The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 11, 1955 · Page 8
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Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, March 11, 1955
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PAGE EIGHT BLYTHEVILLE (ARK.) COURIER N2W8 FRIDAY, MARCH 11, 1958 Chicks Falter; Subdued by Green Forest Third Period Lapse Fatal for Tribe; Tigers Win 71-52 LITTLE ROCK — A scoring lapse lasting for more than six minutes during the third quarter which saw Green Forest rack up 16 points before Blytheville could change its 32 on the big Barton Coliseum Scoreboard, cost the Chickasaws their chance for the state basketball championship here yesterday. Kansas To Be Darkhorse Of NCAA Event $MU Plays Bradley, Tourney Long-Shot; Tulsa Meets Colorado MANHATTAN. Kan., W —The battle of "unknowns" in the NCAA basketball tourney starts in the regional meet here tonight as Colorado tackles Tulsa and Southern ethodist faces Bradley. Of the four regional meets to determine the semifinal field .assembling for championship play at Kansas City next weekend, this one seems destined to produce the most dark-hued darkhorse. The eventual winner collides with the champion of the Corvallis, Ore., regional in which San Francisco, No. 1 team in the AP poll, te favored to triumph. The Manhattan winner meets the Corvallis champion, while the victor in the Evanston, 111., regional clashes with the Philadelphia regional survivor in the Kansas City semifinals. Tonight's ba ttle between Colorado (16-5), Big Seven champion. and Tulsa (20-6). co-titliet of the Missouri Valley Conference, is expected to produce the ultimate Manhattan champion. In the other game, Southern Methodist (16-7) engages a stubborn Bradley team (8-19) which during the regular 50:13011 scored ' an 82-73 victory over the mustang champions of the Southwest Conference. Colorado, which has gained the NCAA in 1940-42-46-54, is paced by. Burdette Haldroson. who set A new scoring record for the Golden Buffaloes with -152 points for a 31.5 average. The Buffs run head-on into a Tulsa team which roared to its greatest season in history behind the 27-point average of talented" Bob Patterson. Despite its feeble 1955 record, Bradley ie regarded a long-shot threat in this tourney because the Braves from Peoria, 111., surged to the finals of last year's NCAA tourney, losing out to La Salle in the title game. Wilson, Demaestri Lead A's In Win PORT MYERS, Fla, iTPj — Bill Wilson and Joe Demaestri furnished the batting punch for the Kansas City Athletics In their first exhibition game yesterday against the 1 During the disastrous third period, the Tigers from Northwest Arkansas outscored Blytheville 26-7 and went on to humble the Chicks 71-52 and bounce the District 8 champions out of contention in the state Class A tournament. But the Chicks need feel no shame at losing to the big quintet from Green Forest. Except for the third period collapse of the Chicks, it would have been a first-rate battle all the way, though the outcome may not have been different. The Tigers were simply the sharpest, smoothest-operating team the Chicks had met this year. Mighty Effort And even after falling 20 points behind in the bleak third, the Tribe strove mightily to get back in the game in the opening minutes of the final quarter. They trailed 52-34 starting the fourth but then they began chipping away with Edgmon, Langston, Akers and Jones tallying. With four minutes remaining in the game the lead had been trimmed to 54-44 and it looked a.s if they might make a contest of it. But with Fred Hodge already sidelined on fouls since the third quarter, Freddy Akers got the thumb with four minutes to play, and the Chicks were through. Five Ousted Before the game was over five Chicks had left by the foul route. The Chicks, who have failed to play their best ball in tournaments all season, were never realty in the game though it was close through- a g a in aiK j the Chicks led by out the first half and the Chicks single point at halftimc 27-26. had a one-point lead at halftime. They never looked in top form against the close defense and superior rebounding of the Tigers. The Chicks took plenty of shots, but many of them were desperation ABBOTT REBOUNDS — Charles Abbott, junior forward for the Chicks, goes high to take a rebound from Green Forest's Oralee Boss in the disastrous third quarter at Little Rock yesterday Also