The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 25, 1986 · Page 13
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Sports The Salina Journal Saturday, January 25,1986 Page 13 Sacred Heart dumps Cougars in overtime By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer To say Salina South has been the victim of tough luck this basketball season would be a gross understatement. And true to this season's form, the Cougars lost their third overtime decision in eight games, as Sacred Heart squeaked past South, 46-43, Friday night in the semifinals of the seventh annual Salina Invitational Tournament at the Bicentennial Center. Sacred Heart, 6-4, will meet Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Camel, 7-3, at 8 o'clock tonight for the tournament championship. The last, and only, time the Knights have won the S.I.T. was in 1981, a year the Knights' also squeaked past South in the semifinals (56-55). "That's typical of the South-Sacred Heart rivalry," said SHHS coach Bob Mannebach, whose Knights, in the final six minutes of regulation, rallied from a 39-33 deficit—the largest deficit for either team. "Every one but one of them (South- Sacred Heart games) has been that way," Mannebach said. Four of the five South-Sacred S.I.T. Scoreboard FIRST ROUND Wednesday Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel 65, Russell 58 Salina Central 68, Clay Center 40 Thursday Sacred Heart 59, Abilene 46 Salina South 55, Concordla 34 SEMIFINALS Friday Consolation Bracket Russell 64, Clay Center 54 Abilene 85, Concordia 55 Winner's bracket Kapaun 49, Central 46 Sacred Heart 46, South 43 (ot) FINALS Saturday 2 p.m. — Cloy Center (5-7) vs. Concordia (65), 7th place. 3:45 p.m. — Russell (1-9) vs. Abilene (6-5), 5th place. 6 p.m. — Central (4-7) vs. South (2-6), 3rd place. 8 p.m. — Kapaun (7-3) vs. Sacred Heart (6-4), championship. Heart contests — all of which have been in midseason tournament action — have been decided by three points or less. "That's what makes high school basketball exciting," Mannebach said. "There's a lot of .pressure on those young men when they go to the line.x" Although the Knights missed a fair share (12) of their 30 free throws, Pat Prendergast sank two to force the overtime and T.J. Bransfield connected on his only two to put Sacred Heart ahead, 45-43, two minutes into the OT. Darren Knipp added another with 0:14 left in overtime to give the Knights their final margin. South, which was whistled for 24 fouls to SHHS's 16 and was outshot 3010 at the charity stripe, watched its six-point advantage disappear as forwards' Bill Kennedy and Bryan Maring fouled out in the final two minutes of regulation. "The difference in the game is Bill and Bryan being out when we needed them at the end," said head coach Mark O'Dell, whose Cougars fell to 26. Kennedy, a 6-3 junior, pulled in 17 rebounds and scored 13 points while Maring, a 6-1 junior, pumped.in 18 points. The 17 rebounds tied Kennedy with four others as the second-best effort in S.I.T. history (the record is 19). But, with Kennedy and Maring on the bench and the game in the balance, South's offense bogged down and the Cougars failed to get any of three shots to fall which would have (See SHHS, Page 14) TomDoncy Salina South's Barry Kadel (right) is called for a charging foul against Sacred Heart's Pat Meares. Hornets outscore Tigers, 88-81 EMPORIA — Marvin Chatman scored 25 points Friday night to lead Emporia State to an 88-81 victory over Fort Hays State in a battle of Central State Conference powers. The loss was the first CSIC road defeat in four years for the Tigers, who fell to 3-1 in conference play and 144 overall. Emporia State, ranked No. 4 in the NAIA's national rankings, improved its record to 3-1 in the CSIC and 15-2 overall. Chatman's three-point play with 10:53 remaining gave Emporia State a 63-60 lead in the see-saw contest and the Hornets never looked back. ESU built its advantage to 78-69 with four minutes remaining then withstood one final Fort Hays State charge. The Tigers cut their deficit to 80-77 when guard Raymond Lee connected from the key with 1:56 remaining. But Brian Robinson hit two free throws, Chatman scored on a dunk and Craig Stromgren hit a layup in the next 1:17 to seal the victory for the Hornets. Chatman was joined in double figures by Stromgren and Robinson, who scored 23 and 19 points, respectively. Fort Hays State, ranked 15th in the NAIA, was led by freshman Cedric Williams, who scored 25 points. Fred Campbell had 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Tigers. Fort Hays State had won 21 con- secutive CSIC road games since Tiger coach Bill Morse took over the FHSU program in 1982. Both