The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on January 26, 1986 · Page 19
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Sports The Salina Journal Sunday, January 26,1986 Page 19 McMahon in middle of Super Bowl XX plot NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Jim McMahon Week is over. Now it's time to see if it's Jim McMahon Day. A week ago, the plot for Super Bowl XX looked simple. The upstart New England Patriots would try to cap an unexpected climb from the NFL pack by beating the unbeatable Chicago Bears in a collision of masses resembling the Super Bowl week crush on Bourbon Street. Instead, it's simply the climax to a multi- ring extravaganza starring the Chicago quarterback, featuring the hitherto anonymous duo of Hiroshi Shiraishi and Buddy Diliberto, and relegating last week's heroes — Walter Payton, Irving Fryar and even the Refrigerator—to supporting roles. The Super Bowl became a sideshow to the McMahon show. • Patriots quarterback Tony Eason provided a measure of suspense when he came down with a 24-hour virus and missed workouts Friday and Saturday, though he threw a OU outlasts 'Cats, 83-80 By HAROLD BECHARD Sports Editor MANHATTAN—His team had just lost its third straight game at home in the conference and he was suffering from the flu bug. Yes, Jack Hartman looked tired and worn out Saturday afternoon after his team's 83-80 loss to the Oklahoma Sooners, but the Kansas State head coach was at peace with himself and his team. Hartman had just watched his Wildcats extend the fifth-ranked Sooners to the limit before dropping couple of passes in street clothes on Saturday. Coach Raymond Berry said Eason will start "if he can." "His conditioning is encouraging," Berry said. About today's game, the coach said, "We'll just have to wait and see." The game itself presents the same contrast it has since the principals were decided two weeks ago. The NFC is represented by the mighty Bears, 17-1, including two straight playoff shutouts, 10%-point favorites and unarguably the NFL's most dominant team this year. Their main weapon: Buddy Ryan's unique "46" defense, which can throw the best-honed offense into chaos. The AFC is represented by the Patriots, who are the first team to get to the Super Bowl by winning three straight road games. They did it because they forced 16 turnovers and because some higher power bounced the ball in the right direction at the right time. They'll probably need both the turnovers and the higher power on Sunday. But this past week has belonged to McMahon, the Chicago quarterback who peers (and often sneers) at the world through tinted glasses and who counts among his heroes Randle Patrick McMurphy, protagonist of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest." "Everyone thought he was crazy, but he wasn't," McMahon says. "That's the way I am. I'm just trying to be myself. There's nothing calculated about me," They began happening Monday evening when McMahon arrived for the sixth Super Bowl to be held in New Orleans, a city that traditionally surrounds the NFL's championship game with the atmosphere of a fraternity party at Mardi Gras time. He was already an established flake for his shades and headbands and his habit of saying "no" when the rest of the world was saying "yes." The reputation was enhanced when he flashed on national television during the Rams game a "Rozelle" headband to protest an order by the NFL commissioner to shed a headband bearing the advertising logo "adi- das." Predictably, "Rozelle" headbands were the hottest-selling souvenir in the French Quarter this week, while jerseys bearing Payton's "34" and William Perry's "72" hung limply on the racks. McMahon's first task was to complain that the Bears' management had refused to fly in an acupuncturist who had been treating a buttock bruised by the helmet of Los Angeles linebacker Jim Collins in Chicago's 24-0 shutout of the Rams in the NFC championship game. His second was to head for Bourbon Street in the French Quarter, where he took advantage of the Bears' last night without a curfew, interrupting the party to hassle with a photographer who tried to take his picture. Shiraishi, the official acupuncturist of the Japanese track team, was finally permitted to come to town on Wednesday. Almost immediately, McMahon reported the injury 100 percent improved. But that was only one