shown are Blytheville's Freddy Akers (No. 40 >. and Danny Erigmon (No. 80) and Bryce Sneed (No. 44) of Green Forest. The Chicks lost 71-52 for their worst defeat of the season. (Courier News Photo) * efforts tossed up because the tight defense prevented their working the ball inside. And even their outside shots were closely guarded. The Chicks tried for the basket 61 times and connected on only 14 of them for a mere 23 per cent. Same Story On defense the story was the same. The bigger Green Forest squad controlled both backboards most of the game—completely dominating them in the third quarter. The Chicks were able to garner only 28 rebounds from the Tigers' goal, and in many instances had the ball stolen 'away after coming down with it from the boards. In many respects the game was repeat of the 1953 contest between the two tennis in the slate junior hieh finals at Jonesboro. Again it Was Oralee Boss, Tiger Routine And that was the routine for the rest of the game for the Tigers. When the Chicks plugged up the middle. Boss, Greer and Delocier stepped back and scored from the outside. The Chick* couldn't keep possession of the ball long enough in the third to get many shots away. After a goal by Cobb and three points from the foul line in the opening minutes, the Chicks hit a drouth and didn't score ag»in until Green Forest had a 20-pomt lead and Jones netted a 25-footer with 48 seconds left in the period. That left the score at 52-34. The Tigers had scored IB points iu that interlude and the Chicks' backs were broken — but it may well have been by the next state champions. Four members of the played their last game Chicks. They were Danny or Chuck Langston, Danny Edgmon :vnd Earl smoota floor-mini :tnd bull-handler with a deadly Blytheville the Elythev a! Cobb 4 Pittsburgh Pirates. Wilson slammed a homer with one aboard and a single in the A's 9-8 loss to the Pirates. Demaestri got a single and a double and drove in three runs. AthLetics' Manager Lou Boudreau used 18 men in the 10-inning game. Tigers' Juniors Win Track Meet CARUTHERSVILLE — Caruthersville's Junior High Cubs got their track, season riff to a good start by defeating Hayti's .Junior . Indians here Thursday afternoon 57-41. Leading the way for Coach. Hurry Darr's Cubs was George Hollowell. He scored a double victory by winning the 60-and 100-yard dashes and was also a member of the winning 880-yard relay squad. eye, who gave most trouble. He notched 20 points to tie with his teammate, and rebounding dude, Johnnie Winkle, for high score honors. Jones High Bobby Jones was high for the Chicks with 16 points. Charles Abbott, who had been the Tribe's mainstay in tournament play, had* seven points and led in rebounding with seven. The Chicks got off ahead in the first quarter on Danny Cobb's rebound shot from the tip-off, but the score stayed close through the opening period with neither team able to solve the other's fine defense. .TAvice the Tigers gained a 3-point niargin but each time Bobby Jones scored from far out to pull the Chicks back and they trailed by only one point at 13-12 after the first period. The Tribe picked up two in the .second quarter as Coach Jimmy Fisher's lads started hitting a little better. Akers. Edgmon. Abbott and Jones put the Chicks ahead mid-way in the quarter with a five- point margin at 24-19. But then the Tigers quit trying to work the ball through the Tribe's tight defense and gave it to their set shot artist A. C. De- locier and he dropped two in from 30 feet away to cut the margin Abbott 7 Hodge 5 Jones 16 Akers 6 Hyde. c I'os. F F C G Green Dick Groat Will Stick To Baseball PORT MYERS, Fla. Hfi — Torn between two sports careers—pro baseball and pro basketball—Dick Groat plans to stick with baseball if he has a good year at shortstop with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The basketball All American, who jumped from the campus of Duke University to the majors in 1952, is back with the Pirates after iv.'o years in the Army. He turned down a winter of basketball with the Fort Wayne Pistons of the NBA to give baseball "the big try." "This will be the first time I've ever started a baseball .season, fresh and ready," he said at the Piraie.s" training camp. "Always '* MC £! before 1 had been through a h?1 ~ strenuous basketball season'. I want squad the Cobb, Chaffee In Finals Of 4th Army Cage Tournament NCAA Tourney Starts Action Again Tonight; Cats,'LaSalle