The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on March 11, 1967 · Page 4
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 4

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Saturday, March 11, 1967
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May the Better Team (Go Home?) By ED HAVES LITTLE ROCK — Jonesboro— who else? - is left to preserve the basketball image of Northeast Arkansas. Hopes of a Mississippi County sweep in the Class AA and AAA state basketball tournaments were swept out of Barton Coliseum, yesterday afternoon when Blytheville's Chickasaws and Leachville's Lions were dismissed in upsets from the high school spectacular. Blytheville went out first. But when you're put out by a team with the state tournament background of Jonesboro, even though you have beaten this team twice during the regular season, calling it an upset hardly seems appropriate. * * * Jonesboro. which owns more than a dozen state records, added another as the Hurricane caught Blytheville with its guard down, triumphed 54-42 and pushed into the championship game. Jonesboro's foe is North Lit- tle Rock in the 7 o'clock showdown tonight. Leachville lost its second game of the season—and iirst in regulation time—when the Lions were victimized by the Russcllville Cyclones 48-45 in the second portion of the double header. This pills Russellville in the AA championship tonight at 8:30 against Harrison. Dwight Williams, BHS coach, made "a lot of friends when he offered: "I don't mind saying it was a case of the best teams not wining." His friends, both old and new, of course, are Mississippi County residents. * * * An ominous undercurrent of similarity could be (raced in both games, Blytheville was cold. Jonesboro was hot, right a t the start. Nothing changed as as the game progressed. Closest the Chickasaws got was a 6-6 tie. Leachville did manage to lead 2-0, 4-2 and 6-4 but after that the game belonged to the torrid Cyclones. Jonesboro and Russellville came close to playing near-perfect first halves. Blytheville and Leachville were in no mood to match that. * * * Bryan Schisler, Jonesboro coach, who has now hit the state finals three years in a row (he won the Class A championship at Bay two seasons ago and his Hurricane was nosed out in the AAA finals in 1966 by Little Rock Central) and Williams agreed that the physically sub-par Walt Hampton was the major difference. When Blytheville's 6-8 center is on his game perfection from (he enemy isn't always sufficient to override the Chickasaws. The final season record of 25-5 is fair proof. Hampton, who has been ill about a week, and did not eat a full meal until Thursday, just didn't have the firepower to stand up against the Hurricane. He did score 19 points but he dug up the last 12 in the final quarter when he either found a second wind or was determined to give it all he had with his last gasp of the season. * * « Hampton missed his first field attempts and the storm warning was up. At 7:17 in the opening period Jonesboro's Phil Young connected from 20 feet and the Hurricane was on its way, although the did tease the Chickasaws by letting them tie at 6-6 when Hampton put in two free throws and a basket from eight feet. It was 14-10 Jonesboro after one quarter and 28-18 at halftime. The Chickasaws had an adequate amount of shooting opportunities in the first half but banging only 33 percent of the bulls eyes was not nearly sharp enough. Jonesboro, you see, fired 49 percent. * * * The Chickasaws improved a mite in the second half to 37 percent but Jonesboro—get this —sank seven of 10 in a slowed down attack for 70 percent. Even so, the Blytheville boys managed to shake up Jonesboro by switching to a mah-to-man, defense in the second half. Before the Hurricane adjusted, the Chicks maneuvered to within four points 28-24. Jonesboro's center, Mike Singleton, handled this threat single-handedly with an easy lay. in and a hard three-point play. You could actually see Blytheville's flame go out. It was 3726 after three quarters. * * * Despite Hampton's great effort in the fourth quarter, the Hurricane refused to be intimidated. Blytheville did reach the teas* level again at 44-38 but Steve Hudson, a virtual unknown in the Jonesboro attack, broke it up when he put in two field goals, managing somehow to slip under the basket undetected. Blythveille reserve Mike Guillot pitched the last goal of the season from the corner with three, seconds left. Hampton was