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The Courier-News from Bridgewater, New Jersey · Page 22

Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Monday, March 29, 1965
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Bridge water-Raritan.: High Wins Top Basketbal Prize Falcons Conquer Bloomfield l t .$ 4 W 5 , I ' - - - - fff V tcf '-Mr) fl yf l - ' - v - I v v " f FALCONS' FUN Coach Joe Fisher and star center Mike Grosso join happy fans in whooping it up after Bridgewater-Raritan High's victory in Group 4 line game. v-ourier-iNews r noTos oy unas. r. iviay Jr.; I "P-MMWWMMMMMMMMM 11.1. .11 .X""""" rjr . if. 1 i 1 .IHM11C, INSIDE TRACK Bloomfield has inside track for this rebound as Bridge-.water-Raritan's Mike Janczewski is too late at left and Mike Grosso is blocked out at right. w -"11 ,..v.u:m By TOM EVANS Atlantic City After only five years of varsity basketball competition, Bridgewater-Raritan High owns the top prize of the State Tournament. The Golden Falcons captured the Group 4 championship by defeating Bloomfield, 63-55, Saturday night before more than 10,000 wildly enthusiastic fans at Convention Hall. Why They Won The Falcons are the champions because big Mike Grosso poured in 28 points, grabbed 31 rebounds and saved the game with a spectacular defensive play in the final minute. They are the champs because Andy Martin hustled, scored when he had to, then hustled some more. They are the champs be cause Richie Doyle turned in a superlative defensive effort and directed the offense from his guard position. They are the champs be cause Mike Janczewski and Steve Fulop, although they did not play their best game, came through with key bas kets in the fourth and deci sive period. 1 And finally, they are the champions because Coach Joe Fisher told them how to play together, then made the necessary adjustments when they didn t. Grosso Bounces Back Grosso, a 6-8, 240-pound senior, was held scoreless in the third period, but bounced back in the last eight min utes with a field goal and seven foul shots. Four of his foul shots came in the pres sure-packed final minute. Grosso, who was surround ed in his low post position by Bloomfield's 2-3 zone de fense for most of the game, moved out to the high post early m the fourth period. After Janczewski and Ted Jasieniecki traded baskets. Grosso hit a jump shot that gave the Falcons a 5048 lead with 6:15 left. Forty-five seconds later, Fulop tallied on a fast-break layup, and a minute later Doyle pumped in a long jumper from the top of the key for a 54-48 lead. Ceila Orders Press Bloomfield Coach George Cella immediately ordered a full-court press, but Grosso was fouled at the 4:26 mark. He tossed in both sides of a one-and-one play, as the Bridgewater - Raritan fans went wild. But the Bengals were not yet ready for the showers. Bob Grant converted a steal into two points, and Jasieniecki swished a foul shot. Following an offensive foul by Doyle, lanky Glen Gerber hit a one-hander from the THE COUCIER-NEWS 22 Plainfielcf, N. J., Monday, March 29, 1965 right corner to cut the lead to 56-53. Grosso made one shot of a one-and-one opportunity with 2:11 left and Bloomfield tightened up the press. Fisher countered by ordering his men to hold the ball. Grosso Saves Game The press won as Doug Welle stole the ball and drove down the right side of the court. Bridgewater's lead looked like two points as Welle drove toward the basket and shot. But from no where came Grosso, who leaped high over Welle and rammed the ball out of bounds. "He can do it at the right time," said Fisher. "That was a crucial play. It was either block it or let him take his foul shots." Bloomfield couldn't score on the in-bounds play and Grosso snared the rebound, In the last 54 seconds, Grosso made two fouls on a one-and 1 &4 GROSSO S GRAB Bndgewater-Rariton's Mike Grosso gets set to hit team- mnto PirliiA nuf& frmli Cj. LL" ' i r -vjiu vci1" wwwikuuii uuer graooing a reoouna. 1 err ? n 4 5 I Cj A P 111 It. .4 1 l M I If-- 7; . iff . ;4 - TOO LATE - Bill Muse (33) of Bloomfield arrives too late to stop a field goal off the fingers of Bridgewater-Raritan's Richie Doyle. Weekend Sports Shorts By The Associated Press Phoenix, Ariz. Chuck Mc-Kinley scored an 8-10, 6-4, 10-8 win over Arthur Ashe in the finals of the Thunder-bird Invitational Tennis Championship. Lexington, Ky. Wyoming guard Flynn Robinson came off the bench to trigger a second-half rally and lead the west to an 87-74 victory in the East-West College All-Star basketball game. : Las Cruces, N.M. Jim Mc Gregor, who has coached the national teams of six coun tries since 1953, was named head basketball coach at New Mexico State. Toledo, Ohio Roger ' Rus sell, an 18-year-old high school student was voted the outstanding boxer and Phila delphia and New York shared the team championship in the national AAU boxing cham pionships. Ames, Iowa Roy Saari claimed his second straight triple crown and powered Southern California to the national collegiate swimming title. Corpus Christl, Tex. Ran dy Matson of Texas A&M cracked the national collegiate shot put record with a throw of 66 feet A inches In the Corpus Christl Relays. Crystal Mountain, Wash. Erik Jansen won the lumping event to clinch for Denver University