The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 26, 1968 · Page 6
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 26, 1968
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lone Stars' Do By TOMMY THOMAS NEA Sports Writer NEW YORK .-..(NBA).-. When the University of Texas basketball team ventured lo Madison Square Garden earlier this season for a game with NYU, a sportswriter. told some friends, 'Texas will lose because they only have one play: They run from the T formation and give it to the wingback every time." . .That's how most spectators view Southwest Conference sports — big on football but a flop when it comes to basketball. The SWC sends its share of players to the pro football ranks but not one can be found on any NBA roster. Only twice in history has a conference club made it to the semi-finals of the NCAA championship. The fact is, SWC basketball isn't as bad as its reputation. But there are several reasons why (he teams and their players seldom gain national recognition. . One reason is lack of Negro players. Of the eight SWC schools, only Baylor and TCU currently have a Negro on. the squad.: Another is that Southwest teams play. 70 -per cent: of their intersectional. games on the road. Perhaps the biggest reason is there are simply not enough outstanding players in the state to go around. Seven of the SWC schools are in Texas, plus major independents Texas (El Paso) and Houston and North Texas State of the Missouri Valley Conference. Texas A&M coach Shelby Metcalf is aware of these prob- Lew's Homecoming Still Unclouded By BOB GREEN Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - UCLA's No. 1 ranking is gone, its victory string is broken and Edgar Lacey has jumped the team, but Lew Alcindor's homecoming .re• mains unclouded. "I've been looking forward to this, playjng be.fpre friends and relatives," .the 7-footiV4 Ali American center said at a lavish press conference. "No, there's nothing special about playing Holy Cross. I just want to win," he said. Alcindor and UCLA play Holy Cross, coached by Jack Donahue, in Madison Square Garden tonight, then take on Boston College Saturday night. Donahue was Alcindor's high school coach at Power Memorial in Manhattan. The Garden, which seats 18,499 for basketball, is sold out both nights. "I would have liked to have come here undefeated," UCLA I things over.' (ending their.47 game winning ' string. • Alcindor suffered an eye injury two weeks ago, missed two games entirely and was subpar for the Bruins' game at Houston. He said he is "still less than 100 per cent, but improved." On the proposed Negro boycott of the Olympics, being organized by Dr. Harry Edwards of San Jose State, Alcindor said 'I simply haven't decided" whether to participate. "I think Dr. Edwards has, some right ideas. But he has some mistaken ideas, too." Lacey, a 6-foot-6 forward who ranks as the Bruins' No. 2 re- bounder and No. 3 scorer, did not make the trip with the team and has skipped two practices. "He has not been suspended," Wooden said. "He has been dropped from the squad by his own volition. I hope to have a talk with him when we get back, after he's had time to 'think coach John Wooden said with a wry grin. "But 'Houston would not permit it." • The Bruins, now 13-1. and ranked No. 2 in the country, were upset by Houston 71-69,in the Astrodome last weekend; Lacey jumped the team after reading some remarks by Wooden which were critical of his play against Houston. He left the game with seven minutes to play in the first half, arid did. not return. - lems but thinks the situation Is steadily improving. The Aggies won a recent tournament in Washington, defeating Seattle University (the school that has sent the most players to the NBA) and the University of San Francisco. "While it's true we haven't turned out any Chamberlains or Russells or Bradleys," says Metcalf, "we sometimes get some unfair press. We've made big strides in the past 10 years Some fellows who were stars in the past would just be average now. "The directors of the tournaments must feel we can compete because they're trying to sell tickets. In the past three years our team has been invited to tourneys in Oklahoma City, Seattle, Albuquerque and Kansas'. We've done pretty well and haven't developed an inferiority complex. "The-SWC champion draws rough opponents in the NCAA regionals, against the winners of the Big Eight, Missouri Valley Conferences and independents like Oklahoma City. "SMU has beaten the MVC champ the past two years in the regionals (including a win over second-ranked Louisville last season)." Shelby says the simplest solu tion is recruiting out of state which is becoming the trend A lot of Texas junior college' have gone to the East and Mid west for talent, some of which will eventually get to the Texas senior colleges. Three Texas junior colleges are currently ranked in the nation's top 10. Texas (El Paso) and the University of Houston have already been following this process. The Miners won the national championship two years ago and the Cougars have been ranked second in the national polls this season. The achievements were made with mostly out-of-state players, many of them