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Blythevllle (Ark.) Courier News - Friday, January », 1M — FtO (taut Hayti Over Gosne// Manila, Leachville Take Big Wins By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor Showdown time is at hand once again for the basketball forces of MANILA and LEACHVILLE High Schools. the Lions of both institutions will square off against each other in the semifinals of the annual Northeast Arkansas Tournament at Jonesboro. Both squads assured themselves of a semifinal berth with victories in yesterday's quarterfinal matches. MANILA, eliminated Nettleton by a 63-59 count, thanks mainly to the strong effort of Center John Benson. The 6-6 senior dropped in 33 points and pulled down 17 rebounds to pace the men of Coach Gaylon Ward. "We played a real fine ball game," Ward said this morning, "probably our best ball game of the season. "We played too without Mike Deaton and he probably will not be available for tomorrow's game either. He has a bad case of the flu and it is bordering on pneumonia, so if he should play at all, he would be awfully weak. "Benson really came through for us as did Jimmy Ellis who took up the slack of Deaton's absence." Ellis, .who has been starting all season, poured in 19 points and pulled down valuable re bounds. "Wayde Robertson also played a big part in the win with his 8 points and approximately 10 rebounds," Ward added. "We expect a real tough battle tomorrow from Leachville. They've been able to stop John (Benson) but if he can do his usually fine job, .we will give them a good fight." Ward pointed out that even with the Leachville ability to hold Benson to eight points in an, earlier b.atlte at Leachville, the visitors had come within two points of a win. 'I do know we'll have to play , while Fowler saw action as well. * * * LEACHVILLE rolled to a fairly easy 61-43 triumph over Marianna in the evening's aftermath. "We didn't look too well," as- reported by telephone this morning, "despite the 18-point victory." "We looked pretty rusty and we made a lot of mistakes. They were a lot rougher than we had expected them to be." Head Coach John Widner was unavailable for comment as l.e had already left for Jonesboro the win. The Pirates lost the services of their leading, scorer, Eddie Williams, early in the second half and his loss was keenly felt. He finished with only 8 points, well below his average. Cliff Parrott led the Pirates with 14 markers followed by Mike Myers' 12. Steve Dorris added 9, Chuck Gentry, 7, and Bobby Henderson, 2 to the losing cause as the Pirates were led by assistant-coach Joe Bralcher in the absence of Quitman Sullins, confined to bed with the flu. Joy to scout future possible oppon-j w ith 21 and Stanley with 17 ents as the quarterfinals con-1 paced Hayti. tinued .today. "We led at the .half, 28-17," takes, made things tougher for us than they should have been." Preston fate led the Lions to their 12th win in 14 starts with 20 points. Rick Drury added 13 while Ronnie Keith contributed 12. Four others aided the cause as Joe Sharp bucketed 8, Reggie Keith, 4, and Phillip Warren and Alan Fortenberry, 2 apiece. "Tomorrow's game with MANILA is going to be a real battle," Ary stated. "Remember, they came within two points of us on our home court earlier, so you know,we can look for a rough batlte at Jonesboro, especially if that Deaton youngster gets to play." + * * HAYTI NORTH, in a non-tournament clash, outpointed GOSNELL, 58-52, at ' the winner's court. Gosnell had moved to a 28-25 BHSGraduate OnSwimTeam CONWAY, Ark.