Play By ORLO ROBERTSON The Associated Presi The NCAA Basketball Tournament swings back into action on four regional fronts tonight with LaSalle's defending champions in sight of a record-tying performance, highly regarded Kentucky certain to break its own scoring mark anc No. 1 ranked San Francisco bucking a 15-year-old jinx. Out of the play in the regional *competition tonight and tomorrow' at Philadelphia, EvansLon, III., Corvallis, Ore., and Manhattan, Kan., will come the four winners for the semifinals and championship rounds at Kansas City March 18-19. If LaSalle, led by All America Tom Gola, gets past Princeton, Ivy L^igue titlehoWcv. at Philadelphia tonight and then beats the Canisius-Villanova winner in the regional final tomorrow night, the Explorers will tie the Oklahoma Aggies at eight for the "greatest number of NCAA Tournament victories without a defeat. The Aggies won three in each of their 1945 and '46 championship years and captured two more in 1949 before losing to Kentucky in the finals. LaSalle piled up five victories en route to the title last year and already has beaten West Virginia, this year. Last year was Sneed 111 l ° find ° Ut f01 ' myself lf u reall y Hoslev '> ttlilkcs ai 'i' difference." Greer" 111 Although Groat is all wrapped Substitutes: Blytheville — Hyde j up in his baseball career, he is 1, Lnngston 4, Edgmon 6. Stanley; curious to know ho\v he would go 2. Bratcher 1; Green Forest — De-; i" a full season with the Pistons, locier 6, King, Mitchell 1. En the winter of 1952, Fort Wayne. flew him to and from the Duke! campus to play .several sumes and he Hveniged 13 points per aame. H:- realizes that his best chances of a financial .stake for the future is in baseball, Groat had a .284 average for 95 games with the '"rates in 1952. the Explorers' first experience in the tournament. Cats Can Score 1,000th The first point Kentucky scores against Marquette tonight at Evanston will be the 1,000th for the Wildcats in 16 games of NCAA championship play since 1942. Iowa, Big- Ten champion, tackles Penn State in the other '*alf of the Evanston double-header. Penn State's attack is built around 6-5 Arnelle. At Corvallis, San Francisco will be trying to accomplish something; no West Coast team has been able to do since Stanford won top honors in 1942. Since then not a West Coast five has reached the finals. The Dons, headlining All America Bill Russell, have lost only one game while piling up 23 wins. But they will be meeting a tough outfit in seven-ranked Utah (23-3), tht Skyline champions. Oregon State, presenting 7-3 Swede Halbrook as its No. 1 offensive threat, carries the banner of the Pacific Coast Conference against Seattle, a team '(he Beavers beat by five points without their star during the regular season. The survivor of the riouble-head- ,ei at Manhattan almost certainly will bear a "dark horse" label in the championship finals. The top entry, based on the Associated Press poll, is 15th-ranked t Colorado (16-5), the Big Seven champion. The Buffaloes meet 16-th-rated Tulsa i20-6), cotillisL of the Missouri Valley Conference. The other game sends Southern Methodist (16-7, Southwest Conference champion, against the oft- beaten Bradley (8-19), runner-up to LaSalle last year. But fans point out that Bradley also was lightly regarded last year yet moved into the finals. CaruthersvilleGG Boxers WinTeam Trophy At Senath SEN.4TH — CaruthersvilJe boxers won the team trophy and five other trophies in the finals of Golden Gloves tournament at Senath last night. Taking the individual honors was Louis Cook. He won the best fighter trophy and the trophy tor his 135-pound division. Other Caruthersville boxers winning trophies In their weight classes were: Huey Robertson, Roy Smith and Floyd Owens. The latter two are Negroes. Caruthersville boxers won foui matches and lost two last night. Louis Cook won by a first round TKO over Tommy Martin of Hikes- ton in a 135-pound novice bout. Huey Robertson, 104-pounds, took a first round TKO victory over Pat Skelton, 111-pound fighter of Sen- at-h in sub-novice contest. Boy Smith knocked out Jack: Jackson-of Campbell in the first on their 155-pound novice bout. Floyd Owens won by default over Floyd Bogard of Caraway in a 175-pound novice match. Dean Harvey of Senath took a decision from Steve Shepard, Caruthersville Negro, in a 135-pound novice event. Dean Harvey also won a decision from Clark Stune from