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City And District Championship Game: Algona 58, Ganigan 38!! th quarter WITH TOM WALLER BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES The District final shoot-out between Algona and Garrigan high schools turned out to be a mismatch. The Bears forgot to bring their bullets. Algona gunned home 61% of its first half shots to build an unbelievable 27-5 half-time lead and coasted home to its 19th win in 20 starts here Friday night before a jammed gym of over 2,000 fans, 58-38. The clubs were Just the reverse of their first round district wins. The Bulldogs came out loose, played tenacious defense and fired home everything in sight, at least in the first half. Garrigan came off its best game of the year in the one- point win over Humboldt, tense and without confidence. Algona raced away to an 8-0 lead in the first three minutes of play and things got worse for the Bears as the first half progressed. Coach Steve McCall's club, which had a 14-6 mark going into the game, just couldn't buy a basket for three quarters. They hit only two first half field goals and shot a horrendous 11%, with 2 of 19. Algona on the other hand hit 11 of 18 shots in the opening half. AFTER THOSE first two quarters, there just isn't much to write about. Algona finished the third quarter in front 43-18 * * * and Garrigan had only five field goals at that point. The Bears doubled their first three quarter output in the final period but still ended with just 10 of 45 for a 22% night. Algona finished up with 22 field goals in 45 tries for just under 50%. Kent Espe turned in his second straight superb game, firing home 20 points and leading all rebounders. None of his mates got into double figures but guards Rick Nielsen and Bruce Johnson and center Randy Roeber all bagged eight points each. It was a particularly frustrating night for Garrigan's leading scorer ChuckCassel. He finished with 14, eight of those points came in the final period after the decision had long since been finalized. He was hounded most of the time by two Bulldogs but about everything he threw up in those first 24 minutes missed. Algona had its best half of basketball since the mid-season win over Webster city here. When you hold a team to just five first half points, you've got to be playing stiff defense. The offense turned the ball over nine times in the first half and five more times in the second. THE WINNERS had 14 turnovers to 10 for Garrigan. Algona completely dominated the rebounds at both ends of the court. Although Algona didn't have a particularly large number of second tries, when you hit * * * nearly 50% of your shots you won't get many second efforts. Garrigan had practically no second attempts. Roeber, Espe and Walker towered over anything the Bears had under the basket and they rebounded well. Even in free throws in the first half the difference was marked. Garrigan missed four of five chances - Algona hit five of six. The victory was the sixth in nine games for Algona in the inter-city rivalry. Last year, Algona won a first round district game, 53-39. The Bulldogs moved onto the sub-state where they fell in first round action to Mason city. GARRIGAN COACH Steve Me Call was not overly despondent after the game although he was disappointed at the final spread. "You know, we played pretty good defense but the ball just wouldn't go in the hole," he said Saturday morning. "We were tense and I don't know why because usually the underdog is loose. We were sky high for Humboldt and stayed loose but last night was something different." He added that the first quarter was what beat the Bears. They trailed 17-3 at that point and as McCall noted "we aren't a catch up ballclub." "Their big man (Roeber) took away our base line shots and intimidated us making our kids put more arch on the ball than normal," McCall said. Hesaidleading * * * scorer Chuck Cassel, who had an off night, was disappointed also and felt he had let the team down. "But you know I told him that he was one of the big reasons we got where we did so he had nothing to be ashamed about," McCall said. There was little doubt that the popular Bear coach had done another marvelous job, molding a team with only mediocre talent into a 14-6 winner. But then that has become commonplace for McCall during his years at Garrigan. ALGONA (58) Espe Walker Roeber Nielsen Johnson Zeigler Harris Manske O'Brien Smith Totals GARRIGAN (38) Courtney Cassel McCarthy Heinen R.M. Reding Skilling Bestenlehner R.J. Reding Totals Score by FG FT PF 8 4-5 3 0 2-2 1 3 2-2 5 40-00 2 4-4 3 1 3-4 2 0 1-2 1 2 0-2 2 1 0-1 2 0 0-0 1 21 16-22 20 FG FT PF 0 1-4 2 4 6-8 4 1 1-3 4 4 4-4 3 0 2-3 2 1 2-3 0 0 2-2 1 0 0-1 1 10 18-28 17 Quarters Algona 17 27 43 58 Garrigan 3 5 18 38 What Happened To The Lights? Espe Stretch Snares One For Bulldogs Bulldog Kent Espe (light uniform) snares loose ball away from Garrigan's Phil McCarthy (No. 31, black) as Chuck Cassel (41) and John Heinen (25) of the Bears move in. Espe led Algona High with 20 points. Bob Kent photo. BEARS AVENGE 78-44 LOSS TO CATS