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WITH ICE AND SNOW still appropriately on the ground all
over the state, the long high school basketball season wil
be climaxed today with the finals of the Michigan High School
Athletic Association's roundball tournament at East Lansing's
Jenison Fieldhouse.
As a neutral observer of Michigan's "March Madness" (I
went to high school in New Jersey), a couple of major struc-
tural differences between the Michigan and New Jersey tour-
neys come to mind, especiaHy when the list of schools that have
advanced to the semi-finals of Michigan's four classes in the
past two years is perused.
In New Jersey, seven rather than four state champions are
crowned each March: four for public schools of varying sizes and
three for the best parochial school teams. Ordinarily this de-
viation in form would be considered insignificant, but in re-
cent years, parochial schools have come to disproportionately
dominate the Michigan tourney, especially in Classes C and D.
As illustration, in the past two years, 32 schools have
reached the semi-finals of the four classes, and no fewer
than 17 hve been parochial. The predominance in Classes
C and D is even more striking as 12 of the 16 semi-finalists
have been parochial schools.
The tendency among many old high school cage fans is to
brand this development as a coincidence or temporary trend,
but some of the administrative differences between public and
parochial schools, and their relationship to sports, speak other-
Under the traditional system of school financing through
property taxes, the jurisdiction of ,each public high school is
limited to a certain political or geographic area.
Parochial schools are constrained by no such boundaries and
therefore are able to seek out athletically-inclined eighth-grad-
ers to compete for their athletic teams as a matter of stand-
ard policy.
Whether the majority or even a small minority of paro-
chial schools do indeed recruit is not that important. But
they can, if they choose to do so.
But these are the exceptions rather than the rule and usually
it is difficult to draw the line between the boys who really want
to go to a particular parochial school and happen to be basket-
ball players, and those who enroll specifically do play basket-
In addition, a parochial school can deliberately set out to
attain a specific enrollment to be classified in a certain class
while by definition, a public school must accept any bonafide
resident of a municipality.
According to Dick Kishpaugh of Parchment, Michigan,
who has been covering the Michigan High School Tourna-
ment as a writer, historian, and statistician for 31 years,
the disproportionate dominance of the parochial schools is
not a real problem.
"Of course there are some schools, especially in the large
metropolitan areas, that recruit players, but the number that
consciously do so is small," says Kishpaugh.
"As far as the parochial dominance in the last couple of
years, I feel this it not a permanent trend, but there are some
reasons why they have done so well in recent years.
"I think the unsettled conditions in many public schools has
been a factor. In the parochial schools, the situation has been
more stable and the pride, prestige, and school spirit connected
with a successful athletic team still exists," Kishpaugh observes.
Ironically, when the MHSAA was founded exactly SO
years ago, the thought of parochial schools having a com-
petitive advantage was far from the minds of those patri-
"One of the basic things attempted by the early tourna-
ment directors was to eliminate the bias against parochial
schools, especially those that were Catholic," Kishpaugh re-
calls. "At that time no public schools wanted to play them
and many boys were recruited away from the neighborhood
schools to the public schools, not vice versa.
'The discrimination against Catholics was really bad in In-
diana, where they got very bad treatment. In fact, parochial
schools were not allowed in the Tournament until after World
War II. But in Michigan we wanted all schools to participate
and there has never been any distinction between public and
parochial here."
It's probably silly but to me the state tournament loses
something when the small backwoods schools far away frm the
urban centers are knocked out of the Tournament and never
make it to the "Big Time" of Jenison or Crisler.
There's a certain romance to thinking that the kids play-
ing in the Class C and D finals practiced their foul shots on
the side of a barn and not on the city playgrounds of Detroit,
Saginaw, Flint ,or Grand Rapids.
But these schools earned their way to Jenison in the state's
time-honored method and deserve .their chance for a moment
in the spotlight also. Despite some structural unfairness, the
tournament should not be changed since the traditions and lore
of 50 years of "madness" are probably more vital.
But personally, I'll take White Pine of the Porcupine Moun-
tain Conference or Ewen-Trout Creek in the Class D finals over
a small urban parochial school any time.

