Sports The Salina Journal Thursday, January 23,1986 Page 11 Veal ignites Mustangs in tournament opener By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer James Veal has an affinity for basketball in the Bicentennial Center, particularly when he's on center stage. And that suits his coach at Salina Central,. Dennis Wahlgren, just fine. Last year as a sophomore, Veal thrust himself into a starting role for the Mustangs with a solid, sometimes stunning, showing in the Salina Invitational Tournament. He later scored 16 points and single-handedly almost triggered an upset of Salina South in a city showdown at the BiCenter (Central lost in overtime). Wednesday night against Clay Center, Veal picked up where he left off. Handcuffing Clay Center with dazzling defensive antics, soaring with the big boys to pull in a game- high 10 rebounds, and shooting with deadly accuracy from the field, the 511% Mustang junior personally guided Central to a 68-40 manhandling of the Tigers in the opening round of the seventh annual S.I.T. Tonight's first-round matchups at the BiCenter pit Abilene (5-4) against Sacred Heart (4-4), and Concordia (63) against Salina South (1-5). Central, which improved to 4-6, will meet Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (6-3) in a 6:45 winners' bracket game Friday night. Clay Center, which dipped below the .500 mark to 5-6, will square off with Russell (0-8) Friday in a 3:15 p.m. consolation bracket semifinal. Kapaun drilled Russell, 85-58, Wednesday night. The 28-point Central rout was the Mustangs' most lopsided victory in four years, since the 'Stangs blitzed the same team, Clay Center, at the same time, the opening-round of the S.I.T. (80-51). Clay Center has won just three times in 19 S.I.T. games. Bill Grammer, with 14 points, paced a trio of Mustangs in double- figures against the Tigers. And Wahlgren was particularly pleased with the balance — a Mustang inconsistency this season. But he also was undeniably pleased with the figures Veal put on the board: 12 points, five steals and six assists to go with his 10 rebounds. S.I.T. Scoreboard FIRST ROUND Wednesday Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 85, Russell 58 Salina Central 68, Clay Center 40 Thursday 6 p.m. — Abilene (5-4) vs. Sacred Heart (4-4) 7:45 p.m. — Concordia (6-3) vs. Salina South (1-5) SEMIFINALS Friday Consolation Bracket 3:15 p.m. — Russell (0-9) vs. Cloy Center (5-6) 5 p.m. — Thursday's losers Winners' Bracket 6:45 p.m. — Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (6-3) vs. Salina Central (4-6) 8:30 p.m. — Thursday's winners FINALS Saturday 2 p.m. — Seventh place 3:45 p.m. —Filth place 6p.m. — Third place 8p.m. — Championship "It's a big place. When I have the ball, I feel like everybody's watching me and I have to do my best," Veal said of his brilliant BiCenter biorythms. "This is where he started playing well for us as a sophomore," said Mustang assistant coach Larry Patrick. "It's when he first showed his maturity." Quicker than a burglar in an alarm factory, Veal stole the ball three times in 29 seconds, fed David Brummett for two layups and went in for one himself to cap a 10-point Mustang run at the outset of the third quarter. Suddenly, Clay Center, which felt it should have been ahead at halftime, was looking at a 36-20 deficit four minutes into the third quarter. The Tigers, who sank only 4 of 13 free throw attempts (a ghastly 30.7 percent) in the opening half, suddenly had much more to worry about than their charitable free-throw futility. "We have been up and down all season, and this was a typical down game for us," said Tiger coach Jim Koontz. "You've got to give credit to Central. They obviously have more speed and quickness than we do, and that made a big difference.'' Koontz said the Tigers should have harbored a large lead after one quarter, but the missed free throws allowed Central to plug along and eventually forge ahead by seven points in the second quarter. "That (free-throw percentage) is not going to win a junior high game... and it was kind of indicative of our total performance," Koontz said. "We were kind of flat. We couldn't get anything to fall for us and we started getting frustrated. About that time, Central took off and started playing well." Jon Heirs and David Wiemers accounted for three-fourths of Clay Center's offense, as the 6-5 Herrs tallied 16 points inside while the 6-2 Wiemers contributed 15 from the perimeter and from penetrating drives. Brummett matched Veal's 12 points while Tim Deines and Tom Jett, making his season debut, came off the Central bench for seven points apiece. Jett, a 6-6 senior who was academically ineligible