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The Michigan Daily - Monday, March 30, 1987 - Page 9
Beecher, Nouvel state champs

By WALTER KOPF
Flint Beecher was determined not
to let the Class B title slip away
like it did last year when Buena
Vista's Chris Coles shot a 54-footer
at the buzzer to win. The Bucs won
their second title in three years with
a 41-32 victory over Alma.
Beecher coach Moses Lacey
stressed patience, poise and strong
defense as the keys to winning, but
during the first three quarters, the
Bucs had problems with Alma's
down-tempo style. Alma stayed
close for most of the game by
waiting for inside men Dave
Modders and Todd Slater to get
open and push in lay-ups. Modders
had a team-high eight points, as
Alma had trouble scoring from the
outside.
ALMA coach Bill Kooiman
only played six players, relying on
experience. Lacey, however, used
many different combinations of his
young squad (which starts only one
senior) to wear the Panthers down.
In the fourth quarter, quick
buckets by Beecher's Aaron
McFadden and Ernest Stewart
caused Alma to rush its poised
style. The Panthers rushed their
poised inside game with weak
outside shots, allowing Beecher to
run away in the fourth quarter.
Anthony Harris sealed the Bucs'
win with a slam dunk to extend the
lead to 39-28 with one minute left.
McFadden and Stewart each
scored a game-high twelve points
and center John Boyton had three
blocks.
IN THE FOURTH quarter
Beecher finally played the style that
brought them a 24-3 season record.

"(Lacey) told us to tighten up on
defense, and run the ball, because
that's the way we've won all year,"
said Beecher's Demetrius Venerable.
"They started missing their jump
shots and had a hard time on the
inside," said Earnest Stewart. "And
that's all we needed."
In seven tournament games,
Beecher, which produced college-
bound stars such as Roy Marble,
allowed an average of 39.1 points
per game. "Anytime you win a
championship, you've got to play
good defense,",said Lacey.
Nouvel 72, Benzie 59
It would have been appropriate
for Saginaw Nouvel to have worn
magicians' hats during its Class C
championship game Saturday night,
as the Panthers brought out all their
tricks to beat Benzie Central 72-59
at Crisler Arena.
Behind-the-back passes, blocked
shots, reverse lay-ups, and slam
dunks helped Nouvel daze the
Huskies. Corey Ward's 19-point
effort off the bench led the
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Panthers' attack. Nouvel coach Jim
Caribeo credited Ward with giving
the team the emotional lift it needed
to overcome Benzie.
N O U V E L'S Corey Phillips
, and Paul Leek each added 16 and
Benzie's Rex Vanduzen was the
game's high scorer with 20.
"We played well enough to win,
I guess," said Caribeo. "I think our
kids underestimated (Benzie) a little.
We scrimmaged them at Christmas
and they kicked our tails. I don't
know why they wouldn't now."
Unfortunately for his Huskies,
Benzie coach Will Lynch had the
answer to that question along with
the key to the game. "We couldn't
stop Corey Phillips. He just
destroyed our press," said Lynch.
"Also, when we scrimmaged
them at Christmas, they didn't take
it to the basket. Shame on them for
not doing the same thing."
Nouvel maintained a small lead
throughout the first quarter, taking
a 16-13 lead into the second. Benzie
pulled ahead by one in the second

period with a quick basket and two
free throws. But Nouvel came back
and sank a lay-up and a jump shot
to recapture the lead for good.
BOTH TEAMS came out
pressing in the second half and
ignited a fast-paced game, but the
scoring for Benzie was slow. After
a bucket to open up the third
quarter, the Huskies ran into a
drought and didn't score for the next
three minutes.
Benzie regained offensive power
behind Rex Vanduzen and rattled off
seven unanswered points to draw
within six. But Nouvel stretched its
lead back to nine by the end of the
quarter.
At the 2:22 mark of the fourth
period, Nouvel ran off six straight
points to bring the score to 68-53
and close the door for good. "We
knew we would get a few spurts and
as long as we had the lead we would
win," said Caribeo.
This title marked Caribeo's first
after losing in the finals last year.
-JULIE HOLLMAN

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Associated Press
NCAA champs
Teresa Witherspoon of Louisiana Tech steals the ball from Dawn March
of the University of Tennessee yesterday. Tennessee routed the favored
Lady Techsters 67-44 to win the NCAA women's basketball champion-
ship. Sheila Frost, Tonya Edwards, and Bridgette Gordon paced the Lady
Vols with 13 points apiece.

Preparation
Courses

Mavericks 101,
Cavaliers 98
Former Wolverine Roy Tarpley's,
basket with 59 seconds remaining
put the Dallas Mavericks ahead to
stay in last night's 101-98 NBA
victory over the Cleveland
Cavaliers.
With their eighth victory in the
last nine games, the Mavericks
extended their lead to 8 1/2 games
over second-place Utah in the
Midwest Division.
Dallas, which trailed by twelve
points in the second quarter, led 80-
75 after three periods as Rolando
Blackman scored 17 of his 38
points in h' thi r quarter.

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