Section 2 Sports Sunday, March 27,1988 Page 17 NCAA Tourne'y Regional Finals EAST REGIONAL Semifinals AtEastRulherford.N.J. Thursday, March 24 Duke ..,?; Rhode Island 72 Temple 69 Richmond 47 Championship At East Rutherford, N.J. Saturday, March 26 Duke.. 63 Temple 53 SOUTHEAST REGIONAL Semifinals At Birmingham, Ala. Thursday, March 24 Villanova 80 Kentucky 74 Oklahoma 108 Louisville 98 Championship At Birmingham, Ala. Saturday, March 26 Oklahoma 78 Villanova 59 MIDWEST REGIONAL Semifinals AtPontlac.Mich. Friday, March 25 Kansas 77 Vanderbilt 64 Kansas State 73 Purdue 70 Championship AtPontiac.Mlch. Sunday, March 27 Kansas State, 25-8, vs. Kansas, 24-11,1:58 p.m. WEST REGIONAL Semifinals At Seattle Friday, March 25 North Carolina 78 Michigan 69 Arizona 99 owa 79 Championship At Seattle Sunday, March 27 North Carolina, 27-6, vs. Arizona, 34-2,4:03 p.m. THE FINAL FOUR. At Kansas City, Mo. Semifinals Saturday, April 2 Midwest Champion vs. Duke, 28-6, 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Oklahoma, 34-3, vs. West Champion, 5:30 p.m. or 8 p.m. Championship Monday, April 4 Semifinal winners, 9:12 p.m. Bearcats Capture 8th State Crown Muncie Central puts away Concord in lopsided finale INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Purple still reigns in Indiana high school basketball. After three straight tourney championships by Marion, the Purple and White Bearcats of Muncie Central got their eighth title Saturday night, a 76-53 victory over Concord. Sam Long, who hit only one of 10 shots in Central's semifinal victory over Bedford-North Lawrence, hit 14 of 20 for a career-high 29 points as the top-ranked Bearcats claimed the championship for the North Central Conference for the fourth year in a row. Long also received the Indiana High School Athletic Association Trester Award for mental attitude. "I didn't think about the Trester," said the Bearcat senior. "I just wanted to go out and study this year. Books come before basketball." After his horrible shooting performance in the afternoon, Coach Bill Harrell "told me I'd have to take it to them tonight. I felt hot in the first quarter and I wanted the ball," Long said. "They kept getting it to me." Long put Muncie Central ahead with 20 of his 29 points in the first half, and Chandler Thompson mopped up with 17 of his 21 in the second half. Long also had 15 rebounds, offsetting Concord's 6-foot-ll Shawn Kemp, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds, "I told him not to shoot like a scared stick," Harrell said of his instructions to Long for the championship game. "This afternoon he was shooting like he was scared he would miss. I told him we can't have that tonight." Thompson, the Bearcats' leading scorer at 22.4 points a Muncie Central 76 Concord 53 game for the season, said the team's game plan against the big Kemp was "to front him early. That didn't seem to work. Then we decided to take it to him. I had a lot of help guarding him. "He was tough, but we knew if we could wear him down, we could win," said Thompson. Muncie's top-ranked Bearcats finished the season at 28-1 with a 25-game winning streak and left No.2 Concord with its only loss in 29 games. It was the first time the state's top two ranked teams had played in the championship game of the tournament. "The way he (Long) was shooting, there was no reason for me to worry about shooting," said Thompson. "We just wanted to prove we were No.l. It didn't really matter who did the scoring." Concord stayed close to Muncie until late in the third quarter, when Kemp picked up his third foul and Thompson completed a 3-point play for a 41-36 Muncie Central lead. The Bearcats stretched the lead to seven points going into the fourth quarter and to eight points with under five minutes left in the final period. Then Long scored a basket, Kris Winningham hit one free throw, Billy Vance hit two more free throws and a fast-break layup and free throw as Kemp fouled out with 3:48 to go. Thompson scored a basket for a 64-46 lead, completing the Muncie streak of 10 straight points, and the Kernp-less Minutemen managed only seven i points the rest of the game. "They get all the credit," Concord Coach Jim Hahn said of the Bearcats. "Quickness was one of our biggest problems. They just really hurt us on the boards. They have so many good jumpers and are so quick," Hahn said. "We knew Sam Long was a very good player," he added. "He didn't shoot the ball real well this afternoon. We knew we had to take a chance that he wouldn't shoot well again tonight, but we wanted to keep the ball out of Chandler Thompson's hands as much as possible. "Sam Long obviously rose to the occasion and did a fantastic job in the first half," the 31- year-old Concord coach said. Centra] outrebounded Concord 35-28 and outshot the Minutemen 59 percent to 38 percent. Kemp, who had 19 points, 15 rebounds and nine blocked shots in a 66-50 semifinal