The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 25, 1968 · Page 4
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Podoloff Cup Goes To Wilt By MURRAY OLDERMAN NEA Sports Editor NEW YORK — (NEA) — A half-century after Dutch Dehn- erl of the old Original Celtics conceived the art of playing basketball with his back to the basket, Wilt Chamberlain has refined the practice to its ulimate. And in so doing he has been named today the winner of the 13th annual Maurice Podoloff Cup as the most valuable player of the National Basketball Association, in an exclusive ballot conducted for the league by NEA. There never has been a pivot like the big man of the i him- delphia 76ers. -After all, old Dutch was only 6-2 when he stationed himself in the keyhole and deftly fed passes to the Celtics, while Will looms a full foot higher and absolutely un- budgeable at 275 pounds. For the first lime in modem basketball history, a center, Chamberlain, has led the NBA in the vital if unheralded department of assists. It's also the all-lime switch in character for a man who spent the first decade of his athletic career (racing back to his varsity debut at Kansas, being accused of a selfish, individualistic psyche that meant a lot of honors for Will and none for the teams he played with His first seven years in professional basketball, Wilt consistently led the NBA in scoring, one season rolling up an all- lime record average of 50.4 points per game, but Philadel- Dhia (and briefly San Francisco) never won any titles. Last year Wilt started to garnish his role as a playmakcr, relinquishing the scoring championship for the first time, and the 76ers dominated the NBA. TOs year, the 76ers have been equally dominant with what coach Alex Hannum calls "the best pivot attack in history . It features, particularly, Hal Greer, the lean swiftm o the backcourt, using Wilt's towering stature as a guidepost for quick cuts to the basket, confident that Chamberlain will slip -The ball to him at the propitious moment for shooting. ' Although his own point production has been cut in half •'from his peak seasons, Wilt revels in taking over what used to = fc the little man's domain - the role of feeder for others. : He hain't exactly shrunk back into the crowd. He tops the Rebounding rolls again with better than 23 per game '1,1 •leads in field goal percentage and keeps collecting points at ?. «ta catatated to'wlidlfy hto position as the most prolific K scorer in history. Physically, he's not demure either with a. § Mis growth of goalee and such accoutrements as a ': three-quarter length black sealskin coat of high sheen and the = CUSl B« hafrmmded out the active legend of himself as ithe most gifted athlete of our times by showing he can be ?afuU "ontrrbutor to a team effort. Now in his 31st year, he - is at the peak of his prowess. - The award of the' Podoloff Cup, voted by the players on " the 12 teams in the NBA, is Chamberlain's third straight. It rjTalso his fourth such honor, since Wilt was voted the most '- valuable player in his rookie season of 1959-60 - : Bill Russell, the fading great of the Boston Celtics remains ' the al" time leader with five Podoloff Cups in his trophy case. : Tie Two centers have virtually dominated the 13-year h.s- • lory of the balloting. The only other recipients have been Bob :pettit (twice), Bob Cousy and Oscar Robertson = Lenny Wilkens, the dexterous little playmate of the, St =• Louis Hawks and the other assist leader of the, NBA was a ' distant second to Chamberlain in this year's tally. He was • foUow dtv Elgin Baylor of the Los Angeles Lakers, the come- i ntk champion of 1967-68; Dave Bing, the Detroit Piston sharp•' shooter who led the NBA in scoring, the Oscar Robertson, still '"• the most versatile player in basketball. HELPING HAND ADPBD AN EXT&A DIMBHSIOH 73? HIS ?TATL/SE ;No Thanks For fThose Memories i'-^,' By DICK COUCH ^Associated Press ports Writer IvVERO BEACH, Fla. (AP) - "jjbilo Versalles has unpleasant Memories of 1967 in Minnesota, ib'tit his new Los Angeles leam- fjnates are trying hard to help tfclni forget. "Tit's a kind of group therapy 'tor the Dodgers. They, too, hare trying to forget 1D67 all I sola deal, picked up steam when catcher Tom Haller was obtained from San Francisco in exchange for Ron Hunt and progressed Ihrough a rigorous winter conditioning program thai carried inlo spring training. Walter Alston, dean of major league managers, is cautiously optimistic about the Dodgers' 1968 chances as he embarks on his 15th go-round. "We've filled " jointer. •""Yersalles, the ~ii!innesota. The Dodgers. ^League's Most Valuable Player •jn 1965, struggled through the " ; Wst year of his career, batting .'