The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 24, 1996 · Page 17
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The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas · Page 17

Salina, Kansas
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Wednesday, January 24, 1996
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Sports SCpREBOARD/ D2 SOUTH WRESTLING / D2 PREP BASKETBALL / D3 D T KANSAS STATE MEN 'Cats look to keep moving ahead Fresh off a road victory at Norman, K-State returns home to face Oklahoma St. By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal MANHATTAN — The two road victories in the Big Eight Conference are fine. So is the 12-4 overall record. But Kansas State coach Tom Asbury isn't about to say his basketball team has arrived. Nearly everyone in the conference is singing the praises of the Wildcats after a 15-point victory at Oklahoma on Saturday moved them into second place in the conference standings.. But Asbury knows there's plenty of work ahead. "We're a little better team, but it's too early to sprain our wrists patting ourselves on the back," Asbury said. "If we achieve anything or accomplish anything, let's look back a month and half from now and see where we are." The Wildcats can take another step in the right direction tonight when Oklahoma State comes to town for a 7:05 p.m. game at Bramlage Coliseum. Oklahoma State is struggling. The Cowboys (0-3, 10-5) are just one of two teams (Colorado the other) that hasn't won a Big ASBURY Oklahoma State at Kansas State STARTING LINEUPS OKLAHOMA STATE (10-5) POS. (12-4) KANSAS STATE Skaer (6-7, So., 8.9) F (6-8, Jr., 14.3) Davis , Roberts (6-6, Jr., 12.2) F (6-6. So., 8.7) Young Lambert (8-8, St., 10.8) C (6-11, Jr., 7.3) Eaker Peterson (6-4, Fr., 9.5) Q (6-6, ft., 6.9) May Owens (5-11,Sr., 8.3) Q (6-0, Sr., 15.6) Hatcher Tlpoft - 7:05 p.m. Where - Bramlage Coliseum (13,500); Manhattan. Television - None. Radio - KSAL (1150-AM), WIBW (580-AM). Series - K-Slale leads, 65-34. Coaches - OSU's Eddie Button (6th year, 133-60); KSU's Tom Asbury (2nd year, 24-19). Eight game. They've won just two of their last six games, and those came against Oral Roberts and Cal-State Northridge. However, Asbury knows tonight's game won't be an easy one. "It's a very dangerous game," Asbury said. "(Oklahoma State) is extremely well coached. They're a defensive team like ourselves who could break out at any time. "You've got to remember they were a Final Four team last year. They lost a couple very good players off that team, but they still have a lot of players who experienced that success." The Wildcats got huge games from seniors Elliot Hatcher and Tyrone Davis in their win over Oklahoma. Both players scored 25 points on a combined 17-of-27 shooting from the field and Davis was later named the Big Eight Player of the Week. "Obviously, both players had terrific games that came within the framework of the offense," Asbury said. "Our system is a little more in place, but it's still early." Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton is impressed. "Kansas State is probably the most surprising team (in the conference) in my opinion," Sutton said. "In December, they kind of bounced around trying to find an identity, but they're a good team. "I watched their game Saturday and was very impressed. We all know how tough it is to win in Norman." Shooting has been a problem for the Cowboys. Only two players score in double figures and they are hitting just 40 percent from the field and 58 percent from the free throw line in three Big Eight games. "Our kids are still playing hard, we're just making too many mistakes," Sutton said. "And you're really asking for trouble when you don't shoot free throws." V ELL-SALINE GIRLS Knights slip past Railers Irish hold on for win in first-round game of Minneapolis tourney By TROY PALENSKE The Salina Journal Sacred Heart 54 T SALINA CENTRAL BOYS Mustangs win with late surge HERINGTON — Free throw shooting has been Sacred Heart's Achilles heel this season. Tuesday night, however, the Knights delivered from the foul stripe when it counted most, making 10 of 15 charities in the fourth quarter to trip Herington, 54-50. Mike Huffman sank two free throws with 17 seconds left to boost Sacred Heart's lead to 53-50 and — following a missed 3-pointer by Herington —Dahx Marrs converted the front end of a two-shot bonus to account for the final margin. "We struggled with (free throws) early in the game," Sacred Heart coach Tim Orth said in reference to his team's 7 of 13 shooting the first half. "But the last couple of minutes we only missed two and we got the offensive rebound on one of them." Leading 51-50, Sacred Heart's Ryan Ash misfired on both ends of a double bonus with 24 seconds left. But the Knights' Bob Hull tied up Herington's Levi Wiggans battling for the rebound on the second miss. Sacred Heart retained the ball on the alternating possession