the only BHS hitter in double figures. Gaines, hitting crisply in the first quarter, tallied eight points; Ron Wilson and Aubrey Bell, six each, and Stan Williams a free point. For Leachville, Tommy Robins rolled up 14 points, Ron Widner, 13 from the outside (breaking a Leachville outside dry spell in the tournament), and John Linck, 12. Joe Sharp kicked in with four points and Phil Warren, 2. Guard Ronnie Keith failed to score and dropped out with five personal fouls, with 5:12 left in the game. Linck fouled out at 2:30 and Robins at :26 as the Lions were forced to foul. : After a brilliant first half, Russellville held the ball and took but five attempts from the field in the last two quarters, and made two. * * * Russellville's little Bob Bartlett scored on three field goals from the 20-25 foot range and Leachville fell behind 14-8. It was 15-H going into the final eight minutes. Leachville's frantic, gang de- defense almost clicked in the fourth quarter but with kids like Keith and Linck fouling out, the Lions' chances kept ketting thinner, incidentally Linck, too, had been ill and couldn't pump as he has all year in leading the Lions to the Number One rating in the state. Leachville sank 34 percent from the field, Russellville 48 percent. Neither Mississippi County coach was bitter about the reversals. John Widner's greatest disapt pointment was. that the Lions looked nothing but sub-par in Leachville's .three appearances here. "But I'm, real pleased with the kids,"'he said. "They put up a good effort," "One thing about it," concluded the Blytheville coach, "two more good teams are going to lose tonight." He was right. 'Cane vs. Cats in AAA Fina LITTLE ROCK (AP)-Jonesboro and North Little Rock will collide at 7 tonight to decide the Class AAA state high school basketball champion. Jonesboro, the runner-up in last year's tournament, breezed past a tough Blytheville team in the semifinals Friday 54-42, while North Little Rock had to fight off a late Fort Smith Northside rally to gain a 53-50 semifinal victory. North Little Rock goes into tonight's finale with the better record, having constructed a 255 mark over he season. Jonesboro stands 21-10 for the cam-' paign. * # * North Little Rock mixed a man-to-man and a zone defense during the game and took advantage of an off first half to pull to a 27-12 halftime lead over Fort Smith. Northside, getting 22 points from Aimer Lee, got to within two points of the Wildcats at 40-44 with 1:36 left in the game, but North Little Rock pulled away again. Ray Malcom led the Wildcats' attack with 21 points. * * * Blytheville, which at one time was the state's top ranked team, trailed throughout its game after the early stages pgainst Jonesboro. Jonesboro, which led 28-18 at halftime, was led by Mike Singleton's 14 points. Big Walt Hampton was Blytheville's top scorer with 19 points. LITTLE ROCK (AP) - High scoring Harrison and a rugged Russellville team will play at 8:30 tonight in Barton Coliseum with the Class AA senior boys stale tournament championship on the line. Harrison by virtue of its No. 2 ranking in The Associated Press poll, will he the favorite over unranked Russellville. Harrison also has the better record, 34-1, to 34-2 for Russellville. Russellville, however, sports the prestige of having knocked off the poll's No. 1 team, Leach- viUe, 48-45, in a semifinal contest Friday. Harrison gained the finals with a 65-45 trouncing of West Memphis. The Goblins constructed a 3645 halftime lead over West Memphis, which never threatened in the game. * * * . .' Donnie Watts with 23 points and Gary Clark with 16 sparked the Harrison triumph. Joe Sawyer had 21 for West Memphis. Russellville led all the way in whipping Leachville. However, after Russellville led 33-24 going into the final quarter, Leachville rallied to cut the margin to 46-45 with 12 seconds left but could not take the lead. Russellville was led by Jim Marsh with 16 points and Bobby Bartlett with 12. Tommy Robins got 14 for Leachville. iimiiiiiiiiiiniiiniiiniiiiiiiiinniiiniiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiHiiiiw, HighSchool iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiJiiinnniinnHuiin. By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS State Tournaments Class AAA Semifinals Jonesboro 54, Blytheville 42 North Little Rock 53, Fort Smith Northside 50 Class AA Semifinals Russellville 48, Leachville 45 Harrison 65, West Memphis 45 Players May Kill Playoff