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Cfiicfcasaws, 56-53 Heart Beats Unlimite By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor All but a few automobiles had left the parking lot in front of the Jonesboro High gymnasium last night as the Blytheville High basketball squad emerged from the building to board its bus for the return top w Blytheville. One woman, waiting for her sports editor husband to complete a phone call to the Associ- COURIER NSWS | Mniiniiinui piew: a pnuiic v.«n iv u.v ..«..— JQ g tl gggy Win, uuucn \viiaiisr aled Press in Little Rock, spoke E ]e and his men soon changed to one of the players as he .. . ,, players passed her. He was limping rather heavily, occasioning her to remark that he had not only played a good game, but that his ankle must hurt rat-der painfully and must have hurt :iim especially during the game. "Oh, you don't think about it hurting during the game," he PAOE EIGHT Tuesday, February J7, 1088 planning to make a shambles of the Hurricane defense and coast to an easy win. Coach Charley that notion. * * * Richard Brewer started the game in place of Bell, along with Robinson, Kenny Beard, Jimmy Moore and Stewart Jerome. Seven free throws arid two field goals, with Jerome, Beard, Moore and Robinson scoring, earned 11 points, while Bell hit iiuiuue UMHU& ""~ b«".-, --- ear-vied n points, wuue ucu.mt. replied, ^'you only think about j from the circ i e atter n j s entry winning. Aubrey Bell, 6-0 Chickasaw center, had summarized the attitude of the Blytheville team, a team which had just hung on throughout 32 minutes of heart- pounding basketball to edge the host Hurricane, 56-53, before a packed house, in a game decided when Jonesboro missed what could have been the winning free throws with 14 seconds left. After leading throughout the entire first half, the Chickasaws had seen Jonesboro move ahead as the third period opened, forcing Coach Dwight Williams men to come from behind for the AAA Eastern Conference win. The triumph was iheir 12lh against two losses in league competition and kept them even with Little Rock Central in the loss' department. The Tigers have won 13 conference battles and meet Pine Bluff tonight. * * * The Chickasaws definitely were hurting as the ball game began. Bell had severely twisted his ankle over the weekend and was obviously favoring the injured limb as the squads warmed up for the opening tip-off. Ben Robinson, too, had been 111 before the game and appeared not up to par. And quick, early foul trouble was to play an important part in the contest. in addition, the Chickasaws had returned late Friday nighl from their two-day road trip to Little Rock. Although they hac beaten both Horace Mann am LR Hall, they were a bit tired from their trip. However, judging from the way they raced to an early 13-4 lead, it looked like they were to push Blytheville to its 13-4 margin. Robert Currie and Terry Ray •etaliated just before the buzzer and Jonesboro trailed at the quarter, 13-8. * * * Foul shooting by Steve Hudson and baskets by Ray and 6-5 David Smith suddenly narrowed the margin as Jonesboro took advantage of four personals called on Beard, The Chicks' defense seemed to weaken and the Eagle-men began working the ball underneath to Hudson and Smith, the Hurricane closing in at 22-18 with 3:17 left in the half. Just when it appeared Jonesboro could pull ahead, a questionable call against Moore, div; ng for a loose ball, appeared :o fire the Chickasaws. Fielders by Jerome and Robnson plus two free throws by Boll kept the visitors ahead, 28-25, as the half ended. * * * The Chicks had been outscored from the field, eight to seven, but 14 free throws to seven by Jonesboro accounted for (lie lead. It wasn't to hold up very long. Bell reiujtired his ankle on the tip-off and found it difficult to keep up with his man, but he kept trying. Tommy Neace's basket plus two underneath by Hudson quickly moved Jonesboro ahead, 31-30, and for most of the third session, they were to maintain the lead. Baskets by Bell, Jerome anc two by Robinson plus free throws by Brewer, Beard anc Bell were