Negroes. As for intraleague competition, the SWC rivalries are as fierce .as any in the country. A few seasons ago, Texas A&M lost an important game to Texas Tech when the clock stopped running momentarily, giving the Red Raiders a chance to win the game on a last-second shot. At the end of the season Metcalf selected the time-keeper at Lubbock on the Aggies' all-op- nonent team. (Ark.) Can-tor NMW - Friday, January M, UN - ft* ADDING THEM UP - Eddie Williams arches one of his shots in the recent Gosnell High win over Armorel on Tuesday night. Eddie garnered 17 markers for Coach Quitman Sullins' Pirates to lead the way In. the scoring column. Gosnell hosts So. Pemiscot tonight. (Courier News Photo by King) Orlando Does It In Ten Minutes ST. LOUIS (AP) - Orlando Cepeda said it took him 10 minutes to get his, though Bob Gibson- won't even begin to guess how long it will take Him to agree on a salary with the St. Louis Cardinals. • . The big first baseman was in St. Louis for a baseball writers dinner Thursday. .So the trip wouldn't be a complete waste, Cepeda dropped by the Cardinal Offices and signed for an esti- Oriud* Cepeda mated $90,000. "They gave me even more money than I expected," the 30- I year-old Cepeda said. "I didn't have any salary in mind. I just I accepted their offer." Meanwhile, Gibson scoffed at reports he had thrown a $100,000 figure at the Cardinals that had stalemated negotiations. "Today was the first time I even talked to the Cardinals," the .World Series hero asserted. "I don't know what ail the other talk was about." Gibson left open the question of whether he was, in fact, shooting for the $100,000 mark. SPRINGFIELD, Mass. ,(AP) — Four basketball pioneers- coaches Clair Bee, Howard Cann, Amory "Slats" Gill and Alvin "Doggie" Julian—have been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Bee spent most of his coaching career at Long Island University and Cann, now retired, coached at New York University for 35 years. Gill, who was the Oregon State coach for 36 years, died in 1966 and Julian, who piloted Holy Cross,'Dartmouth and the Boston Celtics during a 41-year coaching career, died lait July. Chiefs Take Hogs In OT OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oklahoma City University took advantage of a technical foul against Arkansas Coach Duddy Waller to convert three free throws and beat the Razorbacks 92-90 in overtime here 'Thursday night. : • - Oklahoma City led 89-88 when Waller' was charged with a technical foul after protesting an official's call. - ; Rick Travis! throw .and Ardell England put in two more to put the game out of reach. Arkansas' Benton Cone had sent the game into overtime witti a steal and a layup with two seconds .left. The regulation game ended 85-85. Travis led the Chiefs with 35 points while Robert McKenzie scored 33 and James Eldridge 24 for the Razorbacks., ARKANSAS McKenzie Tan'berger Sldridge ?one Stephens Vint Self McAlister \imbrell Totals G F T 14 5-633 40-08 11 2-4 24 2 2-3 6 5 5-5 15 1 0-1 2 10-02 00-00 0 0-0 0 38 14-19 90 ! OKLAHOMA U, R. Koper England Watson Travis H Koper Wallace Hayes Wachob Arkansas G F T 4 3-5 11 4 4-4 12 . 00-00 14 7-7 35 1 0-0 2 8 1-2 17 6 1-1 13 0 2-2 2 43 42 5-90 Oklahoma City 48 37 7-92 Fouled out — Arkansas, Stephens. • ' Total fouls—Arkansas IS, Oklahoma City 17. Attendance-2,862, ..; Pistol Pete Finds Range For Bengals ** «^ BATON. ROUGE, La.-(NEA) —If a Louisiana sports fan tells you it's been a successful month for LSU, you assume he means the Tigers' Sugar Bowl victory over Wyoming on New Year's Day. Could be, though,, .he's referring to the Southeast Conference basketball contenders. By Winning their first four SEC games this season, the Bayou Bengals have ' already surpassed their total number of wins for last year's entire season,. After... finishing., last in the league the past two years, LSU is how a threat 'to nation-' ally ranked Kentucky and Tennessee in the '68 race. : Should the Tigers triumph it would be their first conference title since 1953-54, when a guy named Bob Pettit supplied the firepower^ LSU has finally come up with another big gun—a soph- omore called "Pistol Pete" Maravich. The 6-5, 180-pound guard from Raleigh, N. C., -is .the nation's leading scorer, averaging around 46 points per game. He popped in 58 against Mississippi State and scored 20 points in the last nine minutes in the Georgia game, finishing with 42 for the night. Similar performances helped the Tigers take a 5-1 SEC record into the final exam week break. * * * .What makes it more exciting to LSU fans is the fact that four of the starters, are sophomores. And Ralph Jukkola, the team's- only junior, is hitting nearly 70 per cent of his field goal- attempts. He's first in the conference- and second in the nation in that-department. The Tigers' height, or lack | of it, is another Inlerestin) I aspect of their success. Jukkola is 6-3 and guards Jefi Tribbett and Rich Hickman are both only 6.0. Center Randy Lamont, at 6-8, is the only giant Still, Maravich and his mates are getting their share of the rebounds. But when Pistol Pete starts firing there's usually no rebound to be had. Florida's Tommy Bartlett the