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Saturday, June 5, 1976

RageTweve TE MCHIGN DILYSatuday Jun 5,197

Celtics set Suns,


White Leads Boston past
Phoenix in triple overtime

BOSTON ¬ęt-Jo Jo White and
rarely used Glenn McDonald
scored six points each in the
third overtime boosted the Bos-'
ton Celtics to a nerve-wrenching
128-126 victory over the Phoenix
Suns last night and a 3-2 lead in
their National Basketball Asso-
ciation championship series.
The Celtics can clinch their
13th NBA title since 1957 by
beating the Suns in Game 6 to-
morrow at Phoenix. If the Suns
win, however, and tie the seires,
the final game in the best-of-
seven nationally-televised series
would be Wednesday night in
The third overtime period in
the tense dramatic game, mark-
ed by a 22-point Phoenix come-
back, began with the score tied
112-112. Then after Phoenix
forged ahead 118-116, White tied
the score with a field goal.
McDonald, who had played
little and scored only two
points until then, took a pass
from White and dropped in an
easy layup and followed with
a short jumper for a 122-118
Boston advantage.
After Paul Westphal's fall-
away jumper moved Phoenix to
within two points, White, game
high scorer with 33 points, pop-
ped in a jumper and McDonald
4ollowed with two free throws
and Boston was in front 126-120.
But the game, courageous Sun
wouldn't give up. Rookie Ricky
Sobers came back with a bas-
ket for the Sons before Jim Ard,
another seldom - used player,
sank two free throws for Bos-
ton and they turned out to be
the difference as Westphal hit
the game's last two baskets.
The first overtime ended 101-
101, and the second extra ses-
sion ended at 112-112 when
Phoenix' Gar Heard hit a jump-
er at the final buzzer.
The second overtime was.
perhaps the most dramatic of

all. Boston led 109-106 with 15
seconds to go. But the Suns'
Dick Van Arsdale looped in a
long jumper and after the
Suns stole Boston's inbounds
pass, Perry connected on a
field goal with five seconds
to go for a 110-109 Phoenix ad-
Then lavlicek hit a driving
shot with one second to go and
the raucous crowd of 15,320
poured on to the court, think-
ing the game was over and the
Celtics had won. But one sec-
ond still remained on the clock,
as Phoenix had called a time-
out after Havlicek's basket.
Referee Richie Powers was
punched by one of the fans and
police had to clear the floor be-
fore the final second could be
Then White sank a free throw
on a technical foul assessed
against the Suns for too many
Phoenix had one more chance
and made the most of it, on
Heard's field goal.
The Suns could not get the
lead until Perry hit one of
two free throws with 23 seconds
to go in regulation time.

World record holder Earl Bell clears the bar in the pole vault, in qualifying rounds at the NCAA
Track and Field Championships in Philadelphia, yesterday. The meet concludes today. Among
today's participants are Michigan's Andy Johnson and Greg Meyer. Meyer is competing in the
3,000-meter steeplechase and Johnson in the 800-meter run,

Ngeno captures third title

P H I L A D E L P H I A (/P) -
Washington State's John Ngeno,
the durable distance runner
from Kenya, sprinted away
from Illinois' Craig Virgin with
200 meters to go and went on to
win his third consecutive 10,000-
meter title yesterday at the
55th annual National Collegiate
Athletic Association Track and

Field Championship.
Ngeno, who will defend his
5,000-meter title today, shared
honors on the second day of the
meet with Auburn's Harvey
Glance, who captured the 100-
meter dash; Dedy Cooper of
San Jose State, winner of the
110-meter hurdles; Scott Neil-
son of Washington, the ham-

Ninth-inning single breaks
up Messersmith's no-hit bid

I Frcm wi-re Service Reports
MONTREAL -- Andy Messersmith, the cele-
brated free agent pitcher who signed with the
Atlanta Braves after a controversial and problem-
plagued spring, had a no-hitter broken up by Pepe
Mangual's one-out single in the ninth inning but
finished with a one-hit, 2-0 beauty over the Mon-
treal Expos last night.
Mangual slugged a ground single to left on a
1-2 pitch after fouling off two of Messersmith's
offerings. The right-hander then struck out Jim
Dwyer and Mike Jorgensen for his sixth and
seventh strikeouts of the game to wrap up his
best performance since joing the Braves.
Before Mangual broke the spell, Messersmith
had completely handcuffed the Expos with the
help of a stunning catch by Rowland Office in
the fifth inning.
Montreal starter Dan Carrithers got himself
in trouble in the first inning by issuing a leadoff
wralk to Office. Office advanced to second on Rod ,
Gilbreath's sacrifice and scored when Ken Hen-
derson bounced a single up the middle.
Yanks mulled
NEW YORK-Ken McMullen's pinch-hit, run-
scoring single keyed a two-run 11th inning rally

