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Cazzie Russell Thrives OnClutchSituations Millikan Aims At 2nd CCIW Title In Row NEW YORK —(NEA) —Below the rippled brow; the cheeks of Cazzie Russell inflate. Time out. He examines the scoreboard (Knicks down by one, 22 seconds left in game, "The Doors" rock group next big Garden show), as he steps riot lightly to the team huddle. He knows he will get the ball. He always does. When Jthe going gets tough, the tough get going (trite saying tacked on musty locker rooms in high schools in all towns.) Cazzie Russell thrives on it. ("I can't remember missing a shot in the last seconds when it counted. No wait, I can. In high school. In the Illinois State tournament finals, 1962. Two seconds left and I missed a half- court shot. We lost by a point.") The public address announcer early in the third quarter: "Foul on Russell." ("Joe, no, £ didn't touch him.") "Personal on Russell." "Bradley in for Russell." He sat far down the bench. Looking but not looking at the coach to let him back in. He Bays it with virbations. A true lover. Every day, game or not that night, he shoots and jumps rope and runs at the "Y". ("The difference between now and my rookie year is experience and practice." A revelation? A fact, squared.) Even earlier, in the second quarter, he was free without the ball. He whistled like a black canary, waved. When a teammate made a fruitful basket, he twirled his finger — he did do it — like a bebopper, 1940s. He applauds, too, when he makes a hsot, sometimes one- handed clapping, sometimes two "He is happy player," said the -publicity director. ("He just loves to play.") His biggest satisfaction, he said, is when he plays well. Being the star is not the biggest thing. Being victorious is. Being cognizant that you helped. He uses those words. You feel he fs cognizantly victorious about Che verbiage. They threw the ball in to Caz- *ie. Johnny Green was guarding him, replacing Chet Walker. ("Hmmm, you say to yourself, I must be pretty good. They've changed men. That's' when they make their mistake. They put a fresh guy on me. You try to uphold your reputation , as a man who can make it in the clutch. Like a great defensive halfback who people look to to intercept. You must live up to expectations. ("The best one, the roost exciting? Have to be against Wv chita when I was at Michigan. The day before the game the wire polls put them, first and dropped us to second. Dave Stallworth kicked the ball out of bounds. Our ball. Tie Score. Four seconds left. I threw the ball in. Our man let it bounce slowly to half court. Time stood still. Wichita was in a swirl going down, didn't notice. Our man picked it up. Tossed to me. Two steps in front of the key hole I shot. The buzzer went, off. The referee signaled the shot was in time. It went in.") Cazzie dribbled outside, looking' inside for Willis Reed. Covered. Looked for Dave De- Busschere inside. Covered. Dribbling,' looked at the clock. Six seconds left. (The key is not to try to baby the situation. Not try to change a thing.") A ,22-foot jump shot. A quiver in the rim like a slap, slipped Cazzie Russell Last Runner-Up Duel In Miami? Dallas Roars Bask Kill Minnesota In Playoff Classic MIAMI (AP) — The D alias Cowboys beat the Minnesota Vikings 17-13 Sunday in what could be the last National Football League playoff bowl, game as it is now constituted—at least in Miami. The contract between the NFL and the Orange Bowl ended with Sunday's dull game before 22,961 rain drenched fans Bowl officials' apparently feel the game,, between second place finishers in the NFL's two conferences lacks interest for fans and players. The NFL has two more years on Si television contract for the through. He leaped and pitched both arms up to hang from the ceiling. Think Positive, (another musty note), Reed said, is Cazzie's secret. .Every team, he added, has to have one man to depend on when everything depends on it. Cazzie uprooted a thermos bot tie from the black bag in his locker, A jump to rope was also in the bag. ("Iced tea," said he, "soda upsets my stomach