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Page Twelve


Wednesday, May 22, 19-,i

Pag Tele TE ICIGA DIL0Wene fa, -May 22, 19-'

Detroit drops fourth straight

A basketball tournament .
.. and sundry occurences
John Kahler
THE FIRST Annual Ann Arbor basketball tournament is history.
and it would have to be said that the whole affair was a success,
both athletically and cilturally. As one who sat through the entire
affair pretending to he a reporter, it was an enjoyable way to
waste a weekend.
As is customary in such events, there were winners and
losers. The Grand Rnoids team pulled a major upset in the Open
Division when they defeated the Ypsilanti Jock Shop team, 112-
107 in the finals held an Saturday. Ynsi had taken the precaution
to bring in a pair of nrofessional fellows, George Gervin and
Charlie Edge, to beef an their squad, but Grand Rapids appeared
not to be impressed.
Sunday marked the High School phase of the tournament.
A strong Fort Wayne team spoiled Campy Russell's coaching
debut with the Unstst- Michigan team to the tune of 109-98, but
the Metro Detroit bse avented the state's honor by taking he
title from Fort Wayne 128-114.
But after these anres are forgotten, certain impressions will
linger in the memory. tndi-i',als shone more clearly than teams
at this event, and sertnin insivid'rals more than others.
The proper disnotv rase for Geore Gervin is in some metro-
politan art musem, where he can be compared to other pieces
of artistry. The man a, to nt ;t mildly, unreal. George would be
a dream player for a team that is streling at the gate, because
he has the knack of f-kine out a crowd.
Gervin snent his time at the Concordia gym doing things like
stuffing the ball from a takeoff at the foul line, tossing in jump
shots as though the ball were a wad of paper, and rifling im-
possible passes to teammates waiting dowcourt. In a move that
surprised no one, he was selected as the tournament's Most
Valuable Player.
Ben Kelso wasn't gelcted fur any awards. Playing for a good
Mt. Pleasant team, the Piston guard seemed to put forth the
minimum amost of effort necessary, apparently counting on his
reputation as an NBA nlayer to awe the opposition. In the semi-
finals, Grand Rtanids was not awed.
For every Gervin, Edge, or Kelso on the court, there were
twenty other players who never made it to the top. Ernie Johnson
wandered into the building on Thursday night, asked around to
see if any team needed a nnyer, and finally ended up on the
roster of the Ann Arbor Thomnson's Pizza team.
As you may recall. Ernie snent two years of his life starting
for Johnny Orr. This year, 0' Ern has been drifting around, play
ing semipro ball and ocasionally showing up to watch practices
at Crisler Arena. The years he snent playing for Michigan were
the high point of his life, and all else may be downhill from there.
On the court for Thompson's Pizza, Ernie proved again what
Michigan basketball fans have known for some time; that while
he gives his all every time he plays, he doesn't have enough talent
to give. As such, Ernie will be spending the rest of his playing
days on teams like Thompson's Pizza, and will be denied the
ultimate fix of a basketball junkie-the Big Time.
Sunday was the day for the future Gervins and Johnsons to
show their stuff. Coaches Dutcher and Frieder were there to
watch the play of their star prospect, guard Dave Baxter. That
normally talkative pair was notably subdued after seeing Baxter
play. Baxter is built like Joe Johnson, has a large bushy afro, and
can drill the ball from 25 feet out.
He scored eleven points while playing less than half the game
for Metro Detroit. But he appears to know nothing about defense,
and will have to spend time on the varsity reserves learning that
art before he can help ,he --
The real college prosiact i
attendance was a lad named
Walter Jordan, who played for
the Fort Wayne team. Jordan,
a 6-7 forward, had the Michigan . ,
coaches gnashing their tech as
they watched him perform. It
seems he was Michigan's for
the signing, but somehow they m
blew it.
Jordan instead signed with
Purdue, along w i t h ,'s ene
Parker, a guard who won the
high school One-on-One cham-
pionship held Saturday. Asif
the Boilers needed them.
Then there was the Six Mil-
lion Dollar Man, Campy Rus-
sell. Big Camp would have
coached his team past Fort
Wayne except for the fact that
they had better players :han he
did. Joe Johnson came over to
help him in the second hAlf,
and the two of them lid an un-
conscious parody of t e Orr-
Dutcher team for the -est of the'
game. Campy was not too con-
cerned about the fate of his
team after the game. "That's
the way it goes," he grinned.

Plans are being made for an-
other tournament to.be held w
later this summer. I, for one
intend to be there. After all, FOLLOWING 28 STRAIGHT 5U
with Bill Ayler as posterboy, no throwtoI second baseman Dave
event can possibly go badly, last night as Philadelphia triump

18 Bosox hits inundate Yankees

MILWAUKEE - A double
steal and John Brigga' run-
scoring triple produced two
runs in the seventh inning
that rallied the Milwaukee
Brewers for a S - 5 victory
over the Detroit Tigers last
Tim Johnson opened the sev-
enth with a single to chase De-
troit starter Lerrin LaGrow. Don
Money then bunted and relief
pitcher John Hiller fired wildly,
putting runners on first and sec-
Johnson moved to third on
Dave May's fly to right and
scored after successfully execut-
ing a double steal. Briggs tripled
home Money with the winning
The Tigers had pulled to a 5-4
lead with three runs in the top
of the seventh on a solo homer
by Bill Freehan, a single by
Aurelio Rodriguez, a triple by
Ed Brinkman and Mickey Stan-
ley's single.
Yanks yanked
BOSTON-Rico Petrocelli trig-
gered an early 10-run explosion
with a long home run leading
off the second inning and the
Boston Red Sox rolled to a 14-6
victory over New York last

