The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 31, 1967 · Page 8
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re ar br GAME AT LEACHVILLE TONIGHT No. 1 Lions vs. No. 4 Chicks H.V ED HAYES Sports Eililor v Tonight's "dream match" ...turns out to be not so dreamy .,. after all. Northeast Arkansas bask- .etball fans have been licking their chops for several ' r ,,weeks in anticipation of Bly- .i'-.-theville High's game tonight at Leachville. ...„ It was to have been a .;, battle between the Iwo best --•prep outfits in Arkansas. It still might be, although .. a good deal of the sheen "' was stripped when Blylhe- was knocked down to Hie No. 4 position in the stale|wide ranking as released Hhis morning by the Associated Press. Blytheville and Leachville • shared the No. J rating last I week. Today the Leachville r. Lions are up there all by - themselves. r * * * '• North Little Rock, using "Its convincing 69-55 triumph "at home over Blytheville, "rocketed to the No. 2 position in the poll from fourth place. Leachville coaxed six first- place voles and 130 points. North Little Rock nailed down five top votes and 124 points. Harrison got the other three No. 1 votes and - third place with 114 points. Blytheville scooped up 95 points in fourth place. * * * Tonight's game at Leachville should start at about 7:45. The B preliminary has a 6:30 tipoff. In the first meeting this year, John Widner's Lions defeated Blytheville 46-41. TOO LATE — Blytheville High's .Walt Hampton arrived too late to stop this North Little Rock basket. The Chickasaws lost 69-55 there Friday night. Note how close the NLR students are to the playing floor. (Courier News Photo) At the time Blytheville was No. 1 in the state. The victory here earned the top rating for the Lions and the Holiday Tournament championship. Two weeks ago in a classic also at Blytheville, Dwight Williams' Chickasaws outlasted Leachville in a five-overtime hair-raiser 53-46. In games last week, Leachville beat Greene County Tech, then clinched at least a tie for the' 2-AA North title by winning 79-39 at Newport., 'Has to Be' Considered as Top Rookie Hawks Have Superstar • By CHARLES BAROUH ; ST. LOUIS (AP)-"Lou Hud| son can be a superstar in the • NBA," says St. Louis Hawks i Coach Richie Guerin. "He's a I great shooter right now — not \ just good, but great." i Hudson, a first year forward, ; has quietly moved into the race j for National Basketball Associa: tion's Rookie-of-the-Year. Most ' people had conceded the title to : such publicized freshmen as i Dave Bing of Detroit and Cazzie • Russell of New York. : "As far as I'm concerned, ' Bing is the only one that even i comes close to Lou as rookie of \ the year. And I think Lou is ; more valuable to his (earn than j Bing," Guerin explained. i * * * • Hudson, a former Big Ten i star at Minnesota, is scoring i 17.7 points per game and has a ', .457 field goal average. j "Lou is probably one of the quickest shooters in the league. . what's his great point — his shooting," says Guerin. "And when he starts to drive more he'll really be something." Like most rookies, the Greensboro, N.C., native says defense is his biggest problem. But he feels he has improved and will continue to do so with experience. "Before, other teams used to play to me," admits Hudson. "If they needed the two points then the play would come to my side. But after about the first 10 games I learned how to handle it." * * * Alex Hannum, coach of the Eastern Division leading Philadelphia 76ers, calls Hudson "a heck of a shooter. He has to be considered for Rookie of the Year. "He has all the tools to be a great one '— no doubt about it. He shows a lack of experience, but he'll get that." Give the Boston Celtics weeks and their winning streak is liable to reach out and trip up the Philadelphia 76ers before i snaps. Led by sharp- tooting Sam Jones, the Boston Celtics whip ped the San Francisco Warriors 121-198 at Greensboro, N.C. Monday night for their 10th straight National Basketbal Association victory. Len Wilkens' 28 points led St Louis past Los Angeles 106-99 a Memphis, Tenn., in the only other game on the schedule. The torrid Celtics, who trai! first-place Philadelphia by 6 games in the Eastern Division race, play six games before their next meeting with the 76ers — a nationally-televisec THAT WORD 'SUPER' AGAIN HAS MADS A -9UICU JUMF* FfZOM scrap at Boston Feb. 12. * * * Should they keep the streak alive until then, the Celts will be in position to equal the league record of 17 consecutive victories they share with the old Washington Capitols by beating the 76ers. Sam Jones, who scored only three points in Sunday's 141-108 romp over New York, poured in 32 pBints against the Warriors and triggered a decisive 15-5 bust in the closing minutes. Rick Barry, the NBA scoring leader, topped the Warriors with 32 while Bailey Howell backed up Jones with 21 for the Celts. * * * The Hawks ran 'off eight straight points early in the fourth quarter, erasing a two- point LA lead, and held off the Lakers, who had won their previous four starts. The Hawks' Paul Silas hit for six points and grabbed seven rebounds in the final 12 minutes. Wilkens connected on 10 of 18 shots from the floor, offsetting a 33-poinl spree by the Lakers' Jerry West. iiiiiiiiiiiaiiiiiiiiiilillliliiaiiliiiiiiiiinntiininniiiimiiiiiniimimiif Cage Pros iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiinniiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiNniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii National Basketball Association By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday's Results St. Louis 106, Los AngeleS 99 Boston 121, San Fran. 108 Today's Games San Francisco vs. Detroit at New York St. Louis at New York Wednesday's Games Boston at