its fifth consecutive college ski championship. Qv n iVIUl&t 'HiVi - -ill XVx Ifek - i - . " - -'v' - " , - - - X - s" " , - , '- HANDY ANDY Bridgewater-Raritan's Andy Martin doesn't allow Bloomfield ti;io to disturb his aim. Two more for Group 4 champion Golden Falcons. Bridgewater Best Team Brings Horn the Bacon Cage Teams Gain Finals Edison The Elizabeth PAL and Kearny Recreation teams advanced to the Edison Gold Medal Basketball Tournament junior division finals with victories Saturday night at John Adams Junior High bchool. Frail's of Roselle and Little Silver scored senior division quarter - final triumphs in games at Thomas Jefferson Junior High School. Elizabeth PAL dumned Prall's junior team, 56-41, on a 20-pomt effort of Tom Sin-nett. Kearny Recreation's 53-40 victory over the Wood- bridge Aces was led by Tom Brundage with 13 points. Mike Karnas had 15 for the losers. Prall's senior team toDDed Hammary's of Asbury Park, 61-56. Lloyd Glover had 21 points for Prall's. Little Silver bested St. John's Vianney of Colonia, 81-58. Bill Horlacher paced the win with 25 points. Bridgewater The Bridge water-Raritan High basketball team brought home the Group 1 t ' si i 1 Weekend Fights Boston James Beattie. 239. St. Paul. Minn., stopped Tom Mc Nee lev. 204. Bos ton, 5. Uniontown, Pa. Jack Rodders, 170, Uniontown. outpointed Sam Sailers. Charleroi, Pa e. Mm MIKE GROSSO Who won, Mike? 4 state championship trophy yesterday at 2:30 p.m. The Falcons won their first title with a 63-55 victory over Bloomfield Saturday night at Convention Hall, Atlantic City. The team and cheerleaders enjoyed the boardwalk sights Saturday afternoon and stayed at the Hotel Dennis that night. They left Atlantic City at noon yesterday. Eighteen buses carried the Bridgewater faithful to the game, according to Bridgewa ter Athletic Director A. J (Tony) Troisi. Tournament Talk The Falcons' victory made this the most successful cam paign in school history. The Falcons lost only three times in 28 games. Coach Joe Fish er, since taking over as head coach in 1962-63, has a 56-15 record. Bridgewater lost to Prince ton, South Side of Newark and Plainfield. South Side romped over South Plainfield Friday night, 86-48, to win the Group 3 title. Manv consider the South Side team best in the state. "I'd like to nlav South Side again." said Fisher. Mike Grosso. who scored 28 points to lead the Bridgewa ter victory, raised his career total to 1,417, highest ever in the Plainfield area. He had 836 this year also a record. 'He Saved Strength' But big Mike (6-8. 240). had enough energy to hoist Fisher onto the other players' shoulders for the traditional victory march. "I think he saved his strength for that," laughed Fisher. "He picked me up like a toy." Many players found Con vention Hall's portable court; extra slippery. Richie Doyle! reported to Fisher that "he one situation and deposited two more on an intentional foul. Martin's Best Game Martin, a 6-3 senior, played his best game of the tournament. He hit three quick points early in the second period to cut Bloomfield's lead to 19-18. At the end of that period, he hit a jump shot from the right side to give Bridgewater at 34-32 lead. In the third period, Martin scored eight of his team's 10 points, and was all over the court on defense to help down the Bloomfield score. Grosso was forced to play safe because of three personal fouls. "Martin was doing such a good job at the high post, that I didn't have to movt Grosso out until the last period," said Fisher. Doyle Stops Welle Much of the credit for the ' success must go to Richie Doyle, a muscular, 6-0 senior. At halftime, Fisher switched Doyle to Welle, who had scored 15 point's in the first half. "That was the turning point.", said Fisher. "When we made the switch, Welle just stopped." I wasn't happy with my defense in the first half." - The red-and-white clad Bengals raced to a 6-1 lead on a jump shot by Bill Muse, a drive by Welle and a jumper by Bob Grant. A rebound was tapped in by Janczewski at 4:10 for the first Bridgewater field goal. With a minute left In the first period, Bridgewater twice lost the ball on bad passes. The Bengals seized the advantage by scoring the last four points. Welle scored on a drive to open the second period and the Bengals led, 19-13. But a foul shot by Martin, a long one-hander by Doyle, a jump er by Martin and two fouls by Grosso put Bridgewater on top, 20-19. Tm happy with every body," said Fisher. "But I don t think I fully realize yet what has happened." Bridgewater-Raritan G F P Grosso 7 14 28 Martin 4 7 191 Dovle S 0 10 Janczewski 2 0 4 Fulop 10 2 Bloomfield GPP JWelle Gerber Jasieniecki Grant Muse Total 21 21 63 Bridgewater 3 17 1 11 1 11 1 1 7 Total 24 7 51 3 21 It 1 i3 - Bloomfield II 14 14 9U Officials Van Arsdale, Delia Torre. IN THE DARK ABOUT INSURANCIf FOR EXPERT ADVICE. CONTACT "The Diller Agency" 753-4564 I MOUNTAIN AVE., NO. PL.FD. All Lines of Insurance Competently and Promptly Handled Fisher contemplated using a 7nno rltsfemsp hut stunk tn his usual man-to-man play. He If was glad he did. K TERRIFIC DISCOUNTS ON U. S. ROYAL FIRESTONE GENERAL And Other Major Brands BELIC'S" TIRES Rt. 22 and Jefferson Ave. No. Plfd., N. J. 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