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PACE SIXTEEN-GENESEO LAMRON-FEBRUARY 8, 1974 B L U E B A S K E T B A L L D r a g o n s S l a y K n i g h t s B e n g a l s S k i n n e d by S A M POLIZZI Once upon a time, some wise sage said, ’’there is no place like home. ” as far as the Geneseo State basketball team is concern­ ed, truer words were never spoken. In their second road game in a row, Geneseo was beaten in Oneonta. To call this confrontation a game would be the poorest choice of words this writer c o u l d make. It w a s undoubtedly one of the worst gam e s I've seen played in two years. The high scorers in this game were not important. The shooting percentage is not that important, even though it was not very good. The losing margin, fourteen points, is not that important either. Nor does the final score of 67-53 matter. What really matters is the obvious detirioration of the overall team play and its subsequent conse­ quences. The opening minutes of the game started with the hope that some of the previous faults were rectified. The outside shooting clicked for awhile as John Hassett and Pete Turner hit on long bombs. This lasted for only a fleeting moment until their hands again went c o l d . After this the shots became more frequent with less success. Oneonta's patient, almost stall like offense and zone defense bothered the Knights. The teams attempts to break this offense with a full court press proved fruitless. To complicate this situation were turnovers Su c h intolerable mistakes as travelling and three seconds, and needless fouls and missed layups added to the chaos. When talking of turnovers here, mention must be made of the officiating The officials were right in step with the comedy of errors They wore poor at best and made score'.- of bad calls for both sides Nevertheless, the Blue Knights led at the half 28-27 For the second half, I have no scores, scorers, or statistics. The caliber of play no longer needed a play by play comment, but an overall observation of its downfall which led to the benching of Tom Basher, then John Hassett, and finally Ed Robota. First, there is no movement on offense. Each man waited to have the ball given to him instead of moving, cutting. This made the Oneonta zone that much more effective. Secondly, the cannot break a full court press. Lack of movement again hurts. Then when Hassett is out of the lineup, bringing the ball up court is risky. The game was topped in style as four Geneseo defensemen trap­ ped an Oneonta player in his back court. This player then fell down and w a s dribbling a la Harlem Globetrotter style. He squirmed away from the quartet, brough*- the ball all the way up court ana passed off for an easy bucket. By no means am I giving up on this team. Their talent is obvious and it is just a matter of time before they put it back together. TIP IN S : The circum s tances surrounding Tom Bashers s u s ­ pension still remain nebulous. Coach Pope left me in the dark as to the reason behind it and as to its duration. He only said that it would be for the Buffalo State game. In Oneonta both Basher and Turner were guilty of not looking for the good shots. In writing this before the Buffalo State game I would say that sweeping changes would be made. Harry Ward may be the only starter left in the starting line. This team that played Brockport and Oneonta w a s not the same one that beat Fisher. With their second conference loss, the only hope that Geneseo has of winning the S U N Y A C Cham p ionship is a mathematical one A lesson had to be learned Tuesday night and the Knights hopefully learned it the hard way by squeaking past Buffalo State 80-79 in overtime. There i s no way that any team can play a top-notch game while beset with internal problems. Pete Turner’s six-foot bank shot with a minute remaining in the OT session gave Geneseo an 80-79 lead and set the stage for a wild final 60 seconds of play. The Bengals brought the ball upcourt and called time out with 40 s e c o n d s s h o w i n g onthe clock. After the visitors inbounded, the Knights displayed a stubborn defense which upset the B e n g a l s . Pete Turner tied up a confused Dave Hoch causing a jump ball with 15 seconds to play. The Bengals were called for a violation during the jump ball situation giving Geneseo p o s ­ se s s i o n of the ball and what appeared to be possession of the game. Gary Witter inbounded to Ed Robota but the ball was deflected out of bounds by Buffalo State’s Greg Miller. Witter once again attempted to inbound to Robota but threw the ball right into the hands of Miller. State called time out with 11 secon d s remaining. The Bengals quickly inbounded and threw up a shot which missed the mark. A wild scramble for the rebound resulted reminding observers of an all-out brawl. Bodies were thrown about, elbows flew, and scores of fouls could have been called. During the melee, the Bengals managed to toss up three more s h o s with each shot giving the home crowd of 1,000 a separate heart attack. The third shot went in butonly aftertime had expired The entire Buffalo State team vent berserk claiming that the by G A R Y S T O L L E R shot was aloft before the buzzer sounded. The Bengal coaching staff had to be restrained from attacking the referees and an unidentified player sm a s h e d a window pane in one of the entrance doors. The referee under the basket, as well as the timekeeper, asserted that time had expired before the ball left the shooter’s hand. A Buffalo State assistant claimed that the G S T V tape of the final secon d s proved that the shot was in the air before the buzzer sounded (reminiscent of the 1972 U.S. O l y m p ic