The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 9, 1955 · Page 10
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FACE TEH BLYTHEVTLLE (ARK.) COURIER KEWi WEDNESDAY, MARCH 9, Chicks Win First State Tourney Game Play Green Forest In Quarterfinals Tomorrow at 3:20 LITTLE ROCK -^ The Chickasaws from Blytheville, after looking for the basket for three quarters, finally found it in the last period here last night and romped to a 66-53 win over Center Ridge in their opening game at the state Class A basketball tournament. The Chicks run into a big, power- over at 9-8 and widened it to three ful Green Forest team, conquerors points at 13-10 at the end of the of Watson Chapel yesterday, in a quarter " despite Bratcher's two quarterfinals match at 3:30 tomor- charity tosses in the final minute. row afternoon. Blytheville's deficit grew to five The Green Forest game is ex- points in the opening minutes of pected to be one of the toughest the second quarter ae Center - - • ' ~ Lt _i— Ridge dunked a pair of free throws. But then the Chicks began battling back and fought their way into the lead mid-way in the period. Jones pushed in his only field goal of the game from 20 feet away to t cut the Center Ridge lea to 15-12. Langston popped one in from tl: corner but Center Ridge droppe two from the foul line and le 17-14. Abbott Gets Lead Abbott notched points on th Scoreboard three straight times tie the game and put the Trib into the lead. He made it 17-15 on a single fre pitch, tied it at 17-all with a jum shot and then with 4:19 left in th half, sent the Chicks ahead 19-1 with another one-hander. Edgmon stretched it to 21-17 be fore, Center Ridge scored. Akers struck and Abbott bounded one for two points to giv the Chicks their biggest margin the first half at 25-19. Center Ridge battled back quid Jy and closed the gap to two point at 25-23 and then tied it at 25-2 before Hodge hit a free throw an Edgmon racked a 2-pointer for th Chicks' 28-27 halftime lead. The lead switched back forth five times as the second ha; got underway before the Chick emerged with a narrow lead late i the quarter and from then on th Tribe was never topped. Center Ridge grabbed a 29-2 edge to start the scoring in th last half. Abbott came right baek to make it 30-29 for Blytheville but a pair of free throws gave i back to the Conway County crew. Akers and Abbott put the Chick ahead again 34-31 and Hodg< scored on a fnst break to keep th' Maroons on top at 36-33. Three-Pointer Center Ridge took over one more at 39-38 after Edgmon hii but then Hodge put the Chicks ink a permanent lead on a neat three point play. The big pivotman drovi in for a layup and scored but drew a foul,and then sank his free throv and the Chicks were ahead to sta 1 41-39. Abbott hit with 20 seconds In tin period to send the Tribe into the finale with a 43-39 margin. Blytheville turned on the steam in the fourth quarter to put the game on ice with a 23-point effor while holding Center Ridge to l points. Hodge started things with a quick rebound to stretch the lead to six points, Edgmon scored on another rebound and Abbott struck on th Charles Abbott ing into the state show and are ranked as one of the top teams. Gained Momentum Blytheville had difficulty getting started in huge Barton Coliseum last night, scoring'only one field goal in the first quarter. But the Tribe gathered speed as ttie game progressed and finally hit their stride in the fourth quarter to win going away. Team Captain Charles Abbotl was ram-rod for the Tribe last night as the scrappy junior forward came through time and again with sparkling play in crucial moments. But it was a team victory for the Chicks with reserves providing magnificent support for the starters. Bobby Jones, who turned up sick during the game, played only a small part of the game. He was relieved by reserve Jimmy Bratcher, who turned in his top performance of the year. Feeling: Better Coach Jimmy Fisher said this morning that Jones was feeling better after the game last night He said Jones had trouble seeing and was dizzy during the game. The Chicks started off in the lead but the score was tied four times and the lead changed hands 10 times before the outcome was decided. The Chicks could muster only one field goal in the first quarter, but they stayed in the game with eight free throws. Akers scored the first points in the tournament for the Chicks as he dunked two free throws to send the Tribe into the lead. Center Bidge tied it at 2-2 but Hodge netted two from the foul line and Akers scored on a fast break to give the Chicks a 5-2 Jead mid-way in the period. Trailed After First The edge was shortlived, however, as Center Ridge played catch-up and took a 7-G lead with' 3 minutes to play. Hodge hit again from the free throw line but Center Ridge took fast break to make it 49-41. Three Straight The Chicks were hot then anc Abbott notched a three-pointer on fielder and a foul shot. Again it was Abbott with a jump shot and the Chicks led 54-41 with our minutes to go. The Tribe hac scored nine points since the las' 'enter Ridge scratch. Bratcher netted two field goals and a pair of free throws in the next two minutes, expanding the ihick lead to the widest point of he game at 60-45, and there were ust over two minutes to play. Cobb and Langston scored in the inal two minutes to maintain the Favorites