Moffat County hands Weld Central 59-54 disappointment at state Fri., M.rtll IMÂ»7Â» GRKELEV (Colo.) TRIBUNE 31 ByTOMBARBOUH Tribune Sporli Writer DENVER - He who laughs lÂ«it ... or something like that. Moffat County had the last laugh on Weld Central Thursday night in the opening round of the Class AA state basketball tournament and chuckled right Â· ^ into tonight's semifinals with a 59-54 verdict over the Rebels. Moffat County, runnerup in the Northwestern League during the season, struggled through a first quarter that produced only three field goals and a iÂ« Weld Central lead Thursday. But a fourth quarter HELP! --Weld Central's Anthony Marquet (left) looks for a pass during quarterfinal action against Moffat County Thursday at the Denver Auditorium Arena. Moffat County's Jim Duran (22) provides the defense for the Bulldogs who stopped the Rebels, 59-54, to advance to tonight's class AA semifinal round. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) Eads takes step in title defense that produced no Rebel field goals was the difference. For its comeback effort, the Bulldogs get to meet top-ranked and undefeated Denver Christian in tonight's 8 o'clock semifinal game while Weld moved into the consolation bracket to meet Del Norte, the club Christian beat, 76-61, Thursday, at 12:45 this afternoon. Weld Central seemed to be crusing along in control, running its lead to as much as 10 points in the second quarter. But when golden opportunity knocked at the door, the Rebs weren't taking house calls. "We had a chance to take control of the game," said Weld Central coach Larry Hicks after his club's first-ever tournament appearance. "And we didn't." The Bulldogs started a slow, steady climb in the third quarter to erase a 32-22 Weld Central half time advantage and finally caught the Rebs on a Foster Beckett free throw with 4:12 left in the contest. All the offense Weld Central could muster in the final eight minutes was a seven-for-13 performance at the free throw line as Moffat County produced a 16-7 advantage for the quarter. In the early going.'the contest looked like typical Weld Central effort. The Rebels posted the early lead they always look for despite some off shooting by both clubs. High-scoring forward Jonn Thurtell scored 14 first half points, including 10 in the second quarter as the Rebs were rolling up their lead. In this situation, Weld Central usually tries to make the op-, position play its game, but Moffat County wasn't buying. The Bulldogs, who brought a 155 record to the fray, filially started to show flashes of the running game that got them to the tourney in the third quarter while Central was losing what shooting touch it had mustered. Weld Central shot only 38 per cent in building its' halftime lead and slipped to 33 per cent by the time the verdict was in. Moffat County wan't much better with a 36 per cent night from the field. But the Bulldogs did manage nearly 40 per cent in the decisive second half after a measly 33 in the opening 16 minutes. "When we built up that 10- point lead they were only shooting about 20 per cent," Hicks said. "After that they started hitting the shots and we didn't." The second half surge that saw Moffat County .outscore Weld Central 21-15 in the third quarter before the 16-7 fourth period count was paced by Chris Maneotis and Brett Winder. The pair came into the contest as the top scorers in an offense that produced 71.9 points per game this season and were the leading point men again Thursday. DENVER (AP) - Defending champion Eads squeezed out a victory Thursday to advance to the semifinals of the Colorado High School Class A Basketball Tournament and in the other quarterfinal games, Merino, Sargent and Kim won semifinal berths. Eads scored five points in the final three minutes while Bennett was scoreless to take the victory 62-58. In the other games, Merino downed Ellicott 65-50, Sargent beat Mancos 5651, and Kim defeated Debeque 79-68. In the semifinal games Â£ads will meet Merino and Sargent will play Kim. In the consolation games, Bennett takes on Ellicott and Mancos meets Debeque. Eads, top-ranked in the final Associated Press poll, went ahead for keeps with 3:07 remaining when senior forward Frank Miller hit a basket. Bennett was leading 58-57 when Miller connected, but was held scoreless for the remainder of the game. The Eagles wound up the scoring on two points from a goal-tending call against Bennett and a foul shot. Brent Stoker led Eads with 27 points and Mike Wcinrich added 15. Top scorer for fourth-ranked Bennett was Gary Morgan with 26 points followed by Bob Read with 16. Bennett kept the game close throughout, trailing by two points after the first quarter, three at the half and four at the end of the third quarter. Eads held a nine-point lead, its largest, at one point in the third quarter, only to see Bennett cut it away and take the lead with 3:07 left. Senior guard Reb Bob scored 17 points and junior forward Dave Kaiser had 16 to lead Merino to its 65-50 win over Ellicott. Merino led most of the game and held a 34-30 advantage at the half. Ellicott shot 49 per cent from the floor compared with Merino's 42, but Merino was 25 for 60 shots while Ellicott was 21 for 43. Ellicott senior forward Pat Hensley led the Thunder- hawks with 16 points. Junior center Randy Steers contributed 12. Kim, second-ranked in the final AP Poll, used its powerhouse center Lane Gooden to pump in 45 points and lead all tournament Class A scorers. The 6-foot-l Gooden also grabbed 17 rebounds. Gooden was averaging 40 points a game going into the tournament and in one district playoff game scored 69 points. Kim took an early lead but the margin was only four points at the quarter and the half, but edged to seven points in the third period and to the' final 11 point, 79-68 margin. Third-ranked in the poll, Debeque was led by senior center Blake Latham with 23 points. Senior guards John Wright and Jon Bond scored 17 points apiece to lead Sargent in its 5651 win over Mancos. Sargent's largest advantage