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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 5

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 22, 1968
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Battle Of Year Rematch Showdown Is At Hand CHAMPS-Coach John Wooden (upper tight) h fa the process of defending hi* NCAA basketball crown and two reasons be may sMcee* are Mike Warrei (kft) and Lew Alcfador (lower right). Warren, 5-U tenter guard, it team captain and playmaker. Alcindor, 7-2 AB-AmeiJcan water, led UCLA to 2$ win* In 38 regular season cantei with MtstamUne snooting, icbwadfef and defemto play. BIG G VS. BIG LEW Hayes is third highest collegiate scorer with 37-point average, while Alcindor is 12th with 26 points per game. However, Lew leads Elvin in field goal accuracy, 60 to 57 per cent. Hayes is averaging 19 rebounds a game to Alcindor's 16. OFFENSE-DEFENSE Cougars and Bruins are one-two in team offense, Houston averaging 99 points a game and UCLA, 96. Both clubs are hitting close to 50 per cent of field goal attempts. Neither team is among top 20 defensively but Houston is nation's top rebounding club, while UCLA is not among top 10 in that department. Cougars give up average of 71 points per game; Bruins, about 68. SUMMATION Both teams have accrued ample tournament experience, the Bruins winning the NCAA title last season, after beating the Cougars in the semis. Both clubs had relatively easy schedules. None of their opponents were rated in the final top 10 wire service polls. The Cougars will try to get the ball to Hayes underneath if Alcindor isn't guarding him. If he is, Elvin will shoot from outside. If Bruins can't get ball to Alcindor, they will count on Warren and Allen for outside shooting and driving layups. Houston will miss playmaker George Reynolds, who is ineligible for playoffs. He led team in assists during regular season. The Bruins also have the advantage of playing in Los Angeles. Forecast: UCLA in overtime. By JACK STEVENSON Associated Preu Sports Writer LOS ANGELES (AP) - Houston and UCLA battle tonight in college basketball's game of the year where one coach expects a high scoring showdown and the other lo»ks for a defensive struggle. The NCAA championship tournament semifinals brought the big rematch to the Los Angeles Sports Arena where North Carolina meets Ohio State in the opener. "I think we'll have a higher scoring game than the first time we met," declared Coach Guy Lewis of Houston. "I don't think 71 points will win this one. The tempo will be faster and the CHALLENGERS-Coach of the Year Gny Lewis (upper left) Mod* his Congaw against the Brains In rematch of the tw» top-ranked dobs. Two seniors he's counting heavily «• are «•$ guard Don Chaney (right) and 6-8 AD- American forward EMn Hayes (lower left). Chaney and Hayes, who can score from anywhere on the court, led Hoajtw to M wtdeteated season. By TED MEIER Associated Press Sports Writer Can Houston and Elvin Hayes do it again? Can the unbeaten Cougars and Oie Big E Mice defeat UCLA and Lew Al- .-IThe pros and cons will be set- iM&Bonight in the epic rematch ofcth'e country's top two college basKetball (cams at the Sports Afiiia in Los Angeles. The top-ranked Cougars, with a 32 : game winning streak, battle second-ranked UCLA, beaten only by Houston, in the semifinals of the NCAA tournament. The winner is expected to go on and win (he national collegiate championship Saturday night against, either North Carolina or Ohio State. North Carolina and Ohio State are paired in the first game of the NCAA semifinal doubleheader starting at 10 p.m., EST, The eagerly awaited Houston-UCLA game is scheduled for midnight. Kansas and Dayton started oft the climactic final weekend of the collegiate season by winning COURIER NEWS r-AOI TIN § rrWay, Murch 32, IBM fclMlll* the semifinflls of the National Invitation Tourney in New York Thursday nighl. Dayton made it 13 in a row by erasing a nine-point deficit to beat Notre Dame 76-74 in overtime. Don May's 32 points gained the Flyers a 68-68 regulation tie and Bob Hooper's two free throws with 15 seconds left in the OT provided the winning margin. * * Kansas whipped * St. Peter's 58-46 on the slick ball handling and floor generalship of Jo Jo White. The Jayhawks completed stopped the Peacocks' vaunted fast break which had overwhelmed Duke 100-71 »n Mon-| NCAA semifinal. day. """ Kansas and Dayton play in