powered by reserve
MILWAUKEE (P) - Reserve: side work of Elmore Smith to
Ron 'Williams scored six of his build a 70-61 lead with 4:17 left
eight points in the last five min- in the third quarter.
utes Friday night, rallying the Mil- Dandridge retaliated w i t h
waukee Bucks to a 99-95 victory three long jump shots and Jon
over the Los Angeles Lakers in theI McGlocklin with another as the,
first game of their National Bas- Bucks crept'to within four points.
ketball Association Western Con- After a hook shot by Abdul-Jab-
ference playoff semifinals. bar, Curtis Perry stole the in-
Williams, starting in place of in- bounds pass and hit a layup to
jured Lucius Allen, had spent much pull Milwaukee into an 81-81 tie.
of the night unsuccessfully chasing The game was tied four times after
Gail Goodrich, who poured in 31 that, the last at 91-91 on a jump
points for the Lakers. shot by Lakers' Connie Hawkins,
But Williams sank two free who contributed 21 points.
throws, then dropped in a 20 Williams followed with his two
footer as the Bucks, who had free throws to give the Bucks the
trailed by nine points Inte in the 'lead for good with 4:47 to play.
third quarter, took a 95-91 lead The Lakers sank their first
with 3:19 to play. five shots, including four by
Goodrich retaliated with a bas- Goodrich to break to a 12-2 lead.
ket, but Williams pulled down a However, Smith committed three
defensive rebound after the Lak- fouls in the next two minutes
,' nand was replaced by Bill Brid-
ers' next trip ilpcourt. ges.
Williams fired in another long Abdul - Jabbar used his eight-
jumper as the Bucks took a 97-93 inch height advantage over Brid-
lead with 46 seconds left. Oscar ges to pour in three baskets and
Robertson hit two free throws as Dandridge hit a pair of corner
the Bucks wrapped it up, taking a shots to pull Milwaukee to within
99-93 lead with 24 seconds to play. 26-23 after one period.

Hayes' 40 c
by New Yoi
NEW YORK (A') - Earl Monroe
and Walt Frazier teamed for 461
points, offsetting a 40-point per-:
formance by Capital's Elvin Hayes,
and the New York Knicks defeated(
the Bullets 102-91 last night in thet
opening game of their National1
Basketball Association EasternJ
conference semifinal playoff series.i
!Game Two of the best-of-seven
series will be played Sunday after-
noon in Landover, Md.
The Knicks, trailing 26-20 after1
one quarter, went on top for
good late in the second period.
Willis Reed, who entered the 1
game with 7% minutes to play a
in the period, brought New York1
to within 40-39 on a short jump1
shot with 3:59 to play in the
A Monroe jump shot put the1
Knicks ahead to stay, 43-42 with
2:37 remaining, and seconds later,
an offensive foul on Kevin Porter
nullified a Hayes dunk shot.
Frazier scored a basket, Dave
DeBusschere sank a pair of free
throws and Willis Reed scored on
a layup with six seconds left to
put the Knicks on top 49-42 at the
They increased the margin to
53-42 with 11:03 to play in the
third period on a short jump shot
by Frazier.
The Bullets rallied to within
one point, at 57-56, on a long
one-hander by Mike Riordan mid-
way through the period, but that
was as close as they came.
kN. Y. Jets 108, Virginia 96
San Diego 131, Denver II
Edmonton 3, Minnesota I
Milwaukee 9, Oakland 4
New York (N) 11, Pittsburgh 5
Texas 3, Houston 0
Cleveland 4, Chicago (N) 0
Baltinore 7, New York (A) I
s3 Dtonii, Minnesota 7

rk guards
A three-point play by Reed put
New York on top by six points with
a minute and a half to play in the
period, and the Knicks broke it
open with four points in the final
two seconds. DeBusschere sank a
long jump shot and Frazier hit a
jumper after stealing the Bullets'
inbounds pass at the buzzer.
New York's largest lead of the
night, 92-78, came on a three-point
play by Bill Bradley with 4:58 re-
maining in the game.
Monroe finished with 26 points,
Frazier had 20 and Bradley had 18,
10 in the last quarter. Phil Che-
nier added 20 points for the
Hayes' 40 points represents a
Bullets' club record for a playoff

