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Too Close For Comfort LITTLE ROCK — Unofficial-1 stole the ball, Joined with an'by Beard (26-14) and Moore. ly, the Blytheville High School! accompanying free throw, gave Seven costly turnovers afflicl- Chickasaws were guilty of 16 the Chicks a 16-5 lead at the ed the Williams-men, in those turnovers in yesterday's game'"eiiod's 6:4!) mark. Then a eight minutes, an extremely with the Springdale Bulldogs, portent of things lo come be- high number for a squad which and those errors plus a frigid i gan to appear. i prides itself, and rightly so, on third period when they netted I Four successive turnovers its ball - handling ability, only four points almost cost cost Blylhcville a chance lo puti Beard's free throw had come them their place in the state the game out. of reach before!at Ihe 6:42 mark and it was " • Roy Fears finally hit with the I another three minutes and 19 'seconds before Moore sank his toss for Ihe Chicks' last point of the quarter. Smilii, Trammel, Perry Brew-! cr and Fears began to really press Ihe Chicks and lo work Ihe ball effectively underneath. Smith's Iwo fouls and a basket underneath trimmed the lead lo eight points before Trammel hit two baskets, one from 20-feet and one below the basket. Smith hit an 18-fooler after Moore's free throw and the quarter ended with the Chicks' tournament at Little Rock. It took nine free throws out,**"' fi |' sl s ' wc , from tho 1floor I of 10 attempts in the last two i JJ w « s lheir flr « lwo ' l«" nter m minutes and 41 seconds to lift! 14 allem P' s the Chickasaws to a 44-41 vie-', J f rom , c ' , Bt!l , a " d « ohinson torv over the cellar - dwellers b «* e "« bod ball - handling of'the AAA Western Confer- f' c " ™* tR " S , n ' ovcd( , ," ,f lead with 1:30 left in the half. ' ,. ... „ But then Ihe Chicks again Ben Robinson providing all turned cM< flnd lhm , gll „„ one but one of the charily tosses, suspcctcd lt lhat chil | v fec | ing Aubrey Bell earning the other. was ,„ carry ovcr througnoul Ben sank six in the last 58: we en (j re (|,j rd period. Seconds. I Three attempts were missed It was Robinson, too, who'before Bell stole the ball and put the final clincher on the I fed to Robinson on a fast break shaky win when he stole the j for a score. „,„,.„;„ „„, ,„ Bulldogs toss-in with five sec-! Junior Smith, meanwhile had m 2!« ' cl '° onds left after the Chicks had: hit a 20-fooler and Fears added Ml allowed a pass-in to gel away, two free throws for the Dogs , ° from Uiem with Blvtheville rior u, Ben-. la-, from Bell. f , chcka,Bra and Uiev faced cl ucka « vs and the, fa ed from them with ahead, 42-41. Blytheville prior to Ben's lay-up from Bell. | Anolher miss bv Bell conclud- He was fouled as the buzzer: ed * e firs t half, Blytheville sounded and cooly sank the ahead, 23 " 12 ' two extra points for the final! . * * * mar gj n . | The Chicks had netted 20 ; points from the field and only * * ! three from the foul line (on Call it nervousness, the ex-. th ,. ee atlemp ,^ while Spring . cilement of playing the inaugu- da]e , ]ad earned ejght of jts 12 ral game in a state tournament colmlers on free throws _ Things on a strange floor, tightness; ; were to reverse tnemse i ves call it what you will, but the Springdale quintet was completely ineffective for the entire first half, netting a .mere 12 points in 16 minutes of action. The overhead clock (which later in the day was to become inoperative during the Leachville - Magnolia game) showed 5:09 left in the second period before the Bulldogs registered their first field goal. Meanwhile, the men of Coach Dwight Wmiams, apparently more at home in the spacious fj confines of the capital city g arena, had .pulled a w a y to a 1 lead that looked almost insurmountable. * * * Utilizing their familiar full- court press tactics, the Chickasaws kept the Dogs off balance while racing to a 12-5 lead in the first stanza. Bell opened BHS scoring after Danny Trammel had netted a free throw 45 seconds into the game. Robinson stole the ball immediately and bucketed the first of his 18 points, high for the game. Kenny Beard followed with a toss from the corner while Stewart Jerome took a p a s s from Robinson for a basket. Beard tallied underneath and Jerome again imitated his team mate with a 2fl-footer before the Chicks slowed things down. Springdale meanwhile missed at least seven attempts and lost the ball on turnovers twice as Jerome rebounded strongly throughout the quarter. Four of five free throws accounted for all the Bulldogs' points as Ihe period ended. .