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Page 10-Sunday, December 11, 1977-The Michigan Daily
MEN WIN 100-90; WOMEN FALL TO CMU
JV Cagers clobber Owens

Tech

By BRIAN MARTIN
Although experiencing some kinks in
their execution, Michigan's Varsity Re-
serve basketball team poured 100 points
through the hoop yesterday as they de-
feated Owens Technical College of
Toledo, 100-90..
"We made a lot of first-game mis-
takes since our players weren't real
used to playing with each other, but I
didn't expect that we'd be that good,"
beamed coach Dan Fife.
The odds were stacked against them,
but the JV's literally ran Owens Tech
out of cavernous Crisler Arena, fast-
breaking for many uncontested lay-ups
and stealing the ball 15 times.
Ray Owens dazzled the Owens de-
fense by scorching the nets for a game-
high 31 points, ripping the boards for a
team-high 10 rebounds, and dishing out
five assists, another team-high.
"Ray controlled the tempo when the
going got tough," Fife said. The 6-1
sophomore quarterbacked the team
numerous times when .Owens Tech
fought back to make the game close
during both halves.
The JV's also benefitted by the play
of Cornell Williams, who came down
from the varsity squad to lend both ex-
perience and confidence. Williams only
totalled 13 points before leaving the
game with! 3:03 left with a sprained
knee, but complemented Owens nicely
in ball control and leadership.
"Cornell solidifies everyone when
he's out there," Fife said. "He played
with four fouls for almost the entire
second half without fouling out and he
would have finished the game if he
hadn't been hurt."
The knee injury isn't thought to be
serious, but Williams needed assistance
leaving the floor and the knee was
heavily packed in ice afterwards.
"Cornell made the varsity as a walk-
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on, but he needs playing time to im-
prove. I talked with him last week and
he pretty much agreed with me to play;
with us," Fife said. "He can still dress
for the varsity, so he's not losing
anything while he's gaining valuable
playing time."
Owens running mate, sharpshooting
guard Buddy Van De Wage, contributed
23 points, mostly from the right corner.
"Buddy is an excellent shooter," Fife
complimented. "We told him if his 25J
footers weren't falling, move in to the
15-foot range. He did that and he drop-
ped in six straight points."
While the offense had no trouble not-

ching the points on the scoreboard, the
defense proved a little porous leading to
a run-and-gun show for the few dozen
people in the stands.
"Our 1-3-1 zone wasn't working at all,
so we switched to a man-to-man. We
would have gotten killed if we hadn't,"
Fife said.
"Tech's record was 5-1 coming into
the game, and we hadn't even played
any yet," Fife said. "We have a long
layoff now. We don't play until January
5, so we have some time to practice and
work out some of our problems."
Chips clip
MOUNT PLEASANT - Michigan's

women basketball team fell to Central
Michigan by the marginal score of 73-
71.
Scoring stars for the Wolverines in-
cluded junior guard Denise Cameron
with 23 points. Freshwomen Abby Cur-
rier and Brenda Vanhuizen contributed
18 and 14 points respectively.
The Chippewa's Gina Mazzolini led
Central with 22 points in the game.
The loss was the first of the season for
the women and dropped their record to

1-1.

- ELISA FRYE

Men, women gymnasts shine as
Wolverines outduel EMU twice,

Special to The Daily
YPSILANTI - Michigan's wo-
men's gymnastics team warmed
up a cold EMU gym yesterday, as
they scorched the Hurons 122.25-
113.65 in the first dual meet of the
season for both teams.
THE Wolverines' Sara Flom
dominated the meet by capturing
the all-around, as well as winning
three of the four individual events.
A fine vault by Eastern Michi-
gan's Debbie O'Jibway prevented
a clean sweep by Michigan's star
sophomore, who added that sec-
ond place to her day's list of
accomplishments.,
To top off her day, Flom broke
the Michigan record on the uneven
parallel bars with a score of 8.4,
topping the mark she established
last season.
ALTHOUGH these achieve-
ments would seem enough for one
day, Flom wasn't overly pleased
with her performance. "I was
happy about where I placed
compared to the other competi-
tors," she said, ''but I wasn't

happy about my performance
compared to scores I've had in
other meets (non-collegiate)."
Flom was not alone in her dom-
ination of the meet as teammates
Mia Axon and Ginger Robey
grabbed second and third places
in the all-around competition,
while freshperson Colleen Forres-
tel followed EMU's O'Jibway into
fifth place.
Michigan coach Ann Cornell
wasn't unhappy with the end
result. "It's a good first meet, a
big improvement over last year's
first meet," she said. "We now
have a good basis to build on to
have a good year."
--JEFF FRANK
Gym-men rout
YPSILANTI - Despite the ab-
sence of all-arounders Nigel Roth-
well and Bruce Schuchard, the
Michigan men's Gymnastic team
captured individual honors in
every event to down Eastern
Michigan 203-188 yesterday.