Caruthersville in a rematch. On the night before the ring announcer errbneously stated that Stone had won a decision over Harvey. .However a check of the scoring proved Harvey the winner. Pro Basketball Results By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS New York 114, Boston 95 For Wnyne 93. Philadelphia 91 (overtime) Basketball Scores B. J. Pierce of Searcy 73, Westerfield Chevrolet of Hazen 64 Hendrix College 95. General Motors of Hot Springs 83 , I Richie Ashburn has led the Phil 58th Battalion of Camp Chaffee j lies in stolen bases every year 84, St. Joe 76 since 1948. Fights Last Night By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Tacoma, Wash. — Pat McMurtry, 190. Tacoma, knocked out Hans Friedrich, 202, Germany, 3. Fresno. Calif. — Dale Hall, 208. Los Angeles, stopped Irish Jimmy Byrne. 219, Portland, Ore., 3. West Palm Beach. Fla. — Eddie Compo. 135, New Hf v en, outpoint- ed Chico Maldonado, 133, New York, 10. FORT SMITH. Ark. f.-Pi — Defending champion and host Camp Chaffee is in the final of the Class A division of the 4th Army basketball tournament here. Chaffee trounced Ft. Hood. Tex.. 111-68 last night and will meet the winner of today's Ft. Hood-Ft. Sill game for the championship. Ft. Sill gained the semifinals by running over Ft. Bliss 100-79 yesterday. Two Class A A games were played. Red River Arsemil of Tex arkana whipped Ft. Sam Houston 97-93 and Sandia, N. M., Air Force Base turned back New Orleans Port of Embarkation 75-69. In Women's Army Corps sanies Ft. Sill shaded Ft. Hood 31-30 and Brooke Army Medical Center defeated Sandia 32-29 in an overtime Sports Roundup J c/ a j/ Reds May Regret Smith Deal TAMPA (AP) — This being a day when good relief pitching becomes of greater importance with each passing season, as witness what Hoyt Wilhelm and Marv Grissom did for (he Giants, we expressed the thought that Birdie Tebbetts might live to regret the day he parted with Frank Smith, who appeared in 50 games for him last year. In exchange for Smith, the Cincinnati .manager acquired title to Ray Jablonski, a third baseman who unloaded 104 runs ' batted in for the St. Louis Cardinals, and Gerry Staley, who was a standout pitcher a few years ago and still is young enough to make a comeback. Birdie, who has just been rewarded with u new three- ycar contract for having raised the Redlegs up to fifth place in the NUlonal League in '54, said yes, there always was a chance of making a mistake In such a deal. Couldn't P.i»* Up Chunoe "But it was « cjlv.nce I couldn't turn down, gelling such a slugger u Jubloneki Into my lineup," be said. "I know I already had power,- but you can never get loo much. There's a possibility I will find myself another reliefer as good as Smith was, but how often arc you offered a hitter who can knock in '>ver 100 nm^? "It could help both clubs, and I really mean it. The Cards were badly in need of a man who could give them a fine Inning or two near the end of n game. They must have lost 26 or 30 because they didn't have such a pitcher last year. If Smith can do for them .what he did for us the first half of the sca.spn, they're In belter shape He Menwd to tire, but hi oould I come back .strong, and I hope he does," Bi one s." Klippstdn In Smith's Place irdie was asked If he had any- In mind who might lake mind Smith's place and save a few late- Inning decisions for h 1 formidabl wrecking crew. "" S unny enjoy the hourhon that's 0*- Seen him In ttn n«w*rM|sT ProC- ably. Ho'« been making hl«tory for years. Watch him now mm h« «lpa cheerful Old Sunny Brook- look at that Sunny Brook .mltal. KENTUCKY STRAIGHT : BOURBON WHISKEY • Olio OVOtfobfo KINTUCRT ILCNDtO WHIlKtV IIOTh H PSOOF lunuo-r BUNDED WHISKEY CONTAINS 4S7, OKAIN >."IJTHM SMIITS - JHi Old SJJ_M tjj |J 0 p K_C 0 M PAN V, tO im_vIJU ( .JUJJJLV.tiS Green Forest-NLR, Ft. Smith-Lavaca In State Semifinals By AUREN COOPER LITTLE ROCK (AP) — Smart little teams representing tiny Green Forest and Lavaca will face the mighty Big 7 — North Little Rock and Fort Smith — in the state Class A basketball semifinals tonight. • , North Little Rock and Green Forest are paired at 7:30, while the Grizzlies and Lavaca will tangle at 8:50. AH four survived grueling pressure — including two overtime games—in yesterday's taut quarterfinals in Barton Coliseum. Hurricanes Fall Lavaca eliminated defending champion Jouesboro 74-72 with a basket in the last two seconds of an overtime