North Carolina Newspapers

    Page 10, December 15, 1977
Men’s Basketball
Looks Tough
by Allen Meadows
After an early setback at the hands of Brevard College, the MAC Basketball
Cavaliers got on the winning track with a victory over Mitchell Community
College 77-75, and then it was time to come home. The Cavaliers entertained
' thef Isothermal Community College Patriots on their home court December
8th.
The contest was basket for basket through the first half with both sides
calling numerous time-outs at crucial moments. The half ended with MAC on
top 48-44. Things didn’t change until mli dway through the second half when
MAC’S fast pace began to drain the Patriots. With approximately 5 minutes to
play Coach Wilhelmi was letting members of the second team in and the game
ended 93-82. Willie McCray and James Freshwater led the attack with 24 and
22 points respectively. Three other players saw double figures, Gary Parris -
17, Robert Brinkley -16, and Alva Duke -11.
MAC’S next outing was a trip down to Warren Wilson College December 10.
The Cavaliers jumped out to an early 9-2 lead before WW called a time-out and
rebounded to within 2 by penetrating the MAC zone defense with 8:30 left in the
half. Robert Brinkley got into early foul trouble (3) and was replaced by Bob
Lake, and the score changed quickly to 24-17.
About this time a 6’6”Warren Wilson player checked into the line-up by the
name of Greg Overton. This guy was so tall and slim that surely WW was
grateful the gumnasium was warm because the heaters would have blown him
away. Instead MAC did the job. Seconds before the half Alva Duke was
subject to a hard slap to the face by Overton while rebounding under the
basket. The half ended 34-30 in favor of MAC.
WW came out of the locker room with a full court press the second half only
to have it prove useless agaist a quick and speedy MAC offense. MAC went
ahead 50-43 with 12:37 remaining. Ironically, one WW stopped pressing MAC
sputtered and let the oppositon take the lead with 11:45 remaining. MAC
called a T.O.
Much hustle on the part of MAC put them in the lead 70-63 with 2:57
remaining. One minute later Willie 6’9”McCray suffered a cut on his right
hand on a goal-tending charge. McCray won’t start again until the team’s first
game in January. Alva Duke replaced him.
With 0:07 seconds left James Freshwater drew a foul, sunk two free
throws, and with it the game 76-71.
SCORING: Freshwater - 19 McCray -
Photo by Carl Hanl«
Robert “Bull”Brinkley and Willie “6-9”McCray put in long demanding hours
of practice in preparation for the upcoming season as did all of MAC’S players.
4 Parris - 16 Brinkley - 21 Edwards - 4 Bass - 2 Diggs - 5 Duke - 5
Women’s Basketball Off to Slow Start
by Allen Meadows
Due to three players being unable
to dress for disciplinary reason,
MAC’s Women’s Basketball team
stalled completely in its first two
outings against Davidson Com
munity and Warren Wilson Colleges.
Their first game with Spartanburg
was called because of snowy
weather while the other two conteste
saw the Cavaliers fall 53-26 andl61-32
Against Davidson on December
8th at home, MAC put forth a! valiant
effort in the opening minutes of the
game only to falter when the op
position began mass substitutions.
To put it simply, our team didn’t
have the depth to keep up with
Davidson. At the end of the first
half Davidson led 27-12. Carrie
Wolfenden led the scoring in the
game with 14 points followed by
Arlene Burns, Le Anna Williams,
and Karen Kaufman, each with four
respectively.
On December 10th the Cavaliers
traveled over to a highly reguarded
Warren Wilson team and literally
‘took a beating! in what was latter
termed a “basketbrawl’! The game
was marked by a total lack of of
ficiating on the part of the referees.
Many people thought Women’ s
Football had come to western
Carolina!
Carrie Wolfenden left the game
near the end of the first half after
suffering a pulled leg muscle, but
came back on and played hurt later
in the second half. The only
highlight of the affair was second-
team player, Bea Burton going on a
10 point shooting spree in the second
half while playing with a broke
finger. One has to wonder if Coach
Issacson won’t find a place for
Burton on the starting line-up when
play resumes here on January with
King College.
Coach Jayne Issacson had this to
say following the two consecutive
losses: “We will be able to beat
Davidson and probably give Warren
Wilson a good game”when they meet
again later in the season. “Those
three starters will be back in the
line-up then.’
She went on to explain “we want to
win, I think we can win, we’ re out
there to win, and even though we are
a young team we’ll win our share of
games. But winning isn’ t
everything. Those losses have
really brought the iteam together.’
Richard Davis, a natural clown and expert gymnist entertained the crowd Photo by Don Redman
during the MAC-Caldwell basketball game.
Intramural
Volleyball
At this writing Davis 3rd floor and
Ma - Hall 3rd floor were leading toe
intramural volleyball competition
with an undefeated record.
Outstanding pljayers for toe guys
are Tommy Siler, Kenny Kuhn,and
Greg Breter. Carrie Wolfenden
prevails for the women’s cause.
Thursday evening will be the last
day of competition and whoever has
toe best overall record will be the
champions.
It won’t be long before it is time for
intramural basketball and, ac
cording to Intramural Director Ed
Isley, the season should be a good
one. The season will begin after toe
Christmas break. More details will
be given as they develop.
    

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