The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 3, 1956 · Page 11
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Tuesday, January 3, 1956
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(ARK.) COURIER KEWS PAGE ELBYJBH Mighty Dons (Ho-hum) Earn 113 1st Place Votes in AP Cage Poll By THIS ASSOCIATED PRESS San Francisco's mighty Dons, who tacked three games onto their winning streak by breezing through the Holiday Festival last week, remained on top in the weekly Associated Press college basketball poll today. The big-battle is for second place.- c - Tht Dons, winners of tt in a TOW, were listed No. 1 by 113 of the 1M sports writers and sportscasters who participated in the fourth poll of the year. San Frari- ~elsco has led in each one. North Carolina State, Dixie Classic champs on the strength of an easy succets over North Carolina, took over the runner-up spot from Dayton, which dropped to third. On a basis of 10 points for first place, 6 for second etc., San Francisco piled up 1,451 points, North Carolina State 1,168 and Dayton 1,087. The voting was based on competition through .Saturday night. Vanderbilt, with one victory to show .for its efforts last week, moved into fourth place a notch In front of North Carolina, which dropped its first decision after seven victories. Four new teams made their way Into,the top '10. Kentucky moved from 13th to «th, George Washing. ton from~13th~4o 7th. Iowa Slate, unranked last week, moved to the No. 8 spot and Ohio State climbed from 15th to 10th. Illinois remained 9th. The leaders, with first-place votes in parentheses: 1. San Francisco (111) ....1,461' 2. N. C. State (22) 1,168 3. Dayton (14) 1,087 4. Vanderbilt 634 5. North Carolina 564 6. Kentucky , = ,,..434 7. George Washington ......416 8. Iowa State 315 9. Illinois 262 10. Ohio State 260 The second 10: 11. Duke 94* 12 Memphis State (4) 201 13. Indiana 188 14. Holy Cross 173 -4ft—Temple" 159 17. Alabama (3) 145 18. Rice 118 18. West Virginia 107 20. Michigan State # . * * It Will Take Screwy Tactics To Stop SF, Say Old Cagers .'-.-By JIMMY BRESLIN NBA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NBA) — Bill Russell and the San Francisco, Dons provoked one of the best basketball arguments in some time with the overpowering show they put on for Chicago and New York basketball fans during the holiday tournaments. *'' «™_ . _„ * _.__ _„* n lu*.,* hfttar a tuoalr in tho nlrt Wrnftlctvn CTiaTm- il *^—' The argument was not about how good Russell is. The point was how the Job of beating.the Dons could be approached. * , San Francisco, you see, stifles the opposition with a tremendous five- man defensive setup. K. p. Jones, Harold Perry, Bill Mallen and company constantly picked up theiball- handler at midcourt. From there on. It was * acramble to control the ball against the Dons. Two defenders always seemed to get on the man with the ball, completely disrupting any smooth play-making in backcourt. On the surface, It seemed the Dons, as a unit, comprised the finest defensive college team to show In many years. * * • Jom ackmwted«*< this, but offered an explanation. "It Isn't us so much—it's Russell, he said. "You see, we can afford to gamble—leave one irian to: chase another—because we know Russell is back there and he can pick up »nybody_who_gets in free. "That gives^us an edge.-We can really do a gang-up job on the man with the ball outside. And we know we've got a back stop If anything goes wrong." "I don't see how a college team can beat them," Dudey Moore of Duquesne said. "Defensively they ruin you. Russell is too much_ for anybody around. It would take some screwy offense to handle them." The screwy offense business 'brought the most response, old- timers recalled how teams of the past coped with overpowering situations. The first of the modern big men, Mike Novak of Chicago Loyola, a 6-9 giant of the mid-30's, was stopped by » stunt pulled by Clair Bee of Long Island University. Novak was operating when goal-tending was legal and even a high set shot was hard-pressed to get past him. Bee had Danny Kaplowlte spend a week in the old ... acy Gymnasium practicing banked set shots from the side. "Danny," recalls teammate Dolly King, "must have taken 100 shots a day from one part of the court. He'd send the ball against the very edge of the backboard. It