first semester, also blocked two Tiger shots. Grammer and Fink each contributed two second-half steals as Central took a 46-26 margin into the final quarter and worked it up to 61-32 with 4:14 remaining. "I felt like a key was our defensive surge there in the third quarter," Wahlgren said. "We came out in the third quarter with really good defensive intensity, and I think our defense got our offense going.'' Thanks to numerous transition tallies, Central shot 64 percent in the second half. But the Mustangs were anything but hot at the outset, canning just 5 of 19 shots in the opening quarter. Only a 14-8 rebounding advantage kept the Mustangs even with Clay Center through the opening period. SALINA CENTRAL (68) Jones 1-1 0-0 2, Grammer 5-11 4-414, Veal 690-0 12, Fink 4-80-1 8, David Brummett4-104-4 12, Deines 2-9 3-4 7, Deegan 1-2 0-1 2, Jett 3-5 1-3 7, Mutf 2-2 0-0 4, Darin Brummett 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 28-57 12-17 68. CLAY CENTER (40) McNeil 1-81-23, Claeys 0-1 0-0 0, Wickstrum 1-5 0-1 2, Wiemers 6-9 3-6 15, Herrs 6-14 4-10 16, Lovin 1-31-2 3, Williams 0-0 0-0 0, Fullington 0-1 0-0 0, Tiers 0-1 0-0 0, Franson 0-0 1-21, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Rook 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 15-42 10-2340. Salina Central 10 16 20 22 — 68 Clay Center 10 10 6 14 — 40 TOTAL FOULS — Central 22, Clay Center 18. FOULED OUT — Wiemers (CC). REBOUNDS — Central 36 (Veal 10, Grammer 7), Clay Center 30 (Herrs 8, Wiemers 7). TURNOVERS — Central 10, Clay Center 18. McMahon won't sit out Super Bowl NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Chicago quarterback Jim McMahon got his acupuncturist Wednesday, and, his sore buttocks reported improved, seemed set to play in Sunday's Super Bowl. After sitting out much of Tuesday's practice, McMahon was treated before Wednesday's session by acupuncturist Hiroshi Shiriashi, after the team's management acceded to his request to have him flown in from Chicago. Then, wearing a headband with "acupuncture" written on it, the irreverent McMahon took most of the snaps on the Bears' first two series at practice. That was enough to encourage coach Mike Ditka, who earlier had worried about his quarterback's condition. "The main thing I was impressed with was all his movement," Ditka said. "He was 200 percent better today. I was not very optimistic after yesterday's practice. It was a pleasant surprise for me." Even before the pool report from the interview, the official injury report had listed McMahon as "prob- JANUARY 26, 1986 LOUISIANA SUP1KDOMI, NIW able" for Sunday's game between the Bears and New England Patriots. In official National Football League parlance, that means he has at least a 75 percent of playing. That confirmed the assessment of McMahon himself who had vowed to play. "I'm not gonna miss this game. I'd never want to miss this game," McMahon told reporters from behind the sunglasses that have become the trademark of his rebellious persona. "I'll play because of the treatments I'll be getting. I'll play because once you get on the field the Jim McMahon says he'll be ready to play in Sunday. adrenalin starts pumping and you put the pain out of your mind." The bruise on McMahon's rear end, incurred when he was struck by the helmet of the Rains' Jim Collins in the National Football Conference title game, has been the major topic of discussion in this pre-Super Bowl week when hard news is traditionally rare. It became more so Monday after McMahon complained that team officials wouldn't allow Shiriashi, the acupuncturist whose treatments he said had helped ease the pain, to fly here New Orleans. But the Bears relented Wednesday. "If that's what it takes to have our quarterback play as well as he can in the most important game of the year, we're all for it," Bears president Mike McCaskey said. At that point, the Bears appeared seriously concerned. "With all the hype, people assume the injury is a put-on," Ditka said at a morning news conference. "It's no put-on. He's hurting right now. He's recovered some from what he was last week, but he still hasn't recovered enough to play football. It's not serious; it's just a bruise, but it's very deep." "I can't run, I can't move around," McMahon said Wednesday morning. "I can drop back but that's about it." Tom Domy Salina Central's Brian Fink (24) passes to a teammate after whining the scramble for a loose ball from Clay Center's Doug Wickstrum (onfloor). Crusaders wear down Russell By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Though a bit sluggish at the outset, the top-seeded Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Crusaders