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The Michigan Daily-Sunday, March 19, 1978-Page9'

Flint, Heights,

STATE TOURNEY ENDS
Buchanan,

Orchard win

1CLASSA.
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1 Flint Northern 67, 1
1 Pontiac Central 56 1
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By JAMIE TURNER
Led by senior guard Graig Tucker
and aided by the worst performance of
the season by Pontiac Central's Walker
D. Russell, Flint.Northern defeated the
Chiefs for the Class A state title 67-56.
Tuckers - whose outcourt shooting
staked Northern to an early lead and
whose free throws nt the final quarter
clinched the fi result - badly obt-
played the more heralded Russell, the
most heavily ttgl~t-after schoolboy
player in the p. Tucker led all
scorers with 2.(* swhile guiding the
Northern 'offen9* ;auto breaking the
game open in t rth quarter.
RUSSELL ONthe other hansd, made
his first shot of the night and then failed
to make another on his way toa1 for 18
shooting effort. While his performance
didn't doom the Chiefs, Pontiac was
forced to rely on someone elsegetting
hot during the game, a desire that was
never filled.

"We talk in terms that if we hold
Walker to 20 points then we can stay in
the game," said winning coach Bill
Troesken. "He just had a bad shooting
night. All you can hope for is that it
doesn't happen in the state tournament,
but it did."
Even without Russell's scoring, Cen-
tral stayed with Northern through the
third quarter and two minutes into the
fourth before losing all offense. It was a
three-minute period in which the Chiefs
were outscored 9-2 that gave Northern
some breathing room that they would
not relinquish.
THE GAME had see-sawed wildly in
the first 24 minutes, with the lead
changing nine times and tied eight
other occasions. Tucker and team-
mates Gary Townsend and Gary Pool
controlled the boards for the Vikings
while David Lee and Clyde Corley did
their best to shoulder the scoring bur-
den left by Russell.
However, it was the poor overall
shooting of Pontiac (30%) that would
deny coach Ralph Grubb his state
championship. Grubb has now come
away empty three separate times in the
final game.
"When you get two teams from the
same division and league (Western
division - Saginaw Valley Conference)
in the finals, I think that speaks very
well of our teams and the kind of ball we
play," commented Troesken.
"SURE, YOU want to win, but I'm
glad they won it," added Grubb, "You
feel bad and the kids feel bad, but they
would have felt worse if they (the win-
ners) had been someone else."

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1 Muskegon Heights 67, 1
1 Ecorse 52
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By United Press International
Kitchens and Plummers are always a
natural combination. One of each went
together well enough yesterday to bring
Muskegon Heights a Class B state tour-
nament championship in a 67-52 breeze
against underdog Ecorse.
Donnell Plummer, a 6-foot-5, 200-
pound center, scored 18 points and con-
trolled the vital inside game when he
came off the bench early in the contest.
Robert Kitchen, a smooth 6-foot-3
junior guard, fired in 12 points and
keyed a 17-11 third quarter with his out-
side shooting that gave the Tigers a
decisive lead.
THE BAD news for everyone else in
Class B is that those two plus three
other players instrumental in the vic-
tory - guard Clayton Cochran and for-
wards Doug Burse and Cedric Scott -
will all be returning next year for their
senior seasons. Coach Lee Gilbert isn't
at all unhappy about the lack of variety.
"They compare to Highland Park a

lot," Coach Ken Jackson of Ecorse
said. "They are big and they are solid.
Naturally, we played a bad game plus
they were too powerful for us."
The Raiders, who finished 17-9 at the
end of an 11-game winning streak, jun-
ped to an 8-0 lead before Gilbert called
time out and replaced starting senior
center Charles Patton with Plummer.
"I USUALLY like to get Plummer off
the bench to get more offensive ppnch,"
said Gilbert, who played on a 1970
Muskegon Heights team that lst in the
state semifinals.
"When I put Donnell in there, there
will be a change because he's so great
offensively. Off the bench, he gives us
incentive and is a plus.
"In the first quarter we had state
final jitters. The kids wanted to win so
bad. They finally settled down."
PLUMMER got two tips immediately
and wound up the quarter with eight of
the team-high 18 he eventually scored
to bring Muskegon Heights within 12-10
at the end of the quarter.
The Tigers then began to resemble
the team that finished second in the
ratings and compiled a 26-2 mark with
losses only to Class A teams. They piled
up margins of 17-13, 17-11 and 23-16 in
the next three quarters.
A less than capacity crowd of 13,147
at Crisler Arena watched Kalonji Bar-
nett score 22 points in a losing cause for
Ecorse, eight of them in the opening
period. But next high for the Raiders,
who toppled top-ranked and unbeaten
Flint Beecher in the semifinals, was
only seven points by Lance Ector.

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* CLASS C
Buchanan 77,;
* Saginaw Sts. Peter & Paul 65
By JEFF
It was basketball that you might
remember from your high school days,
as Buchanan captured the Class C
Championship with a 77-65 run and gun
victory over Saginaw State Sts. Peter
and Paul.
The championship was Buchanan's
second in the last three seasons and
came in front of a large boisterous
group of fans who had traveled from
Buchanan for this occasion.
AN EQUALLY large and noisy con-
tingent from Saginaw made the disap-
pointing trip back as their high scorer
Cass Wilson sprained an ankle in the
second quarter leaving the Crusaders
without an outside scoring threat.
Alternating buckets and ovations, the
two teams battled throughout the first
half and at the half-time buzzer, the
Crusaders led 38-35.
Buchanan flew out of the lockerroom
after halftime, scoring 12 of the first 13
points in the third period, building up a
47-39 lead after three minutes of the
second half.
Three baskets by freshman David
Carpinski, a 67 per cent shooter on the
season paced the Buchanan charge.
THE CRUSADERS stormed back to
within two, at 49-47 before the Bucs
bolstered by several occasions where
they got five and six shots at the
baskets, pulled away to a 58-51 lead af-
ter three periods. They maintained that
lead throughout.
Moses Kyles topped the Buchanan
scorers with twenty points while
teammate Gerald Busby added 19 plus
eight assists and 19 rebounds. Duane
Parker of Saginaw topped all scorers
with 22 points.

