Independent from Long Beach, California on March 22, 1976 · Page 23
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Independent from Long Beach, California · Page 23

Long Beach, California
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Monday, March 22, 1976
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Lakers 9 playoff hopes damaged By DOUG IVES Staff Writer Milwaukee's y o u n g , enthusiastic Bucks iriay have written the ·.lakers' playoff obituary Sunday ! night. It is stiU a trifle early to write | tlwrii off, but the Lakers looked ·. dead for the second night in a row, Closing, 130-111, at the Forum !o a .; l e a r n which averages o n l y 100 } points a game. I; ' The shocking setback dropped '· the Lakers into third place in the I; Pacific Division and cut their lead '. over fourth-place Phoenix to a half! griftie with nine to play. ;. ' The Lakers can ill afford to lose I'al'home since thy rarely play well | on the road. Of their remaining ! lUne^ games, five are at the Forum ' a n d ; i t would seem they must win 1 them all in order to q u a l i f y for the ' playoffs. [ Lucius Allen missed Sunday's game with the flu, and the absence ; of any starler hurts, but the Lakers v. were simply no match for the hot; shooting Bucks. . . A former Laker, guard Brian ; Winters, led Milwaukee's cadre of sharpshooters by scoring 16 of his ; 26 points in the first half when the Bucks took a commanding 17-poinl · lead; 67-50. Just as it was a night earlier in Phoenix, the Lakers couldn't come back from a poor first h a l f . The sr .A.isr:D TELEVISION No events scheduled. HAD 10 No event 1 ; scheduled. JOHN DIXON, Sports Editor Moodoy, March 22, 1976 Seciicn C, Pcxje C-l closest they came was 13 points and that's when veteran Bob Dandridge wrecked them with 15 poults in a six-minute span. Another former Laker, guard Jim Price, enjoyed a big night, handing off for a career-high 13 poinls w h i l e also collecting 15 poinls. For good measure, another youngster w h o was once Laker properly, rookie forward D a v i d Meyers of UCLA, had OIK; of his finest nights as a pro wilh 13 rebounds and 15 points. The victory was a big one for the Bucks. They maintained their three-game lead over Kansas City in the Midwest Division and drew closer to whal Ihe Lakers may nol achieve, a playoff berth. T h a i Milwaukee's r e c o r d is only .11-39, which would be no beller l h a n fifth place in (he Pacific Division, is no consolation. It was (he Inkers' third game in three nights and it is apparent their age hurts them. They had no zip, especially on defense. Winters and his young friends had dozens of open shots. (Continued on C-2, Col. 4) Glad it's almost over? UCLA coach Gene Bartow hugs Arizona mentor Fred Snowden after Saturday's NCAA playoff victory over Wildcats. Bartow has only two games remaining in what, at times, has been unbearable season for successor to John Wooden. --AP Wlrcpti»t« UCLA's Bartow: Is success killing him? Whal is the price of victory? W e l l , in G e n e Barlow's case, it has c o m e perilously close (o being his health. While UCLA was wrapping up the XCAA Western Regional championship Saturday al Panl e y , Bartow was fighting to maintain his equilibrium. He rubbed his hands together constantly, pausing occasionally to exhale as a means of p r e v e n t i n g hyper-ventilation. His face was drained of color and occasionally he would duck sen HA in; ii his head between his legs or lean his head on an assistant's shoulder. Tlmse who knew him before he look over the UCLA basket- b a l l coaching ppsilion report lhat he seldom displayed nervousness while heading programs at Valparaiso, Memphis Slate and Illinois. But Bartow has been under extreme pressure as the successor to John Wooden, who won 10 national championships in 12 years. The pressure has not come f r o m within t h e department. R a t h e r . ' i l has emanated from Bruin fans, who have become so condilioned lo winning t h a t each defeat has been viewed as a tragedy -- a source such pain lhal the only relief is the coach's head. One of the Southland's radio