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February 13, 1989 - Image 11

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The Michigan Daily -Monday, February 13, 1989 - Page 11


MINNEAPOLIS - In 1985, shooting guard Ray
Gaffney led Dayton Dunbar High School to the state
championship with All-State and All-American
honors. Gaffney's backcourt mate and good friend was
Mike Taylor, and sitting further on the bench was his
brother Kirk.
Gaffney was the scorer and on his way to play
college ball at Minnesota, the older Taylor was the
passer, and Kirk was the bystander. Kirk would have to
wait two more years until he would be the star, leading
his team to the state championship, while waiting to
attend Michigan the following fall.
Last weekend marked a homecoming for Gaffney
and Taylor as they met in Minnesota's Williams
Arena. The drafty, old fieldhouse had the makings of
the prototype high school gymnasium, except larger.
Just like at Dunbar in 1985, the programs being sold
had a picture of Gaffney on them.
But, on Saturday, there was a difference. Gaffney
had lost his starting position with the Gophers and
was struggling, shooting only 35 percent from the
field. Taylor, however, had played four or five straight
good games, including a stellar performance against
the vaunted Iowa press in the Wolverines' triumph in
Iowa City last Thursday
QUESTIONS were abundant before the opening
tipoff: Would the younger Taylor help his team
overcome the Gophers, who had yet to lose at home?
Would Gaffney add stability to the inconsistent
Minnesota backcourt? Would the old clich6, "What a
difference a year (in this case four) makes," come into
play? Would the younger Taylor control his former
teammate or vice-versa?
As fate would have it, the two were assigned to
guard each other when Taylor entered the Michigan
lineup with nearly five minutes gone in the first half.
Gaffney hit a three-pointer off an out-of-bounds play a
minute after Taylor's entry, leaving Taylor to respond.
With 13:25 remaining in the half, the Gophers
installed a light press that employed Gaffney to guard
the player bringing up the ball - Taylor. What was
seemingly simple turned conceiveably grim.

Taylor watches as
Gaffney steals show
Gaffney made a move to steal the ball from Taylor,
but instead possibly stole the rest of his '88-'89
season. Taylor tried to cut away from his ex-teammate
but his leg resembled a collapsing house of cards. As
Taylor fell, Gaffney took the ball and proceeded to
score an uncontested layup.
THE OFFICIAL blew the whistle as Taylor lay
writhing in pain. Instead of sauntering or strolling
following his breakaway basket, Gaffney warily
walked to the Gopher bench, eyes riveted toward his
good friend's brother.
After the timeout, Taylor was carried off the court
by teammates Demetrius Calip and J.P. Oosterbaan.
Gaffney looked on.
"I felt really bad when he went down," said Gaffney,
who went on to score a Big Ten-high 24 points,
ironically and eerily his high school average. "I felt
really helpless. I wanted to do something, but all I
could do was watch."
Watching is something that Taylor was forced to do
for the rest of the game as he did in that 1985 season.
The promising sophomore point guard could be out for
the season with what was predicted to be ligament
damage in his right knee.
"WE'LL HAVE to wait and see how serious it
is... he (Taylor) could be out for the season," said
Michigan coach Bill Frieder, after the 88-80 Gopher
victory. "I hate to make excuses for why we lost, but
he was a key factor in our turnaround after losing two
games earlier this season. He could have given us good
defense on Gaffney."
"What about the play of Ray Gaffney?" asked one
reporter. "He played really well..."
"We bring out the best in a lot of people," said
This Saturday in Minnesota, these two old high
school teammates met. One was on an up-swing, the
other on a down-swing. The situation reversed.
"It was just one of those freak things," said Frieder
about the course of events.
Maybe for you coach, but for Kirk Taylor, sitting
out while watching Ray Gaffney dominate, is all too

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points to go with 11 rebounds,
whileGaffney added 24 on 8-for-9
The teams traded baskets early,
with Minnesota taking a 14-13 lead
on Jim Shikenjanski's 15-foot
jumper at 13:29 of the first half.
On Michigan's next possession,
Kirk Taylor tripped in the backcourt
and former high school teammate
Gaffney scooped up the loose ball
and drove in for a lay up. Taylor
suffered ligament damage in his right
knee, and may be lost for the year.
Fluid was removed from his knee
yesterday, and he will undergo
arthroscopic surgery tomorrow.
"I wouldn't rule out Taylor
coming back," Frieder said last
night. "But there's a lot of bleeding
and swelling and that is not good.
Kirk will not be back in the near
future no matter what. Our best hope
is that he returns by tourney time."
DEMETRIUS Calip and Rob
Pelinka are expected to see more
playing time in Taylor's absence.
"I feel Demetrius Calip can come
in and play and contribute," said
Robinson, who is nursing an injured
Frieder added, "We're going to
have to develop Calip and work in
Pelinka. I'm confident in all of them
or they wouldn't be on my team."
Calip entered the game with 9:01
left in the half, and quickly found
out about playing under pressure.