after a game.") When Big Pontine Breakaway Sale Is On You'll Get A Big Deal On A 69 GMC Pickup Truck. Now Is The Time To Save Wampum With pur Low Priced GMC Pickup. ONLY $1996 . *69 CMC PICKUP DON'T LET OUR LOW PRICE DECEIVE YOU. GMC HAS A LOT OF TRUCK FOR THE MONEY. game, and could decide to continue it at another site—New Orleans is believed interested— rather than, change the format. The\ game has produced over a million dollars in nine years for the players' pension fund. As presently constituted, the game has nothing at stake, except the —$1,200 share per player on the winning team —and $500 for losing players. Dallas Coach Tom Landry said last week that this is a fun-work week and teams don't give the game the 24-hour concentration needed for a top performance. Landry said after Sunday's game that the victory meant little, but his players were determined to show they could bounce back. "If we proved anything, we proved that this club can rebound," Ltndry said. Dallas was down after blowing the Eastern Conference championship two weeks ago to underdog Cleveland 31-20. Landry said earlier he wasn't sure how his team would react from its big disappointment. He found out, although at the start it appeared Dalals was still suffering from its Cleveland hangover. Minnesota, winner of the Central Division title, jumped to a. 13-0 lead in the first period. Bob Bryant ran back a punt 81 yards for a touchdown—longest return in the nine-year. history of the series—and Fred Cox kicked two field goals. Landry had high praise for quarterback Don Meredith. He rallied the Cowboys from a 13-0 first quarter deficit to 13-10 at halftime. Meredith completed 15 of 24 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown' and was voted the outstanding player of the game.' Landry sent Craig Morton in at quarterback for the second half. After Dallas linebackers Chuck Howley and Lee Roy Jordan pressured Minnesota punter King Hill into a 24-yard punt,in the third period, Morton went to work. He completed a 21-yard pass to Craig Baynham for a first down, at the 13. After losing to the 20, Morton hit Baynham again for the 20-yard winning touchdown. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Millikin's Big Blue, aiming for a second straight College Conference of Illinois - Wisconsin basketball title, could run into trouble this week against a foe winless in its last six games. Millikin put away its fourth conference victory without defeat Saturday by edging North Park 75-71 as Jesse Price hit for 33 points. The next hurdle for the Big Blue comes Wednesday when Illinois Wesleyan invades Millikin. Wesleyan is in second place in the conference with a 2-1 record! but has lost its last six games because of an ambitious schedule including the likes of DePaul, St. Bona venture, Youngstown, Gannon and Akron. Following the Wesleyan game, Millinkin goes to Augustana Friday night. Other conference games for the week find Elmhurst at Carthage Wednesday and a four-game Saturday slate with Wheaton at North Park, Carroll at Augustana, North Central at Elmhurst and Carthage at Wesleyan. Eastern Illinois opened the Interstate Intercollegiate Athletic Conference race Saturday by whipping Central Michigan 66-58 with a fantastic exhibition of hitting 24 of 25 free throw attempts. Greg Benders led all scorers with 19 points including seven of seven shots from the free throw line. Illinois State opens defense of its IIAC title at Central Michigan Saturday while Eastern Illinois invades Western IUinois in search of a second straight triumph. Before that, however, Illinois State will compete in the Hatter Invitational at Deland, Fla., Monday and Tuesday. A couple of CCIW teams didn't fare too well in tournaments last week. North Central lost to Coe 63-59 for the championship of the Coe Tournament and Carthage lost to Florida Presbyterian in the title game of the Florida Presbyterian tournament. CCIW STANDINGS W. L. Pte. OP. Millikin 4 0 354 334 Wesleyan 2 1 266 224 Elmhurst 1- 1 147 14? Carroll , 1 1 149 158 Wheaton 2 2 334 328 , Carthage 1 2 279 262 1 xVorth Central 1 2 210 226 Augustana 1 2 269 306 North Park 0 2 128 151 .IIAC STANDINGS . „.... W. L. Pte. OP. Eastern Illinois 1 0 66 58 111. State rj 0 — — Western HI. 0 0 — Central Mich. 0 1 58 66 SNRII By JOHN RACKAWAY SENIOR BOYS LEAGUE High Series: Marc Smith 524; Don Nathlich 514; Ed Merriman 500; Peter Modert 495; E. E. Curtis 460; Steve Willis 442. Standings: W L Mafia 30^ 11% Oddballs 21 21 Beaver Patrol , 17 25 Losers 15% 26% The Mailbag "To Sporting Daze: "There is a question I would like to ask and I'm hoping you have a good answer. 