offset by the work underneath of Hudson and Smith as well as fine outside shooting by Ray. * * + Another turning point occurred with 1:20 left in the period when Robinson sped past his defender and drove in for a beautiful left-handed lay-up. The two-points restored the lead, 41-40, to Blytheville and they were never again headed. Bell's foul and Ray's 20-footer followed by another driving basket by Robinson concluded the quarter, Blytheville ahead ; 44-42. * * * Ray and Beard matched points before Hudson, again underneath, tied the count at 46-46. Blytheville was in its full- court press by now and it produced a steal by Jerome and a driving lay-up basket. Keith Croft, however, got his first points of the night to again knot the score. Beard backhanded a toss to restore the lead to the Chicks, 50-48, with 4:06 remaining. Ray netted a missed free throw by Hudson and things were even again. Jerome took a pass from Bell for a lay-up but he also fouled Croft on the charge. Croft missed his second toss and when Robinson drove again for two, the Chicks led, 54-51. Williams ordered a freeze but finally the Chicks attempted a basket and missed. Ray hit another jumper with 53 seconds left but 16 seconds later, Robinson was fouled, Blytheville ahead, 54-53. Ben missed and Jonesboro got the rebound, working the ball for a. good attempt. Hudson was fouled underneath s the clock showed 14 seconds ED KRANEPOOL, New York Mcts' first baseman, smiles as team manager Gil Hodges crowns him "dean" of the Mcts. The 23-year-old Kranepool is the only player who has been with the club throughout its seven-year hislnrv. State, Highlanders In AIC Wins PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) -|lead early in the second half Southern State and Arkansas and led ty eight to 10 points College, two of the top four finishers in the AIC, meet here at 8:30 tonight for the right to shoot at league champion Henderson and a possible berth in the national NAIA tournament. Southern. State, beaten three times during the season by Ouachita, broke from a halftime tie and defeated the Tigers 90-78 in the semifinals of the AIC Tournament Monday night. Arkansas College went ahead of Harding for good early in the second half and defeated the Bisons 73-70 in the other semifinal game. The winner of tonight's game lyfheville Keeps Sixth Position Little Rock Central, which aged to tie Greenbrier for sec dropped to third in the Asso- ond place, last week. This week, iated Press' Arkansas High the Tigers are all alone in sec- School basketball poll two | ond behind top-ranked Fort weeks ago, has climbed into the j Smith Northside. most of the final 20 minutes Ouachita came within six points about midway through the hal but the Muleriders pulled awa; this time for good. * * Billy Barnes scored 19 points and Ronnie Tollett 18 for the Muleriders. Robert Cornelius Tames Chancellor and Dann? Sheets scored 19 each for the Tigers. Harding led Arkansas College 33-31 at the half but the High landers went ahead for good 39 37 with 14:57 left. The High landers led 57-45 with less tha: nine minutes left. The Bison will play Henderson in a best of, never got closer than three three series. The series champion will represent District 17 in the national tournament. SSC finished second in the AIC UIG U1UUIV OMUTT^U ii uufu»Mi-' U111D41CU at \-Vll\4 *« niw *"play, a one-and-one effort j standings and Arkansas Col waited him. Bedlam reigned as he stepped o the line with a chance to give onesboro the lead. His first effort, however, bounced off the rim and Beard grabbed his sixth and most im- wrlant rebound of the night. A subsequent foul with a second left gave Robinson two char- ty tosses and he made them joth for the final margin. * * * "That's 20 isn't it, boys?" Jerome yelled in the mad-house dressing room, referring to one of the goals the squad had set itself. "Only two more, only two more," Bell chimed in, looking ahead to the games with McClellan and Jacksonville 'at home this weekend before the state tourney next week. Williams expressed his happiness at beating Jonesboro on their home floor and pointed