The War Whoop (Abilene, Tex.), Vol. 44, No. 17, Ed. 1, Wednesday, February 22, 1967 Page: 4 of 4
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THE WAR WHOOP
Wednesday. February 22 1967
By K. O. LONG
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As in all hi)oits. basketball has changed gteatly in the
last few j cars. This is the eia of the bevon-foot euntei the
stuff the dunk and high .stoies The increasing height of
.some basketball playeis has caused .some coaches to raise a
question as to whothei oi not the baskets should be iaiscd.
Some authorities advocate nusing the hoops as high as 12
feet above the flooi a two foot increase over the picsent
height The leasoning is that this would give the game back
to the little man by making it haider for the tall players to
stuff the ball. It is also hoped that moving the baskets
would lead to the loturn of the hard-fought defensive games.
The only way to foimulale an opinion is to talk to those in-
volved .so I contacted the thicc college basketball coaches in
Abilene to get their ideas on the question.
Coach Heishcl Kimbrcll of McMuny is afraid that too
many changes in basketball will hurt the populaiity of the
game. Howevei he feels that the day is coming when the
baskets may have to be elevated "1 think that we may have
to laise them some day but not because of the height of the
boys People can just jump higher than befoie. They are
not jumpeis anymore they'ie leapcrs" slated Coach Kim-
brell He noted that there arc players under six feet now
that can dunk the ball and that this will be the cause for
laising the baskets. In the Indian mentor's opinion two feet
is loo much to move the nets "Six inches or a foot would
make a lot of difference" he said.
I Iai din-Simmons coach Paul Lambcit didn't sec that
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1.1 .. 7 uu:""-lY i if Ay iT i u 1&'ll7'LV McMurry gridders Bill Doane and Gordon Hubenak check iheir equipment in preparation
with the game as it is. I really don't think the people that or spring Jng which was scheduled to begin February 21.
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laismg the baskets would be any advantage to the little man.
The big man is still tallci no matter how high the basket"
lepoited Coach Lambeit. The II-SU leader i elated a story
about Hill Kussell now with the Boston Celtics who played
college ball in 195( It seems that opponents decided that the
only thing to do about Russell was to cut a hole and let him
fall thiouuh the floor. "Most of a biu man's trouble is below
his knees and not above him anyway" said Coach Lambert. Ah spring is almost hero and 220 pounds from Fort Worth; sessions on Tuesday Wednesday
Also e.spiessing a dislike of the proposal was Abilene it's the time of yeai when young and 216 pound King Graham a Thursday and Friday. He plans
Christian cage coach Dee Nutt. He thinks that the coaches men's fancies turn to thoughts defensive guard from Baton t0 nold scnmmagcs on the second
should leave well enough alone for if the basket is raised it of . . . football' That's right Rouge Louisiana In addition to and fourth Saturdays The spnnR
would just become a question of strength as to whether or football Spring training time these players McMurry has ac- '' H
not a player could get the ball up to make a shot. Coach Nutt has arrived and that is always a quired searal football transfers training session will end on
also cited a diffeient viewpoint "Not eveiybody has the good sure harbinger of the daydream- since the completion of the 19GG March 18
matcnal to stuff the ball They have to depend on the wg season campaign Last year was a long season
smallei nlayeis at a disadvantage." He doesn't think that Spring training for the Indian in Coath Fornes' words "We for the Indians but the returning
laismg tiie baskets is the answer to the tall players since it football team was scheduled to Will be making a few changes piayers lndicate that much better
would mjuie the majouty of schools. "They would have to begin Tuesday February 21 but we'll take a look at the per- thngs he ahead The helmeted
compensate with some mlc to aid the little boy" Coach Nutt Coach Buddy Fornes said that he sonncl for a week or so before wamors gained a great deal of
stated. "In some cases the colleges have had their share of expected to have 42 prospects we make definite assignments As vauabie experience last season
gieat boys in the past but don't have any now. The same turn out for the opening of the for the formations we will stay and a couege football team usu-
thing is happening to them that has happened to us for a long drills Wlth the unbalanced lines and the al)y improves with age. Coupled