'How come the McLeansboro Foxes are never mentioned in the Mt. Vernon Register sports section?? Tonight, I read the sports section (which I do every night) and there was a long column of tournament scores, but the Eldorado tournament which McLeansboro won wasn't mentioned. "Since the Register is a daily paper and you have a wide area of readers — don't forget you have readers who are not South Seven fans." "Thank you, Dee Dee" -x- -x- -x- We attempt full coverage on McLeansboro's basketball team and have had stories on about seven of their nine wins this year . . . Sorry if we missed scores at the Eldorado tourney ... It was a heckuva week of roundball ... You're right. All of our basketball readers aren't South 7 fans- . . . But most of 'em are. -x- -x- -x- The Mailbag "To Sporting Daze: "How come that Pick Dchner of East St. Louis is the 'most quoted' coach in Illinois ? All the time when you read about Illinois basketball somebody is- quoting Pick Dehner. Did he ever win anything to get his basketball reputation ? How about it?" "Sincrely, W.W." -X- -X- -X- W.W., you have asked the wrong man . . . Louis 'Pick' Dehner has been basketball coach at East St. Louis for 30 years. He is now athletic director of the school of about 2,900 students ... An outgoing man with a strong personality . . . Dehner was a U. of Illinois eager back in the 30's . . . He has been a member of the Chicago Daily News all-state board of coaches for many years . . . His basketball success at East St. Louis? There, you have us. East St Louis has been to the state tourney twice in history— in 1927 and 1944 . . . Pick, if he was not in the service at the time, might have coached the 1944 team. We don't know. Frankly, it seems odd that a school as large as East St. Louis, which has turned out consistently great football teams and a number of exceptional individual grid stars, has never gained reputation as a basketball power . . . As far as Pick being a No. 1 'quote man' — you're correct . . . Maybe it's because he always has something to say ... Sports Shorts Several Mt. Vernon sports fans saw Danny 'Hoobie' Hester in action on TV last Saturday when his Louisiana State team lost to-Alabama 85-82 . . . Danny played good defensive ball for LSU in the final half and hit five or six of his turnaround jump shots for which he was famed as a Ram center. Danny is currently listed as "sixth man" on the LSU roster, but he looked better than No. 6 in Saturday's TV performance . . . Matter of fact, it appeared that if Hoobie had shot more often and wild-firing Pistol Pete Maravich had checked his pistols at the gate, LSU could have had a win . . . -x- -x- -x- On the subject of wild-firers, we always wondered how Marion's Greg Starrick could possibly gear himself down sufficiently to play ball for Baron Adolph Frederick Rupp at Kentucky . . . Two years ago, Baron Rupp made repeated journeys to southern Illinois in quest of Marion's Starrick and Benton's Rich Yunkus ... He batted .500, landing Starrick, losing Yunkus . . . Big Rich is now first-string at Georgia Tech, team's leading scorer, and tabbed as an AU- Amencan future . . . Greg says he tired of riding the bench at Kentucky . . . Hell try SIU . . . Not many sophomores, no matter how well they shoot, win arguments with coaches who have pocketed four NCAA championships . . . -X- -X- -X- Mrs. Arthur L. Trout, widow of the famed Centralia coach, died recently in San Diego, Calif. . . . Three daughters survive: Mrs. Virginia McDowell and Mrs. Pat Nardelli, both of San Diego, and Mrs. Dorothy Griffin, of