had a ton ol English on It. It .would hit- then run right down the board into the hoop. It was impossible to block." Kaplowitz, with this queer shot, had a hot night and LIU ruined Novak and Loyola. * * * You have Doc Carison'i way of handling Penn State's zone, some live years ago. The Pittsburgh coach, disdainful of the zone Penn State used in it* crackerboi gym, ordered his club to advance to mid- court, then simply hold the-ball. "It was 3-2 at the half," Haskell Cohen of the National Basketball Association recalls. Tommy Tolan, the old Brooklyn St. John's captain, thought about his team's 1946 victory over a far superior City College of New York club. ' "We had no .chance..against their speed, so Dick McGuire and I put on a 40-mlnute freeze at mid court," Tolan recalls. "We shot only when the referee called a fqul or we had an open hanger. Otherwise, Dick and I kept it outside and gave it to nobody. It was boring to watch and nobody scored much, but we won by three' points." "Rhode Island State's styl that's what I'd use," -johnny flach, the Pordham coach, said. "They had no height, so when they came into New York for, the first time in 1941, they left a man hanging in each corner. They'd get the ball throw it like a football downcourt— and then everybody would start running and shooting. "That •introduced high scoring uv to the modern game." Tangerine Kills Long Streak ONE UP Bill Russell show! why San Francisco Is a jumj ahead of most college basketball, teams as he leaves two Philadelphia La Salle player- nailed to the floor during holi- ! day tournament at Madison Square Garden. — Once' The 1,365 doubles series rolled b; George :Parcropis and Harry Zoe was the ler in the 1955 ABC Dowlin B tour graveyard^orone of'college foot-'nament is the eighth highest Ir ball's longest winning streak when A BC history Juniata's string of 23 straight ended in a 6-6 tie with Missouri! Valley last night. Two years ago it happened to East Texas,-State, winner of 30 straight until held to a 7-7 tie by Arkansas State. Juniata's string of 23 roda the passing arm of Pat Taiquinio and the catching of Barry Drexler and it was still riding them wehn it went down. _j The-TarquTHId-Drexler colnBlna- tion produced the Juniata touchdown on a 30-yard play in the first quarter. The pair also covered 27 yards in earlier stages of the 67-yard drive and went on to a total gain of 164 yards even afte Missouri Valley started covering Drexler with two and three men. Drexler's ability to snag passes in the face of this blanket defense won him the votes of sports writers as the most valuable player in the game. A Juniata fumble led to Missouri Valley's touchdown" early in the first quarter. The Vllings jot the ball 16 yards from the goal and on the second play Bobbie Joe Scales tossed 11 yards to Ken Gibler for the score. Juniata was within one yard of a touchdown on two occasions in the final minutes only to be tharted by Missouri Valley's bigger line. Illini KO Spartans 73-65 By BEN OLAN The Associated Press They don't call Illinois the 'fighting Illini" for nothing. The courageous gang from Champaign got Michigan State dizzy with a sensational second half rally last night that brought t a 73-65 Big Ten basketball vie ory as the conference competition ;ot under way. Trailing By IS Trailing by 18 points in the firs half, Illinois came with a rush to deadlock the Spartans 51-51 in the second half. Then, after, falling a point behind, the Illini moved in !ront to stay when BUI Ridley scored four straight points. Ohio State, which along with Illinois, is given the best chance of relieving Iowa of the league title also scored impressively, 19-66 over Michigan. Indiana trounced Northwestern 94-81 and Purdue defeated Wisconsin 73-66 in other Big Ten games. Elsewhere around the country Xavier of Ohio clobbered Georgia Tech 92-67 to win the Queen City Invitational, the last of the holiday tournaments. Detroit whippec Bradley 106-91 and Houston downed Wichita 82-77 In Missouri Valley action. Auburn triumphed over Florida 89-77 in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams Missouri nipped Arkansas 51-50 and Pittsburgh beat Yale 95-74. Freeman Pours In 28 Robin Freeman, as usual sparked the Ohio State attack pouring in 28 points. The Buckeyes led all.the way. Bradley's loss to Detroit marked its return