•Just .200 for the Twins and wish•'•Ing lie were miles away from ^ w meanwhile, tumbled through their worst '•National League season in G2 Jyears, finishing eighth after "winning the pennant in 1966. ;.,.Now, Versalles is the Dodg- •;e£s' shortstop, having come to i'Los Angeles with another dis- Lgruntled Twin, ' pitcher Jim i.Grant, in a winter trade that "sent catcher John Roseboro and ijplief pitchers Ron Perranoski •and Bob Miller to Minnesota. •Zoilo can return 1he favor by a big gap in the Dod& a few holes," he said, "and we American might bounce back a little higher than expected." Pitching was, and stiil is, the big plus for the Dodgers. Claude Osteen, 17-17, Don Drysdale, 1316, Don Sutton, 11-15, and Bit Singer, 12-8, are reluming starters. Rookie Alan Foster also has earned a starting shot. Grant, 5-6 with the Twins, will start or relieve, or both. Phil Regan and Jim Brewer head up the bullpen crew. Newcomers John Purdin, Mike Kekich, John Duffie, Jack Billingham, Vicente Homo, Larry Staab and Leon Everitt, all impressive thus far, are battling for the remaining two or three spots. Haller, .251 with Ihe Giants, .piu B B'"B a UIB 6°H ' - —a S ets lhe nod at c a ' cll er, backed •efs' infield opened when shorts-1 by Jeff Torborg and Jim Cam- Three Titles Decided Lew's A Lulu By DAN BERGER LOS ANGELES (AP) — Towering Lew Alcindor was named today as the outstanding player in the national collegiate basketball championships after leading UCLA to its fourth title in five years. The Bruins crushed previously unbeaten Houston, 101-89, Friday night and then came back for a 78-55 triumph over North Carolina in the title game Saturday. The 7-foot-l% Alcindor scored 53 points and hauled down 34 rebounds in the two games. He is the fourth player in history to be voted the honor two years in succession. The others are Bob Kurland, Oklahoma State, 1945-46; Alex Groza, Kentucky, 1948-49; and Jerry Lucas, Ohio State, 1960-61. Three other Bruins were named to the all-tournament team. With Alcindor on the select five were Mike Warren, Lucius Allen and Lynn Shaekel- ford. The fifth man was North Carolina's tarry Miller. Player of last 10 regular season basketball games for a 17-9 record, stretched the string to 14 Saturday by beating Kansas 61-48 for the NIT championship. Last year, the Flyers surprisingly finished second to UCLAi in (He NCAA tournament that UCLA won again Saturday night in Los Angeles. The Bruins clobbered North Carolina 78-55 as Lew Alcindor scored 34 points. , OMo State upset Houston 09-85 for third .place. With sparging Don May and three other starters back, Dayton was poised for another great year. "When we were 7-9 in January," Ddnoher said, "I thought we needed a new coach, although seven of those defeats were by less than six points. This team definitely was as good as last year's team." I But everything seemed to fall honor on the basis of his 171 into place in Dayton's last loss, Central fifth; VincennM, Ind, sixth; Miami-Dade, Fla., se» enth, and Robert Morris of Carthage, 111., eighth. Don May points and great defensive play in the victory over Houston. Allen, and Warren set the tempo of the game early in the finale. Allen wound up with 30 points for the two games and was all over the court against Dear Sir: Canadians' Foes Best Look Out By HAL BOCK i slipped to fourth place. Both of \I7hi t*i«am'e crrvalc oamo An fatvlc Montreal is gaining momentum for the Stanley Cup playoffs and Gordie Howe is making a have the commercial boat j last-minute run at the National .lop Maury Wills was dealt to ; Pittsburgh last year. ,'~Wills hit .302 for the Pirates Awhile Bob Bailey and Gene Michael, picked up by Los Angeles .fa the deal, plodded home at ;,227 and .202, respectively. ''.'