Port Arthur News (Newspaper) - January 27, 1973, Port Arthur, Texas
Th* Pert Arthur News saturday, january 27, 1973
Jacket rally scalps Tribe
Bv BOB WEST News Sports Editor
For a team which hit rock bottom a week ago and was being given up for dead, Thomas Jefferson is all of a sudden very much alive and kicking in the District 22-4A basketball chase.
Ken DeWeese's Yellow Jackets made it two wins in a row Fr.oay night with a sizzling 63-60 come-from-behind triumph over Port Neches-Groves. The victory vaulted TJ into a second place tie and set the stage for a shootout with defending champion Lincoln Tuesday afternoon.
PADS 224A SCORING
Baker, Evans pace Lincoln over Bulldogs
By BURT DARDEN News Sports Staff
NEDERLAND — To get to their goal of the District 22-4A basketball championship, Lincoln coach Jim Gamble says his Bumble Bees are going to do what they do tho best.
The Bees run and shoot
better than just about any
body in these parts and that’s what they did Friday night in destroying the Nederland Bulldogs. 77-46,
Lincoln's victory was its third straight in 22-4A play without a setback. Nederland suffered its second consecutive district loss and dropped to 1-2. On the season Lincoln now stands head and shoulders above the rest of 22-4A with a 20-4 mark.
Nederland’s -eason record slipped to 6-17.
“I was pleased with almost ev rybody tonight,” noted Cl amble, who cleared his bench during the romp. "I was particularly happy to see Chuck Baker shooting the way he was. He's beginning to come around now and shoot the way he’s capable.”
Baker, a 6-.'I s mer who missed the first weeks of the e 'son while participating in football, has broken into the Bees starting lineup for keeps.
He dumped in 13 points and cleared the boards for eight rebounds. Baker only hit five of 14 shots from the floor but Gamble still maintained it was good shooting.
“Five or six of Chuck’s shots rimmed out. They will start falling sooner or later. At least he's getting it close ti* the hole now,” emphasized Gamble.
Earl 'The Pearl” Evans dominated the scoring for the Be's as usual. Evans, averaging 27.5 points per game going into the contest, pumped in 31 points and swept the boards for 26 rebounds.
‘‘Earl picked up a lot of garbage underneath tonight,” said Gamble, "and he also drew a lot of fouls.”
Evans cashed in on nine of IO from the free throw line Mark Cram, Nederland’s big man at 6-5, fouled out with 3:17 to go in the game.
D .spite the one-sided score Gamble was happier with his defense than he was with the offense. ‘We played real good defense,’’ he stressed. ‘‘Nederland didn’t take many shots because we didn’t give them many.”
Nederland hit a respectable 17 of 39 from the field. Lincoln made good on 30 of 75 shots from the floor.
"I can’t imagine anyone beating Lincoln,” said Neder-I nil coach Harper Augsburger. "They play so well as a unit.”
Two players scored in twin digits for Nederland, Mike Butler and Billy Willson, who both tossed in 12 points. Butler, a 6-1 junior, hit his first five shots from the floor.
"Mark Crain didn't score much (seven points) hut he really played good defense. He guarded Evans outside. Evans didn’t score a lot from outside. Most of his points came underneath on rebounds and tips,” said Augsburger.
The game was close for exactly 4:50. Lincoln jumped out to a 6-0 lead and Nederland trimmed it to 6-5 with J; IO left B\ the end of the quarter it was 17-11 Lincoln.
Lincoln stretched it to, 25-11, with 6:25 left in the second
load to 57-37 in the third quarter.
Using substitutes Lincoln managed to out-
Skip Thomas, who had 12 points for the night, scoring half his points.
Lincoln has now outscored its district opponents 224-140.
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Listless for three quarters against PN-G, the Jackets rallied behind Scott Real, Bubba Jackson and Johnny Roy to wipe out what had been a nine poult Indian lead. A pair of free throws by Roy tied the count at 49 with 5:31 left and a short jumper by Ryal put the Jackets on top seconds later.
it took a pair of charity shots by Ryal at the 2:18 mark to put T.T ahead for good, however, as John Brown’s deadly shooting enabled PN-G to fight back. Rvai’s gift tosses made it 57-55 arm TJ eventually stretched out to 63-57 before the Indians scored the final three points.