then proceeded to seal its win with clutch free throw shooting. Hull also produced on the offensive end late, scoring all six of his points in the fourth quarter. "Bob was feeling a little under the weather and was frustrated with himself for not playing well at the start of the game," Orth said of his 6-4 senior. "I just told him to hang in there and he did and he came through for us at the end." Ash and Matt Huffman scored 15 points to lead the short-handed Knights, who played without starter Brett Power and reserve Mike Losik for disciplinary reasons. "It's a good feeling," Orth said of the hard-earned win. "The kids are happy and this is my first victory here. We're 3-2 in the league and in the upper division and have control of our destiny in the league race." Herington's Branden Banks led all scorers with 17. "Our kids stayed in and did a good job of scoring to keep the game close," Herington coach Duane Mayer said. "We just didn't get a big rebound on a free throw." The two teams' 5-7 overall and 2-2 league records coming in suggested a close game and that's what transpired. Danny Floyd's 3-point goal and a basket by Banks in the lane sparked a 5-2 third-quarter start and boosted Herington's lead to 30-23. Led by Ash, the Knights reeled off nine unanswered points. The 6-2 junior launched the spurt with a 3- pointer, passed to Marrs for a layup to finish a break and swiped a pass that led to Matt Huffman's baseline jumper. Herington forged a 40-40 tie on John Whitehead's three-point play 2Vz minutes into the fourth quarter but could never regain the lead. "We just didn't execute very well, didn't get some shots down and had some defensive lapses that really hurt us," Mayer said. "(Sacred Heart) did a good job late and had an answer for everything we did." Herington built a 25-21 halftime advantage behind four 3-point baskets. Abilene 48 Yarnevich, Sexton, Hancock fuel Central past Abilene in fourth By BOB DAVIDSON The Salina Journal First, there was the stingyman- to-man defense. Then, a stifling zone. Toss in some deadly shooting and a considerable size and strength advantage and you have the main ingredients of Salina Central's 66-46 victory over Abilene Tuesday night at the Central High gym. "We played good defensive basketball all night," Central coach Randy Clark said. "Our man-to- man was very solid and very aggressive. They tired in the fourth quarter and our zone slowed them. "Every minute they weren't scoring was a positive for us." Central's zone produced almost five "positive" minutes in the fourth quarter as the Mustangs turned a close game into a romp. Abilene (6-7) trailed 38-34 with 2:40 left in the third quarter, but didn't score again until Shawn Lemon connected with three seconds left in the period to cut Central's lead to 46-36 entering the final period. Tommy Saffell's 3-point basket with 5:54 left in the game narrowed Central's advantage to 4841. But it was Abilene's last hurrah. Senior center Steve Yarnevich and senior forward Jay Sexton took control on the offensive end while the zone defense shut the Cowboys down at the opposite end. Central (7-5) scored 16 unanswered points over the next 4:45, 11 by Yarnevich and Sexton. By the time Jesse Vincent broke Central's run with a 3-point basket with 1:09 left the Mustangs owned a 20-point, 64-44 lead. "They're a very big team and are hard to get around," Abilene coach Steve Wedel said. "Their zone wasn't what hurt us. We lost our intensity for the game. "We've had a hard tune playing a full game this season. But we are going to work. We got it where we wanted, but let it slip away." Yarnevich and Sexton were unstoppable in the second half. Yarnevich scored 11 of his 15 points in the second half, the final two on thunderous dunk with 2:00 left. He also grabbed seven rebound. Sexton scored 15 of his Salina South 52 KELLY PRESNELLfThe Salina Journal Salina Central's John Huseman defends Abilene's Jesse Vincent In the first quarter Tuesday. team-best 19 in the second half. made life miserable for the Cow- wore them out. He played a fabu- "Steve showed up and played boys all over the court all game lous game. That was the best tonight," Clark said. "He was very long. point-guard play I've seen in strong. He was more aggressive Hancock finished with 15 years." than he has been. points, 12 in the first half, and did- Central shot 54.3 percent from "Jay's always aggressive, but n't commit a turnover. the field (25 of 46) for the game. he's playing in control." "Tanner was our leader," Clark Abilene hit 47.5 percent of its With Yarnevich and Sexton tak- said. "He set the tempo on offense, shots (19 of 40). ing care of business inside, senior he set the tempo on defense. He Lemon led Abilene with 14 point guard Tanner Hancock kept their guards off balance and points. Saffell added 12. T SUPER BOWL XXX Lloyd to keep close eye on Williams Steelers linebacker not going to take any dirty tactics