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Friday, March 29, 1974


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Friday, March 29, 1974 THE MICHIGAN DAILY rage Eleven


playoff battles




Sports of The Daily

Los Angeles squares off
agamst Jabbar, Bucks
By ANDREW GLAZER ago that will keep him out of
"When you run out of fact, talk all Buck playoff games.
louder. If that doesn't work, yell." Now Fritz Williams and Jon Mc-
-Unknown philosopher. Locklin are splitting time in Al-
That being the case, a lot of Mil- len's place. McLocklin can shoot
waukee Buck fans' ears must be and Wiylliams understands that de-
getting sore fast. Because when fense isn't something you do while
you argue against the Bucks, as you're waiting to shoot. But that's
the Los Angeles Laker are go- all, and that's not very much.
ing to find out this weekend, you The Bucks have always been
run out of facts very quickly. weak at forward. Bob Dandridge
Oh, it's not that you can't say can shoot, but Coach Larry Costel-
bad things about the Bucks. But lo has been trying unsuccessfully
every time you do, this 7'4" guy all yearatoget him to pass the
comes out of 'nowhere and shoves ball. As a rebounder he's on a par
your line back into your face. with Dean Merringer. Curtis Perry
has muscles, but he is perhaps the
THE "7'4" guy", in case you've most erratic player in the NBA
spent the last seven years on Mars, -definitely not the type of per-
is . Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Back former you want in the playoffs.

Knicks, Bullets engage
in walking wounded battle


when he was playing for UCLA he
was such a dominating force that
some people were calling the
school the University of California
at Lew Alcindor. Since then he's
changed his name, his imageand
added some muscle. He is, excepts
for some brief lapses, virtually
If Abdul-Jabbar is so awesome,
why haven't the Lakers, who will
face the Bucks in the first round,
conceded defeat? The answer is
the brain of every professional
sports team in the nation - age
and injuries.
The Bucks started out this sea-
son with a fine pair of guards, Os-.
car Robertson and Lucius Allen.
Robertson is perhaps the greatest
guard in the history of the NBA,
or rather, he was. The constant
injuries that happen when you're
36 have reduced Oscar to a sha-
dow of his former self. Allen was
a quick, good shooting, spark-
plug. Unfortunately, he 'suffered
a serious knee injury two weeks
0 R E S
Buffalo 2, Chicago 2, tie
Philadelphia 3, Atlanta 3, tie
New England 3, Cleveland 2
Denver 96, San Antonio 92
Kentucky 107, Memphis 105
Indiana 111, Utah 109

THE LAKERS have been enig-
matic jall season. Wilt Chamber-
lain jumped to the ABA, leaving
a large hole at center. The Lakers
filled it - at least height wise-
by obtaining Elmore Smith from
the Buffalo Braves. But Smith cost
a bundle - high scoring Jim Mc-
McMillan's departure left a hole
at forward that has yet to be real-
ly filled. The Lakers obtained
Connie Mawkins from the Phoe-
nix Suns, and Hawkins can be bril-
liant. But long years have taken
their toll.
The other forward is manned by
Happy Hairston, with Bill Bridges
in relief. Both are solid rebound-
ers: Hairston is the better shooter
and is better on the fast break.
With Wilt in the middle the Lak-
ers ran the fast break and well.
Elmore Smith is simply not Wilt
Chamberlain. But he can rebound
with Abdul-Jabbar and play the
tough defense-and get into foul
trouble in the process.
The Lakers have been red-hot
in their stretch drive past the
Golden State Warriors. The best
Laker of them all, though, has
watched his team win without him.
Jerry West is hurting, and his use-
fulness in the series is doubtful.
Thus the scoring load will be on
Gail Goodrich, whose personality
fits the role.
The two teams are very equal in
many ways. But Kareem Abdul-
Jabbar unbalances the scale - a
lot. Look for the Bucks to win it.

When discussing the NBA play-
offs, it is customery to speak
about match-ups. This year's tra-
ditional Knick - Bullet series,
which opens tonight almost tran-
cends customary consideration,
there are so many intangibles.
There is a magic that occurs
every year at this time in New
York. Injuries seem to, mystically
heal, strength is found in unknown
places and the sleeping giant is.
awakened. Each year at thisrtime
~xthat giant, Willis Reed, emerges to
rally his troops.
THIS YEAR is no exception.
Willis sat out almost the whole
season after undergoing knee sur-
gery in December. He returned
against Phoenix March 21, and put
in a quite satisfactory perform-
ance, without pain.
MI don't have any pain at all.
yonly problem is getting accus-
tom-ed to the rhythm of the team,
said the Knick captain.
Reed's adversary at the center
slot is Wes Unseld. Wes has been
hampered all season because of
fluid on his arthritic left knee, but
has shown signs of recovery
_3 throughout the last month of the
"I'm still not in good shape. but
I'm in the best shape I've been in
since the start of the regular sea-
son," said Unseld who has lost 11
pounds and improved his timing
'~and reactions..
ELVIN HAYES remains one of
the top forwards in the league,
and should prove quite a challenge
for even Dave Debusschere, the
league's premier defensive for-
ward. Hayes is once again the
NBA's rebound leader, and aver-
aged over 20 points per game.
Whether or not The Big "E" can