development in a week in which as many reporters clustered around an empty chair waiting for McMahon to appear as clustered around the other 44 Bears combined. It left Payton, the NFL's (See McMahon, Page 20) OU(83) Kennedy Sieger Johnson Bowie McCalister Roberts Davis Watson TOTALS KSU (80) Eddie Coleman Mitchell Green Wright Underwood Simmons Muff Meyer Smith Walker TOTALS MIN 34 13 38 35 40 7 32 1 200 MIN 3 39 40 33 38 5 10 6 21 4 1 200 FG 7-14 1-2 7-15 6-10 7-12 1-2 1-8 0-0 30-63 FG 0-0 10-20 7-12 3-8 9-15 0-2 1-1 0-1 2-4 0-1 0-1 32-65 FT 2-2 0-0 7-9 2-2 5-6 0-0 7-9 0-0 23-28 FT 0-0 2-6 4-4 0-0 8-9 0-0 0-0 0-1 2-2 0-0 0-0 16-22 R 6 1 7 4 6 2 5 0 31 R 1 2 12 2 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 23 F 4 1 2 4 3 3 2 0 19 F 1 4 2 5 4 0 1 1 1 2 1 22 TP 16 2 21 14 19 2 9 0 83 TP 0 22 18 6 26 0 2 0 6 0 0 80 HALFTIME — Oklahoma 37, Kansas State 33. TEAM REBOUNDS — Oklahoma 3, Kansas State 6. ASSISTS — Oklahoma 11 (Davis, McCalister 4), Kansas State 14 (Mitchell 4). TURNOVERS — Oklahoma 10, Kansas State 7. OFFICIALS — Spitler, O'Neill, Harris. A — 9,716. the Big Eight Conference game before 9,716 fans in Ahearn Field House. And the Wildcats had looked good in doing it. K-State shot nearly 50 percent from the field, lost the rebound war by just five and committed only seven turnovers. So, when Hartman was asked afterwards his feelings on losing another close game at home (77-73 to Iowa State and 74-70 to Missouri the others), he was quick and to the point. "I'd rather play them close than get beaten badly," Hartman said. "That was a contest we had out there today. If you can't see some good in that, you're too critical. I want to lose by the smallest margin possible if I have to lose." Losing close games at home to the Sooners has been the norm for KSU in the last four years. Since, the 198283 season, the Wildcats have dropped a two-point decision, a pair of three- pointers and a six-pointer to the Sooners in Ahearn. Needless to say, OU head coach Billy Tubbs was as happy with the victory as a small child at Christmas time. "It was a great game and we really needed this one badly," said Tubbs, whose team improved to 3-1 in the Big Eight and 18-1 overall. "I'm glad we won it, we played well in spots. It was definitely a learning situation for our club." Once again it was Joe Wright and Dreiling propels KU by Louisville Dreiling Tom Doruy Kansas State's Ben Mitchell (right) misses a slam-dunk attempt off an offensive rebound Saturday afternoon as Oklahoma's David Johnson defends on the play. Norris Coleman leading the Wildcats in scoring with 26 and 22 points, respectively, but they had plenty of help from 6-fl senior Ben Mitchell. Mitchell scored 18 points and pulled down a career-high 12 rebounds as no other K-State player had more than three boards. "I said to myself before the game that I was going to contribute," Mitchell said. And the St. Louis native did just that, but in the end, it was too much balance on the Oklahoma end which proved too much for the Wildcats to overcome. Kansas City native David Johnson burned his native state for the second time in four days (he had 26 points against Kansas on Tuesday) with 21 points and seven rebounds. Tim McCalister added 19 points, Darryl Kennedy 16, Anthony Bowie 14 and Linwood Davis 9. "That's an experienced team we played out there today," Hartman said. "We're playing the fifth-best team in the country that has several solid athletes." Although they trailed for most of the game, the Wildcats were never out of touch with Oklahoma. The largest lead by the Sooners came at the 2:55 mark of the first half when Bowie hit a driving layup to end a 10-0 OU run. It gave the Sooners a 35-23 lead. But just when it looked the darkest for the Wildcats, Mitchell hit a field goal and two free throws, Wright and Ron Meyer also sank a pair of charities each and Coleman followed with a slam dunk to close the gap to two points (35-33) right before halftime. McCalister drilled in a guarded 15- footer with four seconds left before halftime to make it a 37-33 game at intermission. The OU lead grew to eight points (47-39) with 16:48 remaining before the roof caved in on the Sooners. In a span of 1:48, the Wildcats blitzed the Sooners with 10 straight points as Wright scored six points and Coleman added a pair of baseline jumpers. Suddenly, it was K-State (See OU, Page 