-They had plenty of company. , : iJim Lefebvre developed a pow- •"er failure, sagging from 24 ho. roers in 1966 to eight last year; ; Willie Davis fell from a .284 av- -erage to .257 and Ron Fairly ipjummcted from .288 to .220. 5" "It was almost like a plague," aiiaid Fairly. "There's only one ;; tiling about a season like that. It sturdy humbles you." r,iThc rehabilitation »f the rjDodger* started with" the Mlnne- panis. Wes Parker, .247, is at first base, with Lefebvre at second and Bailey at third. Davis, Fairly and Al Ferrara, .277, loom as the starting outfielders, with rookie Jim Fairley close behind. ii bail. UMHIIMBt fights By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BOSTON -Renaldo Victoria, 139, Piltsfield, Mass., and Jerry Graci. HOH, Arlington, Mass., drew, 12. SEOUL Korea - Choi Sung- Kap, South Korea, stopped Manfredo Alipala, Philippine*, 7, rental on Mallard Lake and if you have been over lately, you know that the boat dock-restaurant facility is well along in construction. I wanted to inform you as to what we hope to offer the public and to clear up a misunderstanding some people have about fishing Mallard Lake. We will have rental boats, motors, boat and motor unit. Paddles and life preserver cushions will be furnished with each boat rental. There wil be a grill for breakfast items and hot sandwiches, and we will serve fried catfish and French fries from noon till closing. There is no charge for launching boats on the concrete launch rainp or any of Hie dirt ramps. Boats may be left, at the owner's risk, outside of our business area at no charge. This is t a state owned lake and charges will only be made for items that we rent or sell, everything else is public use area at no charge. We will be providing public reslrooms for the use of all, separate from our restaurant facility. There will be picnic tables and trash disposal barrels in the area. I have applied for permission to open a cut into the cast drainage ditch for those that might want to water ski. Many people have commented on the size of the fish. According to the State Fish Biologist — Mr. Dick Broach — who will manage the fish on the lake, it will be necessary to fish the lake hard this year to prevent an overpopulation of fish. He says there is nothing to be gained by throwing back the smaller fish since they need to he thinned out. He has stated that it will be necessary to thin out the fish next year unless it is fished ban) this year. He intends to continually monitor the fish population and size on a continual basis to assure a balanced population of good sized fish. He states that the catfish and bass will be good eating size by late fall. He said the other fish should be good sized by summer. Please inform your readers to fish hard and keep what they catch. I saw a nice string of 10-12" cats caught last week. Yours very truly, WOODY M. TOWNSEND. Hockey League scoring tille. Toe Blake's Canadiens romped through a 14-goal weekend, walloping Delroit 7-4 Saturday and coming back with a 7-2 thrashing of Chicago Sunday. Detroit's Howe, who celebrates his 40th birthday next Sunday, had a three-goal, two- assist weekend and zoomed into second place in the scoring race with 80 points, just three behind Slan Mikita of Chicago. Howe helped Detroit stun Boston 5-3 Sunday night and drop ;he Bruins into third place in the East behind New York which ripped Toronto 4-2. In Sunday's only other game, Minnesota and Pittsburgh battled to a 4-4 tie. Saturday it was Toronto 3, New York 1; Los Angeles 4, Philadelphia 2; Minnesota 3-0 over Pittsburgh, and Oakland tied St. Louis 3-3. John Ferguson scored twice as the Canadians, who clinched first place in the East by winning Saturday, walloped Chicago Sunday. Bobby Rousseau had the three-goal hat trick in Saturday's clincher. The weekend sweep gave Blake a total of 500 regular season victories in his 13 years as coach of the Canadians. Kenny Wharram scored twice for of the year Elvin Hayes Houston failed to make it. Shackelford was accorded the m e Tar Heels, .stealing passes on the Bruins' full court zone press. . Warren was the court general, guiding the offense and keeping North Carolina's