to .conference activity after a three-year absence and the Braves lost the game at the fre throw line. Bradley was able t hit on only 25 of 51 from the.fou line while Detroit canned 46.of 6f Houston had to ride out Wichl ta's full court press in the las nine minutes to record its thir straight Missouri Valley success Houston meets St. Louis, anothe league titan, Saturday night. William Boss, who was foule as the final horn sounded, san both free throws to give Missour its victory over Arkansas. Th lead changed hands eight times i the last six minutes. Arkansas' Manuel Whitley Sofcfcing Gn'er Exclaims Penalty Was Unjustified By JAMES SAGOUS NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Georgia Tech is wearing its fourth Sugar Bowl crown at „ jaunty angle today, caring ittle about the arguments over the touchdown in its 7-0 victory over Pittsburgh. Tech got two of the biggest breaks in its illustrious football listory yesterday to whip Pitt, stubborn team with power-laden running and dangerous passing that belied its role us a one or Lwo-iouchdown underdog. First Break The first break when Pitl quarterback Pete Nelt fumbled and Tech guard Allen Ecker recovered on the Pitt 32 in the first quarter. The' second came on the next play, when quarterback Wade Mitchell tossed toward end Don Ellis in the Pitt end zone. Officials ruled that Pitt defensive back .Bob Grier, the first Negro to play i.'. the Sugar Bowl, pushed Ellis. They penalized Pitt for pass interference and placed the ball on the Pitt 1. Mitchell banged over for the touchdown and converted for the But Pitt Fullback Grier Is Happy Just The Same, Later Attends Hotel Petty mppy to have any son through the same experience," aid fullback Bobby Grier as he sat in the Pittsburgh .dressing dressing room, the first Negro to )lay In a Sugpr Bowl football winning Grier, margin, sobbing In the dressing room, told newsmen the penalty "should have been called the other way. He pushed me from behind that's why I fell forward." Pictures of the final stages of the play show Grier flat on his stomach in front of Ellis, who is in the air reaching over Crier's body for the ball. Game officials declined com ment. Tech Coach Bobby Dodd said •I couldn't see the play at all Ellis told me Grier pushed him and I guess that was the way i was." Equal Disagreement Pitt Coach John Michelosen sale "It could have been called eithe Missouri's Lionel Smith' eac scored 15 points. In St. Louis, Jim Barton le Washington University" to an 82-6 victory over Utah State. Barto poured in 26 points. _. was equal disagreement mong the 80,175 fans. Tech's only other threat came n the fourth period on a sustained rive that carried from its 16 to he Pitt 7. At that point Pitt threw Tech for two straight losses before aking over when halfback Ray Mpasquole intercepted a Toppy Vann pass and returned it eight •ards to the 11. Guard Franklin Brooks of Tech, who helped stop the drive, wa» voted the most outstanding player by writers covering the game. Pitt's spirited power, which made the Panthers the nation'* No. 11 team, furnished most oi the offense while holding seveneth- ranking Tech's running game- largely under control. Pitt threatened three times, with the Tech defense, an Interception and the clock cutting the drW«i off short. NEW ORLEANS W— "I would be f mine . "The publicity didn't bother me." he said. "I have no regrets." Grier, leading ground gainer as Pitt lost to Georgia Tech 7-0, described the crowd as "real nice." He said Tech players helped him off the field when he injured his knee in the fourth quarter. Grier moved into the public Jockey Now Valet HALLANDALE, pla. (/P) — Harry Roble, who led American Jockeys with 173 winners in 1981, will return to Gulfstream Park this winter as a jockey valet. glare Jast month when Oov. Mar' Griffin of Ceorgii Offatt Tech's playing in the Sugar Bowl. Griffin objected to Orier and *• fact Pitt stands would be gated. Student. Tech students became Minced at' the governor's proposal, 'demonstrated and burned Griffin in effigy. The Georgia Board of Regents refused to stop Tech from playing. Grier attended the private p'arty for coaches and players at the traditionally segregated St. Charles Hotel but missed the batt and buffet supper and dance that followed. 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