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Page 8 - The Michigan Daily - Saturday. March 3, 1984
Pelekoudas plays pivotal role
By RANDY BERGER and had the assist to Turner for the
When Dan Pelekoudas steps onto the winning basket.
court today against Minnesota in his T he L ineu S Perhaps more importantly,
last home game for Michigan, people Pelekoudas has provided guidance to
will witness a vanishing breed in Minnesota (15-10, 6-9) Mi igan (16-9, 8-7) the rest of the team off the court. After
college athletics. (33) Kevin Smith ....... (6-7) F (40) Rich Rellford ..... (6-6) suffering through a 7-20 season two years
The senior guard from Downers (20) Jim Petersen ..... (6-10) F (44) Tim McCormick.. (6-11) ago, Pelekoudas wants desperately for
Grove, Ill., is one of the last remnantsMihgntmaettoheNAs
of what college athletics was intended (44) John Shasky......(7-0) C (42) Roy Tarpley.....(6-10) Michigan to make i toithe CA s
to epitomize - the student-athlete. (34) Tommy Davis....(6-4) G (11) Antoine Joubert ... (6-5) today's game against the Minnesota
"He's a good person, a four-point (24) Marc Wilson.......(6-1) G (23) Eric Turner .......(6-3) Gophers and Pelekoudas has made sure
student and he's got an athletic talent SITE: Crisler Arena to let the other players know how im-
and to find that wrapped up in one is a TIME: 4:00 p.m. portant the games are. Before the Ohio
hard task nowadays," said his coach, RADIO: WUOM (91.7 FM), WAAM (1600 AM), WWJ (950 AM), State game last week Pelekoudas went
Bill Frieder. (17FM)to every player and told them how im-
DESPITE HAVING these unique WPAG (107 FM). portant it was for him, for the team to
talents, Pelekoudas has never gotten TV: ESPN (Channel J), WGN (Channel E), WGPR (Channel 62) go to the NCAA tournament and bounce
much appreciation from the Crisler LAST MEETING: Michigan 66, Minnesota 62 (at Williams Arena) back.
Arena fans as a chorus of boos always SERIES RECORD: Michigan leads, 49-47. "He has the best attitude of anyone
greets him whenever he enters the I've ever seen," said freshman Antoine
game. Pelekoudas is not the flashy that just disturbs me that any of my and off the court. Joubert. "He has inspired me to do bet-
superstar who scores a lot of points or players would get booed," added "You can always utilize a Dan ter."
grabs lots of rebounds, but one would be Frieder, who has developed a special Pelekoudas in your program because THERE'S NO question, then, even if
hard pressed to find another player in relationship with his fourth-year guard. he plays hard, he plays smart and he's some fans may disagree, that
the Big Ten who plays as hard or smar- "But when you get down to it, who's going to carry out on the floor what the Pelekoudas will be missed when he
tly as he does. The fact that he gets booing him, 50 to 100 people, and they coach wants done," added Frieder. graduates this year. Although the 3.8
booed remains somewhat of an enigma know a lot less about basketball than PELEKOUDAS certainly carried out GPA economics and history major will
to Pelekoudas. they think they do." what Frieder wanted him to do a couple either be enrolled at Stanford or Michigan
"Of course, nobody wants to be booed Perhaps the main reason why some of weeks ago in a key game against law school, Freider will never forget
on their home court," said Pelekoudas. people boo Pelekoudas is because they 'Illinois. Coming in with three minutes about him.
"To me it doesn't seem fair. It seems can't clearly see the things he does left and Michigan down *by six, "I can't name you a time when I've
anyplace else in the country, whether well. His biggest improvement as he Pelekoudas took a charge. He was in on been disappointed with him. He's
you are watching the pros or high and coaches will tell you is in his defen- a steal at midcourt, hit two free throws always going to be special to me
school, if a kid doesn't have as much se. Often times this year Frieder has because as far as I'm concerned he's
talent as everyone else but he's always brought Pelekoudas off the bench to never let me down."
the one hustling, that's usually the stop the opposing team's leading Overall, Pelekoudas will leave with
crowd favorite." scorer. Thursday night against very fond memories. "Maybe a few
Those who can really appreciate his Wisconsin, Pelekoudas was largely people boo you but the people who are
importance to the team, the coaches responsible for holding Ricky Olson, good supporters of the team, they're
and players, are also puzzled as to why (who scored 39 points earlier in the real supportive and meeting people like
fans boo him. season against the Wolverines), to just that makes it worthwhile."
"HE'S GREAT for the team," added . 10 points. Pelekoudas, amidst all the criticisms
Tim McCormick, a close friend of "I'VE BECOME A much better from the fans, has still been able to take
Pelekoudas. "He hustles and his defensive player by just playing again- a humorous approach to it. Asked if he
biggest concern is for how the team, st Eric Turner in practice for three thinks he'll finally get an ovation today,
does. Our fans, not to say they're bad, years," said Pelekoudas. Nobody can he remarked, "either that or else
don't like.that kind of player. I can't guard Eric but just trying to guard him they'll just clap because I won't be
understand it. It's pretty immature of helps your quickness. playing anymore."
them." But what is most valuable about Pelekoudas Whatever the case, he's certainly not
"I can't believe people boo him and Pelekoudas is his leadership both on ...an inspiring force one to boo at.