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the
Bucks with 35 points and Bob Dan-:
dridge added 22-14 in the second
The Lakers, ahead by two points
at halftime, rode the outside,
shooting of Goodrich and the in-I

A pair of free throws by Rob-
ertson gave Milwaukee its first
lead, 39-38 with 4:05 left in the
half. The score was tied four
times from then until halftime,
when Los Angeles took a 49-47 lead
on a 30-footer by Jim Price at the

AP Photo
WITH DETERMINATION written all over his face, Los Angeles
Laker Jim Price drives toward the hoop. Price's enthusiasm wasn't
enough to stop Milwaukee, however, as the Bucks rallied to down
the Lakers, 99-95.



Pisto ns
From Wire Service Reports
The winningest team in Detroit
Piston history wheels into Chi-
cago today for its nationally
televised opener of the NBA
Western Conference semifinal
series with the Chicago Bulls.S
The Bulls, who shaded the Pis-
tons by two games for second
place behind champion Milwau-
kee in the Midwest division, have
never survived an opening play-
off round in six previous tries. Walker
The Pistons, led by 6-11, 260 18.8.
pound Bob Lanier and star guard Detro
Dave Bing, posted a 52-30 record Piston
in gaining the playoffs for the Lanier
first time in six years. Any]
It's the first time in four sea- emerge
sons the Bulls have not opened a not pla
playoff series against the Los ning o
Angeles Lakers. Scott.
"It's refreshing not to be open- ad
ing against the Lakers," said aecord
Chicago coach Dick Motta, whose offoei
Bulls were bumped out of the be a ke
first round playoffs by Los I hope
Angeles the past three years. of coni
"It's also refreshing to finally
have the home court advantage Buffa
for the first time in our club his-
The Bulls and Pistons stack up It wi
fairly even offensively and de- the yot
fensively. Although the Bulls ful est
swept all four Chicago Stadium falo B
games and won five of seven all age-oc
season from the Pistons, Detroit playof
has a slight scoring edge, 104.4 Boston
to 102.2. Onec
On defense, the Bulls hold a
98.7 to 100.3 margin behind the
sticky play of Jerry Sloan, Norm
Van Lier and Cliff Ray.
Individually, the brawny La-
nier brings the best season scor- lea
mg average, 22.5, into the play-
offs-a shade better than 22.0 by
Chicago's Bob Love. The No. 2
scorers are Chicago's Chet U



r with 19.3 and Bing with
oit coach Ray Scott denies
chances hinge solely on
ybody with a hot hand can
e the key player and I'm
cing responsibility for win-
r losing on Lanier," says
on't think the home court
tage or regular season
s meanranything in a play-
ther. Bench strength may
ey factor in this series and
it is because I have a lot
fidence in our bench."
lo vs. Boston
ill be a classic struggle of
ung lions versus the power-
ablishment when the Buf-
raves challenge the herit-
h Boston Celtics indtheir
series beginning today in
of the keys will be in the
unate to
ve N
oning proI
H BEND (P) - Notre
All-American center, John
e, announced yesterday he
ss up his final year of eli-
to turn professional.
-9 star was granted an ex-
r of eligibility after a ser-
ness kept him out of ath-
n his sophomore year.
ate said he will graduate in
ather than prolong his
ng another year.
g able to help my mother,
and sisters was the biggest
influencing my decision,"
Dame's coach, Digger
said, "I'm sure it was a
time for John, and I told
e would respect whatever
he reached."