handle DeBusschere is another
story. This is Dave's last season in
the NBA, and you can bet he wants
to exit a winner.
The other Knick forward, "Dol-
lar Bill" Bradley is also retiring
at the end of the season. He's
matched against ex-Knick, Mike
Riordan. Both can run, both can
shoot, both can play defense, both
are good, solid, team ball players.
provided the Bullets with more
than adequate relief in the fore'-
court. He finished third in the bal-
loting for Rookie of the Year
The Knick's bench is stocked
with good forwards and centers,
who have all proven that they can
step in and do a professional job.
Phil Jackson should harrass Capi-
tal shooters with his long arms, if!
he can stay out of foul trouble.
Capital brings a much improved
core of guards to New York. Phil
Chenier hasrblossomed into all-Pro
material, averaging 22 points per
game. Archie Clark appears to
have lost some of his reluctance to
pass the ball, which has aided the
Bullets greatly in their new!
smoother, passing offense.
"There's a lot of difference in
what we're doing now," said
Clark, who had eight assists last
Sunday against the Hawks. "We're
looking for the good pass and the
open man."
Porter is perhaps the key to the!
new floor game. He has been their
spark off the bench and averaged
close to 6 assists per game.
For New York, there have been
a few pleasant surprises. Dean
Meminger and Henry Bibby have
evolved into a pair of fine back-
ups. Bibby, the former UCLA star,
has provided the Knicks with a
second half scoring spark through-
out the year.
Walt Frazier is, of course, the
quarterback of the team and has
had an average season. The first
team all-NBA star netted just over
20 points a game, while being
among the league's top five in as-
sists. He's the best there is, when
he wants to be.
At this point there's some ques-
tion as to how effective Earl Mon-
roe will be. The Pearl underwent
surgery for bone spurs in his heel
before the season and has been in
and out of the line-up all year.
The Knicks have that habit of
shining in the playoffs, and they
will receive the valuable support
of the hysterical mob of Garden
faithfuls . They have the home
court advantage, and in New
York, that really means a lot.

Bowling tourney underway
The first round of the 1974 All-Campus Singles Tournament
got under way this week at Michigan Union Lanes, as 32 bowlers
went head-to-head in single-elimination .match play.
The tournament consists of 16 first round matches, eight
second round, and so on, until a winner is determined. A bowler
wins a match by having the higher total pinfall over three
Approximately 40 players vied for the 32 positions in a
qualifying round held two weeks ago. Scoring was low, as
a 426 was good enough for 32nd, while a 605 by Keith West
led the field.
Many of the 16 first round matches were extremely close
and exciting, often decided in the tenth frame of the third game.
In a surprisingly low-scoring match, West almost lost to
Tom Dekornfeld, 481 to 476, Tom lacking the second strike needed
in the tenth to win.
Of the top eight qualifiers, only fourth-ranked Joe Gess was
upset, losing to a hot-handed Marty Begun, 556 to 547, as Joe
watched Marty double on the Brooklyn side in the tenth to win.
Two 600's were rolled in the first round, by Paul Baker
(619), and Mike Clancy (613), runner-up in 1972. Mike also
has the high game so far in the tournament, a 245.
Two matches to watch closely in this next round are West-
Shepard, where another hot bowler may upset the erratic West,
and the Baker-Oliver match.
Baker earned a spot last February on the Michigan team
which competed recently in the Association of College Unions
International (ACUI) regional tournament at Kent State. By
averaging 202 for his nine games there, he earned a berth in
the ACUI national finals scheduled for April 6 at Indianapolis.
He will face the 1972 All-Campus champion, Tom Oliver,
who has not been bowling well in the tournament so far, but who
is capable of exploding with a big series anytime.
Match play times are posted daily at the Union, and all are
invited to come and watch.
Big Ten names assistant Comm.
CHICAGO - Dr. Charles D. Henry II of Grambling, La., Col-
lege, one of the nation's top black athletic administrators, will
become assistant Big Ten 'commissioner on June 1.
Appointment of Henry, 50, head of Grambling's Health, Phys-
ical Education and Recreation Department, was announced
Wednesday by Commissioner Wayne Duke.
The addition of a black representative on the Conference
staff had been one of the recommendations by the Big Ten's
Special Advisory Commission, composed of 11 former black
conference star athletes. The, recommendations were made
in astudy on the campus problems of black student athletes.
Duke said Henry's duties will be spelled out in a "general
reorganization" of the Conference office, but that he would "be
involved in every phase of°our operations."
"We view his appointment as a most significant develop-
ment in the progress of the Conference."
----- ---- ----

AP Photo
KEVIN PORTER of the Capital Bullets concentrates on the basket-
ball as he prepares to make a steal. The Bullets will face the New
York- Knicks tonight as the NBA playoffs get underway.