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CLASS D
Orchard Lake St. Mary 67,
petroit St. Martin dePorres 52
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FRANK
No matter how you look at it. the
Class D championship game can be
summed up in one word-blowoUt.
DIemonstrating the same fundanlen-
tals of shooting, rebounding and defen-
se that carried them to 4 perfecf 24-0
record going into the finals, Orchard
Lake St. Mary destroyed Detroit St.
Martin dePorres. 67-52, to continue
Michigan's longest single season major
sport winning streak.
NEVER BEFORE has a high school
won as many games in football and
basketball in one season as the Eaglets
have. St. Mary took the Class C football
title last fall with a 12-0 mark.
The game was close for two and a half
minutes before long jumpers by Greg
Williamson and a short pop by Barry
Bugaj propelled St. Mary into a 12-7
lead, a lead which they never lost.
Turnovers and personalfouls plagued
dePorres for most of the first half,
before St. Mary ran seven unanswered
points to grab a 31-18 halftime lead. The
margin never got smaller.
ST. MARY'S coach Robert
Schumaker gave no special explanation
for the unexpected rout.
"We did what we've been .doing all
year long, but we did it especially well
today," said Shoemaker. "We didn't
use any tricks or gimmicks."
Williamson shot eight of eleven in
compiling his game high 16 points,
Everisto Perez with fourteen points and
nine rebounds and Jim Paciorek, future
Michigan gridder with thirteen' aided
the Eaglets cause. Eugene Johnson
topped dePorres with eleven.

ARKANSAS HOLDS OFF FULLERTON:
Kentucky ends Spartans' season

By T Associated Pres
DAYTON, , io .- Ki yhas
three starti niors t Iancor-its
team, but en tra*sf*,_ttudent
Kyle Macy ha s given,tbe top
ranked Wi the boost.thy've
needed in t earch .for thei* first
NCAA baske I title since 195,"
Macy, a sophomore who transferred
from Purdue, played a hero's role again
in the NCAA playoffs for the Wildcats,
scoring nine points in the last six
mjnutes yesterday to pace Kentucky to
a 52-49 victory over Michigan State in
the Mideast Regional finals.
Macy scored 18 points overall for
Kentucky, inel sg seven crucial foul
shots in the:' tretch. Kentucky,
which had ind after shooting
only 40 p, the field in the fir-
st half, ahea n two free
throws bp fi i[s w i 7:02 left.
Frows a0 of Kentucky's
points three-point p la
by Mac 1 ton free throws ,
Macy's ;rows in the last
minute provided the
Southeae power with its
winnin w l as the lowest
scoring' ar for the Wild-
cats.
Greg red 19 poents for
Michigan Jch led by4' 24 with
about 19 min i, to go before- tucky
staged its comeback.
The Spartans were plagu y foul
trouble down the stretch, Vvit their
freshman scoring sensation, Earvin
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Johnson, picking up his fourth foul with
9:19 remaining in the game. He retur-
ned a short time later but finished the
game considerably below his scoring
average of 17.4 with six points.
With 2:43 remaining in the game, the
Spartans lost their only senior starter,
Robert Chapman, and they also lost the
services of guard Terry Donnelly a
short time later.
Michigan State, which won its first
outright Big Ten championship since
1959, finished the season at 25-5. Ken-
tucky won its 28th game in 30 starts.
Kiss of Victory

Razorbacks
advance
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Shar-
pshooter Ron Brewer hit a 12-foot jum-
per with 1:24 to play yesterday to lift
fifth-ranked Arkansas to a 61-58 victory
over unranked, unheralded Cal-State
Fullerton in the finals of the NCAA's
Far West Regional basketball tour-
nament.
The victory clinched Arkansas' first
appearance in the championship
Agony of defeat

semifinals of the NCAA tourney, which
will be held next weekend in St. Louis.
The hogs will take on top-ranked
Kentucky next Saturday in St. Louis.
Arkansas, which boasts a 31-3 mark,
built up a 15-point first-half lead behind
the ^hot-shooting Brewer. But the
Titans, the Cinderella team of the
NCAA playoffs, staged one of their
typical, wild second-half comebacks to
throw a scare into the Razorbacks.
The Titans, down 39-24 at the half,
used a hustling full-court press to force
turnover after turnover by the Razor-
backs and climbed back into the con-
test. The Titans outscored the Razor-
backs 11-2 during a seven-minute stret-
ch early in the second half to draw
within six points of the Razorbacks at
43-37.
Fullerton kept chipping away down
the stretch, finally catching Arkansas
and taking its only lead in the contest
with 1:43 to play when guard Keith An-
derson hit a jumper from the corner to
put the Titans on top 58-57.
Brewer then hit his clutch field goal
and the Razorbacks later sewed the
game up when Fullerton allowed them
to score a breakaway basket by Jim
Counce.
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VITAS GERULAITIS
(World Ranked #5)
Reached quarter-finals of
Wimbledon in 1976
Won Italian Open in 1977r
Reached semi-finals at
Wimbledon in 1977
Reached singles finals in
seven WCTa
Toiurnamaents. 1977
Reached semi-finals of
WCT Championships 1977
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