Win In State A Tourney By ADREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK-TAP) — Defending champion Jonesboro \vas all set to make its annual debut in the Arkansas Class A basketball tourney today as another five-game session got under way in Barton Coliseum. In its 20th straight appearance in the state meet, Jonesboro was scheduled to battle the Batesville Pioneers at 3:20 p.m., after the 2 p.m. opener between Catholic High of Little Rock and Lavaca. • Prescott and Van Buren take floor at 4:40 and Big 7 powers North Little Rock and Port Smith- decisive winners yesterday — will take on Paris and Marlanna, respectively, in the two night .sessions. NLR Impressive Although two of yesterday's games were close until the final quarter, nil five winners had a dozen points to spare at the finish: Magnolia 70, DCS Arc 53; North Little Rock BI. Newport 56; Bly theville 68. Center Ridge 53; and Fort Smith 67, McGehce 24. North .Little Rock was the most impressive offensively. The defensive-minded Grixzlies never let McGehee get started. Blytheville exhibited an all-around game in eliminating scrappy Center incite. Magnolia's Jimmy Schcll clairn- «d lop scoring honors with 25 points «» the Panthers dispatched Des Arc with surprising case. BlR Wnync Ynles of North Little Rock plunked In 22 points even 'hough he plkyed only * part of the game. The Wildcats played their reserves most of the last half and easily prelected a 47-28 1- Iftime lead. Jim Gatlis.matched Yates' total as the Grizzlier, easily eliminated McGehee. The Bruins bottled the Owls so successfully that the District 8 winners didn't get a field goal for the first six and a half minutes. Near Upset Jess Rawls, who totaled 22 points, and Harry Wilson led Watson Chapel in a third-quarter spurt that almost upset Green Forest. But the District 1 victors, led by Oralee Boss, came back with a 29-points fourth quarter to win going away. Boss also tallied 22 md his teammate Bryce Sneed got 20. Charles Abbott and Prod Hodge were the leaders of Blytheville's steady offense. Center Ridge's two little guards, Pat Duck and Doyce Winningham, displayed some clever floor work, but they couldn't match the Chicks on the backboards. Magnolia, Green Forest and BJy- thcvflle gained Thursday's quarterfinals; the Big Seven entries ad- vnnced to the second round of the 18-team, five-day meet. THREE OF KIND—Mickey Mantle and his twin younger brothers, Roy, left, and Ray, rijht, get some family confidence before the look-alikes take to the field at Yankee rookie camrf at St. Petersburg, Fla. (NEA) Sports Roundup / b u Chisox Need Hitter to Win TAMPA (AP) — There is a disposition on the part of some press oracles this spring to write off the Chicago White Sox, to suggest that they winded themselves chasing the Indians and Yankees the past three years and now are likely to fall back into the pack. This feeling 1 is not shared by the club's new manager Marty Marion, who has made a great recovery from the case of "defeatist complex" which was ascribed to him by te Baltimore owners when they canned him two winters ago. There probably never was anything wrong with Marty that a few good ballplayers couldn't have cleared up. The former great shortstop believes, as Paul Richards did before him, that the Sox are good enough to go all the way if only lineup can make to a ball club, he said. "Or maybe more of thei do after what Willie Mays did fo the Giants last season. All I as is for either George Kell or Wai Dropo to come back with a bi year and I'll guarantee to shm one man 'should plate and help get hot Minute at the Minoso drive in some runs. He thinks it is that close between his team and the two front runners, and he would like a chance to prove it. Need One More Hitler "Few people realize the difference one more good hitter in the Tribe's final,margin at 13 points. Abbott High Abbott's sterling performance, both on offense and defense, netted the junior forward top honors among the Blytheville players. His 10 field goals and two free ilirows were good for 22 points, ligh for both teams. He also led n defensive rebounds with 10 of Blytheville's total of 33. Hodge was next high in the scor- ng column for the Chicks with 14 points. Akers had nine points and reserve forward Bratcher notched eight. Akers was second high, in defensive rebounds with five and had four. Blytheville Cobb 2 Abbott 22 Hodge 14 Jones 2 Akers 9 Pos. F C G G , Center Ridge Winningham 16 Duck 16 D. Shipp 3 So well 13 Scroggins 5 Substitutes: Blytheville — Hyde, Langston 3, Bratcher 8, Edgmon 6, Stanley; Center Ridge — B. Shipp, Oliver, Gray, Vaughan, Hill. Dixie Howell Gets Crossett Grid Job CROSSETT, Ark, W) — A shake up in the coaching staff at Crossel High School next fall will bring tc the helm E. O. (Dixie) Howell, for mer University of Mississippi on Los Angeles Rams football player Howell, who has been coaching at Moss Point, Miss., High Schoo since 1952, will replace Harry Den son at Crossett. Denson will sta; on as an assistant. The present assistant at Crossetl Billy Huie, plans to resign nex fall and enter private business. HowelJ was an assistant coach a Pine BJuff, Ark., before becoming head conch at Moss Point. No Fifth Needed With This 4-Some PITTSBURGH — Ken Loeffler LaSalle's fiery basketball coach hopes to get Duquesne's Dick Ricketts, La£ajle's Tom Gola, Niagara's Ed Fleming