THE MICHIGAN iDAILY
FRIDAY, MARCH 22,1963
UGH SCHOOL BASKETBALL:
Tourney Frenzy Hits Ilbnois, Indiana
St rack Awaits Next Year, but--
(EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the sec-
ond of two articles analyzing the
area state high school basketball
tournaments. Today's article deals
with cage action in Indiana and
BY LLOYD GRAFF
W he n broken-hearted cheer-
leaders drench the hardcourt with
their tears while screaming fans
go berserk with joy in the stands
anyone can tell it is state basket-
balltournament time in Illinois
The state tourney is the culmin-
ation of the season. mach team
enters as an equal in Illinois and
Indiana-there is no class basket-
ball, as in Michigan. The high
school with an enrollment of 90
competes on an equal basis with
the school with 3000 students.
Eight teams still remain iv Illi-
nois but just four are left in the
Hoosier state. Rockford Auburn,
a school just four years old, is
the favorite in Illinois with Cen-
tralia a good second choice.
Auburn has a 27-2 record as
they face Springfield Lanpbie: in
today's quarter finals. Auburn is
paced by All-State repeater Jas-
per Robinson, a cat-like 6'3" for-
ward who is capable of a great
effort when he feels like it. Rob-
inson's tournament future is in
doubt, however, because his elig-
ibility has been questioned. Pres-
ently his case is before the appe-
late court. Auburn's hopes rest on
the court's decision.
Centralia, which has shared
first ranking in the Illinois school-
boy circuit with Rockford Auburn,
has a stern test in Metropolis.
Centralia is led by Herb Williams'
a hot shot forward, and Don Dun-
can, a versatile deadeye guard,
while Metropolis' balanced attack
is paced by forward Jim Stafford
and Tom Woodward.
Chicago Carver, Cazzie Russel's
alma mater, is making another de-
termined bid for the state crown.
Carver's forte is rebounding this
year with brawny Joe Allen, a
mountain of a man hammering
the backboards with strong sup-
port from other jumping side-
kicks. The Challengers take on
little Geneva in the quarter
Geneva, a small school with an
enrollment of just 522 overwhelm-
ed Bloom Township in one of the
tourney's biggest upsets to gain
the right to go to Champaign. A
talented front line featured by
the spirited play of Bob Johan-
son leads the Vikings.
In the fourth quarter final
game last year's champ Decatur
takes on Peoria Central. Decatur
has propelled itself into conten-
tion thanks to the play of Gil
Sunderlik, Jerry Hill and Gary
Halihan. Central relies heavily
on Craig Alexander. Decatur is
favored in this contest, but one
never knows in high school
The unpredictability of state
tournaments is well demonstrated
in Indiana. Evansville Bosse,
which kept three players from last
year's championship team was
eliminated in semi-state play by
unheralded Terre Haute Garfield.
Bosse, with players like Gerry
Southwood and Gene Lockyear,
was beaten by the balanced at-
tack of Garfield, 60-55.
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In another key contest in In-
diana, Lafayette Jefferson whip-
ped East Chicago Washington to
remain in the tournament. A total
of 46 points by Terry Stillabower
and Denny Brady were just
enough to overcome another great
individual performance by Rich
Mason, who finished a sparkling
high school career with 35 points.
At Indianapolis, Muncie Cen-
tral, Ron Bonhan's old school,
reached the semifinals by first
defeating Columbus and then In-
dianapolis Ripple. Muncie has a-
powerful front line anchored by
Mike Rolf, 6'6" center, and Bob
Jones, a leaping forward.
The other team still left in the
Indiana' tourney is South Bend
Central. Central humbled Hunt-
ington 74-53 to reach the Butler
fieldhouse where the last two
games will be played.
Muncie will probably be rated
at the favorite with South Bend
and Lafayette a close second and
third, which means, of course
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By DAVE GOOD
"Here come the Raiders in for
Michiga n," blared the loud-speak-
er above the screams of thousandsa
of Wolverine basketball fans
watchin: g Coach Dave Strack ma-
nipulatitg his three platoons into
a victory' in the title game of the
Meanwhile, back in the real,
world- of 1963, Dave Strack con-
siders wi th amusement any sug-
gestions at future basketball mir-
acles to bi? wrought by his fresh-
man team, already known across
Midwest campuses from Purdue
"You sportswriters are going to
have us iziV,'e NCAA- playoffs be-
fore the season starts," Strack
commented. in response to articles,
like the full-page spread run lastF
month by The Sporting News on
Michigan's basketball revolution.
The optimism stems from a nu-
cleus of sev n lettermen returning
from the b >st varsity team in 15
years plus the addition of the
best freshmran squad in Micliigan
Wait Till Next Year
But even though Strack points
to outstandi rig individuals like 67" ''
sophomore . Billy Buntin and 65"1
freshman Cazzie Russell, he
doesn't wantt things to get out of
"Why, I- ,aw one article that
called CazziE? Russell 6'10" and
rebounds liks Bill Russell (Boston'
Celtics center) ," Strack said. "I
keep reading K these stories about
our freshmem~, but nobody everI
asks me wha t I think."
Okay, C*(,h, what do you think?
"I think they're pretty good, of
course, but people seem to overlook
the kids we have coming back
on the varsity. We have three
starters (Bu,.tin at center and
Doug Herier and Captain-elect
Bob Cantrell at guard) and our
top two replacements (forward
Larry Tregoning and guard George
Guard T om Ludwig and center
Doug Greenwold also won letters.
Led by Bunt in, an all-Big Ten
and honorable mention All-Amer-
ica selection, IVfichigan compiled a
16-8 record an( I tied for fourth in
the conference with an 8-6 mark.
