Blytheville Courier News (Newspaper) - February 18, 1986, Blytheville, Arkansas
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Suns Clobber Phillips
HELENA— The Mississippi County Community College Suns placed four players in double figures and pounded Phillips County 92-59 in men's junior college basketball here Monday night. The victory ups the Suns overall record to 19-8 on the season while its league ledger remains at 9-3.
The Suns broke the game open midway through the first half by going from a three-point lead to an 11-point bulge in 3% minutes.
"We Dressed them nrettv good and kinda broke it open there," said MCCC Head Coach Bill Tyer. "Overall, it was the best we've played on the road all year. It was a total team effort and everybody played well. The press helped turn the game around and we dominated the boards and committed only 15 turnovers."
Robert Minor led a balanced MCCC scoring attack with 19 points and 15 rebounds, 12 on the offensive end. Carl DeVose added 18 points and Kenneth Thompson showed little effect of an injured knee with 16 points in only 17 minutes of action. Thompson has been sidelined with the injured knee for the better part of three weeks.
Carl Miner was the other MCCC player in double digits with 15 points while Brad Treece added nine in a starting forward role and James Rucker chiooed in seven.
Phillips County's Cleo Conley led all scorers with a game-high 24 points. MCCC shot 58 percent from the field in breaking the game open in the first half and the Suns finished at 53.8 percent (35-65). The Suns hit 22-32 free throw attempts.
With their non-league slate now completed, the Suns return to action with two important conference games. Saturday afternoon the Suns will travel to Southern Baptist for a 4 p.m. confrontation with the Eagles then MCCC will play its final regular season home game Monday night against Central Baptist at 7:30. The Suns, 9-3 in league play, will be trying to hold on to second place in the Arkansas JUCO Conference race.
In last night's preliminary contest, the MCCC Lady Suns matched the men's team with four players scoring in double figures on their way to a 62-50 route over the Lady Ridgerunners.
Jackie Womack paced the scoring parade with 20 points. Sheila Partee added 16 and Freda Ware and Caprice Hall each contributed 10 points. The Lady Suns, who led 32-24 at the half, hit 30-59 from the floor and 2-6 at the line.
MCCC, now 9-13 on the season, will host Three Rivers Community College at the Suns Gym Thursday night in a women's game only.
NAIA Will Withdraw Add Critical Of NCAA
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A newspaper ad that takes an apparent slap at big-time college sports while boosting the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics basketball tournament is in poor taste and will not be repeated, the executive director of the NAIA said Monday.
"I did not write that ad copy and I'm not particularly proud of it. The first time I saw it was when I read my newspaper at home," said Dr. Harry Fritz, executive director of Kansas City-based or-ganization of small-college athletics.
The NAIA has long been overshadowed locally and nationally by the larger, more visible NCAA, also headquartered in Kansas City-
The ad in Sunday newspapers in the Kansas City area urged people to buy tickets for next month's NAIA basketball tournament here and enjoy the sport "as it was meant to be played."
"You won't find Brent Musberger, or limousines, or recruiting scandals or ticket scalping at the NAIA," the ad said in part. "What you will find is basketball players for whom coming to Kansas City is the highlight of their career. Players who work, hustle, and play great basketball just for the love of it. We're a little old-fashioned about that, but we like it that way. You will, too. It's college basketball the way it was meant to be."