and St. Francis' Maurice Stokes to play on his All-East team against the West in Kansas City. What about the fifth man? someone inquired. "If I get these four I wouldn't need a fifth," snapped Loeffler, "A 75-year-old grandmother could be the fifth for all another playei is needed." doift jit&t for bourbon... ask for 1 carbon KENTUCKY STRAIGHT BOURBON WHISKEY fVLLY AGED $455 $*S5 I WPI - ** think one of the way them something. I them might do it too, they've been looking." Kell, a former American League batting champion, was a spavined horse when trader Frank Lane got him from the Boston Red Sox early last season. Instead of finally solving the club's third-base problem, Kell couldn't run a lick and finally underwent an operation on his right knee in August. It appears to have mended well. Dropo, a nrst baseman, was obtained from Detroit during the winter in exchange for Ferris Fain. While Dropo, on his erratic record, would appear to represent a bigger gamble *han Kell did, there is a happy feeling in camp that I this could be the big fellow's year. especially in the Sox should catch fire and scent World Series money, total by seven points. Simmons Ailing; Phils' Flag Chances Hurt By ED COKRIGAN The Associated Press If the Philadelphia Phillies are to be pennant contenders, they'll need all the help they can get from ace left-hander Curt Simmons. Without an effective Simmons, there s no telling how embarrassed rookie Manager Mayo Smith might be in September. That same old ailment, that plagued him through -ost of the 1854 season Is back and Curt is behind the rest of the hurlers in the Phillies' Clearwater, Fla., camp. No sooner did he begin throwing last week than the arm began to ache. He was asked if it felt any better today, and he said gloomily: "Not yet. It feels like it's in there pretty deep." Tech Whips New Haven In NAIA; Play Tonight KANSAS Cmr (ft —^ Arkansas Tech, easy victory ov-.r New Haven College 96-71 last night, hopes for a repeat in its.battle with Atlantic Christian of Wilson, N. C. in the second round of the NAIA basketball tourney tonight. The 10:30 p. m. game is the last on today's eight-game schedule. Paul Martin tossed in 26 points to lead the Techsters over the Connecticut five, while E. C. O'Neal counted 20, and big Don Seiver counted 15. The Wonder Boys had a 40.4 percentage on field goal tries, hitting 1 38 of 94. Coach Sam Hindsman used 10 players and every one of them scored as Tech raced to a 54-33 halftime lead and then coated in. Atlantic Christian has the tallest team in the original 32-team field. The Wilson, N. C. team whipped fourth-seeded EvansviJle, Ind., College 95-88 to gain the second round. Most outstanding feat in the windup of the first round yesterday was the Southeastern Oklahoma Savages' record-breaking 120-67 Stat. It beat a 1947 record team Caruthersville GG Boxers Win In Senath Meet SENATH — Caruthersville Golden Gloves Boxers won three matches and lost two in the first round of the Senath three-day tournament last night, Louis Cook of Caruthersville won a decision over Earl Dunlap of Senath in a 135 pound novice bout. Huey Robertson of Caruthersville decisioned Boyd Perry of Campbell in a 102 pound sub-novice fight. "One Round" Brown, Senath Negro, won by a second round TKO over Roosevelt Jones, Caruthersville Negro in a heavyweight contest. Willie Chambers, Caruthersville Negro, lost a split decision to WiUie Phillips, Senath Negro, in a 135 pound novice fight. Steve Shepperd, Curuthersville Negro, won by default over Connie Campbell of Campbell, 135 novices. Caruthersville boxers drawing first round byes were: Talmadge McCoy, 128 pounds, Floyd Owens, 175 Negro, and Troy Smith, 155, Negro. Last nignt winners and the three drawers of byes are scheduled to fight tonight in semi-final fights. Al Lary, rookie pitcher with the Chicago Cube, was a star football player at bhe University of Alabama. The ache is at the top of hta arm, and although it bothered hint most of last year. Curt still managed to win 14 games. K usually bothered him after he pitched, rather than before. Mayo Lucky So far, Mnyo bus been lucky. B«- cept for Simmons' pain he has had few tnniblcs. His club Is hustling and he likes the looks of some of the young pitchers. But another newcomer to the major league ranks isn't having things so easy. Pinky Higgins of the Boston Red Sox watched outfielder Carl Olson smash into the left field wall In Siirasota and suffer a miid cerebral concussion. The flycbaser was taken to a hospital. He was resting today although he suffered abrasions of the k-ft ear nwl left hand. Joe Black, the big Negro fast- bailer who created a sensation with the Brooklyn Dodders In 1952 only to drop into oblivion the past two years, has impressed Manager Walt Alston. He took a turn on the mound in an. intnisquad game yesterday, and Alston Hkpd what he saw. "Black looked Rood," said the skipper. "He is working on a half- speed pitch which may help him considerably." Old Stories Retold In the Milwaukee Braves and New York Yankees camps at Bradenton and St. Petersburg ther« were old stories being retold. Outfielder Andy Pafko of the Braves and first baseman Joe Collins of the Yanks were fighting off aspirants for their jobs. The veteran Pafko is being challenged for the right field berth by Henry Aaron. 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