23) ByKENCORBITT Sports Writer LAWRENCE — Kansas center Greg Dreiling said there is no big secret about his dominating performance in the second half of Saturday's game against Louisville. "It was just the fact I was in the game," Dreiling said. "The first half I didn't have a chance to touch the ball." No chance is right. Dreiling picked up two fouls in the first 21 seconds of the game and spent the remaining 19 minutes and 39 seconds on the Jayhawk bench. But when he did play, all 20 minutes of the second half, the 7-foot-l senior certainly made his presence felt. After trailing by five points at halftime, Dreiling got the Jayhawks' blood boiling with three quick baskets to open the second half. Canning all seven of his second-half shots and scoring 18 points, Dreiling propelled seventh-ranked KU to a 71-69 victory over 13th-ranked Louisville as the Cardinals frittered away their last chance to possibly force an overtime. Louisville bolted to a 14-5 lead eight minutes into the game as the normally hot-shooting Jayhawks missed 10 of their first 12 shots. That inaccuracy, coupled with the foul problems experienced by Dreiling and sophomore forward Danny Manning (who was benched the final eight minutes of the half after his second foul), aided the Cardinals as they built a 28-15 advantage by the 6:44 mark. "I just wanted Danny and Greg to come back in the second half without three fouls," Jayhawk coach Larry Brown said. "There was no way I was going to have them both in there with two fouls." Still, Kansas outscored the Cards 16-8 the remainder of the half to pull within 36-31 at halftime. The Jayhawks took momentum to the locker room as Ron Kellogg, taking an inbounds pass from Manning with :01 showing on the clock, hit a 30-footer from right in front of the Louisville bench as the half ended. "Danny saw me open and threw me a baseball pass," said Kellogg, who finished with a team-high 19 points. "I just squared and let it fly. I think that shot was big for us because it gave us a lot of momentum going into the second half." Brown agreed. "I'm thrilled we were able to cut the lead to five with the foul trouble we had," the KU coach said. L'VILLE (69) Crook Thompson Ellison Wagner Hall McSwain Payne Abram Kimbro MIN 24 34 17 40 33 18 8 3 23 FG 1-7 1-5 3-7 7-14 4-10 2-4 1-3 1-1 3-5 FT 3-3 6-8 0-1 9-9 3-4 2-4 0-0 0-1 0-0 R 8 6 7 5 1 3 2 0 2 F 4 4 4 4 5 3 0 1 0 TP 5 8 6 23 11 6 2 2 6 TOTALS 200 23-56 23-30 34 25 69 KANSAS (71) Manning Kellogg Dreiling Hunter Thompson Turgeon Marshall Piper TOTALS MIN 32 40 21 33 30 12 11 21 200 FG 3-9 7-18 7-7 3-6 3-10 1-3 3-3 0-0 27-56 FT 3-3 5-7 4-6 2-3 2-2 1-2 0-0 0-0 17-23 R 2 2 5 5 7 0 7 3 31 F 3 3 4 2 5 0 5 3 25 TP 9 19 18 8 8 3 6 0 71 HALFTIME — Louisville 36, Kansas 31. TEAM REBOUNDS — Louisville 3, Kansas 4. ASSISTS — Louisville 12 (Wagner 3), Kansas 13 (Hunter, Thompson 5). TURNOVERS — Louisville 16, Kansas 15. OFFICIALS — Harrell Allen, Samuel Craft, Dan Woldridge. A—15,000. Louisville's Herbert Crooks opened the second half with a three-point play, drawing Manning's third foul, to make it 39-31 just 32 seconds into the half. And that's when Dreiling took charge, scoring three straight baskets, followed by a pair of Manning free throws to tie the score at 39-39 with 17:14 remaining. Jeff Hall scored for the Cardinals, but Kellogg quickly tied it again. And when KU guard Cedric Hunter made two free throws to make it 43-41 at 16:15, the Jayhawks led for the first time since it was a 3-2 game. From then on, the game was as tight as the 15,000 Allen Field House fans and national television audience could have expected from a pair of Top Twenty teams. The lead changed hands six times during the final 16 minutes, as well as being tied six times. Louisville led 61-57 after one free throw by Mark McSwain with 6:56 left, but Calvin Thompson got KU back on top with a 15-foot jumper and then fed Dreiling for a slam dunk to knot the score at 61-61. Dreiling then sank two free throws with 1:14 left to putKUontop71-«9. Now it was Hunter's turn to shine. Hunter's duty this day was to guard Louisville's top scorer, Milt Wagner. With 49 seconds left, Wagner moved to the baseline, where he scored many of his game-high 23 points. But this time, Hunter partially blocked Wagner's shot and the ball went out- of-bounds off Louisville's Billy Thompson. The 45-second shot clock was four ticks shy of the