was Hpoints and the halftime margin was nine points at 29-20. Mancos senior David Archibeque led the Bluejays with 14 points. He also grabbed seven rebounds. Denver Christian, Holy Family win Winder paced the attack with 22 points while Manwtis contributed 15. While that pair was carrying the scoring load, junior center Beckett was grabbing key rebounds en route to 11 caroms for the night. Beckett, who could pass for L'il Abner with a corncob pipe in his mouth, wasn't the game's leading rebounder -- that honor went to Central's Brian Wall with 20 but the boards came in key situations during the Moffat County comeback. Wall's 20 rebounds wasn't enough to keep Moffat County from posting a 51-43 advantage on the boards. In addition to Beckett's 11, Maneotis grabbed 15 and Winder came up with 11 more to aid the Bulldog cause. Moffat County put Weld Central away for good with just one minute left in the contest when Winder followed a Maneotis free throw with a jumper from the top of the key for a 56-54 lead. After that, the Bulldogs went to a shuffle offense, something out of the Weld Central play book. Hicks had a simple explanation, in the end, after his club dropped just its fourth game in 23 outings this year: 'The momentum of this game changed and we didn't change with it." W C M Fa Ft Rb PI Tp Eficnberfti 5 8 7. Â· t 2 V Llnnebur I S t 7 t 3 Â« Marqu" 0 1 0 1 7 5 0 Thurtell Â»IS 7- 3 Â« ) 70 Wall J15 3 5 20 J 11 Keen 0 2 0 0 I 3 0 Thompson 0 - 0 0- 0 0 0 0 Tollll I1.M lt-71 U If H FINAL TIME OUT - Weld Central coach Larry Hicks signals for his team to call a time out with only seconds left on the clock and the Rebels (railing by four points against Moffat County. (Tribune photo by Steve Bauer) Cyclones lead NCAA wrestling competition Fl Rb PI Tp Wlndri Ocyo Bcckcll GrandbOKhP Cooncy Witti Burr DENVER - Top-ranked Denver Christian issued notice (hat it'ft the team to beat in (he Colorado Class AA basketball tournament wiuva 76-61 victory over Del Norte Thursday night. The AA field was reduced from eight to four for Friday's semifinals as Moffat County slopped Weld Central, 59-54, Greeley University bested Kangely, 80-68, and Holy Family decked Sanford, 76-72. Tonight's championship bracket games match Denver Christian and Moffat County at 8 o'clock followed by University and Holy Family at approximately 9:30. Moffat County is the only unranked team left in contention for tic AA title with Denver Christian, University and Holy Family listed 1-2-3 in the laslest Associated Press poll. Denver Christian had little trouble advancing. The Crusaders quarterfinal victory came on the strength of a 26- point third quarter, during which they piled up a 19-point lead. Outgunned Del Norte couldn't get back in (he running. The Crusaders were hot from the field, hitting 33 of 51 field goal attempts for 64.7 per cent. Senior forward Scott Shannon led the barrage with 29 points and he added 12 of Christian "s 39 rebounds. Del Norte's leaders in a losing cause were seniors Bob Ojellum with 23 points and 10 rebounds and Rick Myers with 15 points. Kish spl Baldwin T.UIt its, loses TUCSON, Ariz. - University of Northern Colorado heavyweight wrestler Jim Kish split a pair of matches In preliminary rounds of the NCAA championships Thursday while 190-pounder Bill Baldwin dropped a pair of decisions. Kish pinned Bloomsburg State's Tony Dimarco in 5:16 in the opening round, but dropped a 5-4 riding time decision to North Carolina State's Tom Higgins in the second session. Pitt's Bill Bailey, the Eastern Intercollegiate champion, stopped Baldwin 9-0 in first round action and Darrell Monasmith of Oklahoma State, a former (wo time Colorado Class AA champ at Burlington, beat the UNC 190-pounder, 1410, in the evening matches. Dimarco reached the nationals on the strength of a runnerup finish in the Division II tournament. The eighth- seeded Kish had little trouble stopping him, but Higgins was another story. For his efforts against Kish, Higgins gets to meet defending national champion Larry Bielenberg of Oregon State today. Bielenberg posted a 13-1 win over Kish in a January dual meet. Kish brought a 15-4-1 record to the nationals with seven pins while Baldwin came in at 20-7 wilh six pins. Kish had breezed through the Western Regional Qualifying Tournament two weeks ago at UNC while Baldwin had posted a second place finish. TUCSON, Ariz. (UPI) Defending NCAA wrestling champion Iowa appeared in trouble after the first day of competition, but Hawkeye coach Gary Kurdelmeier figures other title contenders will have their problems too. The Hawkeyes were in third place after the first two rounds Â·with rival Iowa State in first place and holding down the favorite's role. The Cyclones had 23% points and still had eight of their 10 wrestlers in the competition. Oklahoma State, qualifying six wrestlers for Friday's quarterfinals, was second with 22% points and Â·Iowa, which had only half of its 10 entries left, was third with 21V.. Oklahoma State qualified six men for the third round while Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, fourth with 19 points, had five athletes left. Filling out the top ten were Oklahoma 11%, Penn Slate Iiy ( l Lehigh 10H, Michigan 10 and Wisconsin and Arizona Slate 9'4. "We had some disappointments but some other teams arc going to be disappointed before it is over wilh," said Kurdelmeier. "Oklahoma State was the hot team today and Iowa State hasn't met anybody tough yet." Among the upset victims in the second round were third seeded John Janiak of Syracuse at 158 pounds. Janiak, a runnerup last year, lost a 4-3 decisions to Navy's John Althans. Another No. 3 seed, Ken Nelson of Oklahoma, was beaten in overtime, 1-0, by Harold Wiley of California- Santa Barbara in the 12 pound division. Wayne Packer of Penn State, No. 4 at 188 pounds, was upended by Andy Digaralamo of Cal Poly ?Â·Â«. The six defending champions all moved into today's competition. They are Shawn Garel, Oklahoma, 118; Mike Frick. 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