Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on February 26, 1976 · Page 36
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Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado · Page 36

Greeley, Colorado
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Thursday, February 26, 1976
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Thurs., Feb. 26, IU76 GKEELEY (Colo.) TIUBUNK 87 Nuggets beat Pacers to end losing streak By JOHN J. SANKO DENVER (UPD- Dan Issel, a 6-9 center for the Denver Nuggets, said he wasn't feeling well Wednesday but it was the Indiana Pacers who ended up heartsick at his 35-point, 16- rebound effort. The five-year pro from Kentucky led the Nuggets to a 122-110 American Basketball Association win. It was the 19th REVERSE STUFF -- Denver Nuggets rookie David Thompson scores on a twisting reverse stuff shot as Indiana's Mike Flynn (44) and Don Buse (10) watch in awe. Denver beat the pacers to snap a two-game slump. (Tribune photo by John. Blake) Autographed basketball available to Greeley fan Greeley fans who are buying tickets for the Greeley Night at the Nuggets have a chance to win their own autographed red, while and blue ABA basketball, it was announced today. Since this is the 100th year of Colorado statehood and the 200lh year of U.S. independence, the Greeley Tribune will give the autographed basketball to the Greeley fan who buys the 2(X)th ticket to the March :i game between the Denver Nuggets and the New York Nets. Appropriately, 76 tickets had been sold by Wednesday at th? Chamber of Commerce office, 1-107 8th Avc. Greeley has 500 tickets allotted for the game. DOWN PARKAS from J 36 88 DOWN VEST from J 22 88 SWEATER from 5 26 88 GLOVES 10% off CHAMOIS SHIRTS J ir GOGGLES 20% off WOOL SHIRTS from '16 75 DOWN MITTENS from 10% off WINDSHIRTS 20% off 2 Locations Greeley Mall 356-7873 Estes Pork. 586-2829 straight home victory for Denver and gave the Nuggets a 43-15 overall mark. "He was sick tonight," said Nuggets coach Larry Brown. "He said he felt like he was coming down with the flu or something. Can you imagine? He's sick, and he goes out and scores 35 points." The final score made the game look easier than it was. The Nuggets battled throughout most of the game, and it was only in UK final quarter -when they outshot Indiana 54 per cent to 33 per cent from the field -- that they began to pull away. The Pacers - led by Billy Knight with 33 points -- had a two-point lead, 82-80, with less Bliss named Big 8 cage coach of year KANSAS CITY (AP- Willie Smith, the playmaker whose last-minute heroics have kept Missouri leading the Big Eight Conference basketball race, heads The Associated Press' all-conference squad for the 1975-Y6 season. The 6-foot-2 guard, who broke scoring records after being recruited mostly as a defensive player, was a unanimous choice of a panel of sports writers and broadcasters as the Big Eight's Most Valuable Player. He was the only player named on every first team ballot. Dave Bliss, who took an Oklahoma team that was expected to be a pushover and turned the Sooncrs into a well-drilled, respected unit, was an overwhelming choice as Coach of the Year. Newcomer of the year honors went to Stan Ray, Missouri's C- 9 freshman center, who was named on all but two ballots. Joining Smith on The AP's first team were Kansas State's All-Big Eight Team KANSAS UIY (API--ThG 1976 All Dig Elyhl conference basketball selections of Trip Associated Presi: Fin! Team Willie Smllh. Missouri, 62, senior, Las Vegas. Chuckle Williams, Kansas State 43, senior, columuus, Ohio. Mike Evans, Kansoi State, 6-1, -soph. txnott. GodJihoro, N.D. Jerry Forl, Nebraska. 