From this team, which Strack
called the best since the cham-
pionship squad of 1947-48, Michi-
gan loses Captain Tom Cole, John
Harris and John Oosterbaan, all
forwards, to graduation.
And although Strack emphasizes
the difficulties facing freshmen
in making the transition to var-
sity ball, he is optimistic about
This was a freshman team which
played during the year on slightly
better-than-even terms with the
Law Club, including former Mich-
igan players John, Tidwell, M. C.
Burton and Jon Hall.
that Terre Haute Garfield
probably win it all.
Los Angeles (A) 5, San Francisco 3
St. Louis 6, Kansas City 1
Pittsburgh 5, Minnesota 4
New York (N) 2, Milwaukee I
Detroit 11, Baltimore 1
Philadelphia 8, Los Angeles (N) 7
Cincinnati 7, Chicago (A) 6
Cleveland 7, Chicago (N) 2
Boston 4, Houston 3
New York (A) 7, Washington 7 (tie,
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FROSH CREW-While varsity' forward Larry Tregoning flips a
backhand shot in the freshman game this winter, Michigan's hopes
for 1964 and beyond look on. Behind Tregoning in the background
is guard John Thompson, and left to right under the basket: Steve
Smith, Van Tillotson, Ollie Darden, and John Rowser.
Oregon State Next Test
Slated for Cincinnati Five
It was also a team which stayed
within one point of the varsity
through halftime in a game last
December before losing, 80-64.
"The one thing this team didn't
have is the Buntin-the big, strong
player to plug up the middle,"
commented Assistant Coach Jim
Skala. "What a team usually likes
to do is to take the big man and
build from there."
This is just what Strack plans
to do next year.
No fewer than 10 freshmen are
potential varsity material, ac-
cording to Tom Jorgensen, the
More than Russell
Besides Russell, a Chicago prod-
uct and Illinois' most valuable
player last year, the others are
Ollie Darden (6'7", Detroit), Jim
Myers (6'", Defiance, Ohio), John
Clawson (6'3", Naperville, Ill.),
John Thompson (6'0", Pontiac,
Ill.), Bill Yearby -(6'2", Detroit),
John Rowser (6'0", Detroit), Van
Tillotson (6'5", Ludington), Steve
Smith (6'6", Park Ridge, Ill.), and
Dan Brown (6'5", Northville).
"Cazzie is the best all-around
player," Jorgensen commented.
"He can do so many things. He's
a good shooter and rebounder, and
he passes as well as any young
player I've ever seen."
Jorgensen said he thinks Rus-
sell may alternate between for-
ward and guard next year and is
also an excellent pivotman.
Darden, whom Jorgensen calls
the best rebounder on the squad,
sprained an ankle over the semes-
ter intermission but came around
toward the end of the season and
turned into an excellent shooter,
Myers at Forward, Too
Myers, weighing only 200 lbs.,
may wind up playing forward as
well as center next year, Jorgen-
sen predicted. "We'd like to get
him on a weight program this
spring," he said.
A southpaw, Myers is an excel-
lent shooter, especially for a big
man. "Jim can do a lot of things
we didn't know he could do when
he came up here," Jorgensen said.
He said that how well Russell,
Darden and Myers play defense
next year may decide how much
game time they see. "None of them
had to play real tough defense in
high school," he pointed out.
Clawson Makes Switch
Clawson, always a forward or
center in high school, has "come
a long way" in learning to play
guard, Jorgensen said, calling him
"a strong kid'with good hands, a
fine shooter, and has real good
Thompson, the smallest of the
five starters, is the best shooter
and defensive player on the team,
according to Jorgensen. "If you
can get him loose for a shot, he
can really put it through the hole,"
Yearby, Rowser and Smith will
all be playing football next fall,
and although they are expected to
come out for basketball, they will
need time to work into shape for
Yearby, a 220-lb. end, was the
one who surprised the coaches.
"Actually, our best starting team
at the end of the year probably
had Yearby on it, moving Russell
back to guard and alternating
Clawson and Thompson at the
other guard," Jorgensen and Skala
Strack, Jorgensen and Skala all
insist that they won't be trying
any three-platoon basketball next
year, but to be on the safe side,
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their drive toward basketball his-
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to accomplish the last two steps
toward an unprecedented third
straight National Collegiate cham-
The top-ranked Bearcats, beat-
en only once in 26 games this sea-
son and only six times in three
years under Jucker, play tower-
ing Oregon State in the second
game of a doubleheader at jam-
packed Freedom Hall. Duke, rank-
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Press poll, meets third-ranked
Chicago Loyola in the opener at,
7:30 p.m., EST, in what everyone
expects to be a sizzling high-scor-
R. I. SALBERG, JR.
U. OF CAL.
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Sellout crowds of 19,153, a rec-
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arena on the state fairgrounds to
see if the Bearcats can stretch
their' dominance of basketball to
a point never reached before.
Three other schools, Oklahoma
State, Kentucky and San Fran-
cisco, won successive champion-
ships but only San Francisco came
close to making it three in a row.
With its great teams headed by
Bill Russell and K. C. Jones, San
.Francisco won in 1955 and 1956.
But Big Bill and Jones bowed out
after the '56 championship and
while the Dons got to the national
tournament in 1957, they lost in
the semifinals and wound up third.
There's considerable 1d o u b t
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that Cincinnati is as strong as it
was the last two years. Although
Ron Bonham, Tom Thacker,
George Wilson and Tony Yates are
back from last year's starting
line-up, the Bearcats are less pow-
erful on the boards and the bench
strength is skimpy.
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