victory over Hammond Noll, added six blocks against Muncie Central. Thompson also blocked three Concord shots. "We just couldn't keep up with them on the boards," Hahn said. "It looked like our kids were running out of gas. We were trying to run a lot of different people at them, we gambled a little bit and they just took advantage of the situation and got some easy buckets." It was the first time Concord had reached the tourney Final Four, while Muncie Central was there for a record 17th time. The final score, on a steal and slam dunk by Thompson with two seconds to go, marked the biggest lead of the game, matching the widest winning margin in a final game since Indianapolis Attucks beat Gary Roosevelt 97-74 in 1955. Associated Presa Muncie Central's Chandler Thompson gets up Concord's Shawn Kemp tries to beat defense Vance finished with 13 points for the Bearcats. Jamar Johnson backed Kemp with 18 points for the Minutemen. Thompson was named Most Valuable Player by The Associated Press and was joined on the All-Tourney team by Long, Kemp, Vance and Damon Bailey of Bedford-North Lawrence. Thompson, who had 32 points in Central's 60-53 semifinal victory over No.3 Bedford, managed only four points in the first half against the taller Concord Minutemen. But Long, who averaged only 12.7 points a game going into the Final Four, more than made up for Concord's defense on Thompson. The 6-foot-4 Long had 14 of Muncie Central's 18 points in the first quarter and 20 of his team's 28 in the first half. Viola's Stuff Halts Mete' Win Streak Associated Press Frank Viola, the MVP in last year's World Series, shut out the Mets on four hits over seven innings Saturday as the Minnesota Twins ended New York's spring training winning streak at eight with a 3-2 victory Saturday. Viola struck out seven and walked only one while Gene Larkin had RBI singles in the first and fifth innings and Tom Nieto, had a solo homer in the fourth inning. All the runs came off New York starter Rick Aguilera. Mets starter Rick Aguilera gave up all ;hree Minnesota runs, allowing eight hits in six innings. New York's runs came on solo homers by Gary Carter and Howard Johnson off reliever Keith Atherton. The loss by the Mets came on a day in which they acquired catcher Mackey Sasser from Pittsburgh for rookie first baseman Randy Milligan. The two teams also exchanged minor league pitchers. Milligan a right-handed power hitter, was the International League's Most Valuable Player with Tidewater last season, batting .326 with 29 homers and Exhibition Baseball 103 RBI, but was behind Keith Hernandez and Dave Magadan with the Mets. "It's a great opportunity for me to start out in the major leagues," Milligan said. "I received a call from their GM, Syd Thrift, last night and he told me I would be with their club and I'd probably platoon at first base." Brewers 9, Cubs 2 Mike Birkbeck pitched five hitless innings while Ruppert Jones and Ernest Riles drove in two runs each as Milwaukee defeated the Cubs. A Cactus League-record crowd of 9,812 watched the game with temperatures in the mid 90s. Birkbeck, 2-0 this spring, solidified his spot as the Brewers' fifth starter. Glenallen Hill drove home the tying run with a double and Rick Leach knocked in the winning run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning to lead the Blue Jays. David Wells picked up the victory with two innings of one-hit relief after starter John Cerutti allowed only one hit over six innings but gave up both Chicago runs. Jerry Reuss went six innings for Chicago^ allowing four hits and one run. Cardinals 2, Rangers 1 Tommy Herr's seventh-inning single broke a 1-1 tie and lifted St. Louis over Texas. Joe Magrane, likely to be St. Louis' opening day pitcher, allowed three hits walked two and struck out five in six innings. Magrane inherits the job from John Tudor, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list, who had arthroscopic knee surgery in the off-season and has pitched only one inning this spring, suffering from a sore shoulder and the flu. Reds 8, Pirates 7 Jeff Treadway's single off Jim Gott scored Angel Salazar in the bottom of the ninth inning to give the Reds their victory. The Pirates had overcome a 7-3 deficit to tie the score with a pair of runs in the seventh off Bill Landrum and two in the eighth off Rob Murphy. Jose Rijo started for Cincinnati and allowed his only run in i:j spring training innings when Darnell Coles doubled in the second. Barry Larkin had a three-run homer in the bottom of the second off Mike Dunne, who left after the third inning because of stiffness in his left side. Orioles 9, Braves 4 The Orioles, looking for pitching, got five scoreless innings from rookie Jose Mesa, acquired in a trade with Toronto last summer. Continuing his bid to make the club's starting rotation. Mesa allowed four hits, walked none and struck out one. Newly acquired third baseman