King's 39

Special to the Daily
PONTIAC - With the two hottest players in the NBA on the
court - the Piston's Isiah Thomas and the Knicks Bernard
King - last night's Detroit-New York match-up at the
Silverdome was filled with action. It was King and the
Knicks, who prevailed, 117-102.-
The loss dropped Detroit's record to 34-25, and kept them in
second place in the Atlantic Division. New York bolted past
Philadelphia into second place in the Eastern Division.
"IT WAS a very good game for us to play," said Piston
Coach Chuck Daly. "The game had play-off intensity. They
didn't want to be beat by Detroit four times in a row."
In the first quarter, the Knicks took a 36-27 lead with help
from technical fouls on Pistons Bill Laimbeer and Coach
Daly three minutes into the contest.

Red hot shooting from King and Bill Cartwright helped
New York maintain its lead, 64-52 at half-time.
The Pistons got to within eight points, 80-72, four minutes
into the second half, but King continued his rampage,
gathering thirteen third quarter points.
THE SAME happened in the fourth quarter with Detroit
pulling to within six with four minutes to play. Again, the
Pistons were unable to make the big baskets.
"We'd fight back to within eight or nine, and then they'd
make a big play and we couldn't come up with the baskets
and that's what you've got to do in these situations," Daly
King ended with a game high 39 points, hitting 15-22 shots
from the floor. Thomas poured in 29 points and dished off 10
assists for the Pistons, Laimbeer added 23.

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Bucks bombard Bullets, 98-78
las rata innh i tcv fia cl l __

LANDOVER, MD. (AP) - Marques
Johnson scored 24 points and Sidney
Moncrief added 22 as the Milwaukee
Bucks pulled away in the last quarter to
defeat the Washington Bullets 98-78 in a
National Basketball Association game
last night.
Johnson scored 10 of his points in the

last quarter, nciuainkwo iei goals
after Washington pulled to within 68-67
early in the period. He added another
field goal, launching a nine-point streak
that gave the Bucks an 85-71 lead with
5:33 left.
PAUL PRESSEY added 13 points and
Junior Bridgeman 12 for Milwaukee,
the Central Division leaders who have
won four straight and 11 of their last 13.
Washington, which has lost five of its
last seven, was led by Jeff Malone
Jeff Ruland with 17 points each, while
Greg Ballard had 13. It was Ruland's
first game after missing two because of
tendinitis in his left knee.
The Bullets led only once, at 4-2. They
trailed by as many as six points in the
second quarter before pulling even at
43-43 at halftime.
Boston 104, Chicago 100
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Larry
Bird scored a field goal and four free
throws in the final 1:07 last night as the

Boston Celtics overcame a late four-
point deficit for a 104-100 National
Basketball Association victory over the
Chicago Bulls.
The Bulls were leading 98-94 when
Bird converted an offensive rebound of
a missed shot by Robert Parish. Then
Ennis Whatley, whose 12 first-half poin-
ts had given Chicago a 49-46 halftime
lead, committed two costly fouls.
Dennis Johnson, who hit two free
throws to tie the game 98-98 with 47
seconds remaining, then he fouled Bird,
who put the Celtics ahead for good with
26 seconds left.
Bird scored a game-high 28 points
and grabbed a key rebound - one of his
12 in the game - in the final 11 seconds
to improve Boston's NBA-leading
record to 44-15.
Orlando Woolridge scored 23 points
for the Bulls and Dave Corzine added
22, while Whatley dished off 10 assists.