"This was a great one for us to win because we didn’t play well at all the first three quarters,” sighed Jacket Coach Ken Deweese. ‘‘The way we played the fourth quarter was the way we looked the entire game at Stark.”
Ryal, playing one of his strongest games of the year. topped the Jackets with 18 points and seven rebounds. Half his point total came in the final period as Jefferson began taking the bail inside instead of firing from the perimeter.
Jackson and Roy joined Rya! in double digits with 13 and IO points respectively. Shaun Davis was the Indians’ big gun, despite sitting out half the game w I t h foul problems. Davis bagged 16 points and took down eifoht rebounds. Brown added 13 poults and Randy Speed collected 12.
It’s doubtful TJ would have been in position to come back bad Davis been able to play all the way. The 6-5 senior was chewing up the Jackets inside, bedi from the floor and on the boards. He had 13 points bv intermission as PN-G broke from a 12-12 first period deadlock to a 29 22 halftime lead.
"We had hoped to keep the bail away from Davis, but we diciu’t do a very good job,” shrugged DeWeese. "It’s hard to believe how much that kid
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ii ESPLING DEFENSE BY PN G . . . Handy White steals pass from Jot* Bobb
Shamrocks rally past Houston Marian, 69-66
HOUSTON — Coming from behind is not always big news. But from IS points behind, well, that’s another story.
Bishop Byrne trailed by that much early in the third quarter here Friday before rallying for a 69-66 victory over the Marian War Colts.
"The boys just stuck to it," b e a rn e d Sha rn rock coach Gene Hebert. ‘‘Maybe we were in a little better shape. We chased them man-to-man in the last half and the shots finally .started falling for us.” Before the Shamrocks zeroed in, Marian was off to a 19-4 first-quarter lead. The Colts were ahead by 40-24 at half-time and drew first blood in the third quarter before Byrne caught fire.
Sophomore Frank O b e r I e poured in eight of his 20 points in the final t>eriod and Ben
Brown and Roy Del a Rosa also saved their best for last as the Shamrocks outscored Marian bv 26-11. Brown and DelaRosa closed with 17 and 16 points, respectively, and each scored six points in the final charge.
The Shamrocks also overcame heavy Colt traffic at the free throw line. While Bv me was converting on three of only seven free throws, Ma man was 20-for-37.
Bishop Byrne’s record is 3-1 "i n" into next Tuesday’s horn -('O'in struggle with league-leadinn O’Connell (4-0),
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has improved. We just weren’t able to do anything at all with
Jefferson actually pulled the game out with clutch free throw shooting in the fourth period. Orny eight of 15 at the charity stripe through three periods, TJ made 13 of 15 down the stretch, inc.uding IO in a row.
With the outcome still very much in doubt, Roy and Jackson each converted the one and one twice while Ryal did it once. Jackson’s second conversion at the 48 second mark put the game on ice.
PN-G wound up with three more field goals than TJ, 24-21, but the Indians converted only 12 of 20 free throws while TJ sa..k 21 of 30. Turnovers were fairly close with the Tribe committing 16 to the Jackets’ 13.
The loss was the Indians’ thi.d straight in district play Laving them all alone in the cellar. Two of the three loop setbacks, however, have come by a grand total of five points, for the season PN-G stands 10-12. It marks only the second time all year the Indians have been as many as two games under .500.
TJ is up to 2-1 and 9-16 going into its shootout with Lincoln. While DeWeese wanted to savor the Jackets’ sudden turnabout he couldn’t for fretting over how to stop the Bees and Earl “The Pearl” Evans.
"I just wish we could go over there and get the effort for 32 minutes that we had in the 4th quarter tonight,” he exclaimed, "we’re going to have to if we hope to have any chance of winning.”
RIG JOB FOB JACKETS’ LITTLE MAN Brent Guidry, 5-7, shoats ever 6-5 Shaun Davis
Two streaks snapped
Orange squeezes Vidor
VIDOR - The Orange Squeeze may never make a comeback as a popular soft drink hut it surely worked as a fire extinguisher here Friday night.
Forcing Vidor in 20 turnovers, Orange Stark’s pressing Tigers blasted the Tigers, 54-33. It was Vidor’s first loss in three District 22-4A starts, and Orange’s first conference victory.