out each fellow's contribution to the victory. "Kenny, that shot over Hudson's head at the end sure was a key one," he told Beard, "and so was that last rebound." "Ben, you made some tremendous drives,' he said to lege tied Arkansas Tech for ihird. Southern State spurted to a Si ate Tourney Gosnell Tripped; Action Moves On By Frank Ellis Courier News Sports Editor History does repeat itself, much to the chagrin of the GOSNELL High School Pirates, and the men of Coach Quitman Sullins were eliminated from the Class A state tournament yesterday at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock. Last season, the Pirates journeyed to the capital city as District 2-A champions (an honor gained by MANILA this year) but were beaten in their initial outing at the state level. Yesterday, the same thing happened as defending champion Green Forest tripped the Pirates, 74-53, to advance to quarterfinal action on Wednesday. * * * . The Pirates were in the ball game for the first eight minutes as they fought the victors to a 13-13 deadlock as the period ended. Most detrimental to the Gosnell cause was the early foul trouble experienced by 6-4 senior Cliff Parrott who drew four personals before the end of that first session. Sullins figures. Eddie Williams paced the Pirates with 15 points, on three fielders and nine of 10 free throws. Steve Dorris and Mike Myers added 10 apiece while Parrott finished with 8 during his brief appearances. Chuck Gentry contributed seven to the losing cause as Curt Barnett added two and Bobby Henderson, one. The squad remained in Little feated Gosnell 74-53, Eudora East ousted Hot Springs Lakeside 63-50 and Lavaca moved past Brinkley 77-69. Kirby beat Prattsville 44-41, Star City Lincoln defeated Lynn 57-41 and Cotter disposed of Grubbs 69-46 in Class B action Monday. Eudora East broke away from a 45-45 tie midway through the final period with a seven- point spurt in its victory. Joe Crehshaw had 29 for Eudora. me ai^uau iciimilieu m jjjtiic «••*••• •• — Rock following the loss and j s I David Smythis scored 23 for expected to return tomorrow Lakeside, after viewing tonight's MANI- Brinkley led Lavaca 37-35 at LA-Mulberry clash at eight. j the half but couldn't keep up In the Region 2-AA tourney in the second half despite the at Paragould, results showed V.'onder over Batesville, 62-59; DeWitt over Strong, 65-58; Miller of Helena over Trumann, 56-52; Paragould over Lincoln, 76-45. TONIGHT, BLYTHEVILLE HARRISON faces LEACHVILLE in a 9 p.m. encounter concluding a five-game card. and Henderson had 14 for Prattsville. Star City Lincoln netted several steals from a modified LITTLE ROCK (AP)—Highly zone press in the second half touted Magnolia Columbia goes | and pulled away from Lynn, forced to remove i a g a j ns t Nettleton at 12:30. this star City led by one point at 34-point performance of Gils Rusher. Ronald Ely scored 22 for Lavaca. * * * Donnie Davis hit three free throws with 15 seconds remaining to push Kirby past Prattsville, His three points came with Kirby leading 41-39. Davis led Kirby with 16 points. Ron- uuiiiuo noo IVIV.K.U iv i >-inuv v. i against iNetueion at ii.ou.Lmo otar wiy icu uy uue ^umi ai. him until the second half and j a ft ernoon as the second day of the half. Cleveland Wainwright he then quickly exited after theifj rs t roun( ( p i ay j n the Class A scored 18 for Lincoln. Lynn's intermission. His absence was ] an( j Q ass B state tournament Mickey Hampton led all scorers felt as the Panthers controlled ge t s under way. with 21. tho KaoL-JirtaivIo .