praltle-pcddlers, J i m Healy, has heightened Barlow's agony by constant, mindless criticism. By virtue of UCLA's Western Regional t r i u m p h , Barlow has gotten the Bruins la the final round of four in Philadelphia. Justice would be served if this nice, pleasant man were to win a national championship and. upon his return home, tell his critics where I h c y could deposit Ihe job he holds. Sportswrilers a r e n ' t s u p posed to rool, but a line has lo he drawn somewhere. Go gel 'em. Gene. C U F F S T U F F : Judging f r o m Coach 4 Athlete M a g a - zine's Top 100 p r e p football players, Notre Dame struck gold in its recruiting. According lo r e s e a r c h b y s t a f f e r G a r y Rausch, Ihe Irish bagged nine of the ma.uazine's Top 100 preps -- (ackle Boh Bush from Amster- d a m . N . Y . ; tackle-linebacker Pal Boggs from Columbu^. 0.; lackle John Scully from llunt- inglon. N.Y.; guard Jeff Crippin f r o m Kansas City. Mo.; lacklc Scoll Z e l e k f r o m Arlington Heights, III.; receiver Speedy Hart from Phoenix, Ariz ; full- h a c k T y r e e Dlckerson f r o m l-awrence, f n d . ; linebacker K.C. Ryan from Birmingham, Mich , and quarterback Kevin Muno from Loyola High in Los Angeles. . .USC had three--quarterback Ktnny Moore f r o m San Fernando, o f f e n s i v e t a c k l e Anlhony Munoz f r o m Ontario and tackle Brad Budde from Kansas City, Mo . .UCLA had two, running b a c k Arlie H a r grove from Long Beach Poly arxl r u n n i n g back Glen Cannon from San Jose. . .Budde and Hart were chosen [o Coach i Alhlele's S u p e r E l e v e n . . . Puly's super basketball p!aer, Johnny Nash, was seen al Ihe (Continued on C-l. Col. 3) After the ball was ovei Annual Long Beach Junior Tennis Championships ended with flury of quality forehands and backhands Sunday as youngsters vied for lilies at Ixikcwood Country Club. Some, such as Robert Van't llof, l e f t , and Carol Ilcyncn, upper left, were successful. Others, such as Trey Lewis, above, weren't. Miss Ilcyncn won Girls 12 crown and yan't Hof prevailed in Boys 18 final. Miss Lewis bowed in Girls 18 lille match. Story on Page C-2. --Skiff Photos hy 1!0» (ilNN Stars tie Kin ex in Deaver inanuevers through sea of protests to win Congressional Cup last 1:26 BLOOMINGTON. Minn. (AP) Tim Young's 15lh of Ihe season with 1:26 remaining to p l a y boosted (he Minnesota North Stars a 1-1 tic with the Kings Sunday night. Young deflected in his goal past Kings goalie Gary Edwards after I,ou N a n n e had fired a shot from the righl poinl. II appeared until the closing moments thai the Kings would pin a rare loss on Minnesota goalie Cesare Maniago, who owns 29 career victories against them. Los Angeles look a -1-3 lead in the second period on two goals hy Butch Goring and one hy Vic Va- nasky. Vanasky's goal al 17:15 of UK- second period gave the Kings a ·1-2 edge. B u t the North Slars started their comeback late in the period on a goal by Doug Hicks al 18:3-1. (Continued on C-2, Col. 6) By DON CUU'KPl'KK Slaff Wrllrr Tony Parker (Annapolis Yacht Club), with seven wins and livo losses, (hough! Saturday aflernoon lhal he had won the 12!h annual renewal of the Long Heach Yachl Club's Congressional Cup Series, aixl so did this writer, bul t h a i was before the protest committee started hearing 14 prolests, five doubles and four singles. When Sunday's edition went to press, the protest committee slill was locked in a verbal hassle wilh Ihe main competitors. Il appeared Ihen t h a i anything might happen-and it did! The committee came out of Ms protest viiull al 1 a. in. Sunday to announce llinl t h e r e was a f o n t - w a y lie for first place. More lhan one- half of the (100 guesls al the LliYC awards dinner slill were on hand In receive Ihe news. The committee ordered a sail- o f f for Sunday for those four- P a r k e r , Dick Heaver (I/is Angeles YC1; G r a h a m Hall (Naval Academy Sailing Squadron) and Ted Turner (Allanla Yacht Club). Deaver debated Hall and Park- er out-sailed Turner in Ihc f i r s t (wo matches. Deaver I h e n defeated Parker by Hi seconds In win Ihe Congressional Cu|. Thai put Parker in sccn-mt place. Turner mill Hall then had a nip- anil-tuck battle, wilh Hall finally winning by 1!) seconds. Turner, wlin gained the reputation of being a constant protester in Ihc scries, a g a i n had a protest flag waving. The protest, however, was not allowed, H a l l finishing t h i r d a n d Turner f o u r t h . (('nnlitmed on C-l, Col. fl C-A.H.E3 3STID AJ^. Trark-- Washington are! Occiik'iUal l !