"Their press really hurt us,”
said Vidor coach Bob Gough. ‘‘We thought we were ready for them but we were just too tight.”
A hot hand by guard Leroy Breedlove sparked Stark to an 18-8 first-quarter lead. "He’s our leader,” said coach Billy Brown. ‘‘We count on him to take charge and that’s what he did.”
Breedlove hagged six of his
first seven shots and closed with 16 points. Evan Feathers was the Tigers’ scoring leader with 18 points and Charlie Sprott finished with 12. Mike Rues scored lh for Vidor.
Brown called Orange’s press ‘‘fair enough.” It was especially effective in the first half, com-nelling Vidor to make 13 mistakes.
Vidor is at Port Neches-Groves and Stark hosts Nederland in district games Tuesday.
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District I0-3A roundup
Change works for Austin
By LARRY BODIN News Sports Staff
Basketball coaches are a little hesitant in changing their game strategy midway through a quarter.
Sometimes a change works and sometimes it doesn’t.
Friday night Austin’s Bd! Kirkpatrick made such a change and it worked to perfection as the Eagles came from behind to upend Bride City, 56-50.
It marked Austin’s first District 10-3A win of the season after tasting defeat in four other East zone outings. The victory also brought a five-game SFA losing skein to a halt.
"It’s sure great to win one, ’ said a beaming Kirkpatrick following the triumph.
Austin’s change in tactics came midway in the second canto with the Cardinals on top bv six. Kirkpatrick switched
from a zone defense to a e.\-tremelv tight man-for-man and momentum shifted over to SLA.
In the final four minutes of the first half the Eagles outscored Bridge City, 1-4-2.
The hosts held a 32-27 lea ! over BC at intermission and came out in the second half to assume a superior hard hiking their margin to ten. They continued to hold the upr**1" hand 54-44 with 2:07 left in the entire
contest, but the visitors from across the bridge refused to play dead.
Senior Dennis Haire hanked in two field goals from the floor and Shannon Martin stole a pass and hit a 10-footer and the Eagles found themselves in a r.recarious situation, leading bv four, 54-50, with still over a minute to play.
But Kirkpatrick’s Austinites kept their poise and refused to
Spurger takes 49-B basketball lead by beating Shark quintet
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SABINE PASS - Spurger took full control of the District 49-B basketball scramble Friday
with a 64-46 victory over Sabine Pass.
The Sharks stayed within range of the unbeaten (3-0) visitors until Henry Marks and Steve Louviere fouled out in the fourth quarter.
Mike Teller was Sabine Pass’ scoring leader with 15 points and I :>uviere accounted for 15 before his departure.
High Island faces the Sharks, now 1-2 in the confer
ence race, here Tuesday.
In Friday’s girls game, Sabine Pass used 15 points by Janie Williams, 14 by Suzette Brown and ll by Hay La Bove to defeat Spurger, 40-30. Sabine Pass has a 2-1 conference record.
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wilt under the Cards’ full court pressure and went into a stab. With 17 second showing on the* clock Hulette Kethley calm, v sank two free throws to seal the victory.
Kethley led all Eagle scorers with 19. followed bv Harold Jacobs with 16 and Jeff King with eight Kethley and Jacob> both pulled down ll carom.-each.
Haire paced a1! point-mdkers with 22, while Shannon Martin and David Weishaar each had 12.
SI A is now 1-4 in East zone play and 10-14 on toe yea:. while Bridge City falls to i-5 in loop action and 4-17 for the season.
Silsbee took a two-game lead in 10-3A’s East Zone by trouncing Jasper, ,56-35. The Tigers’ fifth straight conference victory was paced bv James Simmons, who scored 13 points.
Little express dumped West Orange, 61-55, on a 33-point spree bv Mack Wilburn. Both the Bears and Chiefs have 3-2 records in pursuit of Silsbee
West Zone pacesetter Cleveland (6-0) thumped Liberty, 02-50, and Hardin-Jefferson scuttled Livingston, 64-55.
District 2I-4A roundupGreenies gun down Trojans; C-P nips Buffaloes
By RICK ANDERSON News Sports Staff
BEAUMONT — South Park used its IOO per cent more effective fire power to gun down Forest Park Friday night, hut it was at French gym where the most surprising District 21-4A action took place.
