The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on February 10, 1956 · Page 11
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FTOWUBT M> Pettit Takes Mikan's Place as Top Cager By HARRY GRAM0W NBW YORK — (NBA) — Red Auerbsah, who coaohes the Boston Celtic*, tat In the club oar of a. train hustling toward the Big Town and laughed at something he was leading in a magazine. "This fU7>" Auerb«oh »ld, 'Vrites Uwt my Bob Couty Is revolu- Uontitaig the g»m« with hi. behtad-the-bick dribbling »nd pusec. "I wonder what he thinks we were doing back in the old days of pro basketball. You had to sell the crowd some -iv, so you did it with a lot of tricks. Davey Banks was doing things behind his back when he was only a rookie with the Old Celtics. And how do you think Abe Saperstein and tile Globetrotters have been making all that money for so tons? "DON'T GET ME WRONG," Auerbach went on. "I'm not against Cousy's style. He's tremend ' ••••--' •--• tant to the game itself, he's ths biggest attraction in basketball today. Everybody wants to see him play." "That's why I think they should get behind this Bob Pettit," cut In Red Holzman of the St. Louis Hawks. "There'» your »ucce»sor to Mlkan. He'« the reml big man In the game today. The guf can do anything:." Alter personal inspection, there is complete agreement here. Pettit is a huge (8-9, 230-pounder) and mobile crew-cutted young man out of Louisiana State University who currently operates as a Hawk. It has been some time since we've seen anybody this big who can do so many things on a basketball floor. He is as dangerous with outside shots as he is with layups, hooks and rebounds. « • • IF YOU PUT EVEN a half-slow guy on him, you're in trouble. This Pettit can run with the best of them, stop and start like a small man. And he has the quick hands which make it a pleasure to toss passes to him. "When he came to the league last year," Joe Lapchick of the Knickerbockers says, "I watched him till mid-season. Then I had to say something to him. I grabbed him by the arm and said, 'Great! You're great. And don't ever forget it. Go out there and play like it.' "I think he's one of the best things to happen to basketball since r^« been around." This has been borne out by both the game-by-game figures and the financial jottings of the St. Louis club. Pettit leads the league in scoring right now, with an average Of 24.4 points a game. He is among the top two or three rebounders. • * • AND THE BALL CLUB, a horrible flop In Milwaukee, It making money at St. Louis. Enough of it, in fact, to be assured of a successful season right now. This is being accomplished with a team that lost Frank Selvy to the Army and is In third .place. Pettit is the answer. His jump shots from the keyhole, his quick, but effortless moving and his tremendous leaping ability — he was a high jumper, in college — attract fans. In his high school days at Baton Kouge, La., Pettit failed to make the vanity on hU Hr»t try. Cousy has a similar background. Cousy now is accepted as an authentic big star, a $20,000 man in a still-fledgling sport. The pro game could use more stars. It has one in Pettit and It should get people to' buy him as such. It's an easy job. Bob Pettit West Memphis Bulldogged WEST MEMPHIS — Wilson' Bulldogs visited here last night am swiped a victory before returning home. They licked the home .team 69-57, behind Billy Tranum's 2 points. Billy fouled out and missed jus about all the last frame's friction Wilson led at intermission, 38-29. Wilson Pos. W. Memphis Peepers 14 .... F Hinton 6 Sugg 13 F' Cohurn 20 Bill Tranum 21 . C Foley 2 Cissell 16 ... G Martin 8 Bob Tranum 2 . G Leigh Subs: Wilson — Cecil, 3, Floyd. West Memphis — Bowen, 2, Hicks, 9, Easley, 4. BLYTHBTILLB (ARK.) COURIER Defending Hi* National Scoring Crown PAGE Darrell Floyd Held Down, NYU Pulls 100-85 Upset By ED WILKS The Associated Pres* Furman's Darrell Floyd, who seldom takes a back seat in scoring, was just another guy with a jump shot in college basketball last night as George Washington's Joe Holup and NYU's little Tom DeLuca stole all the thunder. Floyd, defending national scoring champ and one-two with Ohio son, packed away 32 points, but got only half Iran the field. DeLuca's 39 led usually inept NYU to a 100-35 upset. Holup, a good steady man for the Colonials, broke out for 47 points, a team record, as GW shellacked Richmond 103-94 and took over first place in the Southern Conference. Two Guards Floyd, under guard first by Bill Shelly and then Ray Eplan, got off 22 shots, but sank only eight. Richmond, which last Saturday upset former Southern Conference leader West Virginia, was in the game until shortly before the half. Then the Colonials popped in eight fast baskets for a 48-43 