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Page Twelve


Saturday, June 4, 1977

Page Twelve THE MICHIGAN DAILY Saturday, June 4, 1977

Blazers top Philly 110-104

Late Sixer rally
falls short,
Blazers one win away
By The Associated Press
PHILADELPHIA - Bob Gross scored 25 points and led a 268
third period Portland blitz as the Trail Blazers beat the Philadel-
phia 76ers 110-104 last night to pull within one victory of the Na-
tional Basketball Association championship.
The triumph gave Portland a 3-2 lead in the NBA's best of
seven final playoff series with Game Six scheduled for Portland
at 3 p.m. EDT, Sunday.
It wasn't as easy as the two blowouts the Blazers won over
Philadelphia in Portland last Sunday and Tuesday.
Although the Blazers built a 22-point lead at 91-69 late in
the third period, the 76ers -- led by substitute Joe Bryant - rallied
to reduce the deficit to five points with 3:23 left in the game.
Then, Maurice Lucas, who scored 20 points, broke the hearts
of a sellout crowd of 18,276 at 'he Spectrum with a jump shot and
a feed to Lionel Hollins that produced another field goal and an
insurnountable nine-point lead with 1:58 to go.
Portland's 6-foot-11 center, Bill Walton, scored only 14 eoint,
but it was his rebounding and vasta ing feeds in the firt three
periods that triggered the Blazers to their third consectt;e vic-
tory in the series.
The Blazers can win their first NBA title with a victory Sunday
And if they do, they will be only the second team in NBA history
ever to lose the first two games of the championship series and
come hack to take the title.

Portland center Bill Waltln slaps the ball away from Sixer George McGinnis in action from last
night's fifth game of the NBA's championships. With its 110-104 victory, Portland can clinch the
title with a win at home Sunday in Game 6.

te a Thincads f

inish early

By The Associated Press
Longshot, Archer tied in Kemper
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Big Barney Thompson, on the verge of
quitting the tour because of poor play, rammed in a 12-foot birdie
putt on the final hole for a 70 and a tie with George Archer for the
second-round lead yesterday in the $250,000 Kemper Open Golf
Thompson, who hasn't come close to making expenses in
his three-year pro career, banking only $976 this season, and
Archer each had 137 totals, seven nnder par, halfway through
this chase for a $50,000 first prize.
"I've just given myself until July of this year to see if I can
make it out here," the red-haired, 6-foot-5 Thompson said.
A's Page ready to play
OAKLAND-Rookie outfielder Mitchell Page, who sat out fo-r
games to rest a sore hand, was cleared to resume play before the
Oakland A's game against Toronto last night,
Page said doctors told him surgery was not necessary. le
has soreness on his right palm where a wart-like growth was
removed during spring training. -.
"When the fluid builds up, like it did the other day, I'll just
have to take the day off," said Page, who is batting .308. He said
surgery would mean about a month of inactivity, "and I'm just
not going to miss any four or five weeks."
Woodie itching to pitch
CINCINNATI-Cincinnati Reds pitcher Woodie Fryman, un-
happy about the way he is being used, says he'd rather be traded
than remain idle.
"I'd just as soon go someplace else, loser or winner. I don't
care," Fryman said. "I'm not going to be playing that much
The 37-year-old left-harder was a player in the off-season
trade that sent Tony Perez to oMntreal. He was supposed to take
up the slack left by the departure of Don Gullett, who played out
his option and signed with the New York Yankees,
Things did not work out that way. Fryman got off to a
slow start, winning two of six decisions with an earned-run-
average of 3.73.

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The season is over for the
Michigan track team-one day
sooner than the thinclads wotld
have liked to have seen it end.
AT THE NCAA Outdoor Na-
tional Championship Meet, held
this year at Illinois' newly-met-
ricized Memorial Stadium in

Champaign, t h e Wolverines
failed to qualify for today's fi-
nals in either of the two events
in which they competed.
In yesterday's 400 meter relay
semifinal, t h e highly - touted
Michigan q u a r t e t of Arnett
Chisholm, James Grace, Doug
Hennigar and Charles Crouther
suffered a heartbreaking defeat,

Glnce ed/ges Jones.
for 00 mterfitle
By The Associated Press
CHAMPAIGN, Ill.-Harvey Glance, running with a painful groin
injury, bolted from the blocks to an impressive victory yesterday
as he successfully defended his 100 meter dash title at the 56th
Annual NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
Glance of Auburn outraced a strong field that included fellow
Olympian Johnny Jones of Texas. Glance's time was 10:22, .06 off
his best time of the year. Jones was second in 10.27.
After being eliminated Thursday.in the 200 meter dash, which
he won last year, Glance said he had suffered a groin injury dur-
ing training this week. But it did not seem to affect his perform-
ance yesterday when he anchored Auburn's 400 meter relay team
which posted the best qualifying time.
"I had to make up my mind that think would really kill me
if I ran hard. I felt great pain but unlike yesterday I didn't
think about it," Glance said.
Six final events were staged yesterday with the remaining 14
scheduled for today.
Washingtop State, one of the favorites for the team title be-
cause of its long distance men from Kenya, finished the day in a
second place tie with 16 points. Samon Kimombwa got 10 of those
when he beat back a challenge from Craig Virgin of Illinois to
win the 10,000 meter run in a. meet record of 28:10.27. Brigham
Young, with 17 points was first. Illinois, Stanford and UCLA had
16 points each. Texas-El Paso with 14 and Arizona with 12 also
are expected to fight for-the team title.

as they were inched out of the
finals by the slightest of mar-
After breezing through Thurs-
day's preliminary action by
placing third in their heat with
a time of 40.64, the foursome
combined to run a quick 39.95 it
the semis, establishing a new
varsity record.
But it wasn't quick enough.
MICHIGAN placed fifth in
their heat, and only the top four
finishers of each heat advanced
to the finals.
UCLA's team ran a 39.92 in
the heat to slip in as the fourth
qualifier. Auburn with Olympian
Harvey Glance running anchor
won the heat with a time of
39.36, a new stadium record.
In addition to running int
relay, j u n i o r quarter- miln
Grace also competed in the opn
400 meter dash,
GOING INTO that race, Grace
figured that he would be hard
pressed to get past the first pre,
liminary elimination, and the
competition turned out to be
every bit as hard as he eget
sioned it,
Wit ha clocking of 47.81, Grace
finished sixth in his preliml
Thursday afternoon, enabling
him to turn his full attention to
the relay.
American League
Mnasata 6, sBos 2
Chicago 9, sNew York5
National League
Pittsburgh 5, Cicole
Cincinnati 4, iloaston 0
Philadelphia I, New York d
Monseas a, St. Louis.
Atlanta 5, San Fraselses 3
(second gamne sac.)

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