teams return to CSIC action tonight as Emporia State entertains Kearney State and Fort Hays State meets Washburn in Topeka. FORT HAYS STATE (81) Lee 6-11 1-4 13, Johnson 4-7 1-2 9, Williams 12-25 1-2 25, Campbell 8-17 0-1 16, Hardnett 0-0 0-0 0, Allen 4-8 2-2 10, Morse 0-1 0-0 0, Miller 1 3 2-2 4, Anderson 2-5 0-0 4. TOTALS 37-77 7-13 81. EMPORIA STATE (88) Stromgren 11-13 1-3 23, Biggs 2-6 4-4 8, Hughes 4-6 1-3 9, Robinson 8-19 3-4 19, Chatman 10-13 5-5 25, Yonke 0-0 0-0 0, Cramer 1-1224, Lackey0-00-00.TOTALS36-5816-21 88. HALFTIME — Emporia St. 44, Fort Hays St. 43. TOTAL FOULS — FOrt Hays St. 19, Emporia St. 15. FOULED OUT — None. TECHNICAL FOULS — None. REBOUNDS — Fort Hays St. 36 (Campbell 12), Emporia St. 38 (Chatman 12). TURNOVERS — Fort Hays St. 6, Emporia St. 12. Craig Chandler Wichita-Kapaun's Ted McDonald (50) pulls down a rebound Friday night as Salina Central's Bill Grammer defends on the play. Cold-shooting Central falls to Kapaun, 49-46 By TIM HOSTETTER Sports Writer Dennis Wahlgren just shook his head. Wahlgren's Salina Central Mustangs had just missed six front ends of one-and-one attempts in the fourth quarter of a 49-46 loss to Wichita Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Friday in a winners' bracket semifinal game in the Salina Invitational basketball tournament. "We had as many chances to win as we ever could've wanted," Wahlgren said. "I can't figure it. This is one of the best free throw shooting teams (72 percent) I've had and tonight, no one could hit them." One could blame the different depth perception the Bicentennial Center offers over more compacted high school gyms. But in its first- round win over Clay Center Wednesday, the Mustangs were 12 of 17 from the line. The Mustangs hit just 8 of 17 free throws for the game for 47 percent and just 37 percent from the field (19 of 52), but stayed close because Kapaun shot just 38 percent from the field (18 of 47) and 50 percent from the free throw line (13 of 26). From late in the second quarter, Central found itself in a catch-up race. Kapaun, 7-3, took a 23-16 halftime lead on a highly-protested (by Central) last-second basket by John Castro. The Crusaders immediately jumped to a 29-16 lead three minutes into the third quarter on two inside buckets from center Todd Powers and another from David Hartwell. Using full-court zone defensive pressure and the shooting of Tom Jett and James Veal, Central cut the Crusaders' lead to eight, 32-24, at the end of the third quarter. "Our kids showed a lot of heart in battling back," Wahlgren said. "Unfortunately, we just hit a point in the second quarter when we had a couple of defensive lapses. Early in the third quarter, we didn't adjust to their defense. The shots we were then taking weren't taken with confidence." Making only his second start in two years because of injury and academic ineligibility, Jett scored a game-high 18 points and grabbed 13 rebounds. Veal had 14 points. The Mustangs still faced a 10-point deficit following a tip-in by Hartwell with 4:53 left in the game. But in a five-second span, Central's Brian Fink hit 2 of 4 free throws and Jett followed one of those misses back in to draw the Mustangs to within six (40-34) with 4:40 to play. Powers and Hartwell each added free throws to put Kapaun up by eight, but a layup by Veal with 2:53 remaining kept Central alive despite three consecutive missed one-and- ones by SC over the two-minute preceding stretch. Powers hit a follow-up bucket, but Central's David Brummett countered with two free throws to keep Central to within six with 2:10 left. Central pulled to within four (44-40) with 1:06 left on a basket by Jett, but Kapaun hit five of six free throws the rest of way to hold off Central. John Boushka followed Jett's basket with two charities and Tom Rineberg hit three in the final 19 seconds. "We hit the free throws when we had to," said Kapaun interim head coach Tom Staats. "It was a hard- fought game. I think both teams were a little tense trying to get into the final game." "We did a good job a controlling the tempo of the game," Wahlgren said. "We weren't having one of our better games but were still in the game. Again, we had our opportunities. The door was open. We just forgot to open it." Powers led Kapaun with 13 points. Hartwell had 12 points and 15 rebounds. SAUNA CENTRAL (46) Veal 7-14 0-1 14, Fink 2-11 2-4 6, David Brummett 0-5 2-2 2, Grammer 0-3 2-2 2, Jett 815 2-4 18, Deines 1-3 0-2 2, Deegan 0-3 0-0 0, Muff 0-4 0-1 0, Jones 1-1 0-1 2. TOTALS 19-5281746. WICHITA KAPAUN (49) Kuthan 1-1 4-7 6, Rineberg 1-8 3-4 5, Powers 6-101-3 13, Boushka 1 -5 3-5 5, Hartwell 5-132-5 12 McDonald 2-5 0-2 4, Smith 0-3 0-0 0, Castro 2-2 