The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 3, 1955 · Page 10
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PAGE TEH BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 195B ChicksStart Slow, But BeatManila 74-56 Tribe in Semifinals; • RectorUpsetByHot Tech Team 67-65 JONESBORO — It took almost two quarters to do it, but the Chickasaws finally got started against Manila's scrappy Lions last night and raced to a 74-56 win to advance to the semi-finals of the District 3A tournament at Arkansas State College. The Chicks play Greene County Tech, suprise winner over Hector, t 1 o'clock tomorrow night to de- six of 24 tries from the field for 25 percent—well below his usual. The Chicks were outscored by termine the upper bracket entry in I Manila in the third quarter though next week's state Class A tourna- only by a one-point margin. 22-21, ment at Little Rock. First Upset The Tech cagers pulled the first upset of the otherwise form-follow- as both teams hit better than the first half, Kennie Issacs kept the Lions in the game in the third with, four « • whj|e Hatcher » ing tournament with » «™ m "S ;]; i ting six free throws. 65 win over the favored Black Cats & from Rector. The game's outcome was in doubt until the final buz- aer, Blytheville had trouble getting , started against the fast, close-defending squad from Manila, .though the Chicks led all the way after trailing briefly in the close first quarter. The Tribe had one of its field goal droughts in the opening period, going six minutes without a two-pointer. Jones hit in the last second to give Blytheville a 13-10 lead at the end of the quarter. With Fred Hodge and Freddy Akers leading the way ,the Chicks began clicking better as the second quarter wore on and managed to build their lead to 10 points 33-23 at the half.. Akers had three field goals and two free throws for eight points in the period and Hodge netted six points. Bobby Jones, who had consider, able difficulty finding the range ' last night popped another in as the buzzer sounded ending the half. Jones had one of his worst nights of the season in shooting percentage though he was in the top three scorers for the Chicks. He hit only Blytheville went into the final period leading 54-45. The Chicks made it run-away in j the fourth scoring half of their 20 points from the charity line as the hustling Lions fought hard to over come their deficit. Manila got only li points in the finale. Blytheville went into a semi-stall midway in the last quarter and before the game was over, four of Manila's starters had fouled out trying to get possession of the ball; the fifth had four fouls. Jones led Blytheville scorers in the final period with six points, four on foul shots. Blytheville usually is well-balanced scoring attack was rather one- sided last night. Freddy Akers was high 19 points, followed by Harrison Loses In Chicago GG Henry Harrison, former Joiner boy now living in Memphis, lost a decision last night to John Charleston, a 21-year-old paratrooper of Fort Campbell, Ky., in the western Tournament of the Golden Gloves in Chicago. Harrison, a Mid-! South champion, had won two fights previous to his defeat last night fn his middleweight division. Harrison, Ouachita College student, put up a good battle against the much taller boy representing Terre Haute, Ind. However, Charleston's • reach proved too much for Henry, who had his best round in the third, when he waked a game duel to try and pull out a victory. Harrison's defeat leaves only one Arkansan in the tournament. Sonny Ingram of Little Rock is still in the running in the heavyweight division. Hodge with 17 and Jones with 16, Hodge had the best percentage from the field with five of nine for 57 per cent. Akers hit six of. 14 for 45 per cent. Issacs, Hatcher and Mecham had 10 each in leading Manila. In the second game last night, Greene County Tech suprised Rec-,j.~ tor with a vastly improved team and | ousted the Black Cats from the tournament in the closest game so far. \ Tech showed good speed and come r sharp shooting in pulling the upset, The boys from Greene County led most of the way, though the lead never got wider than seven points. ; TOO LATE — Fred Veach of Manila (No. 32) tried too late to stop the Chicks' Chuck Langston from scoring last night in the District 3 Tournament at Jonesboro in a game which the Chicks won 74-56. Fred Hodge <No. 95) waits in vain for the rebound as Langston dunks it in the hoop. (Courier Xews Photo) Basketball Scores By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Columbia 65, Princeton 58 Syracuse 84, Canisius 68 Penn 85, Penn State 79 