THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Saturday, October 25, 1969
Page Six THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, October 25, 1969
By PHIL HERTZ
Special To The Iauly
DETROIT-First the Jets.
Then the Mets.
Now the Knicks-it appears to
be New York's year in sports.
Last night the Knicks demon-
strated the facts of New York
power to several thousand more
of the uninitiated when they cap-
tured their sixth decision in seven
starts, all but blowing the Detroit
Pistons off the Cobo Hall hard-
The Knicks disdained the sur-
prise of the Jets and the miracles
of the Mets and simply played'
the game of basketball the way it
should be played. The Knicks ex-I
hibited enormous depth, great
balance, shot as well as they
needed to, and played a tenacious
defense, which forced the Detroit-
ers into committing a plethora of
turnovers, keeping them from
ever seriously challenging ther
All evening the New Yorkers
literally took the ball out of the
Pistons' hands, setting the pattern
NCA's Jerry Lucas
traded to Warriors
CINCINNATI (A')-Veteran Cin-' Warriors in 1967 after playing at
in the first period when Detroit
was forced into at least ten errors
while the only Knick turnover
came when Bill Bradley slipped
as he began to drive.
Walt Frazier was the chief
Knick culprit, but was ably aided
in the ball stealing derby by just
about every Knick who saw action.
Frazier tallied 24 points, second
high in the contest to the Knicks'
Willis Reed, who had 26. plus
seven assists, boosting his career
assist total to 1,006.
The Pistons took an early 2-0
lead on a lay-up by Terry Disch-
inger; however, Reed quickly tied
the game up.
Jimmy Walker, who led the
Pistons with 21 points and nas
the only bright spot in the eve-
ning, gave the lead back to De-
troit, 4-2. But that was the last
time all night the Pistons found
themselves on top.
The Knicks began the urocess
of putting the game under wraps
after former Knick Walt Bellamy
tied the game at eight apiece with
8:58 remaining in the opening
period. At that point New York
reeled off six straight points, and
they were off and running. They
finished the period by outscoring
the Pistons, 9-2, to take a 32-18
The Pistons continued to sink
as the second period progressed,
falling behind 49-33 with 5:14 left
in the half. Detroit then appeared
to right itself and gEt back in the
contest when it outscored the
Knicks 16-2 over a three minute
period, to close the gap to 51-46.
The Knicks, however, quickly
shook off the slump and were able
to go into the dressing room at!
halftime with a 59-50 advantage
A 16-4 spurt at the opening of theE
second half took the last vestiges
of doubt out of the game and the
Knicks were able to coast home.
out of the subway
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cinnati forward Jerry Lucas, who!
has been named to the National
Basketball Association all-star
squad each year in his career, wast
traded to San Francisco yesterday7
for forward Bill Turner and guard1
In six seasons with the Royals,
Lucas averaged 19.9 points a game
and 19.2 rebounds after grad-I
uating from Ohio State where he
starred. In four games with Cin-
cinnati this year, Lucas averaged
10.3 points a game and 10.5 re-
Lucas, 6-feet-8. was named the
most valuable player of the all-
star game one year.
For a big man, he is one of the
league's better outside shooters.
But he has been troubled by weak
knees during much of his career.;
King, a standout at the Uni-
versity of Tulsa, has a six-season;
scoring average of 8.6 points a
game. King 6-feet-2, has alsol
played for Los Angeles and Chi-I
Turner, a fine outside shot andI
good rebounder, registered a 7.81
"oint per game last year withc
380 rebounds. The 6-feet-7 for-
ward was drafted second by thet
the University of Akron.
Cincinnati General Manager Joe
Axelson said that "We're trading
to build a full squad of 12 NBA
players. We feel we gave up one
good one and got two good ones."
"Luke agreed to go," Axelson,
continued. "I don't know if he
would have reported to any club,
but he liked the sound of San
Boston 4 0 1
Detroit 3 1 1
Montreal 2 0 3
New York 2 2 1
Toronto 1 3 1
Chicago 0 5 1
Oakland 3 2 1
St. Louis 3 1 1
Minnesota 3 3 0
Philadelphia 1 1 3
Los Angeles 2 3 0
Pittsburgh 0 3 3
Boston at Oakland, inc.
