The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California on March 9, 1977 · Page 39
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The San Bernardino County Sun from San Bernardino, California · Page 39

San Bernardino, California
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Wednesday, March 9, 1977
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Victor Yalley men work for win writs Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1977 Johnson tops AP All-America vote yf fn "itmn iiiifiii mitfi Wjm imi ml Marques Johnson . . . all-everything Johnson, Greenwood All-Pac 8 WALNUT CREEK (AP) - UCLA's Marques Johnson, the national college basketball player of the year, and Oregon's Greg Ballard were unanimous picks on the Pacific 8 all-conference team named Wednesday. Also picked for the first team were James Edwards of Washington, David Greenwood of UCLA. Mike Bratz of Stanford and Rocky Smith of Oregon State. Ballard. Johnson and Edwards were repeat selections and Greenwood, a sophomore, is the only underclassman. Johnson, who paced UCLA to the Pac 8 title and an NCAA playoff spot, led the conference in scoring with a 21 6 average and in rebounding with an average of 11 per game. His .597 field goal percentage was also best in the league. Ballard averaged 20.7 points and 8 7 rebounds in leading Oregon to a 1 second place finish in the Pac 8 and a berth in the National Invitational Tournament. Edwards was second to Johnson in both scoring and rebounding, averaging 20.0 points and 104 rebounds per game. Named to the second team were seniors Steve Puldokas and Harold Rhodes of Washington State, senior Ray Murry and sophomore Gene Ransom of California and UCLA sophomore Roy Hamilton. Juniors Mike Drummon of Oregon and Kim Stewart of Washington were honorable mention picks. Padres nip Angels a J Angels' Jerry Rcmy slides safely Into second after Padres' shortstop was unable to handlo throw from catcher Gone Tenace. Padres won, though, 7-6 NEW YORK (AP) Marques Johnson and Kent Benson, two of the most dependable and dynamic frontcourt players in the country, were among those named to the 1977 Associated Press All-America team on Tuesday. Johnson, the UCLA forward who was selected The AP's Player of the Year earlier in the week, and Benson, the top-flight Indiana center, were joined in the blue ribbon group by guard Rickey Green of Michigan, guard Phil Ford of North Carolina and forward Bernard King of Tennessee. Johnson scored the highest point total among the top five in the nationwide voting by sports writers and broadcasters. Johnson pulled down 824 points on the basis of five for the first team and three for second. Green was the second leading point-getter with 521. Ford collected 480, Benson 423 and King 389. Benson was the only repeater from last year's first team. Ford was a second-team All-America in 1976 and King was on the third team. King barely nosed out teammate Ernie Grunfeld for first-team honors. On the second team along with Grunfeld, a forward who drew 381 points, were San Francisco center Bill Cartwright, Houston guard Otis Birdsong, Minnesota center Mike Thompson and Marquette guard Butch Lee. The third team included Rod Griffin of Wake Forest, Wayne "Tree" Rollins of Clemson, Phil Hubbard of Michigan, Bo Ellis of Marquette and Freeman Williams of Portland State. Johnson, at 6-foot-7 and 218 pounds, is the master of the slam-dunk shot and has provided some of the most spectacular moves around the basket seen in college basketball this season. "If there's a more dominant player than Marques in the college game, I can't Imagine it," says UCLA Coach Gene Bartow. 