-i_i «•_ nt 1 *-— *U» annanr* f^H^-w, InJ k»» Tirrt TlVonlre points the rest of the way. Bill Cossey scored 28 for the Highlanders and Richard Beavers added 19. JeffStitt led Harding with 21. Southern' State has represented District 17 in the national tournament the past two years. the backboards. A 21-point splurge in the second stanza gave the game to the Foresters. Gosnell garnered only 12 in the same time and trailed at the break, 34-25. . Two 20-point quarters by the 'anthers followed and they >ulled away for the win. The trio of Randy Usrey, Bill Cardinals Advance; Houston At Top By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Louisville Cardinals Pinched the Missouri Valley Conference championship over the weekend and now have a ranking position in The Associated Press' college basketball poll to show for it. The Cardinals, 18-6, took over ninth place as Vanderbilt, ninth 84-67 in its only start last week. North Carolina, with 258 points, remained in the No. 3 spot. Points were awarded on a basis of 10 for a first-place vote, 9 for second, 8 for third, etc. The Tarheels, 22-1, downed Maryland 83-60 and Virginia 9274 in last week's action. Undefeated St. Bonaventure ninin uiace ao vauuciwut, i«n*.. — last week, dropped out of the continued in fourth place fol Top Ten. The Commodores were beaten by Georgia 91-77 for their fifth loss of the campaign. Marquette and Duke were the only other teams involved in shifts in the latest poll based on games through last Saturday. Marquette, winner over St. John's of New York and South Dakota, advanced from 10th to eighth while the Blue Devils lowed in order by Kentucky, Columbia and New Mexico. The Sonnies ran their victory string to 20 by defeating Creighton and Canisius. Kentucky beat Georgia and Alabama. Columbia whipped Brown and Yale while New Mexico turned back Arizona anc Arizona State. 2 position. Northside garnered eight of Central fell to third after two i the 10 first place votes. Central Ircses in one week but man- Guards Of World Arise NEW YORK (AP) - Once upon a time basketball guards were feeders, not scorers. It's hard to believe if you look at the current National Basketball Association statistics. The league's top four scorers are al! back-courtmen. Leading the pack is Detroit's Dave Bing with 1,809 points, almost 200 more than Seattle's Walt Hazzard. Next come Baltimore's rookie flash, Earl Monroe, and Philadelphia's Hal Greer. Wilt Chamberlain breaks the small man's stranglehold by capturing fifth place. Cincinnati's Oscar Robertson has the best free throw percentage—.872—and St. Louis' Len Wilkens leads in assist* with US, 8,2 per game. , received one first place vote and unbeaten Turrell got the other. Greenbrier is third. Magnolia Columbia, Turrell and Blytheville retained the fourth, fifth and sixth positions. Hot Springs advanced a notch to seventh and North Little Rock slipped from seventh to eighth. Fort Smith Southside returned to the top ten in the No. 9 spot and a newcomer, Pyatt, gained the No. 10 ranking. Lavaca and El Dorado dropped from the select group. Here are the results of the poll with first place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right: 1. FS Northside (8) (21-2) .. 9! 2. LR Central (1) (20-3) .... 85 3. Greenbrier (33-1) 78 4. Magnolia Columbia (34-1) 65 5. Turrell (1) (35-0) 54 6. Blytheville (20-5) 53 7. Hot Springs (18-7) 35 8. North Little Rock (17-9) . 27 9. FS Southside (15-7) 25 10. Pyatt (34-3) 10 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Crossett, El Dorado, Lavaca, LR Horace Mann, Marion Phelix «nd Men*. poinls. "Jimmy, you played good heads-up ball all night besides handling Uie ball real well," Moore was told while Jerome was singled out for "having handled the ball tonight as good as you have all year long". "Richard, you did a fine job, too, while you were in there," Williams reminded Brewer, who had subbed so adequately for Bell. And it was the young man who was spoken to leaving the gym who drew perhaps the best tribute of all. "Aubrey, considering the way that ankle is so swollen, your game tonight was excellent, and I'm real proud of the way you kept going when we needed you," was the way Williams summarized his feelings toward Bell. * * * Besides Robinson's 16, Beard and Jerome finished with 13 points while Bell earned nine, Moore, three and Brewer, two. Overall, the squad hit on 17 of 39 attempts from the field while netting 20 of 22 charity tosses. The taller Hurricane quintet outrebounded the winners by 29-28. The junior varsity dash saw Jonesboro take a 58-45 decision after the future Chickasaws had trailed by only three 27-24, at halftone. lead in the balloting by a