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Dallas 108, Kansas Citv 94
DALLAS (AP) - Mark Aguirre
scored 28 points and led a balanced
Dallas scoring attack as the Mavericks
defeated the Kansas City Kings 108-94
in National Basketball Association ac-
tion last night.
The Mavericks raced to an early 32-19
first-period advantage with Rolando
Blackman and Aguirre each connecting
for 10 points as the two teams began a
consecutive-night, home and away
The Mavericks took a 65-49 halftime
lead as they shot 65 percent from the
floor in the first half.
Dupree to sign contract
Dupree will sign a contract today with
the New Orleans Breakers of the United
States Football League, Ken Fairley,
advisor and confidant of the former
Oklahoma running back said last night.
"We met with Breaker officials today
and agreed to terms," Fairley told the
Hattiesburg American newspaper.
The time and place of the contract
signing were not immediately deter-
mined, Fairley said.
Derils 4, Canucks 2
Pat Verbeek and Rich Meagher, who
had two goals, scored 36 seconds apart
in the third period as the New Jersey
Devils defeated the Vancouver Canucks
4-2 to break a five-game National
Hockey League winless streak last
Don Lever and Gary McAdam each
had two assists as New Jersey boosted
its record to 14-45-6 and moved out of a
tie with Pittsburgh for the NHL's worst
Verbeek, taking a pass from former
Canadian Olympian Bruce Driver.
tallied 2:01 into the third period ona 15-foot
shot that gave New Jersey a 2-0 lead.
Meagher increased the Devils' lead to
3-0 on a 10-foot backhander.
Vancouver's Moe Lemay and
Thomas Gradin each scored in the third

STATISTICS NEVER lie. Sometimes, however, they don't tell the whole
Jon Antonides has played in only 27 games in his four years at Michigan.
He has taken 12 shots and made exactly half of them. His four year totals
also include 15 rebounds, two blocks, one steal, 13 fouls, 58-percent free
throw shooting and 19 points scored.
Judging by those numbers, Antonides would seem to be a mediocre player.
Thetruth is that he's a good basketball player buried in a Jbetter basketball
"You get him the ball down low, he can score," said Michigan coach Bill
Frieder of the 7-2, 225-pounder. "I wish he was coming here right now
because if he was starting now with four more years he'd be a hell of a
Unfortunately for Antonides, his time at Michigan expired without giving
him the opportunity to display his skills. His Wolverine career will be
remembered as "what could have been."
A serious groin injury suffered on the eve of Michigan's 1981-82 season
spoiled a possibly productive college career for the Sarnia, Ontario native.
Starting center Tim McCormick had been red-shirted for the year and An-
tonides was scheduled to be his replacement. Instead, the towering
Canadian joined McCormick in street clothes at the end of the Michigan ben-
Big man's bad break
"To me, it would have been my
break - being healthy," said An-
tonides. It would have been my
chance to play with Tim being red-
shirted. Obviously, the only thing I
lack is playing experience. That
would have been my big chance."
Frieder agreed; "Had he had that t : f
year of experience, it might have" t
been different for Jon. He would
have had that year of experience on
all five of the recruits we brought in.
Instead, they all played that year
and he didn't."
So when Butch Wade, Rob Hen-
derson, Rich Rellford, Roy Tarpley
and Paul Jokisch arrived in Ann Ar-
bor, Antonides was sentenced to two
more years on the bench.
His main contributions to the ntondes
Wolverines come in practice, where . .. lost in the shuffle
he gives McCormick and Tarpley a
bonafide center to work against. It is a role he endures, but does not relish.
"It can be frustrating," the B.G.S. major said. "You contribute in practice
every day. You're there, working to help the team. Maybe to some extent
you just rationalize things. You're still part of the team.
"Playing time was a big deal when I was a freshman, coming here -
coming to the States - to play. But after four years it doesn't mean that
much. I regret not playing. I'm not a complete fool. It was something I came
here to do. It just didn't w ork out."AE r p a e d z o s
A European rendezvous?
In the long run, however, Antonides' basketball career might bloom. A
European team already has sent feelers to him about playing professionally
next season.
"I've been contacted by some people in Greece about playing next year for
Thessaloniki," he said. "It's supposed to be one of the top.teams in the coun-
try. A man has been calling me on and off for the past few years. Nothing
definite is set, but I'll be flying down to see what kind of financial



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