displayed a wealth of depth and talent in cruising past the Russell Broncos, 85-58, Wednesday night in the opening game of the seventh annual Salina Invitational Tournament at the Bicentennial Center. John Boushka, with 15 points, led four Kapaun starters in double-figures as the Crusaders shot 55.5 percent while substituting freely in both halves. All 12 Crusaders in uniform played as Kapaun raised its record to 6-3, 4-3 since the suspension of head coach Steve Buek and starting guards Chris Fox and Rod Redo. Interim Crusader coach Tom Staats, who took charge after the tuition-related suspensions, acknowledged that his squad started slowly and played sporadically. But he was pleased with Kapaun's 42-23 dominance in the second half. "I thought we played real sloppy in the first half. We didn't play with defensive intensity in the first half," Staats said. "But we got everybody in in the first half, and we got everybody in in the second half. It is tough to maintain intensity when you bring that many kids out on the floor. But we were pleased with the way they played in the second half." Ahead 43-30 at halftime, the Crusaders buried the Broncos quickly in the third quarter. Two transition baskets by Boushka fueled a 12-2 Crusader run at the outset of the quarter which put Kapaun in command, 55-32, less than four minutes into the second half. Russell, which sliced a 17-point second-quarter deficit to nine points in less than two minutes, tried to rally again in the third quarter. David Beagley canned two jumpers and two free throws as Russell outscored the Crusaders 8-2 to make it a 57-40 game. But the Class 4A Broncos got no closer, and two minutes into the final quarter the Crusaders, ranked fifth in Class 5A, put on one final surge. Forcing turnovers six of the next nine times Russell got the ball, Kapaun reeled off 14 unanswered points to take a 77-47 lead with 3:17 remaining. Russell's leading scorer, 6-4 senior Craig Norris, battled his way around constant double-teaming by Kapaun for a game-high 22 points. Beagley added 14 points and Kurt Nuss 12. "We had some more scoring out of a few people. We had better balance," said Russell coach Dave Jensen. "What really hurt us were turnovers. We got beat in the first half early when they got a lot of easy layups on turnovers. With young kids, that's typical. "I think we made some progress tonight. At halftime we were still in the ball game. This was the most physical ball game we've played, and that'll help us down the road." RUSSELL (58) Nuss 3-9 6-8 12, Beagley 6-11 2-2 14, Norris 8-176-8 22, Schmidt 3 -9 2-2 8, Forrester 1 -5 0-0 2, Hower 0-1 0-0 0, Dinkel 0-1 0-0 0, Wetig 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 21 -53 16-20 58. KAPAUN-MT. CARMEL (85) McDonald 5-8 1-2 11, Hartwell 2-8 1-2 5, Boushka 7-12 1-1 15, Rineberg 4-6 3-411, Kuthan 3-4 4-4 10, Smith 6-11 0-1 12, Clement 2-4 2-2 6, Powers 3-4 2-2 8, Castro 1 -3 0-0 2, Burmeier 2-2 1-35, Kennedy 0-00-00, Holbrook0-1 0-00. TOTALS35-63 15-21 85. Russell 8 22 14 14 — 58 Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 21 22 IB 24 — 85 TOTALS FOULS — Russell 17, KMC 19. FOULED OUT — None. TECHNICAL FOULS — KMC bench, Kuthan. REBOUNDS — Russell 28 (Norris 7), KMC 35 (Powers 9). TURNOVERS — Russell 22, KMC 11. Super Bowl caps careers for veterans NEW ORLEANS (AP) - As the New England Patriots flew back to Boston after the victory over Miami that put them in the Super Bowl, John Hannah finally decided he had something to celebrate. "He went to the back of the plane with everybody and was dancing and singing, which is not the John Hannah we know," recalls Ron Wooten, the other guard on New England's offensive line. "He had to be the most satisfied Patriot.'' Hannah, considered by some to be the best offensive lineman ever to play football, will be making the first Super Bowl appearance of his 13 National Football League seasons on Sunday. So will Walter Payton, who has the statistics to prove he's the greatest running back — his 14,860 career rushing yards in 11 years with the Chicago Bears are the NFL's all-time Hannah Payton best. Hannah and Payton profess to be treating the Super Bowl as one more game in a long career. ' 'My idea of playing is to go out and play as hard as I can whether it's the Super Bowl or anything else," Payton said. > "To do all that he's done and not go all the way is like going to the end of the rainbow and not getting the pot of gold," said Matt Suhey, who plays next to Payton in Chicago's backf ield and is one of his closest friends on the team. "No matter how much he says it's just another game, I think he really wants it." "I get special