Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho on February 28, 1976 · Page 17
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Idaho Free Press from Nampa, Idaho · Page 17

Nampa, Idaho
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Saturday, February 28, 1976
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WITH 10 SECONDS LEFT IN LAST NIGHT'S DISTRICT A-1 GAME, JIM SCOTT GIVES NAMPA THE PLAN Slanfon. Ma/choanks, Bitdtord, Grondahllisten as Caldwell game boils down tolinal moments Ph31ai by vec Dlvfnporl A tense one over Cougs, 47-45 Bulldogs still alive in District By 1'aul Buker Free I'ress Sports Editor BOISE - Nampa and Caldwelt were bold ' propped over a cliff Friday night. Somebody I liad to gel thrown off. and it turned out to be ; the Cougars. The Bulldogs, nn two free throws from Andy Vasquez in Ihe last five seconds, took Ihe sling out of a first-round district tournament loss to .Meridian with a hair-raising -17-15 victory Friday night at Capital ll was the suicide bracket, and (he Cougars died Ihe slow death. They end the season 5-17 and first-year coach Bob Delle may or may nol know that Caldwell hasn't won a district tournament game since 1973. Even so. five victories is Ihe most for the Cougs since the 1972-73 season and it's also : more than the previous two years combined. ; Delle made a point lo look ahead in the locker room after Nampa did something it hadn't been able to do all season -- win one of the light ones. ·'«!·: WEKK FOl'H OK FIVK points away from eight more wins." said Delle. "The kids hustled their hearts oul all season." Tell Jim Scott about it. He figured Caldwell was put away for keeps a couple times Friday night. Each time, the Gmgars would shrug off one disaster after another i they had :ll turnovers and continued to prove they have no idea how to work the ball on Nampa's guards) come from behind, and go ahead. It all wound down to the final 2:26. or about si ; ,Ji!i lime R '* Cougar Larry Spath made the *· first cud of a rme-ar.d-one for a 43-11 Caldwell lead. Nampa got a break when Brad Car row missed one-and one al 1:42. and at 1:10. Ron Bradford pressured home a shot from (he corner for a tie. "I don't think our kids ever doubled but what they'd he in it all Ihe way."said Nampa coach Jim Scott. "They lensed up when it was close -- I thought both teams let their emotions hurl them." There was a lot of adrenalin flowing both ways. By the lime Bradford had tied the game 43- v -13. Caldwell had lost Bret McPhie and Brent Simmons on fouls Nampa. al one point, had forced Caldwell into ID turnovers and committed just one but the Bulldogs were shooting so tight Ihey couldn'l capitalize They seemed to lose their L'lmccnlralion. Simmons and Vasquez nearly came to blows with 6:10 left in the game and by then. Ihe fans on both sides were screaming. Scoti, meanwhile, was happy jusl to be in Ihe situation where he could win a game. ··LAST WKKK. AKTKK OVR loss lo Idaho Falls. Ihey were ready for it lo be all over. Bui then, we came back and played a good game against Meridian 'Thursday night's 6653 loss)." The question was. could the Bulldogs collect Ihe necessary mellle to pull oul Ihe Caldwell game'? They did. After Bradford's shot, junior Ray Grondahl made the play of his varsity career, lunging headlong, out-of-bounds, lo flip a bad Cougar pass inbounds and right into teammaic Brian Slanlnn's hands. Slanlon. once again, shamelessly frisked the Cougs with his defense hut it was an assist lhal proved crilical here -- he fired to a wide- open Vasquez nff Ihe Grondahl save and Andy- drilled Ihe jumper with 56 seconds left for a 45-13 lead. Delle was aboul al the end of his rope with Ihe foul problems, and into Ihe breech went sophomore Kevin Humphrey in (he fourth quarter. All Humphrey did was lie Ihe game wilh a baseline juniper wilh 35 seconds lefl. Scon screamed for a timeout, bill Ihe Bulldogs look il down and jusl kepi dribbling. "They thought they were still up two points," smiled Ihe coach. "They thoughl