63. senior, Chi- than three minutes to go in the third quarter.The Nuggets then reeled off 11 points to only five for the Pacers and had a 91-87 lead going into the final period. "I think that was the key to the game right there," said Brown. "We were able to score three of four quick baskets and were playing good tough ball." Brown said he felt the win was particularly important since the Nuggets had lost their last two games, road contests against Indiana and New York. "We just haven't been playing as well as we would like," said Brown. "We've been struggling a bit, particularly from the bench, but they gave us some help out there tonight." guard combination of Chuckie It was the Nuggets' front line, Williams and Mike Evans, Ne- however, which did most of the braska's Jerry Fort, and Norm scoring. Rookie forward David Cook, Kansas' junior forward. Thompson had 26 points, Ralph Simpson added 19 and Bobby Jones had 18 points and 12 rebounds. Reserve Mike Flynn scored a career-high 2(1 points for the Pacers, including a trio of three-point field goals and five of 12 shots from the field. Bill Keller and Dave Robisch each had 1J points tor the Pacers. In addition to leading the Indiana offensive attack, Knight had seven of Indiana's 21 steals in the game. Issel admitted he wasn't feeling well, but said he had a nagging memory about the New York game while out on Hie floor. In the Nuggets' 115-95 loss to New York. Issel hit only four of 1C field goal attempts and finished with nine points. "That was in the back of my mind - the fact that I played poorly against New York," said Issel. "But I had some trouble at first. 1 couldn't catch my breath for the first three or four minutes and I felt like 1 was exhausted." Issel said the win, which increased the Nuggets' ABA lend over New York to six games, was important for the team. "We're Hearing the end of the season and we have a tough schedule ahead." he said. "We need every bit of cushion we can get. If we keep playing like this, [hough, we'll be all right." INDIANA (110) Hiliman 2 2 2 6, KiHghi U 7-f 33. Elmore 1 0 0 2 , BUM 4 1.J 10, Keller 7 0 0 14, Grant 4 0 0 8 , Round Me Id 1 1-1 3, Jordan 0 0-0 0, Roolsch 4 4-6 14, Flynn B 1-1 70. Toinls 44 18-72. DENVER M22I Jones B 2 3 IB, Tnompson 1 2 2 2 26, jel li S I 35. William* 1 0 0 ? . Simpson 1-2 19. Webster 0 7 2 7, Tovie 0 0 0 0. T v * 0 0 4. Gerard 3 4 5 10. Beck 3 0 0 6 T al5 S3 1A-7V Indiana 22 32 33 1 110 Denver 34 21 3t 3 122 Total f-cxjls; Indiana IB, Denver 71. Three point goals: Flynn 3, Buse. A: 10.321 cago. Norm i Cook, Kar Tribune Sporfs pages Arl Johnson, Iowa S'ale, 66, sen Jim Kennedy, Missouri. 66. lun . Ronnie Daniel, Oklahoma Slate, 511, Rav, Missouri; Eddie Fields, Oklahoma; Cory carrablne, Oklahoma; K*n Koen^s, Kansas; Herb Monies, Kansas Deadline for purchasing tickets in Greeley is March 1. Denver leads the Nets by six gnmcs in the current ABA standings. The last lime New York played in McNichols Arvmi. Denver set an ABA attendance record of 17,71)0 fans. Iast year, Greeley Night was the number one out-of-city promotion for NIP Denver Nuggets as approximately 1,000 fans bought tickets. "We know we have a lot of fans in Grcclcy," said general manager Carl Scliccr. "We hope they take this opportunity to see the two leading teams in the ABA. since tickets arc hard to come by." the schedule Central girls face West in pre-tourney cage playoff IIASKKTHALL OPAC Thursday, Feb. 2(1 Benedictine at Kmporia Stale. Pillsburg at Fort Mays. Saturday, Feb. 28 N o r t h e r n Colorado at Southern Colorado. 