Freestyler sets NCAA record


Taekwon Do tourney...
begins tomorrow
Spring has sprung and the sap is running ... straight down
to the IM Building where you can play some basketball and
ignord the fact that winter is supposed to be over. Oh well.
The biggest event on campus this weekend is the First
American Intercollegiate and Open Taekwon Do-Karate Cham-
pionships on Saturday at the IM Building.
Interest in Taekwon Do-Karate as both an individual and
team sport is growing rapidly. The University of Michigan's
Taekwon Do Club boasts 150 members, including Master Hwa
Chong, whose inspired guidance has contributed to the club's
As the name implies, the Taekwon Do-Karate tournament
this Saturday is both an open and intercollegiate event. Fifteen
college teams as well as outstanding individuals will compete
for over 140 trophies, including the Governor of Michigan tro-
phy; the President, U-M trophy; and the Korea U. trophy.
There are two events in Taekwon Do-Karate competition,
forms and sparring. In the forms event, a competitor performs
an intricate, dance-like routine of Taekwon Do moves. The com-
petitor is graded on style and execution of these moves.
In sparring, two competitors take jabs at each other
without placing any real force behind the blows. The goal
is for a competitor to indicate he or she had the opportunity
to land a lethal blow. Judges award points for the potential
effectiveness of the blow.
Preliminaries for Saturday's tournament begin at 10 a.m.
Competition in forms and sparring will be held in five main
divisions: intercollegiate; open; high school; women; and jun-
iors, ages 12-15. Team competition will be held only in the
college division. Black belts are restricted to the open division.
If you would like to see some excellent Taekwon Do-Karate,
or just want to learn more about the sport, visit the IM Building
this Saturday. There will be action throughout the day, with the
finals starting at 7 p.m.
If your preferences run to less violent sports, you can
watch the Women's All Campus Table Tennis Tournament
on Saturday in Waterman Gym's lower level. The action
begins at 9 a.m.
Entries for the Women's All Campus Tennis Tournament are
due April 3. Singles and doubles matches will be held from
4-5:30 p.m. on April 11-13 on the Palmer Field courts.
A few more champions were determined in IM competition
this past week. Al Slote successfully defended his title as Faculty
squash champ. Henry Beam finished second. Law-Gold downed
Alpha Omega for the Graduate division table tennis champion-
In Residence Hall action, Kelsey (S. Quad.) defeated Van
Buren (E. Quad.) in the team paddleball finals. The Crimson
Studs overwhelmed the M-IV's for the Independent table tennis
A tie-breaking fourth game was needed in the Co-rec bowl-
ing finals as Hacker's Row slipped by Turkey's Too. Co-rec table
tennis teams have moved into the semi-finals.
The All Campus 5-9 basketball championships will be
held April 3. Black Inc. will face the Colts for the Class A
championship. The Rapscallions meet the Mooners in Class


LONG BEACH, Calif. W) -
Tennessee's John Trembley
sprinted to an American record
of 20.06 seconds in the 50-yard
freestyle yesterday, leading a
swift set of qualifiers into the
finals of the National Collegiate
Athletic Association swimming
and diving championships.
Trembley beat the old mark of
20.23 set in 1971 by David Edgar
of Tennessee in 1971..
Joe Bottom of Southern Cali-
fornia qualified second at 20.31
for the finals Thursday night at
all six finalists posted qualify-
ing times of under 21 seconds.
Defending team champion In-
diana received a setback when

its 400-yard medley relay team,
which had quilified with the sec-
ond f-stest time, was disquali-
fied for two of its swimmers
leaving early.
UCLA had the best qualifying
time for the relay at 3:24.22, a
half-second quicker than Indi-
a,- 's ousted foursome.
A relay victory is worth 32
valuable points in the standings.
Fred Tyler of Indiana set the
pace in 200 individual medley
qualifying, splashing to a time
of 1:51.49 that was only .6 off
the American record held by
Steve Furniss of Southern Cali-
fornia, who qualified fifth at

The leading qualifier in the
500 freestyle was Furniss' Trojan
teammate John Naber with a
clocking of 4:27.23.
Indiana's John Kinsella, seek-
ing his fourth straight 500 free
championship, qualified fourth
at 4:29.53.
Three favorites failed to make
the finals in the 500, however,
topped by Jack Tingley of South-
ern Cal who finished second to
Kinsella last year. Rick DeMont
of Washington and UCLA's Steve
Genter also did not make the

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