Ihey were stalling it out." When time was finally called, there were 10 seconds left Nampa wanted lo v.ork a play, out when Vasquez look off on Ihe dribble on Stanlon's inbound. Ihere w;is no real pick set. He was onc-on-one. He wheeled around Slu Dillon of the Cougs, there was a collision, and Dillon got Ihe foul. The Cougars, some of them. thought ii was charging. "ITC'On.DHAVKtiOXKKITIIKUWAY." shrugged Delle laler. "Il was close." Nampa sensed victory, and Vasquez. al lhat moment top man on the floor with 15 points, wasn't about lo let il slip by. He popped both free (brows wilh five seconds showing. If you've watched Nampa this season, you weren't aboul to lake off. The Cougs had a chance - and Ihey nearly tied il. Caldwell fired down lo Mark ilcinrich and somehow, he gol himself reasonably open inside tiie key. although under heavy pressure. His high arched shot flipped off the rim. and Scott breathed a sigh of relief "1 lhoughlilwasgoingtobankin."hesaid. "We were Irving lo sel up a lasl shot," explained Scott of Nampa's final offensive series. "We didn't gel around the pick like we wanted! hul jt-lurned- out allri^hl. II was greaV; · = · · · · - ·«···· 'If lleinridi would've made lhat shol. we'd have snll been OK. The worsl we'd have Bollen would have been overtime." Overtime looked good Ihrough a lot of Ihe second half for Nampa. The Bulldogs had siarled wilh a rush, typically, after stumbling lo n 24-23 deficit al half even Ihough they'd already caused 14 turnovers. From 29-24 ahead. Nampa sunk to 37-31 behind near the end of the (bird quarter. What turned it Ihe other way, and must have given Delle gray hair, was the Cougars' insistence on making crucial mistakes STA.VTO.V HAt) A.N I.VTKKCKI'TIO.N' lhat sel up Ihe lying basket with Caldwell ahead 43-41 Then Ihere was Randy Marchbanks jumper lhat gave Nampa a momentary lead before lhal. Marchbanks. playing another good game, had four important baskets and eight points to back up Slanton and Vasquez. "Brian played well, lhal interception when he stepped in fronl of Ihe post pass was a key one." said Scolt. running down the list of important contributions. There were several. "Gronrialil's save was just super, and Marchbanks is ihe guy who's hitting Ihe key buckets for us. I could hear the Caldweil crowd clinch up everytime he shol. They didn't want him shooting (he ball." CALDWELL ANDY VASOUEZ IS CLEAR FOR A SHOT AGAINST CALDWELL This one hurt--bul he also put Nampa ahead, made winning FT's L.Snarh Carrow Simmons Dillon Hemnch Larsen Humphrey TOTALS NAMPA B r a d f o r d Pearsall Vaiquei Slanlon March banks Colt* rt 11 GrondahJ TOTALS damp* oo 9 3 13-7! It FT PF T C C M 0-0 3 0-1 0 0-0 « 7 II 14 I » II II I) 11 RESOUNDING - Caifl*ell u. Nampa !». Individuals - VcPhie 9. Simmons t. L Spain t. 5'jr.len I. Pcanatl 7, Vaiguti 1 SHOOTING P E R C E N T A G E S - Caldwell 411. Namw U.S. T U R N O V E R S - Nampa II. CjlJ.cll !1 RANOY MARCHBANKS AND BRAD CARROW MEET AT GROUND LEVEL Marchbanks dived on Cougar, forced jump ball in Friday game Fruitland hangs on, tips Melba 59-52 II) I'aKiarrity NAMPA -- Fruilland's Grizzlies exploded to a nine point lead midway Ihrough the final period, and hung on down Ihe slrelch to nip Melba 59-32 in Friday night's quarterfinal action al the A-:! District Tournament. In nlher lourney action. Parma rolled over Wilder, New Plymouth Iripped McCall .Vi-Jfl. nnd llomcdalc routed Council 56-36. That scls up all-.Soulhwc.slem Idaho League semifinals lonighl. as Parma squares off ;U 7:30against N'ew Plymouth while the grizzlies battle [fomcdale al nine. Even though Fruitland won the game on the Scoreboard in Ihe second half, il was a five- poinl sequence halfway Ihrough (he second quarter thai really hurl the Mustangs. Melba was leading 17-11 when Dan Charters was called for a blocking foul on Fruitland's John Kerfool. Melba coach Jim Poller rose In prolesl ihe call, bui was (old to sit down by the officials. Potter Ihen resumed his seal, bul stood up uguin lo substitute for Charters, who