7:30 p.m. N i m T U K K N C O N F K K K N C K Friday, l-Vh. 27 Grcclcy Central at Fort Morgan, 8 p.m. Sterlinn at Grecley West. H p.m. Foudre at Longmont, 8 p.m. Hocky Mountain at Niwol, 8 p.m. Centaurus at Fort Collins, H p.m. Saturday, Feb. 2H N o r t h e r n C o n f e r e n c e playoffs, sites to be determined. WKI.COASSN. I.EAGUK TOURNAMENT Thursday, Feb. 26 U n i v e r s i t y High vs. Hoosevelt, 4 p.m., Gunler Hall. K r i c vs. E a t o n , 4 p.m., Gunler Hall. 'iVuUCciiliuUa. B u i l h u u d u r Ksles Park, 7 p.m., Gunter Hall. Highland vs. Vailcy, 9 p.m., Gunter Hall. Friday iind Saturday, Frb. 27-28 Continuation of Welco Assn. Tournament, games at same time. WKKSTLING NCAA WKSTEHN KHGION'AI.S Friday. Feb. 27 NCAA Western Regionals, 1 p.m. at Butler-Hancock Hall. Saturday. Feb. 2fi NCAA Western Hcgionals, finals at 7:30 p.m. MEN'S SWIMMING Feb. 27-28 UNC at Inlermounlain Swimming League Championships. Las Cruces. N.M., noon. Feb. 27-2K Colorado State High School Meet, all day in Boulder. WON UN'S I1ASKKTKAU. UNC Thursday, Feb. 26 University of Wyoming at University of N o r t h e r n Colorado, 7:31) p.m., Butler- Hancock Hall. WKLCO ASSN. Thursday, Feb. 2C Cenlaurus at Fort Lupton. WOMEN'S GYMNASTICS Saturday, Feb. 28 UNC at District Qualifying Meet, at Colorado Stale. The Greeley West girl's basketball team will meet the Greeley Central girls at 6 p.m. tonight as one of three Northern Conference playoff games which are being played to decide tournament berths. The top five teams in the Northern Conference are assured of playoff berths in the league's tournament. But the bottom six teams must play off this Thursday, with the three the standings RttffiflH KEMIMB ME HOT TO STAUD IN FRONT OF THE SNOV/GUN. Pro Hockey At A Glance Hy The Associated Press NHL Campbell Conference Patrick Division W L TPlsGFGA Philphia 38 10 13 89 268 170 NYIsl'd 32 17 12 76 234 147 Atlanta 27 28 9 63 202 192 NYHngr 23 33 0 52 207 256 Smythe Division Chicago 23 19 17 67 187 181 Vancvr 25 25 11 61 206 206 S.Louis 22 29 9 53 186 215 Mimi. 17 40 4 38 H3 228 K.C. 12 41 8 32 145 263 Wales Conference Morris Division Montreal 45 9 9 99 266 I3B L.Angcles 30 ?5 7 C7 204 204 Pitts. 26 25 11 63 258 235 Detroit 19 35 8 46 164 241 Washn. 7 48 8 22 177 310 Adams Division Boston 38 11 10 86 234 168 Buffalo 33 18 10 76 252 184 Toronto 27 24 11 65 232 213 Calif. 23 32 7 53 200 214 Wednesday's Results California 6, New York Hangers 4 Atlanta 3, Pittsburgh 3, tic Montreal 3, Kansas City 1 Toronto 8, Detroit 0 Thursday's Games Kansas City at New York Islanders Minnesota at Philadelphia California at Detroit Chicago at Los Angeles St. Louis at Boston Toronto at Buffalo Friday's Games Boston at Washington WIIA W I, TPtsGFGA Kast Division Cmui 29 31 1 59 232 255 N.Eng. 26 30 5 57 191 218 Clcve 25 30 5 55 201 211 Indpls 23 3B 2 48 174 187 West Division Houston 37 22 0 74 236 200 Minn. 30 25 4 64 211 212 S.Dicgo 30 27 4 64 234 212 Phoenix 29 24 6 64 219 199 Canadian Division