Greeley Daily Tribune from Greeley, Colorado on March 4, 1976 · Page 32
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a UKEELEY (Ctlr) TRIBUNE IVgt,, M»rtM,1171 Denver Nuggets storm by New York Nets in stormy Greeley Night gome, 121-100 BACKWARDS SHOT -- Denver's Dan Issel was twisled around on this fast break layup, but still made the two points. (Tribune photo by Randy Bangert) ByTOMBARBOUR Tribune Sports Writer DENVER - It's hard to believe that Larry Brown could get bored at a basketball game, but that's just what happened Wednesday night at the McNichols Arena. "I don't know about you," the Nugget coach said during a postgame snack. "But I got bored." Brown was referring to a change in a rule interpretation at halftime as his Nuggets boosted their American Basketball Assn. lead to seven and one-half games with a 121100 victory over the second place New York Nets. The contest was witnessed by 14,090, including ZOO and some odd hearty Greeley souls who braved the cold and snow to make the southward trip on a specially designated night for the city. "It was a fun game and then alt of a sudden ..." Brown said in reference to officials John Vanak and Jess Kersey apparently changing horses in the middle of the stream. With the Nuggets leading by 15 at halftime. Nets' coach Kevin Loughery apparently was annoyed by the hand checking going on in the rather physical contest. After discussions with the team captains (Ralph Simpson and Julius Erving), Vanak ruled that no hand checking be allowed in the second half. Hand checking is the practice by where a defensive player puts his hand against the waist of an offensive player. It's legal if it doesn't hamper the movement of the offensive player or give the defense an advantage. Brown claimed that Loughery wanted the officiating changed to call the checking though the New York coach denied it. "I didn't ask them to change it," Loughery, who was banished by Kersey with three minutes left in (he game after his second technical foul of the night, said. "I just wanted a definition." Vanak simply said, "I can referee whatever way they want it. So we changed it." Even after all of that, both Brown and Loughery figured it didn't make any difference as Denver upped its home court winning streak to 21 and went to 47-16 for the season. "We were Just outplayed," Loughery said after the contest while Brown commented that things other than (he hand checking helped Denver to its early lead. "We got the lead because we played well," Brown said. "Not because anyone made it easy on us." Some crisp passing led to the 06-51 halftime advantage for the Nuggets along with some first half scoring' production by Bobby Jones and Dan Issel. Jones hit his first seven shots of the night in chalking up 12 points in the first quarter and 15 for the opening half. When he wasn'l scoring (21 poinls for the game) or rebounding (he grabbed eight for the evening) the North Carolina grad was busy handing out'seven assists, five of which led to buckets by Issel as the big center picked up a game-high 27 points to go along with his 14 rebounds. It could have been a 30- point preformance for Issel had he not missed an easy layin in Ihe third period and blown a dunk moments later. "We moved (he ball well in the first half," Brown said. "We missed some easy ones in the second half, but we kept our poise." That passing in the first half nixed New York's slow down tactics as Denver ran the lead (o as much as 18 in the second quarter. With Erving suffering something of an offnight (for him) it was Hich Jones who kept the Nets as close as they managed to stay in Ihe opening half with 17 poinls. But, New York's Jones wasn't enough as Denver's Jones and Issel led an attack that hit 02.9 per cent from Ihe floor compared to 43 for Ihe Nets for Ihe first 24 minutes. Kich Jones, who along wilh Erving ran into foul trouble in the rugged contest, finished willi 25 poinls while Erving had ·a. Erving's below par performance couldn't have made that much difference, however, as Denver's answer to the soaring superstar, David Thompson, also was less than devaslating. The Nugget rookie matched his professional low of 14 poinls. bul had seven rebounds, four assists and three steals in 33 minulcs of action. "I really wasn'l one of David's belter performances," said Brown. "But he moved (he ball well" for us and played some defense." The Nets did manage to cil Ihe Denver lead lo nine on three occasions in Ihe third quarter, but Ihe fouls started lo add up for New York (Jones and Erving each had six) and Ihe Nuggets surged to a lead as big as 24 poinls in Ihe closing minutes. Neither learn can reflect on this one (oo long as SI. Louis visits McNichols Arena Friday night and the Nets are at home against Virginia. Both clubs are slaled for Sunday action, also, with San Antonio in New York and