last night which carried the Oakland As to a
6-4 victory over the New York Yankees.
McMullen stroked his game-winning hit with
one out off reliever Sparky Lyle after a double
by Bert Campaneris and an intentional walk
to Don Baylor. Baylor scored the second run
of the inning on Sal Bando's sacrifice fly.
The A's tied the game 4-4 with two runs in the
eighth. Claudell Washington, who hit a two-run
homer in the second, singled for his third hit,
went to second on a throwing error by Hunter
and catne home on Joe Rudi's -pinch single.
Campy Campaneris later doubled home pinch
hitter Larry Lintz.
Thompson thumps
ARLINGTON, Tex.-Dany Thompson, starting
his first game- for Texas since being traded
from Minnesota three days ago, went 4-for-4
with a home run and four runs batted in Friday
night to spark the Rangers to a 14-3 rout of the
Detroit Tigers.
Thompson singled in the first, powered a three-
run homer in. the second, drove in another run
with a double in the fourth and singled later in
the same inning. He raised his batting average
24 points to .258 before leaving the game in the
fifth with a slight muscle pull in his back.

mer throw champion; long
jump champion Larry Myrick
of Mississippi College and shot
put victor Dana Leduc of Tex-
In the team competition, de-
fending champion Texas - El-
Paso and San Jose State were
tied with 20 points, Washington
had 14, while California, Mis-
sissippi College, Auburn, Texas
and Washington State were
deadlocked with 10 points each.
Ngeno ran the final lap of his
race in 57.6 seconds to finish 18
yards ahead of Virgin. Ngeno's
Major Leagi
W L Pet, GB
New York 27 17 .614 -
Baltimore 23 22 .511 4'.,
Cleveland 21 23 A78 6
Boston 20 24 .455 7
Detroit 20 25 .444 71.
Milwaukee 17 24 .415 8'
Kansas City 28 17 .622 -
Texas 2619 .578 2
Chicago 23 tO .535 4
Minnesota 22 23 .489. 6
Oakland It 27 .449 5
California 22 30 .423 9'.
Yesterday's games
California 5, Boston 4, 10 inn.
Minnesota 8. Baltimore 6, 10 inn.
Oakland 6, New ork 4, 10 inn.
Kansas City 4, Milwaukee 3, 10 inn.
Chicago 4, Cleveland t
Texas 14, Detroit ;
American League
California Tanana (7-3) at Bos-
ton Jenkins (4-6).
Oakland Torrez (6-5) at New
York May (4-2).
Minnesota Deeker (2-3) at Batti-
mare Halttzman (4-3).
Cleveland Dobson (5-5) at Chica-
go Forster (1-2).
MiOwakee Broberg (1-4) and
Champion (0-0) at Kansas City
Splittorff (3-6) and Fitzmorris (5-
2), 2, t-a.
Detroit Fidrych (2-1) at Texas
Blyleven (4-5), a.

time was 28:22.66. Virgin was
timed in 28:25.52.
MICHIGAN'S Bill Donakow-
ski did not place.
The Washington State runner
was satisfied to run behind Vir-
gin most of the 25-lap trip
around Penn's quarter - mile
Kansas' quartet of Jay Wag-
ner, Nolan Cromwell, Waddell
Smith and Randy Benson,
topped the 1,600 meter relay
qttalifiers in 3:05.99.
Michigan's quartet failed to
advance to today's finals.

Lie Standings

W L Pet. G1
Philadelphia 32 '12 .727 -
Pittsburgh 28 20 .583 6
New York 24 27 .471 11--
Chicago 22 26 .458 12
St. Louis 22 27 .449 12!>
Montreal 17 24 .395 14,
Cincinnati 30 19 .612 -
Los Angeles 30 20 tO0
San Diego 24 23 .511 5
Houston 24 28 .462 7
Atlanta 15 30 .375 112
San Francisco 19 32 .373 12
Late games not included
Yesterday's games
Pittsburgh 7, san Diego 2
Atlanta 2, Montreal 0 "
Cincinnati 11, St. Louis 2
Houston 1, Chicago 0
New York at Los Angeles, late
Philadelphia at San Francisco, late
National League
Philadelphia Carlton (5-2) at
San Francisco Halicki (3-8).
Chicago Renko (1-2) at Houston
Richard (5-4), n.
San Diego Jones (10-2) at Pitts-
barth Medich (4-4), a.
Cincinnati Gullett (3-3) at St.
Louis Denny (2-3), n.
Atlanta Ruthven (5-5) at Mon-
treal Kirby (0-3), a.
New Tork Matlack (5-1) at Los
Angeles Ran (5-2), n.

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