* .* * A foul toss by Jimmy Moore and a fielder by Beard after he drastically in the third quarter. •»• * * Tlie Bulldogs came out and dropped in four field goals and four fouls while holding the j chilled Chicks to four points, a fielder by Robinson (w h i c h pushed the score to 25-14 early in the session) and free throws far successful season, but lots of excitement, was t.o be produced in the next 480 seconds. * * * Trammel's 20-footer made it 27-26 after the Dogs controlled the lip-off. Beard began working better underneath and sank a basket but missed an ensuing free throw as Bell returned replacing Richard Brewer. Fears netted both ends of a one-and-one just before Beard again scored underneath but Trammel hit from the corner, Blytlieville now leading 31-30. Trammel quickly stole the ball, was fouled, but missed rath free-throw attempts. Beard also missed an attempt from the floor and when Trammel drove in for two, Springdali led, :12-31 with 5:29 to play. Moore missed a loss but Bell hit a vital rebound to restore the lead to BUS. The Dogs lost it out of bounds with Beard capitalizing on the break with another fielder underneath off a beautiful pass from Bell, the Chicks moved ahead, 35-32. Bell fouled Trammel but he missed his second attempt and though Mike Langford grabbed the rebound, he was called for walking. It was an important call. + * + The Chicks went into a freeze for over a minute until Fears fouled Bell. Aubrey, however, missed the attempt and Beard rebounded but Fears blocked his try and sped downcourt. However, he was called for charging and lost the ball, another important call. Chicks Move Up By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Fort Smith Nortbside, Ihe slim favorite in the Class AAA A hook pass from Bell to s (ate tournament, is a unani- Moore went awry, the Bulldogs getting possession, only to miss a one-on-one play underneath. Blytheville grabbed the loose mous choice for the top spot in the Associated Press Arkansas high school basketball poll. The Grizzlies, who have won ball and.Robinson was fouled. 2 l straight since splitting their GOOD ADVICE-This group of Blytheville High School basketball players listened intently Sunday afternoon as Coach Dwight Williams talked to his Chickasaw squad moments before they left by bus for yesterday's opening state tournament battle with Springdale's Bulldogs. Though they ran into sliffer opposition than they might have anticipated, the Ghickasaws were able to hang on and pull the initial contest out of the fire with a 44-41 victory. (Courier News Photo) NEW ORLEANS - Percy Pugh, 142, New Orleans, out- MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Doug MacLeod, Grand Rapid, Mich., pointed Jerry Pellegrini, 146,'stopped Don Lutz, West. Allis, Arabia, La., 15. - I Wis., 5, middleweights. ATTENTION TRUCK USERS Let me recommend the truck and the equipment you need for your particular work. Call me anytime at P03-4578 or PO3-1900. TED MAXWELL BQB SULLIVAN CHEVROLET-CAD. CO. The clock showed 2:41 and Ben was to begin that string of eight charity tosses which won the game. Ben made both his attempts to make it 37-33 after which the Bulldogs again walked with the ball. BeU * 't- was fouled seconds later only to miss his first try first four games, garnered all 10 first place votes. Little Rock Central remains second but the remainder of the top ten received a thorough shakeup. Blytheville jumped from sixth to third and Pyatt, the newly crowned Class B slate champion, vaulted from tenth to fourth. Lewis Is Top Coach .HOUSTON (API - Guy Lewis, college basketball's coach of the year, is fidgety man who twists towels and drinks at least 20 cups of water during every game. As usual, two soft drink cases holding 48 paper cups of water were at Lewis' feet Monday night as his University of Houston Cougars completed their regular season schedule with a 28-0 record by defeating West Texas State, 107-76, at Canyon. Just two hours before the tip- off Lewis had won The Associated Press coach of the year award in run-away fashion. With 322 sports writers and broadcasters voting, Lewis collected 122 votes to 34 for John Wooden of UCLA, the 1966-67 season winner. Lewis' award came just three days after Elvin ayes ,lhe pace setter for the high scoring Cougars, captured the player of the f car award with a landslide victory over UCLA'i Lew Alcindor,. Til Guarantee, \ We Came Close'f _ It was almost 9:30 before Coach Dwight Williams and ir 1 his Blytheville team reached the BHS gym from Little Rock i I last night, and the coach could be reached for his com- | | menls on yesterday's squeaker-win over Springdale in the | 1 state tourney opener. J 1 "I'll guarantee you, we came awfully close to getting i 1 beat, it was just one of those games," were his first words s j| wiien he was contacted. 