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Pwr Irt4 Dtnt MirylMt4 ClMI Nit, Mtrwxtrt tMIM it Htun, Pfi6mj 944 OMk Nvt4-t vt jt UtMi Atktiy tMrlv Oral litortk Nat MiMitm, MiMMWtk T R. Omm. Aitkm Ttmmr LttrM. Mrik CtrwiM, Twy Nmm CtMWltcvt Ric UrH tMilrt,- JM mrw, Mchlrt, 6ttM Wwutv, Wtwi MA Cr1 Uutri. OrtMm IMit JOrniW. Atvrm Ktawy Crr, Mrt CtrtliM Vi Mtfflww Nkh Hnt HltMiv Rm Ptrry, Htrf Cmu Dm Wtiitn ArtMtM ila AMrtv Ttn, txwitinn ltvn Sim Crairi. MMMtttlMi 6tM WMMMk SL JtMtl (a (Ml, krmy. i -r-ii-''': ft IS' y v J 1 The Sun-Telegram, San Bernardino, r " ! - ?h'ft N r if I -Ma AP wirtphoto Louisville's Denny Crum with his ex-boss, former UCLA Coach John Wooden Louisville's chances rest on defense, Williams' foot One of a series Gannett Newt Service LOUISVILLE. Ky. - The most obvious new item this year about Louisville has been its 6-foot-4 freshman forward. Darrell Griffith. He did not start in the Cardinals' first 22 games, but became a starter when sophomore forward Larry Williams injured his foot against Tulsa. It is unknown if Williams will play the rest of this season. Griffith, despite not starting until mid February, managed to average 13 points a game. But that is not a sufficient measure of his worth. He drives home crowds bananas with his two-handed stuffs. He has a 48-lnch vertical Jump. When one college scout saw Griffith in an All-Star game last spring, the scout wrote: This kid Jumps so high he says hello to God three times a quarter." Griffith grew up In Louisville. He allegedly was offered a pro contract but turned It down to play college ball. When he signed his tender here, senior forward Wes Cox was asked what it meant to the team. "It means we're going to Atlanta," he said. He may be the best college freshman basketball player in the nation. in Cactus League AP USF's Gaillard AP coach of year, B-9 Calif. The 6-foot-6 Cox is Louisville's leading scorer with a 15.3 average and second leading rebounder with Louisville NBC will televise NCAA doubleheaders NEW YORK (AP) NBC will televise opening-round doubleheaders both Saturday and Sunday in the NCAA college basketball tounume nt. On Saturday the Marque tte-Clncinnatl game from Omaha. Neb., will be telecast la the East and Midwest beginning at 11 a.m. PST. Thai will be followed by a national telecait of the I'CLA-Louiiville contest from Pocatello, Idaho, starting at 1 p m. PST. The Sao Francisco-Nevada Las Vegas game In Tucson will follow In the West, starting at S p m. Both Sunday games will be ihowa nationally. Michigan -Holy Crosi starts at 10:30 p.m. PST In Bloomington, lnd., and Tenneee-Syracuse follows at 12:30 p.m. from Baton Rouge, La. YUMA. Ariz. (AP) Rookie outfielder Gene Richards broke up a 3 deadlock In the seventh inning with a run scoring triple Tuesday and the San Diego Padres went on to defeat the California Angels. 7-6. in the Cactus League opener. Richards' drive to the centerfield wall came off losing pitcher John Verhoeven and resulted in two runs when shortstop Ranee Mullinex Juggled the relay, allowing Richards to score for a 5-3 San Dicco lead. The Tadres. who took a JO lead In the first two Innings off Angel lefthander Frank Tanana. added the declvise run In the eighth on run-scoring doublii by Dave Roberta and Bobby Valentine. Ron Ja kson's three run triple In the ninth pulled the AncrU to within a run before Butch Mcwgcr struck out Thad ftwlcy to end It. Cy Young award winner Randy Jones started for the Padres and allowed two run and four hits over the flrit three Innings. Jonei worked out of to Jams with double- Flay balls, however, and appeared ully recovered from his offwaton arm surgery, 1 : M B-7 an 8.3 average. Williams was the team's top board man with a 9.0 average before he was injured. The other three starters are guards Phillip Bond itMoot-2 senior) and Rick Wilson (6-foot4 Junior), and center Ricky Gallon (6-foot-ll junior). Gallon is the team's problem child. He was suspended from practice for two weeks during the pre-season because he was not attending classes. After receiving letters from professers stating that he was show- (Continued on B 0, Col. 2) opener The Angels were without any of their big guns, as Joe Rudi and Don Baylor did not make the trip, and Bobby Grich was still In traction for his ailing back Down 73 In the top of the ninth tnnlng. the Angels came close to tying the game when Ron Jackson hit a two-out. bases loaded triple. Jackson was left on third bae when Butch Meter strui k out Thad Bttsley. The unusual series continues In Mexican. Mexico, tonight. In four days, the lo teams will have met at three sites, In two states and two countries. Nolan Ryan. Don KlrUood and Sid Monge will share the pitching chores for the Angl toniuht San Diego probables Included Dave FrlrsleU-n, Rick Sawjer and Tom Griffin. Angels General Manager Harry Dalton announced Tuesday he had renewed the contract of hi four unsigned playm. Infleldert Dave Chalk. Mario Guerrero, outfielders Danny Brlgg and Bruce Bw hte S3 J ! 