-The Hendrix Warriors swimming team, sporting a pre-noliday record of 5-0 tomorrow for a' duel meet with Southeast Missouri Stale 'College from Cape Girardeau, Missouri. The meet will be held in the Wilson High School pool, getting underway at 7:00 P.M. Jack Sugg, Wilson's Supervisor of Aquatics and coach of Swimming who is director of the meet, stated that "this meet is a natural, bringing together two fine swimming teams from different states. Swiming fans in northeast Arkansas should be sure to take advantage ot the opportunity to see this meet." The Warriors will bring twelve STROLLING AtONG on a bright afternoon is one way to get your exercise. But these gentlemen are doing it {or real in a 50,000-meter walk. That'* 30 miles. Pipers Play Hot Tune The Pittsburgh Pipers continue to play a happy tune for their followers, but it sounds like Hie blues to the rest of the American Basketball Association. The latest beat in the Pipers' rendition of the ABA Title march was a 107-98 victory over Kentucky—their 15lh straight— which kepi them 10 percentage points behind Eastern Division leading Minnesota, n 109-87 winner over Houston. In the other ABA game, Denver trounced New Orleans 122107. St. Louis upended San Francisco 106-98 in the only National Basketball Association action. Pittsburgh, which last lost Nov. 28 to New Orleans, featured a trio at Louisville, Ky., with Connie Hawkins scoring 26 points, Charlie Williams 25 and Chico Vaughn 23. Louie Dam- Action Is Expected During Hula Bowl lead at intermission and led 37- men to Wilson for the meet. This 32 after three quarters, but I represents one-half the squad of Hayti exploded for 26 points in | the defending AIC champions., the final eight minutes to claim I Those traveling include Joel | Bailey, Lonoke; Ricky Brown, BOSTON (AP) — Red Auer- North Little Rock; Butch Cade, HONOLULU (AP) - Everyone on the Honolulu sports scene, including the coaches, predicts a storm at the 22nd annual Hula Bowl Saturday-a storm of action and scoring. South Coach Tommy Prothro said, "You can look for an exciting game. Exciting and close, and very likely high scoring." "It'll be wide open—can't help but be with all the talent,", said Duffy Daugherty, the North coach. "There'll be a lot of points on the board." One thing that will put the bach laughs at reports that he may leave the Boston Celtics as vice president and general man- Bartlesville, Okla.; Jamie Carter, BIytheville; Gary Henry Batesville; Alston Jennings, Lit- ager to accept another National I tie Rock; John Kohlhauff, Web- r»__i—ti._iT A :„*! ~—i cter f}r<w0s • Mn • Wavne Law- Basketball Association post. "This is all news to me," Auerbach said Thursday, deny• real fine ball game to beat'ing a report he would join the them," the coach concluded. Other Manila scoring showed Baltimore Bullets as part-owner and general manager. "It's the McCulIough with three markers first I've heard of it." Ex-Champ Wants One More Try ster Groves,-Mo.; Wayne Lawson, Memphis, Tenn.; Bill Rogers, Jo:<esboro; John Stroup, Ft. Smith; Mark White, Dewitt; and Eston Williams, Little Rock. Carter is a 1967 graduate of BIytheville High School. He currently is ranked in the "5 best times in Arkansas Collegiate Swimming" in two events, the 500 yd. freestyle and the 1000 yd. freestyle. Jamie is the son of Major and Mrs. C. R. Carter of 916 W. Ash. By TOMMY THOMAS NBA Sports Writer NEW YORK - (NEAj-Luis Rodriquez looks like a rugged Sammy Davis Jr. He's 5-7%,. weighs 153 and is light on his feet. In the wee hours he becomes Luis. Manuel, the dancer, in some of New York's night clubs. Luis is an entertainer in more ways than one. He held the world welterweight championship for 79 days in 1963. Now, at age 30, he's in the midst of a comeback. HC'J progressed well enough to become the top-ranked contender in the middleweight division. Emile Griffith, who gave up the vrelter crown to Luis and then won it back, has also stepped up to the middleweight class and is the current champion. Rodriguez hopes to get another rematch soon. "There is an advantage in going for the title a second time," says Luis. "I have more confidence and more experience now. I know I can win. I'm glad to have the opportunity to prove one more time I can be champion. If I. do win the title, I will keep it a long time." Does that mean he won't fight regularly should he. depose Griffith? "No, I will give other fighters a chance. I would defend the title every two and one- half or three months. The more bouts, the more money. I've made lome big money in the past