Chicago at Montreal
St. Louis at Toronto
New York at Detroit
Boston at Los Angeles
Pittsburgh at Minnesota
Montreal at New York
St. Louis at Philadelphia
W L Pet.
3 0 1.000
3 0 1.000
6 1 .857
3 1 .750
1 2 .333
1 4 .200
0 4 .000
Baltimore 131, Cincinnati 126
Atlanta 122, Boston 110
New York 116, Detroit 92
Milwaukee at Los Angeles, inc.
Chicago at Phoenix, inc.
TOLEDO NEXT VICTIM?
Soccermen face easy road
By NORM SCHERR
From a view midway in the sea-
son, it appears that Michigan soc-
cermen, while not approaching a'
success rate that brought them
a 7-1 record last year, are still
heading for a rvla'ively good mark
Losing the season opener to
Northern Illinois 5-1, the team re-
bounded to beat Oakland 6-3, A
clash of individual national styles
and a lack of agnressiveness on
the part of the forwards t h a tI
marked the first game w e r e in
part overcome by the second
An early test of tne team's new-
ly found coopeiative spirit was a
0-0 tie with thy University of Wa-
terloo, one of t h e better soccer
teams of the conference. Michigan1
and Waterloo fought a tough de-
fensive game In which both goal-'
ies were superb. While not a clear-
cut victory, the Michigan soccer-
men regarded it as such, since
they had been rated the underdog.
As a prelude to the season hight
point with Cleveland State, the3
Michigan footmen darcated t n e
University of Kentucky, 2-1. Once1
again the defense provided a toughr
shield, but the offense displayed
a conservative style of play,
Michigan then faced its mostr
formidable opponent with a 2-1-1r
record, and a team which was be-
ginning to ieturn to the previous
year's form. Practices precedingt
the Cleveland State match stress-
ed a unified offense, and b o t ht
units were ready to take on the .
eighth ranked C.S.U.
Cleveland State featured two oft
the top scorers in Ohio, along with
a well balanced offense-defenser
squad. When the two teams fi-
nally met, the better unit of each
cancelled out the other, resultingr
in a 2-2 tie at the end of regular
play. Michigan's tight defenseg
held the usually thot shootingE
C.S.U. offense in check, resultingI
in double overtime. But a disput-(
ed goal at the end of the first ov-t
ertime, followed by a second ing
the last put Cleveland on top. r
Despite the loss, the Michigan>
soccermen had gelled into an ef-
fective, coordinated unit. having
integrated the nationalistic play-a
ing traits of its multi-nationalt
Tired, but not defeated in spirit
by the loss the day before, the
Michigan footmen took on Notre
Dame last Sunday and trounced
them 7-1. The men from South
Bend had come in the dismal driz-
zle with a fighting spirit that is
particularly theirs, but neither
enthusiasm nor the luck of the
Irish could stop the inspired play
of the Michigan offense and de..
Michigan forward Mike Sasich
had two goals, and Daniel Boyle,.
Carlos Flores and Co-captain LesI
Feldman each contributed o n e.-
But the real star was Miguel Tau-
be, who booted in two goals and
assisted on two more.
Only a lone goal by NotIre!
Dame's Dan Brook spoiled fresh-
man goalie Rick Moore's excellent
Michigan soccermen venture in-
to Ohio territory again today to
cross legs with the footmen from
the University of Toledo. The
Michigan team should find the,
going easy since Toledo bowed to!
the Irish 2-1.
But Toledo seniors Dave Liver-
more and John Worcester mightl
make the day a little less enjoy-
able for Michigan. Both have been
named to the All-Ohio All-Star
Squad d u e to their consistently
good offensive performances. Liv-
ermore is a center forward while
Worcester plays on inside right.