lo s s to the So v i e t U n i o n . ) The B e n g a l s tossed up their next-to-last shot as the clock was about to change from 0:02 to 0:01 and it appeared, at least to this writer, to be i m p o s s ible for Buff State to get off another shot before time expired. The hectic finish w a s a fitting climax for the hectic circum ­ stances w h ich hed up to the game. The d i s s e n s i o n that had been brewing in the team for over two weeks finally broke out after the Knights' miserable loss to O n e ­ onta last Saturday night. Tom Basher was suspended from the team until at least after the Buff State game, after arguing with Coach Pope and walking out of a team meeting. Basher attempted to practice with the team on M o n d a y but was evicted from practice. Several players, including Ed Robota, John Hassett and Dave Silliman, broke the 12:30 curfew in Oneonta last Friday mqht and, as a result, were benched for 'the Buff State game. The starting line-up consisted of Harry Ward. Pete Turner, Gary Witter, Ed Orman and Charley Pendleton This makeshift start­ ing five m u s t be lauded for playing even-up with the Bengals for the first ten and one-half m inutes of the game. When Robota and Silliman entered the gam e w i t h 9 :42 to play in the first half, the Knights only trailed by one point, 17-16. On the whole, Robota ppc S illiman were ineffective m then reserve roles. Neither player could hold on to the passes thrown in their direction and appeared lost on the court. However, their presence was needed to negate the tad State front line. Geneseo had three chances to w in the game in the last 20 se c o n d s of regulation time Pete Turner forced a jumper that was no good. Pendleton grabbed the rebound and hoisted a shot that m i s s e d e v e r y t h i n g . Tne ball deflected to Robota in the lane about four feet out, but Robota d i d n ’t appreciate the gift and blew his bank shot. The score stood at 71-71 and set up the wild finish. K N I G H T K N O T E S : Harry Ward and Gary Witter had fine shooting gam e s . Ward hit for 27 points (12 of 24) and Witter hit 7 of 1 2. or 14. It w a s Witter’s first start smce the opening gam e versus Alma. Witter played his best game of his college career and contrib­ uted 8 a s s i s t s and 5 rebounds John Hassett saw very little action and Jeff Hilirmre smd Larry Johanson d i d n ’t play at at! due to C o a c h P o p e ’s sh a k e - u p the K n i g h t s ’ record is 9-4 and 3-2 in the conference The Kmcjhts play at Potsdam tonight and at Plattsburgh tomorrow. Potsdam, with super guard Mike Deane hasn't lost in the conference and should cause the Knights great number of headaches, Th< var­ sity five returns horn- ne*t W e d n e s d a y night. F i d 13 against Hobart ...... J u n i o r K n i g h t s T a m e B e n g a l s M r . Riedel p re s e n ts Dave Giordano with ms ALL-SUNYAC conference plaque. (Photo by Bill Cronin) Playing what was perhaps their best game of the season thus far, Jim Fitzgerald’s Junior Varsity Knights upset S U N Y A C rival Buffalo State 72-65 here on Tuesday night. The win evened the s q u a d 's season record at 7-7. The game was an even contest throughout with neither club able to open much of a lead. Buff State opened up their biggest lead of the game midway through the first half when they used the hot hand of Ken McClin to build up a seven point bulge. The baby Blues came right back however, and behind the fine offensive work of Bob Strauss underneath and Marc Dunn outside, built a three point lead, 39-36 at the half. Wayne Ginty, who has been show ing more offensive prow e s s with every game, opened the gam e by hitting his first three sho t s but that was it for him for the half, as he ended it with six points. The second half saw the Knights gradually open up leads by N O R B M A Y R H O F E R of 7, 7 and 8 points, only to have the Bengals chip into their lead with a few quick buckets. M a r c Dunn then opened up an 11 point margin for G S U with a play that cost the visitors the game. W i t h the score 45-40 Dunn drove the left lane for a bucket and a' chance at a three point play. The Bengal coach then s tormed at the nearest ref and w a s promptly hit with four technical fouls and ejected from the game. Dunn hit on his free throw and on three of the four T ’s for what amounted to a s ix point play and a com f o rtable G e n e s e o lead. The B e n g a l s refused to fold however, and it took som e clutch foul sh o o t i n g by Paul Tubinis, Pat Burke and a jumber by the Gint to put the game away. The Bengals played the gam e without the services of both of their starting guards as they were called to fill vacancies left on the Varsity. Bruce Carter came r.tf the bench for the Bengals with less than six minutes to go and hit for 10 points on 5 for 6 r hooting. M c C lin led all scorers with 24. Ginty led the Blue with 19. followed by Dunn and Strauss with 17 and 13, respectively Earlier in the week, the juniors split a pair with Brockport and Niagara C.C. On Tuesday the sq u a d d e m o l i s h e d Brockport 81-51 behind the double finure performances of Srauss. Ginty and Tubinis and on Saturday the club was dum p e d by Niagara 102-90 as \Trick\ Lewis of Niagara handed out 17 a -usts Ginty had his best gam'- Vet- scoring 28 points while miv-ing only three sho t s all night. C O M M E N T S : The steady play ot Wayne Ginty has been a big dIus to the club ’s future...the Gint has raised his scoring average to better than 15 points per game while continuing to play a steady d e f e n s i v e . . G i n t y s improvement has more than made up for the slack caused by

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