nation- t ^ston J25) al panel of 33 sports writers and broadcasters. The Cougars collected 25 first-place votes and 321 points. UCLA held second place, receiving eight first-place voles and 305 points. Unbeaten Houston crushed Texas-Arlington 130-75 and Valparaiso 158-81 last week and lifted its record to 25-0. UCLA, with 21 victories and a lone setback by Houston, beat Washington Houston maintained a The Top Ten with first-place votes in parentheses and total | points through games of Feb solid ]' 24: Embarrassing Isn't It PHILADELPHIA (AP) - It was the city's Catholic League Northern Division playoff and North Catholic High School's entire varsity squad had just been suspended. North Catholic coach John Friel, who is also the school's head disciplinarian, brought his junior varsity squad to face Bishop McDevitt High School. Guess what: The jayvces beat the McDevitt varsity 77-60. Friel suspended the varsity squad 12 hours before the game for cutting classes. The junior varsity had scored only 7S points In splitting its two regular season games with McDcv- itt'i jayvees. 2. UCLA (8) 3. North Carolina 4. St. Bonaventure 5. Kentucky 6. Columbia 7. New Mexico 8. Marquette 9. Louisville 10. Duke NEW YORK (AP) - U.S Open champion Jack Nicklaus the leading money winner o 1967, is scheduled to receive th Gold Tee award for outstandini contributions to the game of go! tonight at the annual dinner o the Metropolitan Golf Writer Association. Joe Dey, executive director o the U.S. Golf Association an< the 1967 winner of the Gold Tee will make the award to Nick laus. Arnold Palmer will be hon ored as the International Golf Association champion, Don January as the PGA title holder and Bob Dickson as the British and U.S. Amateur champion. Other awards will go to Lee Trevino, Charles Sifford, Gay Brewer and the Hebert brothers, Lionel and Jay. Columbia, 34-1 for the season and fourth-ranked in the 'Associated Press' Arkansas High School basketball poll, is one of the favorites in the Class A tournament. Unbeaten Turrell, one of the . Cotter, led by Jim Franks with 24 points, held a 50-24 lead over Grubbs entering the final period. Bill Kinard and Eddie Sullins had 13 each for Grubbs. Today's pairings: Class A—Magnolia Columbia choices in Class B, opens to- vs. Nettleton, 12:30; St. Anna's day's play in that classification, vs. McGehee, 3:30..and Manjla ...,„„_,,„. against Sulphur Rock at 2. . | vs. Mulberry, 8. Hodges and Don Sugg hit from Green Forest, the defending! Class B-Turrell vs. Sulphut >oth inside and outside to lead champion in .Class A, advanced; Rock, 2, Pyatt vs. St. Charles, a foursome (along with Don'Monday along with Eudora East; 6:30 and Prairie Grove vs. a lUUloVlllC \alUtlg Will! l_>uu i iHviiufiy ctiung itim UM«V»« M»WV ( U>UU —..** dewberry) who reached double'and Lavaca. Green Forest de-;Casa, 9:30. SUDSY CHAMP Emtte Griffith shows off hl« title as world middleweight boxtag chant- pion, even in the shower. Griffith is to training at Kiamesha, N.Y., for his March 4th title bout against Italy's Nino BenvenuU. It will be the rubber match—Benyenuti took the title from Griffith, who won it back. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS PARIS-Ismacl Laguna, 135, Panama, outpointed Ray Adigun, 136Vi, Ntgerit, 10. COLLEGE SCOPES By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS South Kentucky 89, Auburn 57 Louisville 76, Memphis St. 52 Georgia 111, Mississippi 77 Vanderbilt 84, Miss. St. 73 Tennessee 75, Alabama 56 Tulane 80, Stetson 66 Jacksonville 93, Creighton 67 Georgetown, D.C., 104, Fairleigh Dickinson 74 Midwest Xavier, Onto, 88, Marquette Ohio State 95, I dSin.cv). Okla. City 94, New Orleans Loyola 83 Wichita St. 96, Chi. Loyola 92 Souuthwest Houston 105, Hardin-Simmons B2 New Mex. St. 78, W. Texas State 77 Tex.-Artington 108, Pan American 105 West. New Mex. 114, Ft Lewis, Colo., 99 Fir West UCLA 101, Wash. State 70 So. Calif. 76, Washington 68 Weber St. 103, No. Aris. 7J :;"!•;.'.;•;.... .""= "'-.=•:= .— — FLIGHT TRAINING Mow V.A. approved for pilot training under new G.I. 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