only SEC coach to stop LSI thus far, says, "You won't be lieve this boy until you see him in action. He has every shot every move you could imag ine." There's a chance Pistol Pete may be even hotter if he re turns from mid-semester breal with a few more pointers he picked up at home. His father Press Maravich, is the LSU coach. Fete Maravich Seagren Breaks Own -.. •. ' *^ • Indoor Vault Record By RON RAPOPORT Associated Press Sporti Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Forget about the wide,-open spaces, ake back the wind in your face and the sun on your back. Bob Seagren likes it better-indoors. When the 21-year-old Southern California junior broke his own indoor pole vault record by topping 17-4>/4 at the Millrose Games Thursday night it was the llth time Seagren has done it; he's the only one. "I prefer the indoors," he said with the joyful shouts of U.083 fans still bouncing around .Madison Square Garden. "The smoke doesn't bother/me. It shouldn't affect anyone. "Outdoors you have to worry about the rain and the wind n your face and a lot of things. Inside, you're closer to people. It's more fun." Seagren's attitude is an unusual one since most track men dislike indoor meets with the smoky arenas and narrow, hard board tracks and runways. Seagren set his record on his third and final try and then missed three times at 17-8, higher than he or anybody else has jumped indoors or out. A highly regarded field of five sub-four-minute milers gave way to somebody who said he's not a miler at all, Preston Davis of the Army, who won his third straight indoor start at that distance, winning in 4:03.9. Meet records popped up in several events. Larry James, a Villanova sophomore, clipped nine-tenths of a second off the 500-yard mark, winning in 56.1. Martin McGrady of tin Santa Clara Valley Youth Village won the 600 in 1:10.1, breaking by one-tenth of a second a 25-year- old mark. George Young, two-time Olympic steeplechaser, won the three-mile in 13:31.8, breaking Bruce Kidd's four-year-old mark of 13:31.8. Byron Dyce of New York University won the 1,000 in 2:10.1, breaking Bob Zieminsky's mark of 2:11.6, set last year, NEW YORK (AP) - Quarterback Joe Namath of the New York Jets will be wearing a cait on his troublesome left knet tor the next three to four weeks. The injury-plagued American Football League star had the cast put on in an effort to correct a small, tear in the tendon. Two For Leackville Paps Victor; Lions Win By Frank Ellil Courier Newt Sporti Editor Blythevltle High School's PAPOOSES played their last home games of the season last night and the future Chickasaws earned H split In the night's twinbill. Jack Goodman's eighth-graders dropped their third game of the season, they've won 11, when Senath-Hornersville out- pointed them in game, 32-21. a low-scoring "They had a real cold shooting night," the coach said, "but they were up against a squad of ninth-graders, which made a difference." Neal Brewer led the losers with seven points while Charles Porter added 6, Johnny White, 8, and Ronnie Bisher, 2. * - * * Coach Fred Mitchell's ninth- graders .advanced their record to 8-4 with their 45-29 victory. "It was a good victory after they had beaten us by one point up there," Mitchell said this morning. "We had a good, strong second half and played almost errorless ball, especially on defense." Mike McCall and Mike'. Johnson shared game honors with 13 points etch. Other scoring for the Papooses showed' Charles Crigger with" 4 while Stewart Baguley added 3. Terry Payton, Ray Bunch and Steve Beavers each contributed The Papooses next game will be In the Jonesboro Invitational Tournament scheduled to begin Monday at the Jonesboro High School gymnasium. Blytheville will meet Batesville Junior High in a. 7 p.m. encounter. LEACHVILLE High School whipped Batesville last night, John Widner had beaten Green* County Tech on Tuesday, 4036. Ronnie Keith and Joe Sharp have been ailing with the flu, hence the Lions have not been up to par following last week's loss to Blytheville. Preston Tate led the way Thursday with 23 markers while he and Sharp each grabbed 10 rebounds. Sharp added nine points while Keith garnered 10 to go along with Rick Drury's 7, Phil Warren's 6, Tommy Reed's 2 and Reggie Keith's one. In Tuesday's win, Sharp paced the Lions with 13 points and 10 rebounds. '=. Giving him valuable assistance were Ronnie Keith with 18~ points, while Drury . added j, Tate, 6, and Reggie Keith, 3. '*, The Lions meet Newport tonight at LeachvUle. „-. 5840 after the Lions of Coach sities. Arkansas Gets Star BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) -. John Read, a 6-foot-l, 190-pound quarterback for Laney Junior,! College, 'reportedly signed a_ Southwest Conference scholarship agreement .with the University of Arkansas Thursday night. ' 1 -~' 1 It was reported 'that Read; would enroll at the University of Arkansas Monday. ''" : Steed White, Arkansas' re- : cruiting co-ordinator, reported; ly signed Read at his hom : e" here. Read was sought by more than 50 colleges and univer- just mention my name in Blytheville THE TRUE OLD-STYLE (ENTUCH BODUOK

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