had four fouls The officials quickly whistled a technical on Ihe Mustang pilol, which Kcr/oni converted along with his two free throws from Ihe original infraction. The Grizzlies maintained possession, and Inland Sasaki banged home a long jumper lo Rive Fruilland Ihe momentum and only a 17- HI deficit. Melba had controlled play up until thai point, hut Fruilland seemed to regain .some confidence and got hack inlo the contest after the five-pain) bonanza. Melba's 6-fi cenler Dave Kutan led all scorers wilh 22 points, while Tim Boehlke contributed lOmarkers Jim Church drilled 20 points for Ihe Grizzlies, with Kcrfoot adding 17 and Sasaki 13 for Ihe SW1L team. After a miserable firsl quarter 'two of 14 field goals!. Ihe Grizzlies warmed up lit a respectable 41 per icnt on 22 of 52 attempts from the floor. Melba hit 21 of 5? tries for a solid 40 per cent. A 15-10 bulge at Ihe free throw line added Ihe insurance margin for Fruitland. In Ihe rebounding statistics. Ihe Inller Mustangs managed a ffi-IU advantage on the hoards. Rut an pulled down 19 caroms for Mellra, and teammate Doug Wcrtztwugher contributed 12. Fruillaml was ]«i by Tiro Kdons seven rcbnunds. Despite the loss, Holler was nol disappointed with his squad's effort. "I Ihnugh we played as well as we have all year." he commented "We gnl into some foul Iroublc early wilh nur guards, and lhal hurl us. but we jusl didn't gel enough lo fall in." Melha started oul well early, racing lo a 12- 6edf!eafler the first quarter, bill the Grizzlies rallied lo Mko ci 28-2!i halflime margin. The Mustangs had some problems with Fruilland's press and fell behind 40-31 late in Ihe third quarter, bul a late surge pulled the co-Treasure Valley l-eaguc champions lo withinsix (42-M) going into Ihe fourth period. The fduslangs closed to 43-40 with li:40 left, bul a final Fruilland surge gave Ihem a 53-44 lead with 4:40 on the clock. Grizzly coach Mike Knee elected lo Iry to hold the ball wilh (he nine JMMIII lead, hul several turnover* permitted Melha lo inch lo a 55-52 deficit wilh one minute In go. However, Church's driving lay-in wilh 45 srcnmis in the game iced (he'victory for l-'ruilland. Toller and Ihe Mustangs must now look lo tonight's baltleal six against Council Both Fruilland and Melba held 1 4 7 records giiinC inlo today's ai'linn. F»IMLHNOS1,MELB4S! MELB'i fc , FT p Charlm Boehlke Johntcn RulAn Wertibaugl-er TOTALS F R U I T L A N D came Sasaki Obrav Kerrool Arnall Church TOTALS i Melfc* Fiuitland ««· BOUNDING - MtlM ». fruitUM »»lan ll. Weilitxutucr 1!, earn I. C E N T A G E S - WelM II, FruiHar* I i II SJ H HOOTING PE*. The Idaho Free Press. Saturday. February 28. M6-A-! Meridian in it now K\ l':uil lluker I re r 1'ress Sports Keillor I10ISF. - A year ago. il look sophomore Dennis Kiisnviissen ami his elcvenlh-hour jumpshol in tiie playoff wilh Pocalello lo gel Meridian inlo the Slate tournament Once there, the Warriors surprised everybody bv finishing third. ' ' ' The slakes are much higher now. and the fingers are pointing, but it won't take a Kasnnissen prayer lo gel the Warriors lo Stale in 1976. 1'oiseil and collected down the slrelch. and murder on (he backuo.irds with Has and C.-7 Duke Jackson. Meridian disposwi of a good Hniss- team 72-58 Friday nighi lo earn an auluninik' berth and enter the dislrict championship game ngaiasl Capilal next Friday al Ihe Eagles' gym. "\\Vre going lo slate man," said a happy Greg llor- demann. "Thev can') take lhal awav from us." llordemann was up ami down off llu bench all niglil in ihe semifinal nl Capilal He wauled this one. linise w;is Hie team wilh all Ihe momentum, the big comeback ;igainsl Idaho Falls last week, anil some good shunters The Warriors were coming off a road trip lhal everybody would jusl as soon forget in the Pocalello area, liul il' looks like they may lie ;i tournament learn. In two games, they've dnne everything (hey had lo. The lioisc game was locked in a 30-27 duel al the half and Hie Warriors HC-C now icnuld only pad Ibal b\ four going into Ihe lasl quarter. Itamusseii. J.