the NIT final Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m., EST. Notre Dame and St. Peter's meet in a consolation for third place at noon. Although Houston snapped UCLA's 47-game winning streak Jan. 20 in the Astrodome at Houston 71-69, the Bruins are fa-, vored this time. Hayes, who got 39 points in the Astrodome, is expected to turn in another great performance, but UCLA's over-all team balance is regarded as the difference. In addition Alcindor has recovered from the eye trouble which hampered him in January. As Guy Lewis, Houston coach, put it: "We have to beat UCLA to win the national championship and that's the way it should be." North Carolina, fourth-ranked in the final Associated Press poll of the season, is favored over unranked Ohio State in the virtually overlooked other If Anyone Can Do It, Gil Is Just The Man B>' JACK HAND 'Associated Press Sports Writer ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Gil Hodges, everybody's nice guy, faces a nionu- jnerkal task in leading the New Mels out ol the National e cellar. et original who had been away from the club since May ;2,' 1963 when he took over as manager at Washington, Hodges , xarne home last Oct. 11 in a deal (rum. ' conditionally from the White A shortage of experienced. Sox, is getting a shot at third pitching, holes at. second base I base. Others are veteran Jerry and third base and lack of power are the most important deficiencies. The outfield appears to be the strongest area with Agee anchored in center, fianked by Swoboda in right and Cleon Jones in left. Jones, a Mobile, Ala. schoolboy buddy of Agee's is expected •'ih"at ; sent a bundle of cash and a [ to perk up after his 1967 slump ffeokie pitcher to Washington '- "'" °™- u " 1 -"•"" »• Everything is strange to Gil. rBe hadn't even seen the Mets on jjfclevision since '63. He knew he --;}iad a nucleus of Tom Seaver, y &||utf ; Harrelson and Ron Swobo- 3|a : :bul most of the rest are Strangers, 3f The. deal that brought center- sTfjelifer Tommie Agee to the {jjfrets was inspired by Hodges Ijjho, had been impressed by siglgel's performance with Kie ^Chicago Whit* Sox. Agee, only 3K, fits into Hodges' long range V| " I " «* "We do expect to show 1m- jprovement Uiis year. That Doesn't necessarily mean that igre would have to move out of lamh place. We should be a bet- after club than last year," Hodges ^ The Mete have finished last to v« of the six yean of their ex- emerging into ninth KjBact IB 1M« under Wet Wet- to .246. Swoboda, a potentially dangerous home run hitter—and sometimes just as dangerous in the outfield—arrived last year with a .281 mark. Art Shamsky, ex-Cincinnati Red, and Amos Otis, another Mobile lad, are among the army battling for the spare jobs. Harrelson, at 145 pounds, convinced theMeU he could hit enough (.254) to hold down a regular shortstop job with his sparkling fielding last season. Ed Kranepool, 23, an $85,000 bonus baby in the days when Hodges was with the Mets, still has not lived up to his early promise at first base. Second and third are up lor grabs. Al Weis, a handyman who came with Age* in the deal with the White Sox, could wind up at second. Rookies Dave Bo* well, Bob Heist and Kevin Collins are trying to impress the host.. Dick Kenworthy, bought Buchek or Ed Charles, who is not even on the roster. J. C. Martin, also obtained from the White Sox looks like the new No. 1 catcher. He bats left-handed and probably will plattoon with Jerry Grote. Except for Seaver, the 1967 NL Rookie of the Year with his impressive 16-13 record, the pitching staff is wide open. The veteran Cardwell, with a history of arm trouble, and lefty Al Jackson, back from the Cards, have the most experience. Jerry Koosman and Nolan Ryan, the strikeout phenom ol the minors who hurt his elbow last summer, look like the best of the young crop. Hal Reniff, the ex-New York Yankee, is getting a look. So is Bob Hendley, still recuperating from elbow surgery. Cage Pros HiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiinHiiiiiiiii Pro Basketball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NBA Playoffs Thursday's Results No games scheduled Today's Games Western Division Semifinals San Francisco at St. Louis, 1st game of best-of-7 series Eastern Division Semifinals New York at Philadelphia, 1st game of best-of-7 series Saturday's Games Western Division Semifinals San Francisco at St. Louis Eastern Division Semifinals