The Michigan Daily Wednesday, February 10, 1982 Page 8
DUMPBULLS AGAIN, 128-123
Long leads Pistons to OT victory
By DREW SHARP
Special to the Daily
Pontiac - Jerry Sloan's Chicago coach-
in funeral train could very well have
l'ade its final stop at the Pontiac
Si1verdome last night. The Pistons
t-illing 128-123 overtime victory over
Bulls may have finally laid Sloan's
three year tenure as Chicago coach to
""he defeat, the Bulls seventh con-
secutive setback, has amplified the
beief growing throughout the league
that Sloan's coaching days are num-
wLOAN refused to discuss his status
'ter the game in which he saw his
Gulls throw away an 11 point advantage
the fourth quarter.
;"Defensively, we gave open shots,"
bid Sloan. "We knew who would be
booting and we talked about it, but we
st didn't get it done. This is the way
ings have been going for us all year,
!e get into situations where we can win
the game and break down."
Contributing to the Bulls breakdown
was the clutch shooting of Pistons' John
Long and Kelly Tripucka.
LONG CANNED eight of his game-
high 33 points in the overtime period,
while Tripucka banged home six of his
25 points in overtime. The Notre Dame
rookie's Ervingesque reverse layup
between two Chicago defenders with 57
seconds remaining in OT iced the win
for the Pistons-a victory which
catapaulted Detroit into second place in
the NBA's Central Division.
"We had them the whole way," joked
Piston coach Scotty Robertson after the
game. "John Long made some big of-
fensive plays and we played smarter
defense in the last two minutes of
regulation and in the overtime in.
... 33 points
Guards take up slack
or Isiah-less Detrot
By BUDDY MOOREHOUSE
Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - When rookie sensation Isiah Thomas sprained his big toe last
Friday night in Chicago, the Detroit Pistons were forced into a precarious
situation. They had to play without their floor leader.
The absence of Thomas, who is expected to return to the lineup this Saturday
when Detroit hosts the Portland Trailblazers, has forced the other Piston guards to
play a more vital role in Detroit's game plan. And judging from the result of last
night's 128-123 overtime victory over the Chicago Bulls, John Long, Ron Lee, and
Vinnie Johnson picked up the slack quite well.
LONG RESPONDED with a game-high 33 points, including eight in the decisive
overtime period, from his starting spot. Lee, a defensive specialist, chipped in
with nine points and seven assists as the other starting guard.
"I don't feel that there's any pressure on me," said Lee. "I'm just going to go
out and do my job to the best of my ability. I'm not going to score 25 points, but if I
do, it's going to come natural."
Johnson added three points and four assists in only 17 minutes of playing time off
the bench. "Ron and I haven't had much playing time," said Johnson, "sothis is
good for us. Because God forbid if Isiah should get injured again or fouls out when
we really need him, we're going to have to be prepared. We're going to have to
perform right then."
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Jones County 60, Wildcats 39: Top-ranked Jones County jumped out to a 20
point halftime lead, and in spite of the efforts of former Michigan cager
Mark Lozier, the fourth-ranked Wildcats could get no closer than that
margin in the second half.
Wolverine gridder Fred Brockington's shooting and intimidating defense
along with Ali Ucar's inside play paved the way for Jones County. The win
was Jones County's third easy win in a row. Said winning manager Dave
Peress, "We like to run and we think we can run on the best."
Misfits 42, Gophers 36: The Misfits, led by the scoring of Vincent Bean,
Carlton Rose and Harry Gosier, and the rebounding of Rodney McPhee, held
a small lead for the entire game. In the last five minutes the Gophers turned
on the steam and came back. The Gophers "gave us a tough fight," said
Gosier. According to Gosier, the championship is up for grabs between his
team and Jones County.
Sigma Phi Epsilon 2, Delta Tau Delta 0 (forfeit): This game was tight until
halftime when an illegal player was discovered on the Delat Tau Delta
squad, giving the third-ranked Sig Eps the win by forfeit.
"We haven't played up to our potential yet, even though we're 3-0,' said
Sig Ep Rich Goins. "We have the team, we just have to put it all together."
Sig Ep John Alli was the leading scorer at halftime with 18 points.
Nitwits 69, Alpha Omicron Pi/Sigma Nu 34: The top-ranked Nitwits easily
triumphed over Alpha Omicron Pi/Sigma Nu, who had not set foot on the
court this season yet held a 2-1 record because of forfeits. "They played the
best game they have ever played together," Manager John Witri said. Jill
Smith, Leslie Fink and Cathy Anderson, averaging 5'10", led the Nitwit's
scoring attack. "This year's Co-Rec division is much improved with six or
seven strong contenders, but we're trying for our fourth championship," said
Fubars 86, Jams 25: A finalist last year, but unranked this year, the Fubars
are currently 3-1 after their victory over the Jams. "We added two excellent
girls this year to a strong second place team. We feel that we can play with
anybody out there," said manager Greg Schiller.
In Sunday's first 'A' division playoff game, women Jill Mamardo, Sue
Ward and Kim Eaton accounted for the majority of the Fubars' points.
Adam's Ants 33, Fisher 31: Right from the start, any IM fan knew this game
was going to'be exciting. Adam's Ants went out front right away and held a
four-point lead at the half. In the second half, the momentum seesawed back
and forth. The contest went into six overtimes before Adam's Ants won this
Tpylor Green 55, Adam 12's 42: Freshman forward Mark Horell led Taylor
Green to their first playoff victory with 22 points. While Horell was busy
scoring points, Ben Tobin was dominating the boards. Tobin pulled down 11
rebounds in this contest. The key to Taylor Green's strategy was a switch
from a zone to a man-to-man, which their opponents could not handle.
"Taylor Green is better than their 2-2 record indicates and the team has been
steadily improving," says Taylor Green manager Barry Shuman.
Armageddon 54, Sweet Swishers 30: Armageddon is a new women's team
and they haven't been up against any tough contenders yet, and they,
defeated the fifth-ranked Sweet Swishers with little difficulty. Micki Quinn
and Robin Visser were the game's leading scorers. "We feel we have a good
chance and we're taking it one game at a time," said Armageddon player
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