Coupled with Captain Lazlo Kol-
tay, they have managed a fairly'
good showing at home. On the
road the Toledo footmen have not
performed quite as well, as evi-
denced by their 3-6 record over-
all. Their biggest drubbing was at
the hands and feet of Michigan
State, ranked first in the country.
The Boston Celtics haven't died; they just moved to
New York city. The Knicks brought their traveling road
show to Detroit last night and showed the Piston fans why
they are supposed to be the next super team in the NBA.
Just as the Celtics used to destroy opponents suddenly and
merciless, so do the Knicks. And they do it Celtic style too,
by using tough defense, deadly shooting and constantly hitting
the open man. The tenacious New York defenders force errors
and continually cash in the opportunities to build up insur-
mountable leads, as the Pistons found out.
Detroit managed to turn the ball over to the Knicks over 30
times as the New Yorkers laughed their way to another win,
making the Pistons look worse than they are in the process. The
Knicks have held teams under 100 points in four starts already,
including last night, and have made most people forget the
demise of the Celts.
The reasons for the New York dominance in defending,
shooting and passng are pretty obvious; they have the best
five starters in the league and the best bench. No one can
really fight a team with that kind of equipment and to
date no one has.
The power of the Knick squad could not have been demon-
strated more than it was against the Pistons. Despite having
only an average shooting night, they decimated the Detroit
club by 24 points. The New Yorkers opened up a 13 point edge
at the end of the first quarter, had it cut to nine at the half
while reserves were in and then exploded to a 21 point margin
in the third quarter and were never headed.
Throughout, the Knicks kept pressure on the Pistons and
held all of the guns in check. The defense that the men from
Manhattan displayed was almost unbelievable. Bill Bradley
took Eddie Miles, "The' Man with the Golden Arm," and held
him to a measly field goal for three periods. At the opposite
side, forward Dave DeBusschere was doing the same kind of
a job on Terry Dischinger.
But the truly astounding performance came from Walt
Frazier, who stole, passed and shot the Pistons blind. While
pilin; up 24 points of his own he also passed off to Willis Reed
for 26 more. Frazier at one point caught Dave Bing from behind,
stole the ball, moved up court beating two nien with between
the legs and behind the back dribbles and finally passed off to
Reed for an easy shot. However, Reed blew the cripple. Who
came along to hit the rebound? Who else, but Frazier.
The way Frazier moves is typical of the Knicks. They
constantly help out on defense, are after every loose ball
and seem to always see the open man on offense. Very few
times will there be an open shot for opponents while on the
other hand the Knicks always seem to get them.
The Knicks are, more than anything else, a real TEAM,
and that is a tribute that goes mostly to one man-Coach Red
Holzman. Holzman took over the Knicks two years ago when
they were floundering and began to mold them. He took ad-
vantage of the excessive manpower that the Knicks possessed
and started to play pressure defense while platooning. He also
moved Bill Bradley back to his original position of forward
where he was more comfortable.
However, two ingredients were still missing, a leader on
the floor and another strong forward. Holzman found the
leader when he decided to go with Frazier full time in the
back court and relegate Howie Komives to a bench seat.
The forward was a more difficult problem and proved to
cause the greatest obstacle in the planned Knick rise. Pla-ying
Walt Bellamy and Reed on the front line just made the Knicks
too slow and cost them games. After a 6-13 start last year Holz-
man had his fill and sent New York owner Ned Irish after a
top front court man.
Irish went to Detroit and came away with DeBusschere in
the deal that is known around New York as THE TRADE. What
they really mean is the steal, but that is only whispered around
the big town. Holzman somehow managed to palm off Komives,
who wasn't playing, and Bellamy, who was a disappointment, on
the Pistons. DeBusschere arrived and the Knicks haven't lost
too much since then.
The odds are that they won't lose too much in the future,
either. They are young (Dick Barnett is the only man over 30)
and after one season together play as an incomparable unit,
They have the talent to toy with opponents and can pace them-
selves to play in quick bursts that destroy weaker clubs. There
really is no apparent weakness, except that someone has to be
cut when Phil Jackson gets off the injured list. That may be the
only way to break up the Knicks a little bit at this point.
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