-ickson. and Mall Johtiston all gol (hem- selves inlo heavy foul trouble, bul Ras and Johnston were both pivotal factors in Ihe fourth period. Jackson did a lot (if damage in Ihe firsl half, gelling all 11 of his rebounds, i Three Warriors ended the game wilh four personals. Boisp hail Ilirce itself and had one slarler. Jeff Swanson. foul out. lias ended up wilh 23 points. 13 rebounds, and domination of Ihe liackboard. especially offensively. Doug Kirk had iji; points, wilh sis-cf-eighl from the foul line ilhe Warriors made 18-for-2Ci and Johnston, breaking Boise's fourth- · quarter trap wide open, had six of his nine points in the lasi five minutes. Boise, behind Kurt Kuyper, Swanson, and 6-5 ccnler Tim, Jennings, played good baskelball (he entire firsl half bul once Meridian hil Ilie firsl bucket of the fourth period lo move! in from 49-10. Ihe closes! (he Braves could gel was seven, It was 59 W with 5:08 lefl. 63-49 in the lasl 3:20. 67-52 with 1 :32 lefl. and finally 70-54. The Braves' attempt al pressure when Ihey needed a comeback drive backfired completely^ "Boise had been playing well for ihe last couple weeks!'! said a relieved llordemann. "We heal a good team tonight." In previous Boise- .Meridian games. Jackson had done whal Hordemami called "a super defensive job on Jennings. Jennings had IB in Ihedislricl matchup, but Jackson played,' it lough on ihe defensive boards. Boise coach Ron McNeley had his big men working! togellwr beautifully in Ihe early going Friday. By half.' Kuyper. Jennings, and Swanson had done almost all of the Bnisi- offensive damage. i! Duke gol inlo foul trouble al 4:26 of the third quarter and ' laler on, liasmussen lefl. Bul Boise, within 32-M. 36-34. and 39-36 al limes in the 1 ' period, fell behind by nine when ihe Warriors ran off an 8-2 · spurt. They never came back. il llordemann breathed a sigh of relief lhal the Warriors' 1 were able lo walk (he tightrope in Ihe foul column again/' "Samesiliialion as lasl night. We have three starters with'-. four fouls. A couple fouls, and we slail losing guys." MERIDIAN Blaint Kirk Raimusun Jofir.ilon Duk»Jaekon Chapman Hollgvur TOTALS BOISE Molt Klumpp Swamon Kuvper Jtnningt Willon; CH it TOTALS -Mer'id-an . W I N N E R T O S T A T E ' 1 1 II 17 1) FT 7-7 t-l S-tO 1-! 7-7 11-71 FT 7 7 0-1 ».l, M!lt, H.I T U R N O V E R S - SHOOTING - Meridian) ;. Bclse II.). REBOUNDING - HaiMari tl'tan, 3» Leadeii - Meridian. Rijmussen I]. Jackson 11 .;| Tigers are next for Nampa team BOISE - Mountain Home, as expected, ran afoul of Ihe ··'· Eagles Friday nighl in Ihe District A-1 semifinals Capital rolled righl over Ihe Tigers lo crash the final. / ll'slhe Tigers who confronl Nampa this coming Thursday · nighl al Capital in an elimination game al 8:30 and coach Jim : Scott knows all loo well lhal M-Hcme has alreadv bealen ·- Nampa Iwice. Thutsday. there is much more at stake - like a crack al Slate. "1 think we can gel Ihem." said Ihe coach after Fridnv ' nighl s 47-45 win over Caldwell. "Bul they're all slead'v "' shooters and Enpelhardl (Pali moves Ihe ball well inside ''' II s been close before a lot of the way belween us " Calriwell surprised Scon a bit with a' lol of zone defense in "' rriday's game Mountain Home lives and dies by Ihe zone ''"' "Ucll have lo work on i! now wilh Ihem coming up," said '..' Borah and Boise play in the 7 p.m. game Thursdav to see '', who else survives in ihe suicide brackel. ' " The Thursday winners play al 7 p.m. Fridav nipht in the ' ' preliminary lo Ihe championship. ' ' Since this district is hosting the Slate (ournamenl ihe '" «inner nf lhal final consolation game earns a free and clear hprth I- ruby s semifinal winners. Meridian and Capital are '· already arsured of going lo Slate ' BE SURE TO CHECK YOUR PAPER WON. MARCH 1, FOR BIG SAVINGS! Y. E. S. Year End Sale! TERRY'S WILL BE CLOSED MARCH 1,1976 TO GET READY FOR THEIR YEAR END SALE!! SALE BEGINS 9:00 A.M. MARCH 2ND J.E.S. 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