Baltimore New York at Detroit Philadelphia at Los Angeles linillllllllliiiiiiiiiiiiiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiBiilllllliilllllffllllllin Hockey iiiiinHiiiiiuiniiiiiniiiiiiiiiMiiniiuiniiiiiiuinnw National Hockey League By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Monday's Results No games scheduled Today's Garnet No games scheduled Wednesday's Garnet Toronto at Montreal Boston at Chicago 7 WALPOLE, Mass. - Joe Defied, 369, Newton, Mass., out- loinlcd Clyde Taylor, 172, New fork, 8. iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiHiiii 1 COURIER NEWS H Tuesday, January 31, 1967 § FAQ* K1UHT iiiiBiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiraiimiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiBiiiiHiiiiiiii Blytheville, in addition to the loss at North Little Rock on Friday, whipped fiesty Paragould 41-38 Saturday night. The Chickasaws, with a 15-2 season record, are tied for the league lead in AAA- East with North. Little Rock, the team they stomped in Blytheville last month 6441. Leachville has just the Blytheville loss to go with 22 triumphs. Probable starters for Leachville tonight: 6'2 Tommy Robins; 6'2 John Linck; 6'!^ Joe Sharp; S'l Ronnie Widner; and 5'9 Ronnie Keith. For Blytheville: 6'8 Walt Hampton; 6'3 Ron Wilson; 6'3 Don Gaines; S'll Stan Williams; and 5'lt Aubrey Bell or 5'8 Bill Peterson. * * * Whitehall advanced one notch to fifth in the AP poll after trimming Greenbrier 60-51 and Dollarway 67-51. Searcy, still undefeated, licked Sherdian 64-47, Sylvan Hills 73-54 and Benton 78-68. Searcy moved up to sixth place. Greenbrier is seventh, Fort Smith Northside eight, Springdale ninth and Little Rock Central, with seven setbacks, is No. 10. Manila, another Mississippi County quintet, received honorable mention in the poll, along with Northeast Arkansas' Jonesboro, Palestine and Trumann. Manila's game tonight is at Jonesboro. In other area prep battles: Gosnell at at Dell; Wilson at Lnxora; and Parkin at Missco. Results of the poll, with first place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right: 1. Leachville (6) (22-1) 130 2. North LR (5) (15-2) 124 3. Harrison (3) (22-1) 114 4. Blytheville (15-2) .. 95 5. Whitehall (21-2) .... 84 6. Searcy (13-0) ...... M 7. Greenbrier (30-2) .. 48 8. F. S. Northside (10-5) 41 9. Springdale (15-2) .. 26 10. L.R. Central (11-7).. 24 Others receiving votes, listed alphabetically: Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock Hall, Manila, Palestine, Russellville and Tru- INSULATE ««* PIPES! PREVENT FREEZING -i IN BRIEF COLD SNAPS FIBER GLASS INSULATION, FONDREN HDW. & GIFTS 311 W. Main Street Phone PO 3-4520 free Parking In Rear Did you know you can select from over 20 S\/L industrially rated drills 7 Your exclusive Distributor of Skil Product* In This Area Huffman Bros. LUMBER CO. 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And isn't it a shame that the officials are forced to slip off like this? * * * In my Jan. 4 column I alluded to this move, mentioning that there's "something wrong someplace when the refs try to slip off . . ." Unfortunately, to some readers, this came out as if I were talking pointedly about the two officials who worked the tournament. This was categorically not my intention. I've been writing this column for 11 years now and I have certainly learned in that time that you don't go around calling people names or hinting they might be dishonest. I naturally apologize if my thoughts were misconstrued. However, I believe another reading of my column would convince a reader that the general tenor was in defense of officials and against anything untoward that might have happened here. * * * Joe Brooks of Jonesboro was One of the tournament officials. He filed a complaint with the Arkansas Athletic Association against conduct of some fans in the lobby and against my writings which he said fanned the flames of controversy and, further, dented his reputation as an official. God forbid. I think the following excerpt from a column I wrote earlier this season, in graphic language, explains how I feel about the integrity of Joe Brooks and the quality of his officiating. * * *. "Class AAA officials assigned Jonesboro's Joe Brooks to officiate the upcoming basketball game here between the (Blytheville) Chickasaws and the Jonesboro Hurricane. Joe objected, probably because he feared inference of favoritism. He shouldn't have objected. He's one of the best in the state even when his home team is involved." Remember, the quotes are mine. A&M Hits Milsaps; Southern State Seeking No. 10 By THE ASSOCIATED PRE»S Southern State seeks its 10th Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference victory tonight when the Muleriders oppose Arkansas A&M at Monticello. Four other games are scheduled tonight in the AIC. Ozarks entertains Harding at Clarksville, Henderson meets Ouachita Baptist at Arkadelphia, Philander Smith battles Arkansas College at Little Rock and Arkansas Tech lakes on Hendrix at Russellville. In the only action Monday night, Kelton Busby scored 28 points as A&M beat Milsaps 85-78. It was A&M's eighth victory in 18 games while the Majors dropped their 16th game in 17 starts. Allen Sacks 41 PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AP) Robert Allen scored 41 points as Arkansas AM&N came from behind Monday night for a 130109 Southwestern Athletic Conference basketball victory over Southern University. The Lions trailed 51-49 at halftime but exploded for 81 points in the second half. JONESBORO, Ark. (AP) Five players scored in double figures Monday night as Arkansas State beat Tennessee Martin Branch 76-67 in a nonconference basketball game. John Diekson led the way for the Indians witti 21 points. 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