Lafayette 101,' Rutgers ,68 St. Bonaventurc 68, St. Vincent (Pa) 53 Brown 79, Providence 7* (two overtimes) Oklahoma A&M 38, Oklahoma 34 John Carroll 94, Seton Hall 90 Bradley 90, Dralce 73 Arizona state (Tempe) 104, Arizona 103 (overtime) San Francisco 73, Santa Clara 61 San Jose State 65, College of Pacific 63 Utah State 79, Montana 70 Seattle 73, Idaho State 69 Southwestern (Kan) 69, Ottawa (Kan) 59 (Southwestern leads best- of-3 series, 1-0) Harrison Girls Edge Augusta Harrison High senior girls, winner of District 8, won their 21st game of the season last night at Harrison High gym as they defeated Carver High of Augusta 33-32. This gives Harrison a 21-4 record to carry into the state tournament at Marianna this weekend. In preliminary games Armorel Junior girls from Frenchman's bayou .17-1, while, the Armorel junior boys went down in defeat before the Frenchman's Bayou juniors 37- Lizzie Harris led the Harrison High senior girls in scoring with 16 points and Powell of Augusta led her team with 15. Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Syracuse 103, Fort Wayne 90 Philadelphia 78, Milwaukee 76 Sports Roundup ly Jallot Leo s All Set- With Problems The Chicks margin over Manila sounds fairly big today, but it NEW YORK! (AP) — It is a strange situation which confronts Leo Durocher as the man- didn-t seem that way "during" the ager of the New York Giants begins cranking up for another National League campaign out at game last night. As one of BIythe- Phoenix. ville fan put it after the battle, was the toughest 18-point "that win I ever saw. play The lower bracket teams quarterfinals games tonight. Leach ville makes Its first appearance in the tournament, meeting Marked tree at 7 p. m. Jonesboro tangles with Piggott at 8:30. Blytheville Cobb 4 Abbott 7 Hodge 17 Jones 16 Akers 19 Substitutes: Langston 2, Edgmon 6. Stanley 1 Bratcher 2; Manila—Meecham 10 •f-Rogers, Davis. The record says Leo has the best I ball club in the game, a team which is "set" at every position. He says he intends to play the same lineup that put the boots to Cleveland in the World Series. So wnnt's Leo got? Nothing but problems. He has no other choice than to Manila j go again with a club which did an Hatcher 10 amazing job of falling on its face at the plate last year—except for two regulars and one pinch hitter. The champs badly need some plasma at the dish, but none is in sight. Outfielder Monte Irvin's average fell off from .329 in 1953 to .262 ros. p F C G G Blytheville —Hyde Veach 9 Wagner Issacs 10 WAY UP — Fred Hodge (No. 95V e-f the Chicks goes high into the air as he scores two of his 17 points In the quarter-final game with Manila last night in tfoe District 3 tourney. Kennie Isaacs ol Manila tries (o stop him. (Courier News Photo) YES! WE TAILOR-MAKE SEAT COVERS GILBERT'S AUTO UPHOLSTERY Hlway 61 N. Ph. 3-6742 last season. First baseman Wnitey Lockman plunged from ,.295 to .251; pecond baseman Davey Williams from .297 to .222; third base- maji Hank Thompson from .302 to .263; shortstop Alvin Dark from .300 to .293: catcher Wes Westrum from .224 to an appalling; .187. The only regular who boosted his average over the previous year was right fielder Don Mueller, from .333 to .342. If Willie Mays had not returned from the Army to blast his great .345, and Dusty Rhodes had not driven across 50 runs, mainly as a pinch hatter, one can only surmise the Giants would have wound up about sixth. Xo Complacency In the face of such figures, Durocher can feel no complacency. He has no reason to believe he can win again if any one of the three — Mays, Mueller or Rhodes- should have even a slightly less spectacular season, or if Johnny Antonelli should not equal or better his 21-7 pitching record. It's a mighty lot to have tied up in only four players when you're going into a dogfight with two such balanced outfits as Brooklyn and Milwaukee. is every ounce your best bourbon ...because: is bottled at the peak of perfection! ete/toutce makes a National Cage Tourneys Having Trouble Finding Enough Qualified Teams By ED W1LKS The Associated Press It might be just as well if the NCAA forgot about naming the two remaining at-large entries for the championship basketball tournament that gets underway next week. The NCAA, which once had a nice, cozy eight-team'playoff, runs a 24-team elimination now which matches 15 automatic entries (mostly conference champions) and nine at-large choices. Trouble is, the crop of still available independents is so poor, they might as Well plow it under and hope for a better yield next season. Right now, the NCAA must select two aMarge teams to play each other in the