and have saved most of it. I don't want people saying, 'He used to have a lot of money, but he threw it all away.'" Nat Fleischer's ring record book states that Rodriguez was born in 1937. But Luis asserts he'i only V and that he first climbed into the ring as a 15- ytir-old in hit native Cuba. "My mother, (he don't want Luis Rodriguez me to. say- I'm 30," he says, "because I have a sister who's 28. My mother says it makes my sister seem younger if people think I am only 27." It's all irrelevant to Luis anyway. "I feel young and I'm in great shape," he adds. "I don't care if people think I'm 42." Rodriguez, who sometimes has trouble getting out of bed for the weigh-in, doesn't delight in the orthodox training adhered to by most fighters, He's the nocturnal type. Luis' theory is that since he fights at night he may at well do his heavy training at night. He usually rolls out of the sack at 11 t.m. right into the ring for » three- or four-round sparring session. He cats breakfast about 1 p.m. and test* till the sun sets. Before he docs dancing, he has a five-mile run. His roadwork is done at night in places like Central Park, which if an indication of his bravery. But he'll need more than that, the way Griffith has mugged most of his post opponents. points ttiere is "the rule." The rule says the team that is behind can choose to take' the kickoff, whether or not it has just scored a touchdown. The rule, loved by fans but rued by players, helped make tiie last two Hula Bowl contests one-point thrillers. The North won both games 28-27 and 27-26. In Saturday's game, the South is given the edge, but it should be close. On offense, the South will be using Gary Beban of UCLA as quarterback and Warren McVea of Houston, a lightning runner, will be back Siere with him. The North will use a big-back oi- fense with Larry Csonka of Syracuse, Silas McKinnie of Iowa and Bob Apisa of Michigan State. tommy Prothro Nate Thurmond Rnn Francisco pier and Randy Mahaffey scored 17 each-for Kentucky. A three-minute span midway in the fourth quarter in which Minnesota outscored Houston 14-2 to build a 21-point lead helped keep the Muskies in first place. Ron Perry and Mel Daniels led Minnesota with 21 points each. Willie Frazier got 20 for Houston. »j Denver staved off a last-peri-.,:: od New Orleans .surge in jolting^' the Western Division leader,-. Wayne Hightower's 26 points and 13 rebounds spearheaded the Rockets' home-court triumph. The Buccaneers outscored : Denver 43-38 in the fourth quarter but the rally fell short. New Orleans, now 26-12, was led by Doug Moe's 39 points. St. Louis maintained iU domination over San Francisco, defeating the Warriors for the , sixth time in seven meetings. I San Francisco played the game | in Oakland without Jim King, sidelined with a groin injury; and Fred Hetzel, out of action ' with the flu. With the score tied 86-all half; way through the final period; the Hawks reeled off six straight points to take a commanding 92-86 lead. Cassata.are roll-out types, who like to run." Beban has stressed passing this week and looks good despite sore right arm from the Shrine game at San Francisco i last Saturday. Beban will be looking for receivers : Phil Odle 'of Brigiiam Young, Ken Hebert of Houston, Larry' Kdhn of Georgia and Dick Trapp of Florida when.the game gets goinr And the North will use John Wright of Illinois and Jim Beirne of Purdue as ends. rights PORTLAND, Maine - Gene Herriek, 150, Saco, Maine, oul- Daugherty said, "Our quar- pointed Hank Giorgio, 159, terbacks, Jimmy Raye and Rick (Providence, R.I., 8. FORD COUNTRY LEADERS PORTER WILBANKS FRANK ELLIS Mr. Ellis and Mr. Wilbanks tied in used car sale* for the month of December. For an outstanding deal on a new '68 Ford or A-l Used Car see one of these men today. Remember prices art born at Phillips and raised elsewhere. PHILLIPS FORD SALES "YOURSAFlPLACiTOBUY" Broadway & Chickasawba • Ph. PO 3-4453 SEMI-ANNUAL of Nationally Advertised Tht* l« your ehanc« to Gaines-Wright 210 W. 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