satisfaction in Walter's case," said Bears coach Mike Ditka. "When you can accomplish over 11 years what he's accomplished, it's nice to take center stage." Hannah had a first-hand initiation into what a Super Bowl means — his brother Charlie was a member of the Raiders' Super Bowl winner two years ago. ' 'When Charlie showed me his ring, he started talking about all the things I'd accomplished in my career," Hannah said. "I said, 'I'd trade all the things I'd done for that ring.' Getting here is the partial fulfillment of a dream and it gives me a possibility to fulfill the dream by winning Sunday." Harold Bechard JOURNAL SPORTS EDITOR Sooners show character in loss tojayhawks It was at the 12:40 mark of the second half Tuesday night when it seemed as though venerable Allen Field House was ready to come tumbling down. All-Everything Danny Manning of the Kansas Jayhawks had just blocked a shot by Oklahoma's Tim McCalister. Manning's teammate, Calvin Thompson, grabbed the loose ball and fired a pass to a streaking Manning at the other end of the court for a vicious slam dunk. The basket by the 6-11 sophomore gave the Jay- hawks a 65-51 lead. Manning clenched his right fist with determination and the 15,200 fans sensed that Oklahoma's goose was cooked. Stick a fork in the Sooners, they were done. Pandemonium reigned as the roaring Jayhawk crowd shouted its approval. Things would get worse for the Sooners and its small band of fans who probably felt more like Christians in the lions' den than spectators at a basketball game. The Jayhawks expanded their lead to 15 points (TOSS) at the 10:14 mark when Ron Kellogg popped in an 18-footer from the wing. Oklahoma head coach Billy Tubbs, whose face adorns every Wanted List poster and "Billy-Buster" T-shirt in Lawrence, called a timeout. He didn't want to but had no choice. His players walked to the Sooner bench with their heads down, no doubt hearing the cheers and jeers raining down from the assembled multitude. The Sooners looked like a beaten club, something that hadn't happened to them for the first 17 games of the season. Everyone expected the Jayhawks' margin to continue to grow. The pregame point-spread of 11 points was suddenly in jeopardy. But, during the timeout, Tubbs changed his team's game plan. It would change the complexion of the game. Tubbs had his team apply a full- court, zone-trap press on the Jay- hawks. Suddenly, the Sooners became the aggressors and their greyhound-like moves befuddled Kansas. The press had a devastating effect on the Jayhawks who, at one time, spent more than 40 seconds on Oklahoma's end of the court just trying to get the ball across midcourt. The KU lead varied from eight to 14 points in the next seven minutes before the Sooners put on their final charge and cut the lead to two and, for a brief moment, had a chance to tie the game. But along came Mark Turgeon and Cedric Hunter to save the day as the foul-plagued Jayhawks won their 27th straight game at home. But in defeat, the Sooners gained more respect than they had in the first il games of a cream puff schedule. There were no California- Santa Barbaras, University of Den- vers or Chicago States out there competing against them Tuesday night. The one knock on Tubbs' club coming into the game was its ability to face adversity in a hostile environment. They hadn't see it all season and had played just one game on an opponent's home floor. But the Sooners came to Lawrence with a ton of confidence and showed it before the game started as they ran onto the Allen Field House floor with their right arms raised, signaling they were the No. 1 team in the conference. The tactic infuriated the Kansas crowd, but the Sooners backed up the show of cockiness by roaring back from several huge deficits to almost pull the game out in the end. After the game, Tubbs talked of the pride he felt as his club battled back time after time, while Kansas head coach Larry Brown spoke of an "ugly" victory and the disappointment of not being able to handle the Sooners' pressure. What the game showed was that both teams deserve to be in the Top 10 rankings, not just Kansas. Everyone had been reading about the Jay- hawks' rugged schedule but had been overlooking the Sooners because of their easy non-conference slate. And, despite a lack of height (6-7 David Johnson is the tallest Sooner), Oklahoma used its unrelenting quickness and speed to offset KU's twin towers of 7-1 Greg Dreiling and the 6-11 Manning. The game also showed the Jay- hawks better be ready for an all-out 40-minute press when they travel to Norman, Okla., on Feb. 24.
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