By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK (AP)-The Boston Celtirs and the Philadelphia 76ers figure to be favored to battle for the, championship in the National Basketball Association playoffs this year. If there are any playoffs. Right now there appears to be a good deal of doubt as to whether the post-season games that determine the league champion will be held. The players have threatened to strike unless the owners met their demands for increased pension benefits. Friday, NBA Freident Walter Kennedy said that unless the players agree by Tuesday to compete in the playoffs, he will call them off. But Lawrence Fleisher, the players' lawyer, said Kennedy had told him no meeting between the owners and players was possible by Tuesday and that "there is no change in the players' position." * * * And Oscar Robertson of the Cincinnati Royals, head of the players' group, said, "If they're unable to meet by next Tuesday things will remain unchanged. There won't be anyq playoffs. I feel sure of this." The players are demanding a pension of $600 dollars a month for a 10-year man 30 years after retirement, instead of the $20 monthly now being paid. The owners have countered with a ?50-a-month offer, but Kennedy says that figure is negotiable. "The players are willing to fly here this weekend," Fleischer said. "I hope we can sit down and talk." Lincoln Crushes A-State SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) Lincoln's 110-points-a-game basketball team breezed to a 93-80 victory over Arkansas State and Jim Gummersbach's three free throws gave Springfield Slate an 83-80 decision over Arkansas AM&N Friday night in the NCAA college division's South- vest playoffs. The two Missouri teams battle tonight for a spot in next week's finals at Evansville, tiiiiiiiiiuuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiuiiiiiiinniiiiiiiin Cage Pros niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiuiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiniiiiiiiinii National Basketball Association By THF, ASSOCIATED PRESS Friday's Results St. Louis 111, San Fran. 105 Los Angeles 118, Detroit 103 Chicago 132, Baltimore 115 Today's Games Chicago at Cincinnati Boston at Philadelphia Los Angeles at San Francisco Ind. *• * * Lincoln whipped Arkansas State in the first 10 minutes, running up a 33-16 advantage. Its margin was 22 points twice in the first half, and they were ahead 53-33 at intermission. Milton Williams led Lincoln with 27 points, hitting 10 to 19 shots from the field. Four teammates had 12 points or more. John Dickson led Arkansas Win or Lose, Duke Moves Up By TED MEIER Those Duke Blue Devils are hard to shake off in college basketball. Written off by most everyone after two drubbings by the top- ranked UCLA Bruins and two later whippings by the fourth- ranked North Carolina Tar Heels, the Blue Devils have bounced right back into the post season tournament picture. They battle the Tar Heels tonight in the final of the Atlantic Coast Conference championship tourney at Greensboro, N.C. If they win they will be in the NCAA Tournament for the national championship. If they lose, they will be in the National Invitation Tournament in New York. The Blue Devils qualified for a third shot at North Carolina by edging South Carolina 69-66 in the ACC semifinals Friday night. The, Tar Heels reached the final with a come-from-behind 8:1-79 victory over Wake Forest. Duke is the defending ACC champion, but lost out to North Carolina in the regular season this season. Bob Verga's three-point play that broke a 62-62 tie with 2% minutes to play followed by Bob Riedy's four points in the last 68 seconds gave Duke the nod over South Carolina. North Carolina won on Larry Miller's 29-point explosion in the second half that erased a 44-36 Wake Forest lead. Miller had scored only two points in the first half. The Duke-North Carolina bat lie for the ACC crown features this final Saturday of the regular season along with the opening of the NCAA tourney and the completion of the first round in the NIT. In addition UCLA, No. 1 in the final Associated Press pall of State with 16. Springfield State had to come from behind to win its game. The Golden Lions of Arkansas AM&N, riding the hot shooting of Robert Allen, pulled to a 46-41 halftime advantage. But COURIER NEWS Saturday, March 11, 967 ij PAGE SIX 1 the season, will try to end its pre-tournament campaign with a perfect 26-0 mark by again beating Southern