/nt; [loach Stale, campus track, I JC pull -- J'ass.irttn.1 vs. lxnn Ik-acli orado. 1 p.m iij; (icacn City Collect-' :30 p.m. . . . C'ily Collw, El Dorado. 1 p.m JC trnnis-- iit Kullcrkm JC' 2 : 3 . . JC vollryball-- Women: Orange Coast al Ujiic Itf.nh City Cnllece. 3 p in. Horsr raring -- horses. Ixis Aliimilos. first ]xat 8 p.m Silting one out Burefoof skiier Gordon E p l i n g sils out end of his run after being clocked at 88.31 miles per hour d u r i n g drag boat e x l r a v a - ganza at M a r i n e Stadium Sunday. Story on Page C-2. -staff Photo i.y KKNT IIKNDKRSON Safety still priority for director Talbot Hy AI.I.KX WOI.FK Slaff Wrilfr L a s l September, t h e Long Beach Grand Prix street course came under close scrutiny by two of aulo racing's severest critics--the Grand Prix Drivers Association and Ihc safety and circuits committee of the Comite Sportive International, competition wing of the world governing body for auto racing. Men like Denis Hulme, Jean Pierre Beltoisc. J a r k i e Stewart a n r i T e d d y M a y e r gave il an "A" r a U n g . due largely to the adoption of such innovative techniques as energy-absorbing tire piles, oil drums filled with sand and fronted by ArmciHypc sleel barriers, and debri.s fencing ( h a t towered almost H feet above Ihe surface of the t r a c k for optimum spectator safely. Al the t i m e , llulmc commented. "Just looking at it, one can tell a great deal of care in preparation has been devoted lo the Irack. You gel that secure feeling " With this in mind, one would expect I/jng Beach safety director Dr Peter Talbot lo sit back and absorb all the praise befitting a job well done. Bul il seems Talbol's greatest critic is himself --and he has .spent the six month hialu% since last year's Formula 5000 race insli- tuling modifications that will be evident when the United Stales Grand Prix West is held Sunday. "Our biggest area of concenlralion was updating and altering Ihe structural appearance of Ihc lire piles," says Dr. , a practicing obstelrician from lr.; Palo Alto s u b u r b of Menlo Park. "We had (iroWems in t h i s area at Ihe race " Tire piles arc huge pyramids of tires -- slacked four deep ami 10 high--mounl- ed on mnveahlc wrxxfen palates. They are placed n l strategic points along the 2.02- m i l e , Li-turn shnrcfront course lhal circles the Long lieach Arena complex, p a r t i c u l a r l y at the escape roads thai branch off from Ihe actual course and serve as "safely vahes" should a driver gel in (rouble and require an a v e n u e cf escape. Although Ihc tire piles proved their worth in Ihe f i r s t race, the system was not entirely f a i l .safe--it had one rnaM f l a w . When drivers used Ihe escape roads and found (heir cars disabled they had no means lo exit the course and were forced lo wail (or crash crews to come to their aid. "This was extremely dangerous because they ahe drivers) were exposed to race cars speeding by only a few feet a w a y Many clirnted the fences to seek safely," points out Dr. Talbol. "We were also criticized for h a v i n g crash crews on the course at m a n y 'Wind intersections.' but [ think we've solved the problem " This year, (he tire piles will \x: splil down Ihe middle and staggered, half of Ihe unil being a p p r o x i m a t e l y 20 feel in from of the other This leaves a channel fir a v e n u e large enough for drivers lo escape an/I for cars (o be rolled t*hind Ihe barriers a l m o s t immediately. 'Continued on C-2, Co! 2 Your Full Line Quality Dealer teasing New Used Car Solos Service Parts Body Shop Trucks Vans 4-Wheel Drive Mr Safes -- nce 1909 Com« and 5** Why GLENN E.

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