0-0 4, Clement 0-0 0-0 0. TOTALS 18-47 13-26 49. Salino Central 8 8 8 22 —46 Wichita Kapaun 8 15 11 15 — 49 TOTAL FOULS — Salino Central 20, Wichita Kapaun 23. FOULED OUT — Kuthan (WK), Grammer (SC). REBOUNDS — Salina Central 40 (Jett 13), Wichita Kapaun 44 (Hartwell 15). TURNOVERS — Salina Central 15, Wichita Kapaun 18. Eason, Butler miss Friday practices because of illness NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New England quarterback Tony Eason, the quiet quarterback this week, missed practice Friday with what was described as a "mild viral illness," but the Patriots team doctor said he was optimistic Eason would be ready for Sunday's Super Bowl. Chicago Bears placekicker Kevin Butler also missed his team's practice after being treated for flu symptoms. Patriots coach Raymond Berry said Eason, who has gone almost unnoticed this week while attention centered on the bruised buttock of his Chicago counterpart, Jim McMahon, became ill about 10 p.m. Thursday night during a meeting with quarterbacks and receivers. : Veteran Steve Grogan, just activated after missing seven games with a broken leg and a knee injury, took all the snaps at practice with a JANUA«T 36, l»«6 LOUISIANA SUPIHOOMI, NIW OHLIANS brace on his knee. Berry said Grogan would start if Eason wasn't ready. "It looks like he has mild viral illness," Dr. Bertram Zarins, the Patriots' team physician, said of Eason. "We kept him out of practice to give him some rest and we'll evaluate him later today. At this point it doesn't look serious." Zarins declined to' give details ex- cept to say it was a "generalized viral illness. "At this point we're fairly optimistic he'll be all right," he said. Berry wasn't so optimistic. ' 'I don't know how serious it is right now," he said. "There's the possibility it could be a whopper. They don't really know. They're going to have to watch it. There's a couple of types of the virus. One might be over quickly. The other might not be over quickly. I don't think they really know which one it is right now." As for Butler, Bears trainer Fred Caito said he expected the virus to last between 16-20 hours. Coach Mike Ditka said Butler would kick on Saturday when the Bears practice in the Superdome. "He'll be OK," Ditka said. "This is the biggest game of his life." It is the latest "big" game for the rival coaches, who graduated from the football hotbeds of western Pennsylvania and the Texas plains to play for championship professional teams. Ditka, from Pennsylvania, played with the Bears' 1963 championship team and with the 1972 Super Bowl champion Dallas Cowboys. Berry, from Texas, performed for Baltimore's champions of 1958 and 1959. Despite their distinctly different personalities and styles, their roots in football's fertile breeding grounds are reflected by the similarity of their teams. Ditka's Bears and Berry's Patriots play basic football. If California and Florida players like to pass and catch, Texas and Pennsylvania players like to hit. "It may be a little different game than we've come to expect from the Super Bowl," Ditka said Friday at the coaches' final news conference before Sunday's game. "Neither of us is a flashy team. We both have the capacity to create turnovers and take advantage of them and that's what I think will decide Sunday's game." The Patriots' penchant for forcing turnovers —16 in their three playoff victories — come directly from Berry's roots. The first thing he did when he took over as head coach midway through the 1984 season was to institute fumble recovery drills — the same ones he learned 35 years ago playing high school football in Paris, Texas, under his father, Mark Raymond Berry. That's also true of the basic kind of offense — some call it conservative — that the Patriots play. And that's what Berry suggested they would do Sunday, passing considerably more against Chicago's "46T defense than the 12 times they threw in their AFC championship game against Miami. "That's one thing my father preached to me — balanced offense," Berry says. "He always said that when two teams are equal, the team with the most balance always wins." In the same way, the Bears reflect Ditka's roots. They routinely break their own helmets making tackles the way their coach once broke a hand on a locker after a loss. Ditka's mellowed now — by winning, he says — but he still calls his team "Grabowskis," after the tough eastern European immigrants who worked alongside his father in the steel mills. "He's like a legend at home," says Jimbo Covert, the Bears' All-Pro offensive left tackle, who grew up in the same area and followed Ditka to (See Super, Page IS)

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