The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 24, 1986 · Page 12
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Sports The Salina Journal Friday, January 24,1986 Page 13 Cougars' defensive ploy shuts down Concordia ByTIMHOSTETTER Sports Writer Salina South's defensive game plan against Concordia Thursday night in the first round of the Salina Invitational Tournament couldn't have worked better. Utilizing a triangle-and-two defense, South totally flustered Concordia's offense and defeated the Panthers, 55-34, in the Bicentennial Center. The game was the final first-round game of this year's seventh annual Salina Invitational. Each one was decided by at least 13 points. The Cougars, 2-5, will play Sacred Heart, 54, tonight at 8:30 in one semifinal game. Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel meets Salina Central in the other winners' bracket contest at 6:45. Concordia, 6-4, will play North Central Kansas League foe Abilene at 5 p.m. today in one consolation bracket game, with Russell meeting Clay Center at 3:15 in the other consolation game. South head coach Mark O'Dell knew his team had to contain Concordia's front line of forwards David Christensen (who averages 21 points a game) and Jeff Cailteux (12 points a game) and 6-7 center Chris Samuelson (15 points a game). So, the Cougar coach assigned Barry Kadel to Christensen and Loren Zook on Cailteux, and had his other three defenders zone with the prime objective of stopping the lob pass inside to Samuelson. Outside of a couple of early buckets inside by Samuelson, South's strategy was effective throughout the game. Christensen didn't score a field goal and Cailteux had only one bucket. Samuelson finished with a team-high 12 points. "Kadel did a tremendous job of shutting down Christensen," O'Dell said. "He gave 110 percent. Loren also had a good defensive game. We just had a great defensive effort. We had an effective game plan and we stayed with it. I'm pleased." The Cougars' defense wasn't a surprise to Concordia head coach George Meyer. "It really wasn't a surprise that they did something like that," Meyer said. "David's been averaging over 20 points a game and we definitely need his points." Concordia was never in the game. South jumped to a 164 lead after the first quarter as five Cougars scored. The Cougers worked the fast break well and got several easy baskets. The Panthers managed just two field goals in 10 attempts and committed six turnovers. The second quarter was no different. Zook and Bill Kennedy combined for 12 points in the period to lead the Cougars to a 32-15 half time lead. Concordia's third quarter was its worst of the night. The Panthers hit just one of nine field goals and turned the ball over 10 times. South took a 4017 lead into the fourth period. Zook, Kennedy and Bryan Mating turned in strong offensive efforts. Zook scored a game-high 17 points from his point-guard position. His 7- of-8 field goal shooting was the second-best (minimum of eight attempts) shooting percentage ever recorded in an S.I.T. game. Only Sacred Heart's Leo Roesner's 10-of- 11 effort against Salina Central in 1980 is better. Kennedy, a 6-3 forward, grabbed 14 rebounds to go with his 14 points. Maring also scored 14 points. "The one thing I thought was obvious was that we weren't used to quite that much banging around that was going on," said Meyer, who is in his first year as head coach of the Panthers. "We didn't shoot well, but their defense had something to do with that. I think our drought on offense carried over on defense after awhile." After the teams played a ragged final quarter, the statistics clearly supported the final score. The Cougars canned 24 of 50 field goals for 49 percent. The Panthers hit only 12 of 47 attempts for 25 percent. O'Dell didn't take long to savor his team's first-round win, however. His thoughts already were on Sacred Heart — a 5946 winner over defending S.I.T. champ Abilene earlier Thursday — and how his team was going to stop the Knights' quickness and excellent outside shooting. "I am really impressed with Sacred Heart," O'Dell said. "I haven't seen a team this year with so many guards who can shoot the ball well from the outside. They are very quick, but you can't really afford to sit back in a zone against them because they shoot the ball so well. It's going to be a 'knock down, drag'em out' game. We should have two good semifinal games." SALINA SOUTH (55) Zook 7-8 3-4 17, Maring 6-122-4 14, Kennedy 7-15 0-1 14, Olsson 0-0 0-0 0, Kadel 2-7 0-1 4, Davis 2-4 0-0 4, Klckhaeler 0-2 1-21, Baxter 0-1 1-21, Sorenson 0-1 0-0 0, Everhart 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-507-1455. CONCORDIA (34) Koester 2-9 2-2 6, Cailteux 1 -7 2-4 4, Samuelson 5-11 2-5 12, Christensen 0-5 4-4 4, Halst 0-6 0-0 0, Coppoc 0-0 0-0 0, Pounds 0-0 0-0 0, Douglass 3-6 0-0 6, Bentz 1-10-2 2, Palmqulst 01 0-00, Dick0-1 0-00.TOTALS 12-47 10-1734. Salina South 16 16 8 15 — 55 Concordia 4 11 2 17 — 34 TOTAL FOULS — Sollno South 17, Concordia 15. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Salina South 45 (Kennedy 14), Concordia 30 (Christensen 6). TURNOVERS — Salina South 30, Concordia 27. Tom Dortey Salina South defenders, including Kelly Davis (right), converge on Concordia's Craig Douglass. Inside game, defense carry SHHS By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Sacred Heart coach Bob Mannebach had reason to be pleased Thursday night. For one, the Knights finally got the inside performance they'd been expecting from seniors Steve Roesner and Pat Prendergast, and it came against the tallest basketball team Sacred Heart's played this season. And second, Sacred Heart's lightning-quick defense rattled Abilene so much that the Cowboys shot just 27 percent from the field, including an unsightly 12 percent during one 13- minute stretch in which they canned just 4 of 33 shots. The result was a 5946 SHHS victory over Abilene in the first round of the seventh annual Salina Invitational Tournament at the Bicen- S.I.T. Scoreboard FIRST ROUND Wednesday Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 85, Russell 58 Salina Central 68, Clay Center 40 Thursday Sacred Heart 59, Abilene 46 Salina South 55, Concordia 34 SEMIFINALS Friday Consolation Bracket 3:,15 p.m. — Russell (0-9) vs. Clay Center (5-6) 5p.m. — Abilene (5-5) vs. Concordia (6-4) Wlnneri' Bracket 6:45 p.m. — Kapaun-Mt. Carmel (6-3) v». Salina Central (4-6) 8:30 p.m. — Sacred Heart (5-4) vs. Salina South (2-5) FINALS Saturday 2p.m. — Seventh place 3:45 p.m. —Fifth place 6p.m. — Third place 8 p.m. — Championship tennial Center, and it vaulted Sacred Heart back above the .500 mark to 54. The Knights square off at 8:30 tonight in the semifinals against Salina South, a 55-34 winner over Concordia. "It's nice not to be in the sunshine bracket," quipped Mannebach, whose only appearance in the S.I.T. losers' bracket was last year, when the Knights failed to win a tournament game. Pat Meares pumped in 20 points for the winners while fellow 5-10 back- courtmates T.J. Bransfield and Darren Knipp contributed 10 and 8 points apiece. But it was Prendergast's 10 points and eight rebounds and Roesner's nine points and 10 rebounds that set this SHHS performance apart from others. "Oh, definitely. You bet," Mannebach said, when asked if the Knights' inside effectiveness was especially encouraging in light of Abilene's decided height advantage. "Our last ball game, out at Ellsworth, they (Roesner and Prendergast) showed signs of coming around. They'd done it for us last year, so I knew they could contribute inside," Mannebach said. "And if we Jayhawks survive scare from Missouri COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — It may not have been pretty at the finish, but Kansas coach Larry Brown and his seventh-ranked team's scoring star were happy to leave with an 81-77 victory Thursday night over Big Eight Conference rival Missouri. "I was thrilled, thrilled to death to win. We desperately needed to win if we're going to fight for the top spot," Brown said after watching Kansas take a tight grip on the Big Eight lead. "I don't think many teams come into this building and do the same thing. It was a very competitive game." Part of the snug finish could be attributed to Kansas' 15 second- half turnovers, enabling Missouri to nearly overcome an 13-point deficit. Kansas senior forward Ron Kellogg provided the answer for his team. With eight seconds remaining, he put down two of his 27 points on free throws to turn back Missouri's bid. "We knew this would be a tough battle for us," Kellogg said. "We're just happy to get out of here with a win." KANSAS (81) Manning 8-16 0-0 16, Kellogg 10-15 7-8 27, Dreiling 4-4 2-2 10, Hunter 1-4 2-6 4. Thompson 5-11 0-0 10, Turgeon 0-0 2-2 2, Marshall 5-8 0-0 10, Pipere 1-1 0-0 2. TOTALS 34-59 13-18 81. MISSOURI (77) Chievous 12-167-11 31, Bingenheimer 375-611, Leonard 0-1 0-0 0, Strong 7-17 6-7 20, Hardy 4-10 3-4 11, Roundtree 1-1 0-02, Musser 0-0 0-0 0, Sandbothe 1-4 0-0 2. TOTALS 28-56 21-28 77. HALFTIME — Kansas 48, Missouri 37. TOTAL FOULS — Kansas 23, Missouri 21. FOULED OUT — Strong, Hardy (MU). REBOUNDS — Kansas 31 (Dreiling 8), Missouri 31 (Chievous 9). ASSISTS — Kansas 18 (Hunter 11), Missouri 15 (Hardy 7). TECHNICAL FOULS — Missouri bench 2. A—12,358. Despite the fact that Kansas nearly frittered away a comfortable edge in the closing minutes, Missouri coach Norm Stewart said he was not satisfied by the