Virginia in Denver. Next Tuesday, Ihe Nets and Nuggets get together again in another McNichols contest. New York 22 29 25 24--106 Denver X 39 29 35-121 Total fouls: New York 32. Denver 28. Three point goals: Chuck Terry; Monte Towe. Tribune Sports pages Landry to speak at grid clinic Tom Landry, head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, will be featured speaker at a Fellowship of Christian Athletes breakfast Saturday, in conjunction with the Mile High Football Clinic, March 5-7, at Stouffer's Denver Inn, 3203 Quebec St., Denver. Also speaking will be University of Northern Colorado assistant coach Frank Bauer. The breakfast and clinic are open to the general public and to athletic coaches at all levels of competition. Bud Moore, "Big Eight Coach of the Year," from the University of Kansas, will lead off the opening session of the clinic at 6:30 p.m. Friday. He will discuss the Kansas wishbone offense. "Defensive Line Play" will be the topic of coach Bauer, defensive line coach at UNC, at 8:30 p.m., Friday. The FCA breakfast, 6:30-8:00 Broncs hire UNC grad DENVER (AP)-The Denver Broncos today completed staff recruitment for the 1976 National Football League season with appointment of collegiate trainer Steve Antonopulos as assistant trainer. Antonopulos, 27, has been trainer at Fort Hays State College in Kansas since taking his master's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in 1973. He is a native of Hugo, Colo. Antonopulos replaces Dave Kendall on the Bronco staff of head trainer Allen Hurst. a.m. Saturday, will precede the morning clinic featuring Craig Fertig of Oregon State University. The O.S.U. head coach will explain his new I- Formation it 9 a.m. According to clinic chairman Sam Pagano, former UCLA head coach Dick Venr.icl will not appear at the clinic as had been announced previously. Since assuming head coaching duties with the Philadelphia Eagles, Vermeil has cancelled all speaking engagements. Pagano said. Vermeil's slot In the clinic has been filled by Fertig, who will be followed at 10:40 a.m. by Southwestern Louisiana head coach Augie Tammariello on "Motivation: Key to Success." The Saturday afternoon session will be devoted to goal line and secondary coverages with Charlie Armey, defensive coordinator at Colorado Slate University, and linebacker play with Denver Broncos linebacker coach Myrel Moore. The annual meeting of the Colorado High School Football Coaches Association at 4:iO p.m. Saturday, will close out the afternoon session with association president Brian MacGregor of Arvada West High School presiding. The closing session, at 9a.m., Sunday will feature Hank Kuhlman, offensive backficld coach from Notre Dame, who will explain Notre Dame's kicking game. For more information, contact Sam Pagano in Denver at 499-7600, or Irv Brown in Boulder at 492-6251. Fairbanks denies Plunkett trade FOXBORO, Mass. (UPI) Chuck Fairbanks, New England Patriots head coach and general manager, says the Denver Broncos have not proposed a trade for quarterback Jim Plunkett. "This report is not true," Fairbanks said Wednesday. "This report is unfair to the New England Patriots and the Denver Broncos as well as to the individuals involved." The reports, which apparently surfaced in Denver, said the Broncos offered running back Otis Armstrong, defensive end Barney Chavous and a first- round draft choice. "Ever since the question of Jim's future came up late last season, I have been saying that I want him (o re-sign with the Patriots and hope he will do so. I have not changed my mind from that stand," Fairbanks said. Plunkett has played out his CHARGING -- Denver's Gus Gerard (22) charged into Kim Hughes of New York in first quarter action Wednesday night. Denver won the game, 121-100. (Tribune photo by Randy Bangert) original five-year contract with the Pats. He has advised Fairbanks he will notify him prior to the 1976 college player draft on whether he wants to sign a new contract. Plunkell was a Heisman Trophy winner wilh Slanford before lurning pro with the Patriots. Ho suffered a shoulder injury lhat limiled his playing time last season. AN EASY TWO POINTS - Denver's Bobby Jones gels two of his 21 points on this slam dunk in Wednesday's game againsl the New York Nets. (Tribune photo by Randy Hangerl) CU skiers hold lead in NCAA RUMFORD, Maine (AP) The University of Colorado holds the team lead today as the 15-kilometer cross-country race opens the Nordic phase of the NCAA ski championships. Dave Cleveland of Dartmouth College won the giant slalom Wednesday as the four days of national competition got under way at Sunday River. Colorado, seeking its fifth Three Greeley players make all-state grid list Three Greeley football players are among the six Northern Conference gridders and two from the Welco Assn. named to compete in the 35lh Annual Colorado All-Star prep football game this summer. Greeley Central running back Mitch Roggy and center John Hinson of Greeley West were selected to represent Greeley from the Northern Conference while defensive end Dennis Jelden got the nod from Ihe Welco. Roggy, 5-1 land220pounds,led the Northern in rushing his junior season and picked up over 1,000 yards as a senior. He recently signed a letter of intent to attend Colorado State University. Hinson. fi-0. 