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night, extending their Fenway
Park hex over the Yankees.
The Red Sox, posting their
f o u r t h consecutive triumph,
jumped on New York starter
Dick Tidrow, 3-4, for four runs
Stormin' Norman was storm-
in' a little too much for AL
League officials in Milwaukee
Monday. His punishment is de-
tailed on Page 11.
888BiRR'e% sBeRR t
in the second inning and nailed
down the decision with six more
in the third against Dave Pagan
and Sam McDowell.
Bill Lee, 5-4, defeated the
Yankees for the seventh time in
as many career decisions but
needed relief from Diego Segui

Major League Standings

w L Pct. Ga
Milwaukee 19 16 .543 -
noston 20 19 .513 1
Baltimore 18 18 .500 1%
Cleveland 19 19 .1so 1
Deroit 18 18 .486 2
New York 20 22 .476 23,
Oakland 22 18 .550 -
Chicago 18 16 .529 i
Kansas City 19 19 .500 2
Texas 19 19 .500 2
Minnesota 16 19 .457 3'>
Caitornia i 22 .450 4
Last night's results
Boston 14, New York 6
Baltimore 7, Cleveland 1
Kansas City 4, California 2
Oakland 8, MinnesotaI
Milwaukee 6, Detroit 5
Texas at Chicago, ppd., rain
Today's Games
Cleveland (J. Perry 3-3) at Balti-
more (Grimsley 4-4), night.
New York (Medich 6-2) at noston
(Tiant 3-5), night.
California (Singer 5-3) at Kansas
City (Fitzmorris 3-1), nitsht.
Oakland (Blne 2-5) at Minnesota
(Goltz 1-0) night.
Detroit (Lolirh 3-5) at Milwaukee
(Kobel 2-1), 8:30, WWJ-TV, WJR.
Texas (Bibby 5-5) at Chicago
(Kaat 4-3), night.

EW L Pet. Ga
Phildelphia 22 17 .564 -
Montreal 17 15 .531 1 %
St. Louis 20 10 .526 1Y:4
New York 18 22 .450 412
Chicago 14 21 .400 6
Pittsburgh 13s23 .361 71.
Los Angeles 29 11 .725 -
Cincinnati 20 16 .556 7
San Francisco 22 20 .524 0
Atlanta 21 20 .512 I
nouston 21 23 .477 10
San Diego 17 28 .370 14'.
Lasi night's results
New York 10, Chicago 5
Pittsburgh 8, Montreal 4
Atlanta 4, San Francisco 1, Ist,
Atlanta at San Francis o 2nd, inc.
Philadelphtia 4, St. Louis 2
Houston 5, San Diego 4
Cincinnati at Los Angeles, inc.
Today's Games
Atlanta (Niekro 4-3) at San Fran-
cisco (Barr 1-1).
Pittsburgh (Kison 2-1) at Mon-
treal (Rogers 6-2), night.
Chicago (S. Stone 1-0) at New
York (Seaver 2-4), night,
Philadelphia (Srhueler2-3) at St.
Louis (Foster 1-3), night.
San Diego (Arlin 1-4) at Hous-
ton (Osteen 4-4), night.
Cincinnati (Norman 3-3) at Los
Angeles (Downing 1-2), night.

in the eighth to clinch the Red
Sox' 16th victory in the last 17
home games with New York
since August 1972.
Orioles coast
BALTIMORE - Paul Blair
slugged a grand-slam home run
and Mike Cuellar tossed a
seven-hitter last night, leading
Baltimore to 0 7-1 victory over
the Cleveland Indians which
snapped a three-game Orioles
losing streak.
After a walk to Earl Williams
and Boog Powell's single in the
second inning, Cleveland starter
Steve Kline, 3-6, hit Bobby
Grich with a pitch, filling the
bases. Then Brooks Robinson
walked on four pitches, forcing
in one run, and Blair tagged his
fourth homer of the baseball
season and third grand slam of
his career.
Phillies fly
ST. LOUIS - Bill Robinson's
three-run homer climaxed a
four-run first inning and the
Philadelphia Phillies held on to
beat the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2
last night.
Detroit Tiger c a s t o f f Ed
Farmer, 2-0, making only his
second National League start,
held the Cardinals to four hits
before he left in the seventh
The Cards scored their first
run in the third on Brock's sin-
gle, his 28th consecutive stolen
base, a passed ball and a sacri-
fice fly by Simmons.
Brock's stolen base skein end-
ed at 28, eight short of the
major league record, when he
was caught by catcher Bob
Boone in the fifth inning.
Twins tilted
by Gene Tenace and Reggie
Jackson highlighted a six-run
outburst in the seventh inning
that powered the Oakland A's
to an 8-1 rout of the Minnosota
Twins last night.

ccessful steals this season, Cardinal Lou Brock was thrown out on Phillie catcher Bob Boone's
Cash. Ed Farmer, who gained popularity among AL hitters while with the Tigers, got the victory

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