California. Indiana can gain the Big Ten NCAA berth by beating Purdue while the NCAA spot in the Western | Athletic Conference will go to! either Wyoming or Brigham j Young who meet in a playoff at Salt Lake City, Utah. * * * I U. of Pacific, the WCAC cham-1 pion, made it 19 in a row and; 22-3 over-all by beating Santa Clara 83-71. Among other major games Friday Oregon downed Oregon State 62-55. Stanford de-, feated California 83-67 and San| Francisco edged the St. Mary's | Gaels 57-55. I Kentucky Wesleyan advanced a step nearer its second straight lational championship in t!ie i small college tournament. The Panthers beat South Caro- ina State 87-70 in the final of he South Central regional and qualified for next week's quar- er-finals at Evansville, Ind., Wednesday. * * + Winston-Salem whipped Baldvin Wallace 91-76, Ak•on thumped Mt. St. Mary's 9872, Philadelphia Textile edged Wagner 90-85 in overtime, Cheyney took Drexel 75-53, Southwest Missouri beat Arkansas AM&N 83-80 and Lincoln, Mo., downed Arkansas State 93-80 in first round regional games in the NCAA small college tourney. Rounding the first round small college regional competition Valparaiso whacked Southern Colorado 89-52, Indiana State routed Luther 109-88, Louisiana Tech surprised North Dakota 86-77, Illinois Slate edged Parsons 7268, Nevada Southern took the Cal Aggies of Davis 100-83 and jSan Diego State whipped Port| land State 101-783. Springfield caught up at 54-at and pulled into a nine poinl lead at 68-59 with 13 minutes left in the game. Allen, who finished with 31 points, led AM&N back to within one point of the Bears at 80-79, but Springfield stalled oul the remaining minutes ant Gummersbach converted his free throw. Dan Bolden led Springfield with 21 points, Gummersbach added 19. Springfield is ranked No. 9 in the nation by The Associated Press. ANNOUNCING LARRY PAYNE Has recently joined the sales staff at Bob Sullivan Chevrolet-Cadillac Company. He cordially invites all his friends to come in and see him for a better deal on a new or used car. Bob Sullivan CHEVROLET-CADILLAC CO. 301 W. Walnut Ph. PO 3-4578 OPEN EVENINGS AND SAT. AFTERNOON NOW SERVING HOT BISCUITS & Cream Gravy with Breakfast— 6 -11 a.m. CAFETERIA SERVICE DAILY 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. PLAZA CAFETERIA Efficient Fast Service For Busy People Rutgers Leader NEW YORK (AP) — Bob Joyd, seventh in the nation in ndividual scoring, leads Rut- ;ers against Utah State, which is seventh in team scoring, in an.opening round game in the National Invitation Basketball Tournament tonight. In the opening game of the evening double header, Marquette meets Tulsa. Providence played Memphis State and New Mexico tangled with Syracuse in an afternoon set. Lloyd, who averaged 27.2 points per game during the regular season and. hit on a near- record 93 per cent of his shots from the foul line, holds nearly every Rutgers scoring record. STATE'S SPEIGHT COACH OF YEAR By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Coach Marvin Speight of Arkansas State was selected Friday as basketball coach of the year in the Southland Conference. Speight's team zipped through conference play undefeated. The selection was made in voting by coaches and sports information directors of the five conference schools. Larry Jeffries of Trinity was named most valuable player in the conference. Skier to Beat FEANCONIA, N.H. (AP) Jean - Claude Killy of France, was the skier to beat as the North American Alpine championships entered its second round today. The flashy Frenchman, who is in first place for the World Cup of Skiing, zipped down Friday's downhill course in a respectable 1:29.03 despite warm temperatures which made the Cannon Mountain snow cover a bit sticky long the 8,388 foot course. Dishwasher HEADQUARTERS Let us show you a KitchenAid dishwasher for your kitchen, your budget. But regardless . of model or price, you getth* '" 1 same dependable washing i and drying action. There's ' no skimping on quality or , performance in a KitchenAid. HENRY WOODS CABINET SHOP 1033 WEST MOULTRIB PHONE PO 3-6176 a Budgets Are for Keeping You will find many bargains in food, clothing, furniture, Hardware and etc. to help you balance your budget. Your local merchants here many va/ue priced items. Check their ads for the items that you need. And you eon keep within your budget by cheeking the display and clauHM ad*. BLYTHEVrrTE COURIER NEWS

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