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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 32

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D2-Palm Beach Post. Tuesday, December 7, 1973 No Place Like Home for Bell n Karl Gulbronsen Sports Writer Ernie Bell would like nothing better than "One for road" tonight. The Leonard basketball coach is not thinking of a draught beer or a shot of tequila. He's thinking in terms of a win against Martin County on the Tigers' court. No easy task. The Lancers (1-1) lost their opening Suncoast East conference game to Lake Worth Friday night, 60-59. A loss to the powerful Tigers (1-0) would put them in a hole. "This is one of the most important games of the season for us," Bell said. "We can't afford to go 0-2 in the conference. That would make it awful tough to win it. "Playing Martin County is always tough, but having to -play them up there makes it that much harder. They don't lose too many games at home." The Tigers edged Leonard last season at home, 71-70. Walter Campbell, a 6-foot-6 senior center, is once jowa Ar s .am w I Each Christmas Wallen's team is ranked second in Class AAA A. "I was very happy with our first game," Wallen said. "We got a chance to play most of our players." Wallen remembers Leonard's play a year ago and knows the Lancers always fare well against the Tigers. "I haven't seen them play yet," he said. "Our games are always hard-fought. This is a real important game for them. I've said this before and so have a few other coaches, you have to win on the road to be successful in the Suncoast East. "It's a little unfortunate that the league games have to come so early again the Tiger big gun. He scored 32 points against the Lancers in that memorable game. "The way to play them is try and stop the other four guys," Bell said. "You know he's gonna get his 20 or so points. We must stop the others from getting the easy baskets. I plan to play Gene Littles (the Lancers' 6-3 center) on Campbell. We like to have Gene play straight up on Campbell. Gene is quick and can score. If he can score with him I'll be happy." Tiger head coach Don Wallen was satisfied with his team's opening-night 83-59 win over Vero Beach. the grown-up Clantons created chaos. They played with the electric trains, the toy trucks, the halls and the bats. You name it. The Clanton kids were left with nothing. Last Christmas, Shoemaker's Riding High As PBJC Opens at Home Grandma Clanton saved the day. She put EarlyTimes under the nee. EarlyTimes. In the Clanton but that is the way the schedule came out. It will be the same for everybody though. "For us to be a factor in the league we have to be consistent. Campbell has given us three good years and for us to be good again he will have to do most of the work. He always has so I have no doubts concerning him." In another game, Suncoast (1-0) travels to Palm Beach Gardens to meet the winless Gators (0-3) in a nonconference game. "We're just not shooting well at all," Gator coach Sam Watson said. "We're not real big but you don't have to be big to score. We just haven't been able to put the ball in the basket." The Gators will have a problem stopping the Chargers' swift guard, Anthony Carter. Carter gave opposing football teams fits this past season as a wide receiver and his speed can do just as much damage on the court. "Carter is always a major problem," Watson said. "He is so quick that he seems to get away before you have time to react. We'll try and neutralize his speed if we can. We'll have to stop his penetration. That's where he is dangerous, driving the lane and then dumping off or taking the short jumper. He will be a problem." Other Games: GLADES CENTRAL (0-0) at LAKE WORTH (2-0) - The Trojans have relied on the scoring of Oscar and Ron Taylor in the first two games. Coach Jay Selder has a rebuilding job to do with the Raiders. TWIN LAKES (1-1) at NORTH SHORE (2-0) - The Mustangs have gotten off to a fast start thanks to some hot shooting by Darryll Mitchell. Coach Alvln Wright of Twin Lakes has a young team. ATLANTIC (0-1) at PAHOKEE (1-1) The Eagles will need points from junior Tim Cornelius, who was held to just four in the season opener. Pahokee's Stafford Everett scored 58 points in two games last week. JUPITER (0-2) at OKEECHOBEE (0-0) The Warriors are looking for their first win after last week's two losses. The Brahmans lost their opener to John Carroll. CARDINAL NEWMAN (0-1) at CARDINAL GIBBONS (1-0) - The Crusaders rely on Tony Raich for scoring and must bounce back after loss to Lake Worth. Jupiter Christian at Broward Christian Boca Academy at Miami Lear PB Academy at Berean Christian Belle Glade Christian at King's Mfa.itj fct .a Wil1lTlTllI J clan, it's the sift that separates the men. . . ggjf fg By TIM TUCKER Post Sports Writer 'LAKE WORTH - Palm Beach Junior College's Mike Shoemaker is what coaches and sportswriters call "a late bloomer." But the 6-foot-7 center bloomed just in time to lead the Pacers to the state playoffs last year and has continued his outstanding play as the leader of this year's squad, which Sam Weathersbee); two tall and inexperienced centers (6-11 Steve Kearney and 6-8 Harry Dolan) and a snapshooting swingman, Bruce Hlatky. "For us to win consistently, we've got to get a real good game out of Shoe," Ceravolo said. "We need to get him open inside and we need him to help control the boards. "Shoe is deceptive. He may look skinny, but he's strong. He has a lot of speed and is really quick for a big man. Offensively, he moves to the ball well and he has a real nice shooting touch. We're looking for him to have a real good year." Shoemaker, although he concedes his lack of weight will keep some major colleges from trying to sign him, already has drawn the attention of some scouts. "If I had my choice, I'd like to play for Florida," Shoemaker said. "Playing at Florida, well, that would be my dream. My granddad and my dad graduated from there and my brother is going there," the Belle Glade native said. "They have a real good construction school and that's what I want to go into." Old Friends Pay Tribute To Murtaugh EarlyTimes J iteiyTU- To know us is to lOV eus. consists mostly of new and inexperienced players. Last season, when PBJC's chances of making the playoffs were no better than its odds of winning the Irish Sweepstakes, Shoemaker showed almost overnight improvement and was instrumental in the Pacers' 10-game winning streak that enabled them to go to Deland and reach the semifinals. This year, leading a team with only two returning starters during the college coaching debut of Joe Ceravolo, Shoemaker has averaged more than 20 points and 10 rebounds a game. Tonight, after winning three of seven games on the road, PBJC will play its home opener against the Biscayne College junior varsity team at 7. "There was a point last year, probably around the time we started our streak, that he changed and started to come on. He started looking more comfortable on the court and, as a result, he started contributing," last year's Coach Dr. Howard Reynolds said. "He was a big reason why we made the playoffs." A quiet type, Shoemaker, who weighs only 175 pounds, reminds fans of former North Carolina State All-America Tom Burleson because of the skinny frame and over-flowing enthusiasm. "We have so much talent on this team this year. We're loaded," Shoemaker said. "We've got a lot more talent than we had last year. But we've got some inexperienced players and it's going to take time for us to learn to play together. "I think we'll win the division and be back in the playoffs this year. I just have that feeling. We've got enough to win it all." Ceravolo, who coached a state championship team at Twin Lakes High School, has several talented players. Among the players he hopes to mold into a unit that plays "the team concept basketball" are a rescued member of the Palm Beach Atlantic team, Dennis Mobley; 5-10 guard Mike Bennett, who can stand flatfooted, with his back to the basket and dunk the ball backward from a standing position; three former Palm Beach Gardens teammaters (Shack Leonard, Derrick Paul, and CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - Danny Murtaugh was buried yesterday after prayers by a priest who was his pinochle partner and remembrances of the quick wit of the four-time manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Rev. I. Walter Noll, pastor emeritus of Our Lady of Peace Roman Catholic Church, recited the opening prayers at the funeral services. Earlier, he remembered once criticizing a Murtaugh managerial decision and being told, '"Father, you stick to the pulpit and I'll run the baseball team.'" Murtaugh was buried at Sts. Peters and Paul Cemetery close to the sandlots where he first played. His flag-draped casket was carried by members of his family. "Danny won the admiration of the whole civilized world," said the Rev. Francis P. O'Reilly in a brief eulogy. A number of Pittsburgh players and other baseball personalities jammed into the small, greystone church in Milmont Park to pay last respects to the quiet, little Irishman who died Thursday, two days after suffering a stroke. The players included Willie Star-gell, Bill Robinson, Bruce Kison, Dave Giusti, Jim Rooker, Larry De-mery, Bob Robertson, Al Oliver, coaches Jose Pagan and Don Lep-pert, and former Pirates' Manny Sanguillen and Steve Blass. Murtaugh's widow, Kathleen, was accompanied to the church, just a baseball throw from their home, by her sons, Tim and Danny, and daughter, Kathy. In all, there were 800 persons inside and out of the church Murtaugh attended. Special Purchase!! j Special ?"rftqev GMIIEDd (jffi ITVj Manufactured by B.F. Goodrich ANY SIZE LISTED 4 for 1 26 00 SIZES SBTS-14. 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