edge. Elsewhere, Duke, the nation's eighth-ranked team, obtained a little more breathing room atop the Atlantic Coast Conference standings with a 74-59 decision over Virginia. Brigham Young, with Terry Tebbs canning 24, gained similar padding in the Skyline by drubbing Utah State 92-52. Houston defeated Bradley 82-70 and moved within half a game of the Missouri Valley Conference leader, St. Louis, whom the Cougars meet tomorrow night. Columbia's First Loss Columbia was knocked off its unbeaten Ivy League high horse, but not out of the lead, in a 71-70 defeat by Dartmouth. And Manhattan made a bit step toward the NIT with an 83-51 victory over St. John's of Brooklyn on a driving layup by Jack Powers with just 7 seconds left in the game. Duke rode past Virginia with ease as Ronnie Mayer scored 26 40ne Bootheeler Still Remains In St. Louis •ST. LOUIS — seven Southeast Missouri boxers started out to tht Golden Gloves sectional tournament at St. Louis thi* week. Now there'i only one left undefeated. L. F. McClellan of Sikeston It scheduled to fight in finals of th« St. Louis tournament tonight. One of those seven Bootheel boxers was .WilUe Chambers, Caruthersville Negro. He won a preliminary decision Tuesday night, bu* lost a decision Wednesday night. Huskies' Athletic Director, Cassill, Bumps Himself Off pushed the Blue Devils into a | Arnprio, Ont. He bagged two with 0-27 halftlme edge. | one shot. SEATTLE (AP) — The vears gave himself the ax last Stepping out as athletic director was Harvey Cassill, center of an ever-growing storm of protest since he gave the boot Jan. 27 to Cowboy Johnny Cherberg, the football coach. . Cassill's departure, accompanied by lengthy expressions of regret from top university officials, followed by less than a day a closed session ol the university's Board of Regents. Regents Mum The regents would say nothing about their night session beyond a statement they had been "brought up to date." Conferring with them were Dr. Henry Schmitz, president of the university; H. P. Everest, vice president? and Nelson Wahlstrom, comptroller. Cassill in turn conferred with Everest yesterday, leaving the late afternoon meeting after proferrmg man who fired four University of Washington coaches in 10 night in a bid for harmony at the troubled institution. his resignation. "In no other way that I can aee," Cassill wrote, "can our program be straightened out, policy re-established and the university go ahead." Cassill's Statement Referring to his dismissal of Cherberg, which was followed by much public discussion of university athletic policies and an investigation by a legislative subcommittee, Cassill said: "Recently, I had a difficult dfc' cision before me with respect t«f John Cherberg . Whether it was Fights Lost Night By THE ASSOCIATED PKESS Eureka, Calif — George Parmen tier, 234, Eureka, knocked out Gene Thompson, 194, St. Paul, 5. Los Angeles,— Eeuben Salzar, ISlVi, Los Angeles, outpointed Lauro Salas, 130'/z, Monterrey, Mexico, 10. San Francisco—Leonard Gaines, 138, Oakland, Calif, knocked out Johnny McCray, 136, Los Angeles 4. CLOCK RADIO John's fault or not, the facts clearly and conclusively indicated that the situation was beyond recovery as far as his problem was concerned .... I find myself in as untenable a position as I found Cherberg to be in." Cherberg was fired after a player revolt in November followed by the regents ordering his rehiring for the next year in a December meeting, when he was let out it was explained Cassill felt Cherberg had failed to restore harmony as he had promised the regents. Youth Takes Over Tucson Open TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Youth was in command today as the $10,000 Tucson Open Golf Tournament went into the second round. Gardiner Dickenson Jr. of Panama C*y Beach, Fla., and Bob Harris of Chicago, have never won a major tourney but they played like veterans yesterday. They shared the lirst-round lead with 32-31-63S for the 6,434-yard, par-10 El Bio course. Don January of Abilene, Tex., carded 32-32-64, one, stroke behind the leaders. This is only the second pro even in .which he has played. The three unheralded former national collegiate stars didn't go over par on a single hole. They played the best tournament goll oJ thi ; as pros The winter circuit seldom sees such an assault on par as is going on here. Yesterday 52 pros and three amateurs bettered par. Another 11 of the field of 139 equaled it. Excellent greens are expected to keep today's scores almost as low. Ted Kroll of Fort Lauderdale, Fla and, Dave Douglas of Newark, Del., start out today two strokes off the pace with 65s along with young Gerry Keeslering of Toronto, Ont. and Bob Duden, Portland, Ore. 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