game clock, and the Jayhawks used as much time as they could. Manning finally took the shot, from about five feet with :03 on the shot clock, but missed and Tony (See KU, Page 23) Ball-hawking defense spurs Knights to S.I.T. title By STEPHEN WHITE Sports Writer Loren Zook, Salina South's 5-10 workaholic senior guard, was the worthy recipient Saturday night of the Bill Burke Trophy as the Most Inspirational Player in the seventh annual Salina Invitational Tournament at the Bicentennial Center. But if ever an entire team deserved such an award, it would be the Sacred Heart Knights. Decisively undersized and short on bench strength, the Class 3A Knights defied the odds and won their second S.I.T. championship Saturday night with a 50-43 triumph over Wichita's Kapaun-Mt. Carmel, the fifth-ranked basketball team in Class 5A. Unlike any of the tournament's SACRED HEART (50) Meares 5-11 2-7 12, Roesner 2-6 7-9 11, Prendergast 1-1 2-2 4, Knipp 4-11 3-4 11, BransfieTd 1-7 0-0 2, Maes 2-2 0-0 4, Stamm 2-3 2-2 6. TOTALS 17-41 16-24 50. WICHITA KAPAUN-MT. CARMEL (43) Boushka 3-6 0-0 6, Hartwell 3-9 1-27, Powers 4-5 4-5 12, Kuthan 2-51-4 5, Rineberg 4-100-0 8, Smith 0-3 3-4 3, McDonald 0-3 0-0 0, Castro 0-2 0-0 0, Clement 0-1 0-0 0, Burmeler 0-0 2-2 2. TOTALS16-44 11-1743. Sacred Heart 10 12 17 11—50 Kapaun-Mt. Carm.l 10 3 16 14 —43 TOTAL FOULS — Sacred Heart 14, Kapaun 26. FOULED OUT — Prendergast (SH): Hartwell, Boushka, Kuthan (K-MC). REBOUNDS — Sacred Heart 25 (Meares, Roesner 6): Kapaun 35 (Powers 10). TURNOVERS — Sacred Heart 13, Kapaun 24. previous six champions — including Sacred Heart in 1981 — the Knights won without a bona fide star stealing the show. They won with whirlwind defensive tactics, perimeter shooting and an impressive display of fundamental execution. "They set screens well and they shot the ball well," said a mystified Kapaun interim coach Tom Staats, whose starting five averaged four inches taller per player. "We just had problems getting the ball inside — and, when we did, they turned over and doubled on us and didn't give us much room." As a result, the Crusaders turned the ball over 24 times, including five times on charges close to the basket. And when the Knights weren't setting themselves to draw charges from the bigger, more physical Crusaders, the Knights were at their ball-hawking, quick-handed best, stealing the ball 11 times. Pat Meares led the way with five thefts and was voted the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Meares also led the Knights with 12 points, and the 5-10 junior shared the team lead with six rebounds. "Ooooh, that feels good — beating those guys," said Sacred Heart coach Bob Mannebach, whose Knights had dragged a misleading 4-4 record into their tournament-opening 59-16 romp over Abilene on Thursday. The Knights scooted past Salina South (46-43) in overtime Friday, then led throughout the final three quarters against Kapaun. After falling behind 5-0 at the outset as they missed their first six shots, the Knights' streaky offense caught fire. Four consecutive bas- kets by four different Knights knotted the score at 8-8, and a 15-f ooter by Jeff Maes put the Knights ahead for good 20 seconds into the second frame. Pat Prendergast, who struggled with foul trouble yet earned all- tournament recognition on the strength of his play Thursday and Friday, extended the lead to 14-10 with a pair of free throws. Then Sacred Heart's defense dealt the Crusaders the critical blow from which they never recovered. Steve Roesner, diving out of bounds, stole a pass and flipped the ball to Darren Knipp, who flipped it back to Roesner at the other end for a layup. Knipp then stole the ball back, raced downcourt and popped one in from 15 feet. The Knights suddenly led 18-10 less than two minutes into the second quarter. "We are playing some excellent defense right now. In all three ball games, I think we played some excellent defense," Mannebach said. "Our offense, at times, played well. But our defense is what's winning for us." Defense and confidence. "Our confidence is gone. It's shot," said suspended Kapaun coach Steve Buck, whose Crusaders have slipped to 7-4 since he and two starting guards were suspended two games into the season because of a tuition irregularity. Conversely, Buek said, "Sacred (See Knights, Page 21)

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