Western regionals Monday or Tuesday. Oklahoma City IL, Drake and Bradley are reported under consideration. Dyess Loses First Game in State Meet LITTLE ROCK — the darkhorse from Jessieville proved to Be too much for the lads from Dyess as they coasted to an easy 71-56 victory last night in the Class B State Tournament here. Dyess was outscored in every period but the third and never was in the ball game after the first quarter. They trailed 10-18 at the end of the first, 21-35 at the half, and 37-51 at the end of the third. Early Deficit Costly The Eagles matched Jessieville point for point in the last half but couldn't overcome their early period deficit. Rice, center for Jessieville, was the big difference In the game. The 6-0 pivotman ripped In 20 points in the first half and monopolized rebounds off both backboards. Rice was especially effective on defensive rebounds as he out-jumped the Lou Uncertain About A's Line-up WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., (fl»)— Manager Lou Boudreau says he lasn't "the faintest Idea" what the ,lnup will be of the new Kansas ity Athletics. "My mind is open on everyone and everyone here gets a chance. I'm going to be guided on what I see," he said yesterday. The manager thinks the A's will 36 ready for some camp games by .he end of the week. 6-5 Dyess pivot, Joe Gray. Rice poured the points in from about 20 feet out. as the 6-5 center from Dyess kept the middle closed up. Despite Gray's big height advantage, the Eagles, runners-up in District 3B weren't able to work the ball into him. The swift defense of the Jessieville Lions forced Dyess to rely On the long shots. Rogers High Rogers led the Dyess squad with 16 points, followed by Jones and Gray with 13 and 10 respectively. Jessieville had two big guns besides Rice, who scored 24. Two sharp shooting forwards, Castleberry and Ward, each, hit 15. Dyess was the last District 3 team to bow out of the tourney. Bono knocked off in a first round game played Tuesday. In other games played yesterday Delight whipped Parkin 76-55, Mount Pleasant defeated Hartford 62-43 and Valley Springs edged Wilmar 55-54. ' Dyess Jones 13 Rogers 16 Gray 10 Hall 7 Richards 6 Fos. F F C G G Jessieville Cash 8 McEarl 6 Rice 24 Castleberry 15 Ward 15 Substitutions: Dyess — Ward 4, Richards; Jessieville — Evans 3. Those three have managed to win a combined total of just 25 games all season—including the results of five games played against each other, Bradley Has Edge It seems incredible, but Bradley, NCAA runner-up-last year, would seem to have the toehold despite a 7-19 record. The Braves, who closed out a 16-game losing streak monday against Wichita, apparently won the "elimination" in their regular season finale by defeating Drake 90-73 last night. Oklahoma City has 9-16 record. Drake is 9-12. In the NIT, just one team is unnamed in the 12-club pairings, and that berth reportedly will be filled by the Missouri Valley Conference runner-up (either St. Louis or Tulsa). The champ goes to the NCAA. The problems faced by the tourney selectors show up in a rundown of some of last night's scores: Syracuse 84. Canisius 68; Miami (Ohio) 77, Cincinnati 71; John Carol! 94, Seton Hall 90; Penn 85, Penn State 79; Seattle 73, Idaho State 6Q. Every one of the lasers is bound for either the NCAA'or NIT. Memphis State Plays Penn State There are a couple of sleepers in that list, however. Some of the games paired two tourney teams, so naturally one had to lose. Miami, foy instance, Ls the Mid- America champion and meets Marquette in (he NCAA first round at Lexington Tuesday. But Cincinnati now has lost four strnight since being picked by the NIT—which seeded the Bearcats No. 4, incidentally. Penn State Is scheduled to play Memphis State in the Lexington double-header and Penn could bo the NCAA representative from a nip-and-tuck Ivy League race. And Seattle and Idaho, which played Tuesday night with Idaho State winning, meet again in the NCAA elirnniattons at San Francisco Tuesday. Two tourney picks made out all right. San Francisco, No. 1 Jn the Associated P.ress poll and headed for the NCAA, won its 31st straight by whipping Santa Clara 73-61. And Lafayette, NIT bound, won its 20th In a row 101-69 over Rutgers. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURICM WHISKY . ;W PftOOf • EAftir TIMES DISTUUT MMPMU • UMUSVH.IE I, UHTUUT m m m m w m m m m ,V 15 CHICKS With purchase of 25 Ibs. Purina Chick Startena Giveaway Starts 7:30 A. M. On SATURDAY, MARCH 5 2,000 (hicks-- while they last! Bring your own box. These are Leghorn cockerels and make fin* eating. 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