1 | "I will say, though, that (Aubrey) Bell, (Kenny) Beard | g and (Ben) Robinson really got together in that last quarter | | to pull it out of the fire. | § "Aubrey did a tremendous job holding that Fears boy | 1 to two field goals and only 11 points, he'd been averaging 1 1 20. "I think he played one of his best defensive games of i ! the season. I i "Ben saved us with those free throws in those last m | three minutes and he made the difference for us. | ! "Kenny did a real good job in that last quarter, espe- 1 cially the way he worked himself open for some beautiful f passes from Bell." , 1 _ "We didn't, do our best against their 2-2-1 zone press, fj f had eight bad passes, four violations and five fumbles I 1 against it, but all of us are proud to get that first game f a under our belt, that first one is always an important one.' | but sink the second, BHS ahead Greenbrier, beaten by Pyatt in now, 38-33, with 2:16 left. the semifinals, fell from third At the 1:59 mark, Fears was fouled underneath and calmly sank both tosses to things to 38-35. Langford suddenly stole the ball and passed to Smith who scored with the clock showing 1:10 left and Blytheville ahead by one, 38-37. Langford again stole the ball but fortunately for the Chicks he fouled Robinson in the pro- ess. Only 58 seconds remained as Ben hit both gift points and the lead again was up to three Mints, 40-37. Trammel, however, hit again underneath 13 seconds later and the board showed, 40-39, BHS ahead with 45 seconds to play. The Chicks tried to freeze the jail and did so until Smith in- 'entionally fouled Robinson, giving Ben two attempts. * * * Again, he hit both tosses and to fifth. Sixth place is shared equally by Class A champion Green Forest, Magnolia Columbia, once-beaten Turrell and Fort Smith Southside. All received 35 points based on ten points for first, nine for second, etc. North Little Rock dropped from eighth to tenth. Here are the results of the poll with first place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right: 1. FS Northside 10) (23-2) 100 2. LR Central (22-4) 83. 3. Blylheville (23-5) 79 4. Pyatt (38-3) 54 5. Greenbrier (35-2) 37 6. (tie) Green Forest (34-5) 35 Magnolia Columbia (36-2) 35 Turrell (37-1) 35 | FS Southside (17-7) 35 10. North Little Rock (18-10) 16 Others received votes, listed alphabetically: El Dorado, Harwith a three-point margin, things I rison > Hot Springs, Leachville, LR Horace Mann and Stamps i looked safe with 19 seconSs remaining. Springdale was able to penetrate the full-court press, Fears netting a field goal as the clock showed 0:07, BHS ahead, 42-41. The Dogs pressed and the Chicks lost the pass-in out of bounds, eating up two seconds. Setting up their play. Springdale tossed it in but Robinson pulled the stealing act mention- id above, being fouled in the process as the buzzer sounded. Ellis. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiiiniiniiiiiiniiii COURIER NEWS =k PAGE EIGHT g H Tuesday, March 5, 1968 M liiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiBiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJt HUNTERS AND FISHERMEN We need your support for better hunting and fishing in Mississippi County. The Big Lake Wildlife Association of Mississippi County works for better hunting-fishing facilities. The more members, the more we can accomplish for you. Send your $2 dues payment with name and address to Bill Samples, Manila, Ark., or contact any of these members . . . Col. Charles Agan, Jack Smith, Mike Nelson, Hays T. Sullivan, Harold Anderson, Bill Tomlinson, Gary Thomas, Dan Brewer, Dr. E. A. Shaneyfelt, John Bright, Norman Rauls, R. A. Nelson, Ulice Nichols, Dukie Speck, Wes Markham, Fred George, Dr. George Pollock and Van Rayburn. REWARD Big Lake Wildlife Association of Mississippi County is offering a $100 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of anyone illegally killing deer in Mississippi County. HOUSTON COACH Gay Lewis has a handful of talent. Two of the player* that have heln«d make Houston a top- ranked team an EUin Ham UtiU ,wd Dou You can keep your whole house warm with natural gas. Natural gas provides the ideal year round indoor climate control. 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