Houston, Tex. . . . -X- -X- -X- Collinsville coach Vergil Fletcher predicted "a strong outfit" this year . . . But how long has it boen since the Kahoks lost three in a row? Collinsville fell to Meridian and Alton on the final day of the Carbondale tourney, then Alton turned the trick again Friday night, 80-70 . . . Friday night's loss was AT Collinsville — and we're informed that it was the Kahoks' first home defeat since 1962 . . . Is that possible? Mt V. Register-News MONDAY, JANUARY 6, 1969 4th Conference Defeat Rend Warriors Fall At Olney Gym, 94-79 -X- By Bob Kelley Coach Jim Waugh's Rend Lake Warriors began the new year on a sour note last Saturday night as Olney Central College claimed a 94-79 decision over its visiting conference foe. The Blue Knights of Coach Gene Duke found the range at a torrid .639 clip during tht second half after trail i n g throughout much of the opening stanza. A slim, 37-36 lead was enjoyed by the eventual winners at intermission. Bowing for the fourth consecutive time in the Southern Illinois College Conference, Rend Lake saw its overall '68-69 mark slip to 3-6. The Warriors arc still looking for their initial league triumph. Tied with the locals at 49- all, Olney's veteran quintet went on a 10-1 rampage with about twelve minutes remaining and were never headed thereafter. Beth squads placed five men in double figures — Rend Lake- hitting on 25 of 64 shot attempts (.393) compared to .533 firing by Olney. A 23-36 field goa! output the final half enabled the victors to connect on 41-76 for the game. Sport Shorts By THE ASSOCIATED PRES MADRAS, Rumania (AP) — Mrs. Alice Tym of Ft. Myers Eeach, Fla., defeated Rumania's Judith Dibar 4-6, 6-1, &3 Sur.day in the women's singles final of the Rumanian national l.irdcourt tennis championships. liya Nastase of Rumania took the men's singles title with a 4- S, 6-2, 6-3, 7-5 victory over India's Premjit Lai. Siuda Hits 17 Points Randy Suida topped the Rend Lake charge with 17 counters. Siuda bagged a perfect nine for nine from the charity stripe while the entire Warrior club netted 29 of 41 free throws. Bob Windhorst trailed closely with 15 marktrs , Larry Tutt bucketed 13 and Bob Donohc and Larry Stoneciphcr authored 10 points apiece. Sharing the remainder of the RIC tallies were Phil Bowling and Ed Johnson, who split 14 points. High scorer for the evening w<fs Olney's Don Roberts with 21. Other twin column point • makers for the Blue Knights included Dust with 17; Campbell 13; Hippe, 32; and L. Miller, 11. On Thursday, January 9, Rend Lake plays host to the Wabash Valley Warriors at Wayne City. Bruins Bag 96-64 Triumph Lew Blows His Top In Romp Over Tulane By DICK COUCH Associated Press Sports Writer Large Lew Alcindor blew his top, unaccountable, during another predictable UCLA basketball triumph. Little Lou Carnesecca blew his cool, predictably, after another stunning St. John's coup. Alcindor, UCLA's usually gentle giant, tossed in 34 points and then threw a temper tantrum in the midst of the top-ranked Bruins' 96-64 romp over Tulane Saturday night Coach John Wooden benched Alcindor with 12% minutes remaining when : the 7-foot-l' Ail-American drew a technical foul for heaving the ball in the air-in protesting a personal foul call, i - • Carnesecca, the volatile St. John's pilot, went merrily berserk .meanwhile, as his Redmen rallied in the closing seconds of overtime to nip previously un* beaten Davidson 75-74 for their second upset victory in a week over a No. 2 ranked powerhouse. "He called me after the game," Carnesecca's wife, TYLER'S MOTORS 820 Jordan 'Southern'Illinois Largest,Aufomobile Dealer" Pontiac—Cadillac—kuick— GMC Trucks Mt, Vernon Mary, said in New York Sunday. "He was rather incoherent and deliriously happy. He kept saying, over and over, 'My boys never died; my boys never died.'" After ambushing then second- ranked North Carolina 72-70 a week earlier in the semifinals of the Holiday Festival at New York, the Redmen gained the No. 17 spot in the Associated Press ratings ... only to be pasted by UCLA 74-56 in the Festival title game. They trailed Davidson 