period. North Little Rock rallied for six points in an extra-curricular period to advance past Magnolia 82-77. Fort Smith knocked off Van Buren 45-41 in a typical light duel between those old rivals. Green Forest's Tigers spurted in the third quarter to break up a close game with Blytheville 71-52. All of the semifinalisls except North Little Rock hall from northwest Arkansas. Howard Patterson, a poised and polished little guard, provided 30 points for Lavaca—including the clutch basket that won the game. Jonesboro, tr"» "•*nt l 'ng champion but a definite underdog this year, trailed 42-33 at halftlme but quickly caught up in the third quarter to set up the exciting fi-ish. The Golden Arrows had only a two-point margin when they tried to stall out the final 2 32 minutes — and the strategy almost backfired. Bill Caldwell and Charles Hanshaw stole the ball from Lavaca on different occasions and Hanshaw made his theft count with a field goal that gave Jonesboro a 68-67 advantage with * seconds to go. 1'atierson Hoi Lavaca's Edwin Graham raced down the court and passed o teammate Jess Steele for a quick crip—but Graham was fouled before the shot. He sank one of his two free throws *o send the game into overtime. Patterson made all six of Lavaca's points in the overtime period. With the score tied 72-72 Patterson maintained possession during the last few seconds before he weaved in for the clinching shot. The clock showed two seconds left. David Abernathy, who scored 21 points, and Tommy Rankin and Jim Mathis, were* Hurricane standouts. Magnolia Surprises Jonesboro beat. Batesville 55-54 n an overtime Wednesday. North Little Rock ran Into a surprising toughie in Mugnolia after coasting through two earlier games. The Panthers, paced by Connie Andrews, Jimmy Schell and Billy Cook, held North Little Rock in the first half. Then the i Wildcats pulled ttway to a 84-W lead before Magnolia went on i 21-point spree in the last quarter to tie up 76-76. Fred Blankensbip -eaked behind the Panthers' defense to take a long pass and make the shot that gave North Little P.oclc a safe 80-77 margin in th - overtime period. Tommy WorreK cinched the triumph w'th two free throws. Wayne Yates, 6-5 Wildcat center. registered 21 points, while andrews got 25 for Magnolia. , Blytheville's Chicks kept up with G"een Forest's sharpshooters in the first half, but it looked like a different ball game the last two quarters. BlyUieville, District 3 champion, held a 27-26 margin at the half, but Green Forest's 26- point third quarter virtually sealed the Chicks' fate. Oralce Boss tallied 20 points and Johnny Winkle IB for Green Forest, while Bobby Jones was high for the Chicks with 16. Pointers Apply Pressure Van Buren applied the pressure all the way before bowing to Fort Smith's efficient ball control game. The Pointers' Pete Collier scored nine points in the first quarter and his team jumped into a 13-9 lead. Fort Smith's close guarding of the big man finally began to pay off and the Grizzlies tied it up 22-22 just before the half. The last half was close until Fort Smith set up a successful! stall in the last 2'' 2 minutes after -grabbing a 39-36 lead. The stall drew : e Pointers away from the basket and left the way open for an easy two-pointer by Jim Gattis that ended Van Buren'i' hopes. Collier dropped in 21 points despite close guarding by the Grizzlies. Neil Collier and Ronnie Bateman of Fort Smith counted 14 and 9, respectively. Exhibition Baseball By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Boston (Ai 6. Washington <A'i 3 Chicago lAi 10. Cincinnati IN) 7 Pittsburgh (N) 9, Kansas City (A) 8 110 innings) St. Louis <Nl T. New York (A) 0 Philadelphia iNi 4, Detroit (A) 2 Cleveland (A) 9. Chicago (N) 7 Brooklyn (N) 3, Milwaukee (N) 2 (night) Read Courier News Classified Aril. SORE STRAINED MUSCLES Need BOB'S GYPSY RUB LINIMENT COMING SOON Bob Logon Announces a Beautiful New Porcelain Inamtl Texaco Service Station Now Under Construction (Station Will Be Leased locally) at the Corner of Ash and Divition Tour With Texaco ... Let us heat your home and power your farm Abraham's Tourist Court MODERN ROOMS—VENTILATED HEAT REASONABLE RATES $1.50 Single 3.00 .,. Single with bath 4.00 Double with bath South Highway 61 Plenty of parking room Beer By The Case Budweiier . $4.40 •Grieiedieck 3.90 Falitaff 3 90 ABRAHAM'S CAFE ASH and RUOADWAY

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