Kick Schu went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs. Larry Sheets was 2-for-4 with two doubles and one RBI. Cal Ripken Jr. and brother Billy Ripken each had two hits. Duke Surprises Itself, Cold-Shooting Owls EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Temple lost its touch and any chance of going to the Final Four on Saturday when the top-ranked Owls lost 63-53 to fifth-ranked Duke. It was a game that Duke Coach Mike Krzyzewski didn't think the Blue Devils had a chance to win. "We played very much like a veteran team to beat the most veteran team we've played all year — a team we didn't think we had a chance to beat," the Duke coach said. Kevin Strickland scored 21 points and Danny Ferry had 20 as Duke, 28-6, won the East Regional and moved into the semifinals of the Final Four next Saturday in Kansas City against the winner of Sunday's Kansas State-Kansas game. Temple, 32-2, which had won 18 consecutive games in a rise to the top ranking nationally, made only one of its first 12 shots in the second half and shot 28.6 percent for the game. The Owls scored only nine points in the first 14 NCAA Roundup minutes after intermission as Duke took control. Temple freshman Mark Macon, averaging nearly 21 points per game this season, scored 13 points and was 6-of-29 from the field, including eight shots that never hit the rim. Macon made 46.6 percent of his shots from the field during the season. Tim Perry also had 13 points for the Owls, as Howard Evans had 12. "We played just great team defense, (especially) Billy King on Macon," Krzyzewski said. "He got by me and missed some easy shots," King said of Macon. "I can't take all the credit." Duke is now 7-0 at the Meadowlands Arena, including victories over DePaul and Navy in the 1986 East Regional. The Owls, who led by as many as 10 points in the first half, pulled ahead 31-25 after Perry started the second half with a three-point play. But they missed their next 10 shots, six by Macon, as Duke took the lead for good with 11 consecutive points. Quin Snyder gave the Blue Devils their first lead, 34-31, with a 3-pointer with 13:59 left, and Strickland completed the 11-0 run with a fastbreak basket. The only other loss this season by Temple, whose last trip to the Final Four was 1958, was 59-58 at Nevada-Las Vegas. Temple opened a 17-7 lead in the first 10 minutes as Duke missed 11 of its first 14 shots, had three shots blocked by Perry and was called for five traveling violations. The Blue Devils weren't discouraged by a l-for-7 performance from 3-point range in their 73-72 victory over Rhode Island in the regional semifinals. Against Temple, Duke missed five of six 3-point attempts while falling behind by 10 and was l-for-10 in the first half. Sooners' defense stops Villanova BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Oklahoma showed it couldn't be tricked by Viilanova's slow-down offense. Instead, the fastbreaking Sooners tricked the Wildcats by playing defense. "I didn't expect the four corners at the outset of the game," Sooners Coach Billy Tubbs said. The fourth-ranked Sooners had to overcome a deliberate offense run almost to perfection by Villanova before downing the Wildcats 78-59 Saturday, winning the Southeast Regional and advancing to the NCAA Final Four. Oklahoma, known for its run-and-gun offense, held Villanova scoreless over a 5 J ,«-minute stretch near the end. From the beginning, Villanova ran a three-man weave near center court to run time off the shot clock and keep the ball out of the hands of the Sooners, who scored 100 or more points 20 times this season. "Villanova should keep time of possession like they do in football," Tubbs said. "We had the ball 10 minutes and they had it 30. Did you know that? I'm just guessing. I don't know for sure." Stacey King provided the offense punch needed to overcome a seven-point halftime deficit, scoring 28 points. "Seven down in that kind of game is like being down 20 in our kind of game," Tubbs said. The Sooners, 34-3, trailed by eight points wilh 14 minutes to play, but outscored the Wildcats 38-11. Villanova Coach Rollie Massimino praised the way his team fought Oklahoma's pressure defense. "I thought these kids did a fabulous job of bring it up ... establishing their tempo and doing what they had to do, That couldn't have been better," Massimino said. Villanova, 24-13, forced the high-scoring Sooners into a slow-paced coniest that had Oklahoma's offense out of synch and enabled the Wildcats to build a 38-31 halftime lead with a 13-3 run in the last 4:35 of the half. The Sooners began waving "Going to Kansas City" banners on their bench in the closing seconds. Oklahoma advances to the Final Four in Kansas City next Saturday where it will face the winner of Sunday's West championship game between second-ranked Arizona and No. 7 North Carolina.
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