Tigers' comeback. "If we executed a little better, we could have overcome our shortcomings. We need better execution," Stewart said. "I think we were a little afraid out there. The kids don't know what they can do and don't know what they can't do." Sophomore forward Derrick (See Jayhawks, Page 15) Eason goes about job in quiet, efficient manner Sacred Heart's Darren Knipp (right) plays tight defense against Abilene's Mark Willey. Tom Don»y can get a good inside game from those two, I know we can be a really good ball club." Roesner, who at 64 is an inch taller than Prendergast, has been battling a case of the flu, so Mannebach rested him much of the first half. His replacement, 6-2 senior Matt Stamm, promptly grabbed four rebounds after entering the game late in the first quarter to help Sacred Heart neutralize a decided margin Abilene was registering in that department. The Cowboys outrebounded ttie Knights 46-34, with 6-5 Kevin Stroud and 64 Kelly Krenger grabbing eight apiece. But that was one of the few bright spots for coach Scott Stein's troops, which fell to 5-5. Capitalizing on a 14-8 rebounding edge in the first quarter, Abilene kept pace with Sacred Heart early and entered the second quarter trailing just 18-15. But the Cowboys got just 2 of 18 shots to fall in the second quarter, then opened the third quarter by connecting on just two of their first 15 fielders. Benefitting from Abilene's prolonged drought, Sacred Heart pulled away to a 36-20 lead 1:47 before the intermission as Bransfield tallied all 10 of his points by half time. Abilene whittled the margin to 3625 by the break, but Meares contributed six points in a 10-6 SHHS run to open the third quarter which extended the Knights' lead back to 4631. With their backs against the wall, the Cowboys turned to a full-court press to hold Sacred Heart scoreless the final three minutes of the third quarter. And when Jeff Dickson buried a short baseline jumper 40 seconds into the fourth quarter, Abilene was within striking distance, trailing 4638. "I guess we just ran out of gas," Stein said. Sacred Heart reeled off the next 11 points, sinking seven of eight free throws in the run, to take a 57-38 lead into the final minute and a half. "The whole key is it didn't go in the basket for us," said Stein, whose Cowboys didn't take an inordinate number of poor shots but saw an inordinate number rim out. "If it doesn't go, it doesn't go." SACRED HEART (59) Meares 7-15 6-8 20, Roesner 4-4 1-2 9, Prendergast 4-5 2-2'10, Knipp 3-16 2-2 8, Bransfield 5-130-010, Stamm 1 -2 0-0 3, Maes 00 0-0 0, Mann 0-0 0-0 0, Dennis 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 24-55 11-14 59. ABILENE (46) Dickson 4-100-08, Stlrtz 1-5 1 -2 3, Stroud 6-17 2-2 14, Krenger 0 -2 1-4 1, Willey 0-9 6-6 6, Holmes 3-4 0-1 6, Sears 3-5 0-0 6, Whltehair 0-3 1-21, Kijowski 0-3 0-0 0. Chindamo 0-3 1-21, Gish 0-2 0-0 0. TOTALS 17-63 12-19 46. Sacred Heart 18 18 10 13 — 59 Abilene 15 10 11 10 — 46 TOTAL FOULS — Sacred Heart 14, Abilene 15. FOULED OUT — None. REBOUNDS — Sacred Heart 34 (Roesner 10), Abilene 46 ( Krenger, C:,uud 8). TURNOVERS — Sacred Heart 15, Abilene 18. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Tony Eason doesn't wear flippant headbands or movie-star dark glasses. He doesn't make waves by flying in an acupuncturist to treat his painful posterior over his club's protests. And he doesn't make headlines. Reporters flock to Chicago Bears quarterback Jim McMahon for outrageous remarks. **"" They are frustrated by New England Patriots quarterback Tony Eason, who speaks Eason politely but in a low voice. "Despite his quiet nature, Tony's got leadership qualities," said Patriots' quarterback coach Les Steckel. McMahon controversy, Page 16 "People like him because of his personality." While McMahon maneuvers himself into the spotlight, Eason tries to slip into the shadows. The focus in the buildup to the Super Bowl has been on the unconventional McMahon. But when the Bears and Patriots meet in JANUARY 26, 1906 LOUISIANA SUPIBOOMt. NIWORLIANS Sunday's NFL championship game, the other quarterback will have a lot to say about the outcome. Typically, Eason rejects the idea that he has the burden to carry his team. "I'm not looking at it that I have to be the guy anymore than anyone else," he said. If the Patriots win and Eason is "the guy," he likely would find himself in another uncomfortable situation, answering questions in front of hundreds of reporters. "Do I have to?" Eason said when» asked to speak from a platform into a microphone after the Patriots' AFC championship victory over the Miami Dolphins Jan. 12. A native of California, Eason does (See Eason, Page 14)

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