match-up at the center position.
Buffalo headlines with Bob Mc-
Adoo, who led the league in both
scoring and field goal percentage
and finished in the top five in
rebounds and blocked shots.
On the other hand, Boston's
pivotman is last year's MVP,
Dave Cowens. Cowens is sur-
passed only by Wes Unseld at
grabbing .a rebound and, seem-
ingly before he has the ball, mak-
ing the outlet pass. Often one
finds Cowens on both ends of
the fast break, something few
other centers in the pro game
In the regular season McAdoo
averaged nearly 38 points a game
against the Celts while holding
Cowens to an even 22. But Boston
just might let McAdoo get his
points and concentrate on stymy-
ing the other potential Niagara
scorers, Jim McMillian, Ernie
DiGregorio, and Garfield Heard.
The Braves ultimate downfall
may be in their inability to keep
others from scoring. The pass-
happy DiGregorio has been tagged
with the new sobriquet of Ernie
"No D" in the NBA, and the only
strong defenders on the Braves
are forward McMillian and newly
acquired sub Matt Guokas.
Meanwhile, the Celtics will
have defensive ace Don Chaney
putting the clamps on DiGregorio,
and all-star Jo Jo White match-
ing with the other Buffalo guard,
hometown favorite Randy Smith,
-- - - ----- --

giving Boston the edge in the
At the forward position the
Braves have the most depth.
They continually alternate Mc-
Millian, Heard, veteran Jack
Marin and one of the original
Braves, Bob Kauffman.
Boston will counter with the
transcendent John "Hondo" Hav-
licek, former Iowa star Don Nel-
son, and super-sub Paul Silas.
On face value it may appear
even but in the extra season,
Havlicek reaches nirvana and
becomes a virtual superman.
Silas, a former Creighton' all=
American, is one of the least ap-
preciated players in the whole
Buffalo has only beaten the
Celtics twice in its history, and
has never been victorious in the
Boston Garden. Add to this that it
is the first time in the playoffs
for the men from the Niagara
frontier and it spells trouble for
the Braves. Last year, after
finishing with the best record in
the NBA, the Celtics folded in
post-season play and would like
nothing better than to take the
cake this year.

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Ser sat
To all people suffering from March Madness,
RELAX! The Swami hath arriveth to bring peace
throughout the troubled land.
In spite of my modest 6 and 2 record for the
semi-finals, which incidentally bettered that quack
from Detroit, let me insist that I am not surprised
by the results. As we all know, the Swami knows
The finals pose a tough test for the unsuperable
crystal ball. But never let it be'said that Swami
can't hack it. The crystal ball is clear. Here are
the inevitable results of t.oday's Jenison Fieldhouse
Brother Rice vs. Cass Tech
A proverb of mine reads: Basketball is a tall.
man's game. Apparently, Cass Tech doesn't be-
lieve in my proverbs. The first five on Cass Tech
average 6'1" while the first five for Brother Rice
average 6'6". Cass Tech will believe after today's
Not only does Brother Rice have height, but
also a pair of talented players in the Washington
brothers A comhination like that means h ., nn.o


in their way of a state championship, including
According to the crystal ball Holt will need more
than a sound performance from star center Jeff*
Tropf to pull out a victory. The Class B. championr
wil be Muskegon Heights. Muskegon Heights 86,
Holt 76.
Bay City All-Saints vs. Detroit Servite
In close tournament games, I've always wonder-
ed just how the loser feels when there is but one
or two points separating his team from the gloryr
of victory.
Detroit Servite won its last three games by a
total of four points and I'm sure that they must be
wondering how it feels o be on the short end, just i
Servite will not have to wonder anymore. Bays
City All-Saints rolled to an impressive victory over
Benzie Central to gain entry into the glamourR
game. The Saints' starting five average 6'2" and
it is doubtful that Servite's luck can prevail onceY
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