MICHIGAN also defeated the
Hurons in compulsory action
Thursday night 189-149. "I'm very
pleased that the guys scored 189
(up) from their 170 at the Windy
City meet," commented Michigan
coach Newt Loken.
"It's great breaking 200 (a
general scale of strong teams),"
expressed Loken. "We can start to
think of ourselves as a great
team," said Michigan's Bob
Creek.
CARL BADGER produced the
high score for the day with a 9.5 on
vaulting, closely followed by
teammate Chris VanMierlo's 9.35,
both using a handspring-front flip
vault. Michigan swept the last
three events, vaulting, parallel
bars, and horizontal bar.
Outstanding performances were
turned in by Brian Carey (side-
horse), and Gordon Higman
(rings) both placing first. John
Corritore (parallel bars), and Bob
Creek ( high bar), continued their
dominance by capturing top spot
in their event.
-PETE LEININGER

full court
lPRESS
Blue have the blues ...
.. .over sluggish first half
By RICK MADDOCK
ANYONE WHO MISSED the first half of yesterday's Michigan-Dayton
A basketball game was fortunate. In fact, the fans that did see the entire
game should be entitled to a rebate. Say, half the price of the ticket, since
all the Wolverines were interested in playing was one half of basketball.
"I looked up and saw we had 27 points at half time. I felt like running
and hiding," Michigan guard Tom Staton said. "With all the offensive
potential we have there's no way in the world ... (to only have 27 points)/'
The reasons for the poor offense were that Dayton controlled the tempo
of the half, the Flyers outrebounded Michigan 24-16 and the Michigan team
effort was well under 100 percent.
"We were not tired (at halftime), which showed we were not working
to get the loose balls and going on the fast break," Staton said.
Another reason why the Wolverines were not tired was that Dayton's
deliberate offense calls for a slow paced game. This fact saved the Wol-
verines from losing, because if Dayton had the capability to tire out Mich-
igan, then the Flyers could have pulled ahead further in the first half.
And even if this did not happen, had the Wolverines been tired, they would
not have been able to come on as strong in the second half.
Instead of stalling for nearly three minutes, as the Flyers did at the
end of the first half, Dayton should have tried to add to its lead. A five
point lead against Michigan as halftime is insignificant, because of Mich-
igan's potentially powerful offense.
Questions to be resolved
Besides, Dayton knew Michigan's main goal in the second half would
be to speed the game up. And the more rest the Wolverines could get, the
more powerful they'd be. Of course, for the majority of the first half it
appeared as though Michigan was resting anyway, which supports the idea
of trying to add to a lead when the tempo of the game is in your hands.
So the question facing Michigan nowis: What's going to happen against
a tougher team that has the capability to play a hard 40 minutes of basket-
ball? There's no way the Wolverines can continue this half a game style of
play. They beat Fordham and Dayton this way, but what about Alabama,
Purdue and Minnesota?
Since Michigan has a relatively small team one thinks it would need to
be that much more scrappy. So far, this has not been the case. Instead, the
Wolverines wait for their perimeter shooting to get hot, or for some of their
foul shots to go in so they can apply the full court press.
"We couldn't press in the first half because we were missing the free
throws," Johnny Orr said.
The Wolverines were one for five from the foul line in the first half,
and six for twelve in the second. Overall that computes to 41.1 percent.
Something had to be done to pick up the pace of the game, and Michigan
could not wait for the free throws to start dropping, so enter the zone
press after the field goal.
"We pressed the second half with the zone press after the field goal,
and we kind of picked the tempo up, because Dayton's real deliberate on
offense," said co-captain David Baxter. "We've got to change that. We have
to be going in a top paced game. We can't walk it up, because we've got a
lot of perimeter shooters in myself, McGee and Johnny Johnson, and we like
to get open shots off the break."
Effort is needed
The press accomplishd the desired goal---to speed up the game. "The
turning point was when they put the press on us," Dayton coach Don
Donoher said. "We had several situations where we had the numbers offen-
sively, but we didn't convert. We missed scoring opportunities; they ran
back on us, and it ignited them."
Luckily for Michigan the rebounding was ignited as well. The problem
in the first half ties in with everything else, a lackadasical effort: "We have
a small lineup and Joel does such a great job that we all kind of just stand
around and watch him, instead of all of us going after them," Baxter said.
The forwards, who were virtually non-existent in the first half, re-
bounded well in the second-both McGee and Alan Hardy ended up with
seven rebounds.
But these unproductive first halves must stop if Michigan plans on a
successful-year. The solution to the problem must come within-within the
team and within the players. Half an effort seldom brings a winning result.
The Wolverines have been fortunate for two Saturdays in a row.

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America's got too many poor
people, right? And there's plenty of
other problems too. 'Take our cities.
The shape of some of them is
enough to make you cry. And waste
and ignorance, the cycle of poverty
that traps one generation after
another because they're too busy
just holding on to get ahead. The
ravages of hunger and disgase.

O.K. now's the time for action ...
join VISTA: Volunteers in Service
to America. If you're eighteen or
eighty-great, we want you. We
want you to organize in your com-
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miners in Appalachia learn a new
skill. Or migrant farm workers'
children to read. We want you to
organize a clinic in Watts. Or fight

home about either. But there's one
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