Musberger will be doing many of the NCAA Tournament games next month for CBS. Fritz said he was uncertain what the reference to limousines pertained to. Ticket-scalping has never been a problem at NAIA tournaments, which have been held in Kansas City for 48 consecutive years and rarely
College Basketball Scores
Monday'! College Baakelball Scores By The AsMClaled Press EAST Army M, Manhattan 79 Boston U. 50, Colgate 39 Canisius72, Hartford «0 Fairfield 45, New Hampshire 63 George Washington 72, Rutgers 63 Maryland91,Vd. E. Shore44 Navy 6«, William 4 Mary 51 Northeastern 7J, Maine 57 Rhode Island 58, St. Bonaventure52 St. Joseph's 90, Duquesne 75 Syracuse 69, Pittsburgh 62 Temple 58, Massachusetts 47 SOUTH
Ala, Birmingham 70, N.C. Charlotte 54 Appalachian St. 67, Citadel 66 Clemson 75, Furman57 Davidson 83, E.Tennessee St. 71 E. Kentucky 84, Akron 44
AP College Poll
The Top Twenty By Associated Press
The Top Twenty teams in the Associated Press' college basketball poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, total points based on 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 IMO 9 8 7 4 5 4 3 2 1, re cord through Feb. 14 and last week's ranking: Record Pis Pvs 1.North Carolina (621 25 1
2.Duke 25 2 1171
3. Kansas 24 3 1087
4.Memphis State 23 2 1017 5 Georgia Tech 19 4 960
John's '¿4-3 928
7.Michigan 22 3 847
8.Kentucky 22 3 784 9.Syracuse 20 3 678
lO.Oklahoma 23-3 658
11.Nev. Las Vegas 24 3 437
12.Bradley 26 1 583
13.Georgetown 19 5 478 U.Notre Dame 17 5 436 IS.Indiana 17 5 421
16.L0Uisville 18 7 327
17.Navy 20 4 100 IS.Virginia Tech 19 6 99
19.Michig8n State 17-4 94
20,N Carolina State 17 8 85
Jackson St, 64, Southern u, 61 Jacksonville47, Va, Commonwealth 58 Louisiana Coll, 73, Xavier N045 Louisville 83, S. Mississippi 74 Morehead St. 87, Youngstown St, 81 Murray St, 93, Middle Tennessee 86 New Orleans 90, Texas San Antonio 62 NW Louisiana 65, SE Louisiana 62 Old Dominion 64, South Florida 57 Stephen F, Austin 60, Nicholls St, 59 Tennessee Tech 70, Austin Peay 68 Texas Southern 41, Grambling St, 56 Tn. Chattanooga 81, Marshall 67 W, Carolina 99, VMI 96, OT W. Kentucky 53, S, Alabama 51
MIDWEST Cincinnati 83, South Carolina 65 Cleveland St. 76, W, lllinois44 Creighton 74, DePaul 61 Drake42, Indiana St, 59 III, Chicago40, Wis, Green Bay 58 Loyola, Ml, 84, Oral Roberts 74 N, Iowa 75, Valparaiso58 Rhodes47, Earlham65 St. Louis 75, Butler 74,20T SW Missouri St. 74, E. Illinois 72 Wichita St. 65, Tulsa 42 Xavier81, Evansville72
.SOl'THWEST Arkansas Coll. 74. Arkansas Tech 65 Ark, Monticello64, Hendrix43 Coll, of the Ozarks 54, S. Arkansas 52 Harding 41, Henderson St. 57 0uachita40, Ark. Pine Bluff 58
FAR WEST E. New Mexico89, McMurry 78 Montana St. 72, E. Washington44 Nev. Las Vegas 92, Fullerton St. 83 San Jose St. 81, Utah St. 69
Obion's Cannon Whitby To Sign With Ariconsos
TROY, Tenn. (AP) - Obion County sharpshooter Cannon Whitby, who is closing in on the Tennessee high school career scoring record, announced Monday he intends to sign an athletic grant-in-aid with the University of Arkansas.
Whitby, who is coached by his father, Jim Whitby, said he chose Arkansas because of its basketball
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respect for Razorback Coach Nolan Richardson.
Whitby, who Led Obion to a win over the Blytheville Chickasaws earlier this season with 57 points, has Arkansas ties. Prior to taking the Obion coaching position, Jim Whitby coached at Mount Pleasant, Ark. High School.
Coach Whitby confirmed his son's choice. The national signing date for basketball is April 16.