14 T"4 "( It ,T) v4 Ikmalva. toot: i tHr ,, Vy loft-vl , VwSe tl Rabbits advance to finals By CLAUDE ANDERSON Sun-Telegram Sports Writer WEST COVINA After scaling Mt. Davis and Mt. McGuire during the past four nights, it's all downhill for Victor Valley's top-seeded Jack-rabbits in the CIF Class AA basketball playoffs. Friday night the Rabbits raced by Alta Loma and its 6-foot-10 Rich Davis, 6346, and Tuesday they mastered the 7-foot Dave McGuire and his Workman mates, 5049, to advance to Saturday's 2-A finals against Channel Islands at 2:45 p.m. in the Long Beach Sports Arena. Channel Islands edged defending champion Rowland Tuesday, 4645, and its tallest guy is only 6-foot-6. McGuire, the tallest player in the CIF Southern Section, was held to five field goals on a sensitional performance by the 6-foot4 Tony Anderson, who probably clinched player-of-the-year honors in 2-A. Anderson, hitting on eight of his 15 shots and two of his three free throws, again led the Rabbits with 18 points. He also pulled down 11 rebounds, five more than McGuire who stands eight inches taller. McGuire was awarded 11 free throws and cashed in on nine of them to pace the Montview League champions with 19 points, two more than his season average. However, his rebound total was a dozen less than normal. He was held to one field goal in the entire second half, when all the chips were on the table. "I can't believe the number of fouls these officials are ignoring," a disgusted Coach Ollie Butler of the Jacks said. "They're fouling us every time we shoot and it's never called." George Air Force Base should award Butler a Good Conduct Medal, for he was able to restrain himself from having a technical called. Sharing the hero's mantle with Anderson was David Manson, who came off the bench to swish in five of his seven shots, all from 20-25 feet out. Duane Gatson, starting for John Newman at forward, added six clutch points, as did William Lightner, another junior. It was Lightner's fast-break layup, after a steal by Anderson, that sent WHS in front, 5049, with 41 seconds left. Workman had a chance to w in it with six seconds left, but a 15-footer by the Lobos' player-of-the-year in the league, Billy Morales, went off the rim with one second remaining. "Yes, Workman now is the best team we've faced," Butler said. "I thought Alta Loma was, after that game Friday, but Workman was a better club tonight." Anderson managed to control the opening tip and scored 10 seconds later on a drive. McGuire matched it on a layup and it was tied at 44 on Barry Stonesifer's 20-footer. Anderson's second goal knotted It at, &6 and Dansby Sturdivant tied it at &8 on a 15-footer. Anderson had eight points at the quarter, but Workman led. 16-12, on six each by McGuire and Morales. Jim Poff. the Lobos No. 6 man, pumped in three 20-f ooters to open a 22-12 lead for Workman, but Manson and Gatson countered with a pair each to cut it to 20-24. Workman led at the half, 27 24. with McGuire having nine points and Anderson eight. "We had only eight rebounds at the half, and Tony had five of them," said Butler. "But Workman had only two team fouls can you Imagine that? We didn't get to go to the line once!" McGuire sank two charity tosses for a 29-24 Lobo lead early in the third, but Anderson's tlpin and follow of a missed shot whittled it to 29-23. McGuire opened It to 3732 with two more gratis tosses, but Anderson's steal and stuff sent WHS in front after three. 4&37. Tony had all 18 of his points after three periods, as Butler had his Rabbits playing ball control most of the final seven minutes. The Jacks pumped In 24 of 48 from the flxr. to 19 of 35 for the more deliberate Lobos. WHS had but two of five at the line, while Workman hit II of IS. WHS goes into Saturday's finals with a 28-1 record, the CIF's best, while Workman bowed out at 244 The Lobos tw ice dow ned Ro land In league play, and the Utter lost by only one Point to Channel Islands Ironic ally, the Rabbit i were held to their lowest point total of the season iMoreno Valley had limiti-d them to 5l. yet It was their top performance of the campaign in subduing Workman. vcro muviNi Vsi'V )4 tt Ml f ! 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