...key loss

one-and-one at the 8:22 mark.
Terry Mills hit Rice with a pass
in the post, and Rice. sank a
turnaround bank shot while being
fouled by Kevin Lynch, who later
compared Mills and Loy Vaught to
"thugs." Rice hit the free throw, as
Michigan led, for the first time since
early in the first half, 61-60.
Neither team could score on their
next two possessions, until a Burton
lay up and free throw with six
minutes and 45 seconds left, put the
Gophers up for good 63-61. The
crowd came to life as Minnesota
extended its lead to six, as Newbern
stole a pass and drove for a lay up.
A HIGGINS lay up pulled the
Wolverines to within four, with 22
seconds left. Higgins picked up a
charging foul on the play, and
Gaffney stepped up to take the free
throw. Bond, a 45 percent free throw
shooter this season, was fouled and
should have taken the free throw.
Gaffney has hit nearly 70 percent of
his foul shots.
Bond missed his free throw.
The rule book says if a team
intentionally sends a player to the
free throw line other than the player
who should be there, the team is hit
with a technical foul. This would
have given Michigan two free
throws and possession of the ball,
which would have allowed the
Wolverines to tie the game at 84.
WJR-radio announcer Larry Henry
said after the game that the Gophers
had successfully sent Gaffney to the
line instead of Bond earlier in the

Gaffney hit a jumper over Calip, and
Calip stepped over the end line
attempting the ensuing inbounds
pass. The crowd came alive as
Newbern snuck in behind Calip for
an easy lay up as Minnesota
stretched its lead to 27-20 at the 8:01
The Wolverines went on a 10-6
run, to pull within three, 33-30 with
4:23 left in the half, and went into
the lockerroom at halftime trailing
MINNESOTA extended its lead
to seven, before Higgins took
control, scoring 7 of Michigan's 10
points during one stretch, as the
Wolverines narrowed the gap to 60-
58 as Robinson hit the front end of

Gymnasts barely defeat Iowa State

West All-Stars win, 143-134

HOUSTON (AP) - Playing
without the real Magic, Karl Malone
and John Stockton created some
magic of their own yesterday,
carrying the West to a 143-134
victory over the East in the NBA
All-Star Game.
Stockton, the only point guard on
the West team after scheduled starter
Magic Johnson was injured on
Wednesday night, directed a record-
breaking atack in the first half,
wowing a record All-Star crowd at
the Astrodome.
The West led as many as 31

points en route to an 87-59 halftime
lead, breaking by one the All-Star
record for points in a half set by the
West in 1962. The East got as close
as seven in the fourth quarter before
record nine assists in the first quar-
ter, breaking Johnson's 1984 mark
of eight, although he didn't play the
last 3:18. Stockton finished with 11
points and 17 assists.
Malone, Stockton's Utah Jazz
teammate, scored 18 of his 28 points
in the first half and was 8-for-9 from

the field in the first two periods,
most of them on dunks or feathery
layups. Malone was selected the
game's Most Valuable Player.
Michael Jordan scored 12 of his
28 points in the fourth quarter to
lead the East, which still leads the
All-Star series 25-14. Isiah Thomas
added 19 points and 14 assists for the
The attendance of 44,735 broke
the All-Star record of 43,146 at the
Indianapolis Hoosier Dome in 1985.
It was the largest NBA crowd ever
away from the Pontiac Sii;rdome.

Fans at Crisler Arena Saturday were treated to some
brilliant gymnastics and some exciting moments in a
contest decided by seven tenths of a point. Michigan (0-3
in the BigTen, 4-3 overall) defeated Iowa State, 260.75-
Starting four newcomers in the all-around
competition, Michigan coach Bob Darden was hoping
this would be the week his team really kicked in. The
players earned their fourth victory, but they had mixed
emotions after the final scores were announced.
"We'll probably lose our eleventh spot. The new
rankings are going to be determined by the top three
scores, and we only have one that would keep us up
there," Darden explained.
The Wolverines lacked intensity early in the meet,

making it more difficult to get going. "The slow start
brought the team down," said first-year standout Jim
Round, who notched a 52.55 total score despite suffering
a mouth injury in practice Wednesday.
The high bar presented unusual troble for Michigan..
First-year all-arounder Ruben Ceballos took a 44.7 into
the final high bar event, but collapsed, scoring a 6.5 after
two falls. "The bar seemed really slick. and it gave me a
lot of trouble," Ceballos said.
His difficulty was indicative of the Wolverines' own
misfortune. The scoring was extremely erratic, which is
what Darden seeks to improve the most. "We need to
develop consistency on the high end. They have to learn
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