fine sophomore Charlie Scott fairly well bottled up. * * * But Alcindor was,the real story. He tossed in 34 points. He blocked nine Tar Heel shots, five of them off the hand of 6- foot-10 Rusty Clark. And Lew even stole the ball at midcourt and dribbled hi to score a crowd-raiser early in the second half. "They are by far the greatest basketball team I've ever seen," North. Carolina coach Dean Smith said. And most of them will be back next year. "We are going to have a fine team," UCLA coach John Wooden said. "I hope we will be back to defend our title. I wouldn't trade our chances with anyone." In the game for third place, fired up Ohio State came from behind in the second half to beat Houston, 89-85, as burly Steve Howell scored 26 points. Theodis Lee got 27 for Houston. Wharram's goals came on feeds from Mikita as the slick Chicago center clung to his scoring lead. Minnesota virtually.clinched a West Division playoff spot when Pittsburgh defenseman Bill Speer knocked the puck into his own net and the Penguins had to settle for a tie with the North Stars. Third-place Minnesota holds a three-point edge.;on St. Louis and is eight points up on Pittsburgh. The Penguins would have to sweep their remaining four game while Minnesota lost their last three in order to catch the North Stars. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiioiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniii: Hockey iiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiimiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiini National Hockey League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Eastern Division W. t. T. Pts. GF GA Montreal . New York Boston ... Chicago .. Toronto .. Detroit ... 42 19 10 36 23 12 36 25 10 32 24 15 30 31 10 26 34 11 94 233 155 84 214 176 82 252 206 79 206 211 70 196 175 63236248 Western Division Philadel. .. 30 29 11 71 170 169 Los Angeles 31 31 9 71 194 215 Minnesota . 26 30 15 67 181 215 St. Louis .. 24 30 16 64 166 184 Pittsburgh . 23 34 13 59 179 210 By MIKE RECHT Associated Press Sports Writer NEW YORK (AP) - Dayton only made it into the National Invitation Tournament by a 10th of a 10-game winning streak, but the toUrney-wise Flyers certainly knew what to do when they got there. "We had the worst record in the tournament," said Flyer Coach Don Donoher, "and we had to sweat it out getting into the field. We had to win the last game of the season." at Louisville, Jan. 23. '•'::.* • * '. * "We were down by 16 when we started Dan Obrovac at center the second half, and lost by one,"' Donoher said. "Oborvac was a new kid after that. We're bigger and stronger at center with him than -we were last year. May, who: won the Most Valuable Player award, hit 17 of his 22 ' points in the second bait when the Flyers broke a 25-all halftime tie and pulled away to their second NIT title in 12 tries. Dayton won in its last appearance in 1962 after five second place finishes. May, a 6-foot-4 second-team All-American, who became Dayton's all-time high scorer in the victory, also topped The Associated Press All-Tournament team. Kansas, which finished with a 22-8 record after its first NIT, placed Jo Jo White on the first five. Others, were Larry Newhold of Long Island U., Elnardo Webster of St. Peter's and Bob Whitmore of Notre Dame, which beat St. Peter's 81-78 for third place. HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) San Jacinto of Pasadena, Tex. runner-up last year, won the National Junior College Basketball Tournament Championship Saturday by edging Mercer County of Trenton, N.J., 66-64. Two free throws by Terry Mullen with 28 seconds left provided the victory margin. • San Jacihto's season recorc was 44-2, Mercer's 30-3. Murray College of Oklahoma placed third; Northeastern of Sterling, Colo., fourth; Iowa SALES MANAGEMENT TRAINEE METROPOLITAN. MFE INS. CO. has a career opportunity due to expansion, in Mississippi County. Extensive home office training program. Salary Open. Contact Mrs. Diggs at PO2-203S. COURIER NEWS ..; • .PAGE MOHT . Monday, March 25, 19M 1968 CHEVELLE 300 COUPE $2083 FULL PRICE BOB SULLIVAN Chevrolet-Cadillac Call or See Us Today 1400 S. Div. 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