The Greenies hit 4-4 per cent of their floor shots to a meager 22 per cpnt for Forest Park in waltzing to a 58-41 decision and sole possession of second place.
Meanwhile, Char I ton-Pollard, which had averaged slightly less than 90 points in three previous league tests, was held to a narrow 53-45 win by French’s blowdown tactics which Coach Dick Hastings calls a "Domino Delay.”
C-P’s win boosted its district record to 4-0, one game better than South Park’s 3-1 mark. Forest Park is now deadlocked for third with Hebert, a 53-45
winner over winless Beaumont Friday, at 2-2, while French stands at 1-3.
Forest Park, which has now been virtually eliminated from the race, saw its hopes for victory disappear quickly as the Greenies dropped through their first four floor attempts and held a 9-0 lead after two minutes of play.
The Trojans finally lit up their side of the scoreboard on a free throw bv Jeff Otto with 5 15 remaining and followed with five more on a layup bv Eugene Pa rope and a three-noin t play bv Jay Otto to make the rn irgin only 9-6.
Bubba Anders and John Miles hit jumpers in the final two minutes of the first period, however, and the Trojans were never close again.
South Pork ran its total to 20 points before the Trojans could tally again, four minutes deep into the second quarter, and led
24-15 at the half as Anders continued his hot outside hooting.
The Greenies held a 14-point
lead at 38-24, after three quarters of play, and stretched it to 52-34 n the fourth quarter until Coach Jim Anders empited his bench with two minutes re-
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‘‘This was the kind of win we needed to push our confidence up again after lasing to C-P so bad,” said Anders. ‘‘We have two tough away games coming up next week against Hebert and French, but I’m hopeful our play tonight wil' carry over.”
"All we can do is try' to perfect our defense until we get a
21 -4A Scoring leaders
DISTRICT 21 4A STANDINGS School w L Pct. Pts. Opp.
Charlton-Pollard 4 0 1 000 322 217
South Park 3 1 7C0 241 233
Forest Park 2 2 .SOO 197 347
Heber! ? 9 5170 ?io 2'0
French I 3 .250 198 191
Beaumont 0 4 OOO 205 264
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second chance at C-P at cur place in a couple of weeks,” said Anders. "We cannot relax against anyone though because one more loss and we are out of the picture.”
Bubba, the older of the coaches’ two sons playing on the team, finished with 22 points for the night and moved to within 19 points of the district scoring lead.
Wells paced the Panthers with 17 points, while Wilson hit 17.
Kenneth Minkins, the current leader with 88 points, managed on Iv ll against French while
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teammate Mark Durden hit 14 and now has 82. Anders total stands ai 69 for a 17.25 norm.
French Coach Dick Hastings felt like his team played as well as possible in holding the 24-5 Bulldogs to an eight-point win.
‘‘C-P got us down by eight rn the first quarter but we cut the margin to five at the half thanks to our delay gan e,” said Hastings whose team how stands at 8-13. “I knew they were capable of blowing it wide open anytime, hut the boys kept their cool and didn’t let their press affect them much.”
C-P was ahead bv only three points early in the fourth period hut inched its advantage hack up to eight with some deft foul shooting. The Bulldogs hit 13 of 14 attempts to slightly overshadow French’s equally find ll of 12 performance at the line.
Paul Roy was the key to the Buff floor shooting as the lanky
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ished with 25’ points to boost his district average to 16.75, fourth best in the league.
Hebert, which won only one of its first 16 games, made Beaumont High its second .straight victim despite a 22-point performance by Larry Rochelle
The Panthers leaped ahead by 19-8 in the first quarter and then held on behind the shooting of Darrel Wells and Ronald Wilson as the Purples outscored them the rest of the way 49-44. Wells paced the Panthers with 17 points, while Wilson hit 17.
Rochelle, now ranked fifth rn scoring with a 16.25 average, got support from teammate Frank Galassi who made 13 points including 5 of 5 from the line.
Ga lass was the only Purple to fare well in the charity department, however, as Beaumont finished with only 13 of 23 attempts.
“We looked better than we did
the past two games,” said Pur pie Coach George Thompson to! lowing his team’s 13th loss o the season against nine wins "What killed us was the firs quarter and inability to hit frorr the line."
Next Tuesday’s games fine Freixn at Forest Park, Beau mom at CJrarlton-Pollard anc South Park at Hebert.
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