Lights Go Out For Humboldt; GHS Scores 54-52 Upset Win BY JULIAN CHRISCHILLES The lights went out for the Humboldt basketball team in the Algona High School gym Wednesday night. The Garrigan Bears had lots to do with the abrupt ending to the Wildcat season with a near- perfect performance in a 54-52 victory on Chuck Cassel's bulls- eye from the side with four seconds to play. - LIGHTS GO OUT But the gym lights might get credit for a small assist when it looked like the North Central Conference runnersup were ready to over-all the front•running Bears. After trailingthe entire game by 10 points, give or take a couple, Humboldt began to roil late in the third period, and with 3:59 left in the game, had Garrigan's lead down to a slim 48-46 margin. That's when a portion of the lights on the Garrigan end of the gym went out. John Larson had a one-and-one free throw attempt •that could have tied it up. An electrician was called but it was a full 15 minutes before things were back to normal. The red hot Wildcats cooled off during the interim and the Bears pulled themselves together. No matter that 10 seconds after Larson missed his free throw, Mark Bottleson stole the ball and tied it at 48 with a layup- Humboldt * * * was never the same. -HUMBOLDT AHEAD- A couple of Johns, Heinen for Garrigan and Blanchard for Humboldt, traded baskets and then Terry Stanford .coolly meshed two free throws to put Humboldt into its only lead of the game, 52-50, with 1:48 left. Cassel got that bucket back with a jumper with 1:02 left, and Blanchard fouled R. J. Reding with 46 seconds remaining. He missed the free throw but got the rebound and the Bears frantically stalled under heavy pressure. - WINNING SHOT . Finally, it was Cassel who got the ball with six seconds left. He deftly split the cords with his southpaw toss from the deep side. Humboldt got a time out with one second left (the clock was rightly run back to two seconds because of the delay in stopping it after the time out was called). But a long desperation pass went into Cassel's hands, and the Bears had won their 14th game in 20 tries this season. It was hard to believe Humboldt had beaten this same team 78-44 on the Garrigan home floor earlier in the year. This was probably Humboldt'sworst effort and Garrigan's best. - TWO STARTERS OUT Oh yes, there was another * * * small difference, too. Two of the starters at that point in the season, Ernst and Benson, were no longer with the squad. They were dropped for training violations during the course of the season- Benson after Algona's second win over the Wildcats in late January and Ernst just the other day. It wouldn't have really mattered though, because Gargan turned in a truly magnificent effort — a coach's dream although it looked like a nightmare near the end. THE BEARS stepped out to a quick 12-2 lead as R. M. Reding, Phil McCarthy, Cassel and Heinen all hit early fielders. Garrigan connected on six of its first seven shots and was eight- for-12 in the opening quarter which ended at 18-5. - A THIRD FOULS OUT Garrigan hit 13 of 27 in the half enroutc to a 29-17 lead. Cassel rang the bell from virtually every spot in Garrigan territory. The bulge was still 40-33 when Jeff Albertson fouled out for Humboldt with 38 seconds left in the third quarter. But Blanchard took up the slack in grand fashion. He scored eight of Humboldt's next 11 points and that brought things up where the lights went out with 3;59 left. -GHS HEROES There were many heroes for * * * Garrigan, not the least of whom was Cassel who hit 24 points. Joe Courtney was brilliant in bringing the ball up court. First it was Garrigan's zone press that rattled the Wildcats but Humboldt used the same tactic in the second half with disheartening results for Bear fans. Garrigan just couldn't have played a better game, leave it at that. The final shooting percentages showed Garrigan with 22 baskets in 51 tries while Humboldt had 21 in 45 tries. In the second half, the losers hit 16 of 28. Armstrong Wants Girls BB Game ARMSTRONG-The Armstrong girls' basketball team Is looking for a game to complete its 197172 schedule. They would like to play on a home and home basis, with the 1971-72 game to be played at the opponent's site. Possible open dates are Nov. 23, Dec. 21, Feb. 11 or any Saturday. If interested please contact Don D. Gerlach, Athletic Director, Armstrong, la. 50514. A BIT OF deductive reasoning was necessary to correct the lighting failure which interrupted the Humboldt vs. Algona Garrigan district tourney game last Wednesday. Otherwise the game might have had to be rescheduled. Humboldt, trailing at the time by two points late in the game with two free throws to shoot, probably wished the lights would have stayed out. SOME Wildcat fans thought the lights went out intentionally in order to hinder the Humboldt player's free throw shooting. They said Algona high coach Howie Stephenson would do anything to avoid playing Humboldt in the finals. It's true that Stephenson didn't want to play Humboldt a third time, simply because it's hard to beat a team the third time (Emmetsburg, for