"I'm just glad it's all over," Coach Whitby said. "This will end all the speculation that has surrounded Cannon's choice of colleges.
"There really wasn't that much
Fritz said he interpreted the ad as a slap at scandals and problems NCAA schools are strugg ing with.
"We are all appalled and hurt by what happens and what is alleged to happen at some of the NCAA schools," Fritz said. "It hurts all college athletics that there are so many violations.".
NAIA schools are bound by the same general rules of amateurism as NCAA members. But the NAIA, unlike the NCAA, does not maintain a separate enforcement unit or full-time investigators.
Asked if NAIA rules of amateurism are ever violated, Fritz said, "We have many violations of all kinds. Our violations tend to be more in the academic progress areas, not to such a degree in the area of financial aid. Because of the nature and scope of our programs, we don't tend to have as many violations in terms of financial inducements. Money corrupts, and-we don't have that much money."
Fritz said he had taken steps to make certain future promotional material does not contain what he termed "the unfortunate language" of Sunday's ads.
"I talked with our two staff people who have been working with our advertising agency," he said. "As a matter of principle, I don't think you promote your product at the expense of someone else. It shows a lack of maturity, I think. If there is that inference there, I think it is regrettable." Fritz said the NAIA will continue to advertise its mens and womens tournaments on the theme of "basketball as it was meant to be played."
"We're trying to point out the purity and the spontaniety of our tournament, and there is nothing wrong with that."
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lead a balanced MCCC attack as the Suns routed Phillips County 92-59 Monday night. Four MCCC players tallied in double figures as the Suns raised their overall record to 19-8 on the year.Briniciey Replaces Chicks At Top Of Poll
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - The only unbeaten team in the state's top two clasifications, Brinkley, is the new No. 1 team in The Associated Press high school basketball poll.
With a little help from Marian-na, Brinkley took over the top spot from Blytheville, which had occupied the No. 1 position since the poll began in early January. Hot-shooting Marianna defeated the Chickasaws 71-63 Friday — Blytheville's first loss to an Arkansas team.
Brinkley, of Class AAA, moved up from No. 2, where it had been ranked for two weeks. Blytheville takes over that spot, followed by Little Rock Central, Hope, Jacksonville, Little Rock Hall, Fort Smith Southside, Dumas, Lincoln and Conway.
The Tigers received 10 of 11 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and sportscasters, with the other No. 1 ballot going to Blytheville. Brinkley finished 3AAA play Friday night with a 67-54 victory over Wynne. The Tigers, undefeated in 21 outings, meet Clarendon and Cotton Plant this week before entering the district tournament.
Brinkley made its first appearance in the poll Jan. 13 at No. 9 The Tigers moved up to No. 6 the next week, and then jumped to third. Brinkley was No. 2 the first week of February and last week was only a point behind Blytheville.
Hope and Little Rock Central swapped third and fourth places in the poll, while Jacksonville maintained its place at No. 5 from last week. Hope beat Ashdown 59-58 in overtime and Camden Fairview 54-49. Central's only game last week was a 75-51 victory over Sylvan Hills. A last-second shot gave Jacksonville a 57-55 win over North Little Rock Ole Main.
High School Poll
LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Here are the results of The Associated Press high school basketball poll with first-place votes and team records in parentheses and total points at right:
5. Jacksonville( 18-3)67
6.LR HalK 16-5)49
7.FS Southside( 19-4)41
10.Conway(17-4)ll Others receiving votes,
alphabetically: Camden, mott, Fayetteville, LR
Little Rock Hall held onto No. 6, while Fort Smith Southside moved from 10th to seventh. Dumas remained at No. 8 for another week. Lincoln, 23-0, held steady at No. 9 from last week and Conway moved into the poll at No. 10 after defeating North Little Rock Northeast 69-64. Fayetteville, No. 7 last week, was beaten early last week by Fort Smith Southside, 47-37, and dropped out of the poll despite a 47-34 victory later in the week over Fort Smith Northside.
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