Philadelphia at New York ABA Thursday's Results New Orleans 105, Anaheim 89 Dallas 128, Oakland 103 Pittsburgh 108, Kentucky 104 Today's Games Dallas at Denver Houston at New Orleans' Indiana at Kentucky Saturday's Games Playoffs Western Division Houston at Dallas, 1st game of best-of-5 series Eastern Division Semifinals Minnesota vs. New Jersey at Commack, N.Y., tentative, 1st game of best-of-5 series Or Kentucky vs. New Jersey at Commack, N.Y., tentative, for fourth place Things Can Become Rough On That Ice By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Chicago Black Hawks did almost as much damage to themselves accidentally as the Boston Bruins inflicted on them purposely. The Bruins routed the Black Hawks 8-0 Thursday and moved back into a tie for second place in the National Hockey League's East Division with idle York. In the only other New NHL Meeting Tonight There will be an organi-1 zatiooal meeting of all par- | ents of boys who will be | eligible this year for the I Fee-Wee and Midget Base-1 ball Leagues tonight, ac- j cording to an announce- | 1 ment by YMCA Director m | Major Caldwcll. | Parents of Fee-Wee age g boys will meet in the Ark- j Mo Power Hospitality | Room at 7 p.m. and the | parents of Midget League | youngsters meet in the § same room at eight. I iiiiiiiiiiiiiianuiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiii^ shooting should be better." Houston edged UCLA 71-69 In the Astrodome on Jan, 20 and went on to an undefeated season while the loss proved the only blemish on the Bruins' record. Oddsmakers this time favor UCLA by 7% points and Coach John Wooden said Thursday: 'We've been hoping for thl opportunity to play them again. There is a basis of doubt in my mind that they are the better team based on that one game and the circumstances surrounding it." He added, "It is unlikely tot two teams as defensively sound and so capable on the boards to have a high scoring game." in addition to matching teams rated No. 1 and No. 2 nationally, the game continues the duel between Ail-Americans Elvin Hayes of Houston and Lew Alcindor of UCLA. Hayes scored 39 points in Houston where 7-foot-l}4 inch Alcindor tallied 15 while still suffering effects of an eye injury. A year ago in the NCAA semifinals, UCLA whipped Houston and went on to win the title with Alcindor voted the tournament's outstanding player. Houston has averaged 99.1 points in posting its 31-0 mark while UCLA stands 93:7 and 27-1. Eddie Shack game played, Taronto ripped Detroit 5-2. The first of two goals by Eddie Shack had given the Bruins a 1-0 first period eige when the Hawks ran into trouble. First, Bobby Hull was struck by a teammate's stick and suffered cut requiring eight stitches around the nose. Then, in the opening minute of the second period, goalie Jack Morris stopped a shot by Ed Westfall only to have a Chicago! defensemen sweep the puck into] the Black Hawks' net. That started a three-goal splurge with ex-Hawks Phil Esposito and Fred Stanfield quickly upping the Bruins' margin to 4-0. John McKenzie and Ken Hodge, two other ex-Hawks, Shack and Tommy Williams completed the rout. The victory moved Boston back into a second place tie with New York, three points ahead of the four-place Hawks. New York has five games to play—one more than either Boston or Chicago. Paul Henderson , and Norm Ullman, traded to Toronto by Detroit, three weeks ago, stung their ex-mates as the Maple Leafs beat the Red Wings for the second time since the big trade. Henderson scored the winner in the third period when he con verted Ullman's pass. It was Henderson's 17th goal of the season and fourth for Toronto. Star Is Hurting Wilt Chamberlain, who usually comes through as a giant exclamation point in Philadelphia victories, was a huge question mark as the 76ers prepared to open defense of their National Basketball Association championship tonight. The 7-foot-l center, who led the NBA in rebuilds and assists and finished ;third in scoring, was in pain at practice Thursday and was first thought to have broken the big toe on his right foot in Wednesday night's regular season Baltimore. finale against ATTENTION TRUCK USERS let BW recommend til* track and the equipment roi and for your particular work. Call me aitftlnt at POI-4S7I w Ftt-lM*. TED MAXWELL BOB SULLIVAN CHEVROLET-CAD. CO. ROUNSAYALl'S "66" SERVICE 1st and Ash Sts. 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