example, 68-64); but it's not true that the blackout was intentional. - o - GARY LANE, an Algona electrician who was sitting near Stephenson in the balcony during the game, said he went down to the light circuit box on the floor immediately after the lights went out. He traced the problem to a defective fuse, not a power overload as some suspected. "I HAD A TEST light in my car," Lane said. "The main fuse to the gym floor box was out in the boiler room. It was a 60 amp main fuse and only had a 47 amp load on it, so it shouldn't have blown. We borrowed a fuse out of one of the air conditioning circuits." Lane said he considers the "Square D electrical distribution equipment" used in the new school building to be the best available. Konuth County Advance — 5 Monday, March 8, 197t wood in the Class A District Tourney finals. The Trojans just beat Buffalo Center, the second- best team in the North Iowa Conference . The 10-lOVikingsranked far below Buffalo in that le'ague. Of course, comparative scores and season records onlyhelp produce upsets in tourney games. The underdogs don't seem to be too scared of the favorites, and the favorites aren't afraid of the underdogs enough for some reason. TWO ODDITIES about the Trojans—first, the boys are well- disciplined to raise their hands into the air immediately after a foul is called on them, saving on technical fouls and future sour calls from the refs; and second, when have you last seen anyone shoot free throws under-handed; Terry Richardson, the Trojan scoring leader this year, does. - o - ONE GARRIGAN faculty member whose job it was to host the Swea city and Buffalo Center game said he didn't think there were enough people living in the two communities to fill the gym, so no bleachers were erected on the stage for the game. It was standing room only even before the game started. - o - IT WAS TOUGH going to the Algona vs. Garrigan game. I've empathized with both teams while reporting on them, so 1 regretted mixed emotions Friday. It was nice to know before the game, though, that our town would be represented in the sub-state game at Spencer tonight (Monday). Stop At The SMOKE SHOP OF COURSE, TOBACCO IS OUR BUSINISS. - o - BY Swea COMPARATIVE scores, City should handle North- Last Week of GARRIGAN (54) Courtney Cassel McCarthy Heinen R.M. Reding R.J. Reding Totals HUMBOLDT (52) Blanchard Albertson Moore Larson Greene Stanford Bottleson Davis Totals FG 0 11 3 4 3 1 22 FT 4-5 2-3 2-4 2-4 0-0 0-1 PF 2 4 4 1 3 0 10-17 14 FREE INSTALLATION CABLE FG FT PF 9 0-2 3 2 1-2 1-3 1-2 1-2 4-5 2-2 0-0 21 10-18 17 Score by Quarters Garrigan 18 29 40 54 Humboldt 5 17 36 52 Algona To Play No. 1 Ranked Team In State SPENCER - The top tournament basketball game in the state tonight (Moratey) will feature No. 1-rated Storm Lake, the defending state runnerup, and No. 7- rated Algona. Both teams have 19-1 records going into the 7:30 p.m. sub-state game. The winner will advance to the finals of the sub-state tourney at Buena Vista college in Storm Lake Wednesday at 7:30 and will play the winner of the Sioux City East vs. Sheldon game being played at Sioux City tonight. The sub-state winner moves on to the state tournament in Des Moines March 17-20. - NEVER BEATE.NS.L.- A\i>tjnk tiu;; fi.<.-vc-r t/ifaJtn &orm Lake, Last year's encounter was a 30-pdint rout at Storm Lake. But as Algona coach Howie Stephenson pointed Saturday morning, that was when the Tornadoes had a 7-0 center Ron Kennedy. He said that change alone puts Algona in the ball game. The pairing of Lakes Conference and North Central Conference champions also involves the pairing of some individual standouts. Dean Porter is the star of the top-rated team, averaging 24.6 points per game. He can score from anywhere but has been able to go inside against smaller teams than Algona. Storm Lake is considered strong OK the backboards and goes to the inside as much as possible. In the past, the Tornadoes have had some trouble scoring whenever porter got into foul trouble, -STRENGTH VS. STRENGTH Algona coaches see the game as a matchup of rebounding strength and good shooting and defense. However, they hope the Bulldogs' outside shooting can provide the winning difference. Free throwing will also figure importantly. Coach Stephenson hopes the Spencer court won't be an advantage for Storm Lake. The Tornadoes have played there twice- and Al^oua not at all. Stephenson said Storm Lake scouted the Algona at Emmetsburg game and didn't see much. That, he said, plus the fact that Algona is playing a team rated above it for a change, may be to Algona's advantage. Algona (19-1) Kent Espe, F 6-1 sr. Gary Walker, F 6-3 so. Randy Roeber, C 6-8 sr. Rick Nielsen, G 5-10 sr. Bruce Johnson, G 6-0 sr. Storm Lake (19-1) Lonnie Beckman, F 6-3 sr. Dean Porter, F 6-5 sr. Keith Germann, C 6-5 jr. Steve Miller, G 6-1 si. - Special Offer Ends Friday, March 12,5 P.M. - You have only one more week to take advantage of the FREE INSTALLATION offer of Cable TV. SAVE $9.95 installation charge by signing up any time this week. 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