Certral 68, Leadwood 51 At Luther North Quigley South 83, Hillcrest 61 Holy Cross 76, Schurz 53 At Notre Dame Elk Grove 55, Richards 49 St. Viator 66, Eisenhower*1J5 At Oak Lawn New Trier West 69, Lake Park 65 (title) Joliet East 54, Wheaton North 46 At Grayslake Crown 86, Round Lake 58 Grayslake 85, Carmel 70 At Aurora East East Aurora 64, Joliet West 38 (title) Bremen 81, Mundelein 57 (consolation) At Proviso West Willowbrook 73, Lake Forest 5S Thornridge 75, Oak Park 56 Lyons 68, Elgin 67 Redbirds had a 27-2 record and were rated No. 2 in Illinois . . . It was the first year that Negro high schools were allowed to compete in the state tourney . . . Mounds Douglass was tossed into the Frankfort regional . . . i"-W Ol^^l. Unheralded, unsung and al- 1 'their*" 'early *frot"° carried 'em i most unheard of, Douglass came j aU way • out of leftfield to spill West. Decatur se Y a tourney record Decatur. New- Trier, Salem ... A newcomer will be East Moline . . . -X- -X- -X- Champaign has played in 22 of the 26 Centralia meets . . . The Maroons are still strangers to the winner's circle . . . -X- -X- -X- Rebounding Record For Carbondale Perry Johnson, Decatur Eisenhower's big man at 6-4, overshadowed other rebounders to pace his club to the title . . . Johnson grabbed 57 rebounds for the tourney, beating the record of 54 set by Alton's Leon Huff last year . . . -X- -X- -X- The Decatur champs were tremendously fast starters and Frankfort 55-51 The game is still No. 1 in our book of upsets . . . -X- -X- -X- Tourney Notes From Centralia Congrats to Thornton's Wildcats . . . Winning a Centralia Holiday is outstanding . . . Upsetting an undefeated quintet, ranked as the best in Illinois, is worthy of super praise . . . And to win by running over the top- ranked team by 21 points is almost unbelievable ... It goes down as one of the finest team efforts in the 26-year history at j Centralia ... -X- -X- -X- To win, Thornton "stopped" Champaign's Clyde Turner on 17 points . . . The Champaign phenom still led all tourney scorers with 115 points in four games and was near-unanimous choice as the tourney's mos^ j valuable player . . . However, I ! Thornton was able to push Turner out of position in the crucial for most points in a first half with 48 against Peoria Manual on Friday ... On Saturday, the champs broke their own record , with 55 against Alton in the opening half . . . -X- -X- -X- Larry Hardimon, of Alton, who has been tough on Mt. Vernon in two meetings, led all Carbondale scorers with 97 points in four games . . . Runnerup was Meridian's Dwayne Roberson with 90 markers .. . The fabulous Roberson kid, a 6-1 wonder, was named the tourney's most valuable player . . . 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