74-71 with seven seconds to play in overtime when Joe DePre hit with a jump shot. The Wildcats then lost the ball on an out of bounds violation and, with two seconds remaining, 6-foot-10 sophomore Bill Paultz popped in the winning field goal from the corner. John Warren scored 25 points and DePre 24 for the 84 Redmen. Mike Maloy's 31 topped Davidson, 8-1. Alcindor lost his temper—and was yanked as a disciplinary measure for the first time in three years at UCLA—after connecting on 15 of 18 shots from the floor. Wooden explained that he lifted Lew because he didn't want the referees to think he couldn't control his team. "We start our conference season next week and I didn't want the referees to get mad at me," he said. "Lew didn't need the work and I wanted to see Steve Patterson in action." Patterson, Alcindor's 6-9 backup man, scored nine points and grabbed 11 rebounds the rest of the way as the Bruins reeled off their ninth victory this season and 25th in succession. Third-ranked Kentucky, triggered by reserve Randy Pool's six points down the stretch, trimmed Mississippi 69-59 in its Southeastern Conference opener. North Carolina, which slipped to No. 4 after bowing to St. John's, demolished Duke 9470 in an Atlantic Coast Conference game as Charlie Scott fired in 34 points. Jo Jo White's 15 points sparked fifth-ranked Kansas to a 56-52 Big Eight Conference nod over Nebraska and No. 6 Santa Clara, led by Bud Ogden's 26 points, belted San Francisco 86-66 for a 12-0 mark. No. 8 Illinois and No. 12 New Mexico State, the only other unbeaten major teams, kept rolling, the 10-0 Illini routing Minnesota 80-58 in their Big Ten Conference blow and the 11-0 Aggies smashing Iowa State 8562. Once-beaten, ninth-ranked Villanova edged No. 20 St. Bonaventure 67-66 on Frank Gillen's 25-foot buzzer shot, but No. 7 Detroit and No. 10 Cincinnati fell in upsets. Marquette tripped Detroit 8571 despite 35 points by Titan soph Spencer Haywood ;and Wichita State shaded Cincinnati 67-66 on Greg Rataj's last minute jump shot in a Missouri Valley Conference reversal. In Sunday's only major college action, Boston College's Frank Fitzgerald dropped in a 15-footer with one second left, giving the Eagles a 76-74 victory over St. Joseph's, Pa. SATURDAY NITE MIXED LEAGUE High Series: Bob Linville 586; Gene Draege 556; Gene GaVette 541; Alberta Bailey 493; Conita GaVette 466; Maxine Wallin 462. BOX SCORE Rend Lake (TO) FG FT TP Johnson 3 17 Donoho 3" 4 10 Tutt 3 7 13 Siuda _ 4 9 17 Windhorst 5 5 35 Stonecipher „ 5 0 10 Bowling _ 2 3 7 TOTALS 25 29 79 -X- -X- -X- Olney Central (M) FG FT TP Dust 8 1 17 Hippe 6 0 12 Campbell 5 3 13 Roberts 9 3 21 L. Miller 5 1 11 Olson 10 2 McGrew 3 0 6 D. Miller 113 Lange 1 0 2 Field 2 3 7 TOTALS 41 12 94 North Tops South 13-7 In Hula Bowl HONOLULU (AP) — There's no substitute for experience, even when it comes to muddy foolbnll fields, unless your name is O.J. Simpson. The 23rd Hula Bowl game was pkiyerl Saturday on a field rendered practically impassable by two days of tropical downpour, and the standout players m Honolulu Stadium were fellows who've seen mud before. Water buffalo Bill Enyart, Oregon State's and 235-pound fullback, won back-of-the-game honors by a narrow margin over Southern California's Simpson and said that he credited it to the fact that he is used to muddy fields in Oregon. Enyart scored both touchdowns for the North All-Stars in a 13-7 victory in the nationally televised game. Simpson got the only score for the South with a «»-.•»«ntr 88-yard kickpff return for a touchdown. For the money you need to balance your budget... for a cash advance Set your mind at ease. Add up the bills you're now paying, month after month... and pay them off with cash from GAC. Then you can enjoy the convenience of paying all your bills with one monthly payment that's fitted to your budget Chances are it will be lower than the total you are now paying each month. You can plan ahead... provide for extra spending money out of every paycheck. For prompt, personal service... stop in or call. 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