by big Cowboy By BARRY WILNER The Associated Press TEMPE, Ariz. — Greg Lloyd will be watching out for dirty tactics when he and Erik Williams meet in the Super Bowl. Williams says he needn't bother because there won't beany. Lloyd, Pittsburgh's All-Pro linebacker, was fined $12,000 for a preseason hit on Green Bay's Brett Favre. He is livid that Dallas tackle Williams wasn't reprimanded for what Lloyd says was a chop block in the NFC championship game that wrecked John Jurkovic's knee. While he stopped short of calling Williams a dirty player, Lloyd didn't hold back much else Tuesday. "Erik is a good ballplayer," Lloyd said. "I think that is one of his ways of trying to intimidate guys, get them out of their game. But as I say, as long as the referee doesn't call it, he is going to do it. He is going to get away with it." Asked about the NFL's claim that it was trying to better police chop blocks, Lloyd chuckled. "I don't buy it all, because if they were, they would have done something to Mr. Williams by now," Lloyd said. "But they didn't do any- LLOYD WILLIAMS thing to him when it was pretty darn obvious to everyone in America, so when are they going to do it? Are they going to wait until next year, or until somebody gets put out of the game permanently, somebody gets paralyzed, before they do something?" Naturally, Williams didn't agree with Lloyd's opinion of him — ex- cept the part about being a good ballplayer. "Greg Lloyd is a physical player, just like myself," said Williams, who returned this season from reconstructive knee surgery after an auto accident. "This is football and it's a rough sport. "I'm just trying to keep a guy out. During the course of a game, some things happen. Guys go to the facemask and it's unnoticed. It happens so often, that's something little. Half the time, guys go to the facemask and don't even know it. I don't try to do it intentionally." Lloyd wonders about that. He wonders about a lot of things concerning the Cowboys, who are See SUPER, Page D4 T SALINA SOUTH BOYS Cougars outlast Chapman South defense finally clamps down on Irish star in second half By HAROLD BECHARD The Salina Journal CHAPMAN — For six quarters, Salina South couldn't stop Chapman's Rob Van De Creek. Van De Creek, after 19 points and 13 rebounds in the season opener against South, had poured in 17 points by halftime Tuesday night before the Cougars decided to do something about. What they did was stop the 6- foot-4 Van De Creek from touching the ball. South clamped down on the Irish senior standout with a tenacious man-to-man defense that double-teammed him down low. . The result was dramatic. • Van De Creek attempted only one field and scored just four points in the second half as South held on for its second win of the season, a 52-49 decision in the Chapman gym. "We talked at halftime about being more aware of his presence down on the block and that we better get down there and help out," South coach Dennis Wahlgren said. The Cougars did more than just help out. They refused to let Van De Creek beat them. The Chapman center went 13 minutes and 19 seconds — from the 2:11 mark of the second quarter to the 4:52 mark of the fourth — before attempting his eighth and final field goal. "We couldn't even get the ball inside to him," Chapman coach Doug Moeckel said. "Early, it looked so easy. Then suddenly, we couldn't get the ball to him from the wing." South overcame a five-point deficit (25-20) with a 12-4 in the final 3Vi minutes of the second quarter to grab a 32-29 lead at halftime. Chapman, now 5-7, led by one point (37-36) when Moeckel pulled all five starters for the final 2Vi minutes of the third quarter. South clamped on a full-court press, caused three Irish turnovers and scored the final six points to grab a 42-37 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Moeckel didn't second-guess his decision to rest his starters. "If you're going to have a bench, you have to play them," Moeckel said. "I don't have any regrets about it. We had our chances to overcome their lead." South led by nine points (48-39) after a pair of free throws by Mike Newcomer with 5:08 left, but Chapman then scored seven straight points to make it a two-point game (48-46) with 1:43 left. Tyler Charvat and Ryan Tomlins each hit a pair of free throws in the final 91 seconds to keep Chapman from having the opportunity to tie the game. A steal by Newcomer with four seconds left sealed the victory. "Coming off the SIT and losing two games down the stretch, sometimes it becomes a mental block late in the game," Wahlgren said. "I think this should help us get over the hump." Newcomer led the Cougars with 20 points (14 in the first half) and eight rebound E. Mitch Edwards scored 10 points to compliment Van De Creek's 21 points and eight rebounds. SUGGESTIONS? CALL^BOB DAVIDSON, SPORTS EDITOR, AT (913) 823-6363 OR 1-800-827-6363

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