time. Now they want a change of the rules I don't think it The Tribe should field an ex- pro-type four-man line defense." wlth lncreased depth and some
will pass" he added P?rlc""d sq.Uad "CXt SaS? 3S The Conference rules limit a promising freshmen that have
It lemains to be seen whether or not the baskets will 24 of 29 lettermen return from team to 20 workouts with 36 days been recruited Indian fans are
be iaiscd. A recent NCAA suivey showed that most coaches last years 1-8. team Among the Coach Fornes hM slated prnctlcc anticipating a few scalps
weie satisfied with the game as it is Whenever a roundball returnees will be four players
phenomenon Mich as Russell or Wilt Chamberlain or Lew who were second team All-Lone
Alcmdoi comes along a cry to raise the baskets is sounded star Conference selections These
with the coaches who have to play against them leading the gridders include. Chester Dough-
yells Tluee men who have made basketball their lives have -'rty 210 pounder from Perryton;
voiced their pros and cons but they all seem to think that 200 pound Harlan Sellers an end
lifting the baskets is not the ultimate answer. Maybe if we from Amanllo Gordon Hubenak
make the big men play on their knees ... a center who tips the scales at
Indian Footballers Report
For Start of Spring Drills
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By Lumberjacks Jackets
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Stephen F Austin's tue-top-tall
Lumberjacks strode into In-
dian G)in and put tile axe to the
MiMtiuy new to a H').81 tune in
a game played Monday Febru-
son by name laughed all the way lup for Howard Payne
to the backboard as he stretched carries an 11-0 loop record
his 6' 11" frame to stuff in points put the Indians away fast as they
lepeatedly dining the second scored 19 straight points while
staiua The Lumberjacks capital- holding the Tribe scoreless to
ied on a number of turnovers to lun up a 25-7 lead with only eight
mount a big margin at the outset minutes gone The Maroon cag-
Thc isitors weie light at home of second half With just over eis never recuperated from that
on tin local hardwood as they uiKlt minutes icmaining the vis- blistering and they spent the re-
si in i'd f i oin all oer the court. itos w-'rL' out fron' b' 72-57. mainder of the game trying to
Long slioit in dose oi outside Tc Indians then went to the chip down the Jacket margin
it in.ittui'd not to the powerful full court piess .uid the icsulting At the half it was 55-28 with
Timhi'iiuin Guaul Harvey Ray- Piwsuic caused the shoe of er- Howaid Payne in the driver's
son was a oni'-num wrecking lors 0 transfci to the other foot sont The second half brought
niw as lie auounteil for 29 T1" huge Johnson sctmi'd to be lnolL of tho yeuow jaciat scor.
points Tommy Lankford and "ei when; when the Indians g splcc as twehe plajers got
Millaid Shieis paced the Indians "-'11' 'ing to .scoie He icpeat- lnto n1L llct Tom Cailei of HP
with td and 13 mnikers respect- Clllv "iockcu shots and lie was taptiued the game scoung hon-
i.iiuu iwiie ioi Biiaiu'iuung ue- 0IS ut lln ls polnt performance
spite his awesome pii'.sence. Mc- Willie Nelson led the Indians
Muny got a good iibounding bon i.oriIlc amI cbounding
iiii.ii mm miuaiu oniwis puimiK m.iuIihi' 16 noints thimiL'h the
nets and niaUing 10 icioveues
McMUHBY VEHSUS HOWARD Ma Mainoid and John Cuny
PAYNE wjio the only other Indians in
As if tiing to pioe that they tlL "iiuble figuies as they con-
aio woilhy of theii number two tubuted 14 i.iih
NAIA tanking the Howaid The Howaid Pasne iunior ar-
The .squ.uU ivtlied to Payne Yellow Jaikets stung the sity set the tempo for the even-
sing looms with that waiiioib fiom McMurry 10G-G9 in ing when thev defeated tho Mc.
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The Tiilio led onlj one time
win n they grabbed a 10-9 iid-
antai'i on a I.nnkfiiril (In. In
SPA put on a scoring burst to l" " wywaid shots
gam a siable lead but the In-
dians kept methodically pecking
awa l)aid Cain pulled the Indian-
to within two points 3U-30
on a shoit junipei just before
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same suite leading on the boaul n game plajed in Brownwood on Muny JV's 111-86 Kenneth Fer-
Stephen F Austin's own ver- Saturday. February IB guson led the locals with 18
moii of that large jolly green The win cinched a tie for the points and Dennis Brester and
television character George John- Lone Star Conference champion- Dan Noll added 17 apiece.
Coca-Cola ts on everyona's team. Thai's because
Coca-Cola has the tasle you never get tired of...
always refreshing. Thai's why things go belter with
Coke . . . after Coke . . after Coke.
TEXAS COCA-COLA BOTTLING COMPANY
Abilene OR 2-3232 Abilene. Texas
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