Winnipeg 42 20 2 86 273 191 Quebec 38 18 4 80 269 224 Calgary 30 26 4 64 225 204 Ed'lon 22 37 5 49 215 269 Toronto 15 39 5 35 242 303 Wednesday's Results Calgary 5, Edmonton 2 Winnipeg 5, Cleveland 2 Cincinnati 5, New England 2 San Diego 2, Minnesota 1, OT Thursday's Game Houston at New England Friday's Games Cleveland at Calgary Edmonton at Winnipeg Houston at Toronto San Diego at Phoenix Pro Basketball At A Glance Hy The Associated Press NBA Eastern Conference Atlantic Division W I, Pet. OB Boston 38 18 .679 Buffalo 35 25 .583 5 Philphia 34 2fi 5B7 R NewYork 29 31 .483 11 Central Division Cleveland 36 23 .610 -Washington 35 25 .583 Hi Houston 29 30 .492 7 N.Orlenns 27 31 .406 S'.i Atlanta 26 33 .441 10 Western Conference Midwest Division Milwaukee 25 34 .424 -Detroit 23 34 .404 1 K.C. 22 37 .373 3 Chicago 18 40 .310 O'i Pacific Division G.Slate 42 16 .724 Seattle 31 29 .517 12 L.A. 29 31 .483 14 Phoenix 25 31 .446 16 Portland 25 35 .417 18 Wednesday's Result!) Boston 103, Houston 102 Seattle 126, Buffalo 94 New Orleans 105, Washington 104 Cleveland 108, Detroit 101 Thursday's Games New Orleans at Washington Atlanta at Phoenix Friday's Games Seattle at Boston Houston at Buffalo Golden Stats at Philadelphia New York at Detroit Kansas City at Txts Angeles winners receiving berths in the tournament. Greeley West and Central arc both among the bottom six teams, and by coincidence must play each other to decide the tournament berth. West finished the year with a 5-5 league record and tied for sixth place, while Central finished in the cellar with a 0-10 mark. West defeated Central early in the year by 76-19, but this Tuesday the Spartans had to come-from-behind in the fourth period to hand the Wildcats a Til-40 loss Other playoff games Thursday find Longmont at Niwot, 7 p.m.; and Fort Morgan at Rocky Mountain, 7:30 p.m. The league tournament starts on Saturday with four quarterfinal games to be played at sites around the conference. Tile winner of Niwol-Longtnonl travels to Sterling for a 2 p.m. game; Centaurus is at Loveland fora 7:30 p.m. game; the winner of Greeley Central- Greeley West is at Poudre at an undecided time; and the winner of Forl Morgan-Hocky Mountain is at Fort Collins for a 5:30 p.m. contest. The tournament semifinals games will be Tuesday March 2 at Longmont High School. The first game starts at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, and the championship game will be at 7:30 p.m. (also at Longmont). Sterling finished on lop of the league standings with a 9-1 record and will be the odds on favorite to with the tournament. Potxjrp Grfek-y will Rocky Mountai Nlwot Longmont Ton Morgan Grceley Centra 1600 EIGHTH AVE. 352-2563, Z51» !1lh AVE.396-2450,CREELEV ABA W L Pet. GB Denver 43 15 .741 - NewYork 38 22 .633 6 SanAnton 35 23 .603 8 Kentucky 33 28 .541 1H 2 Indiana 31 31 .500 14 S.Ixiuis 27 36 .429 IB'.i Virginia 11 50 .180 33'i Wednesday's Results Virginia 105, St. Louis 98 Denver 122, Indiana 110 San Antonio 116, New York 106 Thursday's Games No games scheduled Friday's Games Kentucky at New York Indiana at St. Louis San Antonio at Denver NOW OPEN... A New Off-Road Hi-Performance Shop CUSTOM OFF-ROAD PERFORMANCE 3850 S.E. Frontage Road Vi Mile South of Johnson's Corner Open 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Saturday Phone 669-4460 Sales Installation. 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