200 pounds was a two- year letterman for the Spartans while Jelden saw action at quarterback in addition lo defensive end for Ihe Bulldogs. .leff Schanhals. another defensive end from Estes Park, is Ihe olher Welco selection for the annual all-star contest to be played Aug. 13 at Jefferson County's 6th and Kipling Stadium for the first time. From (he Northern Conference Rick Dennison, a tight end, and offensive tackle Lonnie Peterson from Rocky Mountain were selected along wilh Sterling quarterback Mark Carera and Longmont defensive back Chris Parise. This year the football game is being sponsored solely by Ihe Colorado High School Coaches Assn. after Ihe Lions Club of Colorado pulled out. For Ihe last two years, the contest has been played at Ihe University of Colorado's Folsom Field after years in Pueblo. Squads for the All-Stale basketball game will be announced afler Ihe current season. That contest, slated for Aug. 12 at Denver's McNichols Arena, is jointly sponsored by the CHSCA and Ihe Denver Nuggets this year. consecutive national title, took the team lead with 42 points. Dartmouth was second with 35. Three Colorado skiers, Bruce Gamble, Marc Milligan and Stephan Heinzsch, followed the second place finisher, Mike Mc- leski of Wyoming. Colorado and Dartmouth were (railed by Wyoming with 24 points; Vermont 23; Middlebury 19; Northern Michigan 6; Utah 4, and University of Nevada at Reno 1. Cleveland, a Dartmouth sophomore from New London, N.H., finished his two runs wilh a combined time of two minutes and 56.96 seconds. Runnsrup Meleski at 2:f7.23 was followed by Gamble al 2:58.70; Milligan at 2:58.B4and Heinzsch at 2:58.94. Also in the top 10 were Neal McNealus of Vermont, 2:59.20; Bryan Wagner of Dartmouth, 3:00.15; Mark Cater of Middlebury, 3:00.45; .IcffTempleof Colorado, 3:00.58, and John GicbinkofMiddlebury,3:01.49. Vermont's Dave Dodge led afler the first run, but fell in his second attempt and failed to finish among the leaders. The 5,000 foot course, with a drop of 1,360 feet, consisted of 44 and 46 gates for the two runs. The slalom is scheduled for Friday nt Ihe Chisholm Winter Park here and the 50-meler jump on Salurday. the standings ARA Standings Ry United Press International W. I,. Pet. gb Denver 47 1C .740 -New York 40 24 .625 7'.4 SanAnlonio 37 25 .597 9'j Kentucky 34 31 .523 14 Indiana 33 34 .493 in SI. Louis 30 37 .448 19 Virginia 12 53 .185 36 · Wednesday's Results Denver 121 New York 100 SanAnlonio 143 SI. Louis 111 Indiana 104 Virginia 95 Friday's Games Virginia at New York 5t. Louis at Denver tan Antonio at Indiana NBA Standings By United Press International Kiistern Conference Atlantic Division W. 1.. Pet. gb Boston 40 19 .678 -Buffalo 35 27 .565 614 Philadelphia 36 28 .5f3 6' 2 New York 30 33 .476 12 Central Division W. L. Pet. gb Washington 39 25 .009 Cleveland 36 25 .590 1'i Houston 31 31 .500 7 NcwOrlcans 27 35 .435 11 Atlanta 26 35 .426 11 14 Western Conference Midwest Division \V. I-. Pet. gb Milwaukee 27 34 .443 - Rclroil 23 3f. .110 2 KansasCily 2:1 39 .371 4'r Chicago 18 42 .300 V-t Pacific Division W. 1.. Pet. fib GoldenStale 44 17 .721 -- Sealtle 32 32 .500 1314 LosAngeles 31 31 .500 13".. Phoenix 28 32 .467 15',4 Portland 28 35 .444 17 Wednesday's Results Philadelphia 123 Boston 110 Detroit 114 Seattle 110 Phoenix 1(18 Cleveland 92 Houston 113 New Orleans 105 NHL Standings Hy United Press International Campbell Conference Patrick Division W l . T I ' l s gf ga Phladelphia 40 10 14 94 279 175 NYIslanders34 1713 81242151 Atlanta 27 29 10 03 200 198 NYRangers 23 34 8 54 214 205 Smylhc Division W I, T Pis gf ga Chicago 20 21 17 69 195 191 Vancouver 25 27 12 62 216 219 St. Louis 23 31 10 50 190 228 Minnesota 18 43 4 40 100 244 Kansas City 1241 10 34 151208 Wales Conference Norris Division W 1. T Pis gf ga Montreal 47 9 10 104 274 143 UsAngeles 31 28 7 69213221 Pittsburgh 282611 07272246 Dclroit 20 36 9 49 109 247 Washington 8 48 9 a ISO 313 Adams Division W l . T P t s Rl gu Roslon 41 II 11 93251 179 Buffalo 15 m i l ai »sr 191 Toronto 3025 11 71 240223 California 2136 8 542(172.11 *n I'"1 *» 7 / 1 i .. /· if 'i. ».im LUCKY WINNKIl - Sieve Doering of Greeley purchased the '-'rath lirkct lo Greolcy Night at Ihe Denver Kuggels, and won Miis iuitngrnphnl AIM liaskethall. Denver heat New York in Ihofinme. 121-100. (Tribune photo by Randy Bangcrl) · .1

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