Decatur Herald Nov 23 1975

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Decatur Herald Nov 23 1975 - 18 Accurate Shooting I 'Must' for Millikin By...
18 Accurate Shooting I 'Must' for Millikin By Forrest R. Kyle Review Sports Editor Millikin opens the basketball season against Illinois College 10 days from now and Coach Joe Ramsey says, "We need to make 1 the most of every day." The flu bug has been feasting on several of the players, complicating Ramsey's job of smoothing put a system of play which will compensate for the over-all lack of height. , "I thought we looked a little better in actual play a week or so ago," Ramsey said after Monday's intrasquad game at Cerro Gordo, "than . we did tonight but it could be that the flu bug has cut info us some. We've never really ;had a full squad on the practice floor for sometime."-.!' "..Z--. There are -; nine-H varsity players between 6-foot-3 and 6-5, not especially big Jby today's college standards. "We'lHry to use movement, ball .handling and high percentage shots to overcome this lack of height," Ramsey said. "With our size situation I think we're going to Ibave to shoot somewhere near 50 per cent as a team," Ramsey said. "We're going to put a premium on getting good shots. "Defensively I prefer to play man-for-man but obviously there will be teams we play where we're going to have to go to a zone because we don't have anyone to defense a good tall post man." As for who is going to be doing most of the playing in the early stages of the season, it's obvious that two of the front-liners will be senior Lou Baxter and junior Tim Littrell. "Littrell played as well as any of the established players at Cerro Gordo," Ramsey said. "He works hard and plays relatively free of mistakes, which is what I'm looking for. "Baxter missed some practice time but he has rebounded well. There's no question both will have to contribute quite a ait on the front line." Ramsey says it appears likely right now that the third frontliner will be a freshman Dave Pistorius, Bart Fun-neman or Rich Rames. Funneman was the most impressive of the three last Monday night but Ramsey said "you can't draw any definite conclusions from one scrimmage. But Bart does seem to have a natural talent for being around the ball." A fourth freshman, Tim Currinder, 6-5, likely will get a k 'ftp? I f Iff 4,' fr" "sit kLJitr tv FRESHMEN ON the Millikin varsity roster surround new Coach Joe Ramsey. In front, from left, Tim Currinder, Florissant, Mo.; Rich Rames, Vandalia. In back, Dave Pistorius, Blue Mound; Bart Funneman,, Teutopolis. Each of the players is 6 foot 4. i solid dose of junior varsity play early and his progress will determine how much he will play with the varsity. Then there's Kenny Russell, the 6-foot junior who can high jump 6-9. He's learning the post position and Ramsey thinks as soon as he gains more experience he'll get in a lot of playing time. Dave Patrisso, 6-5 senior, also is expected to give reserve strength to the front line. Sophomore Jimmy Jones was a guard last year but Ramsey thinks he can be of more help bolstering the front line because of his quickness and jumping ability. "Mike Powers can swing at both guard and forward," Ramsey said, "and when Dale -"3 - J -s. Jtt Wills becomes eligible after the first semester he may play some forward, too, depending on how well the freshmen do. Otherwise he'll play guard." Millikin has two experienced guards in juniors Roy Mosser and Dave Mott but Ramsey doesn't plan to play them together. Rick Dalton, also a junior, is a steady, experienced guard. Then there's sophomore Ben Beck, whom Ramsey thinks has the physical ability to provide good guard play, and Ricky Carter, 6-3 junior transfer. "We're approaching that point of finding out what some people can and can't do in certain positions," Ramsey said. "We're still not keeping the ball moving as much as possible; still putting the ball on the floor too much. "If we can eliminate some of the little bitty bad habits, we'll be a lot smoother." Millikin will have two College Conference of Illinois-Wisconsin SUNDAY HERALD - Herald and Review Photo games against Augustana and Elmhurst in the first semester, plus four non-conference tests. Starting Jan. 6 at Northeast Missouri, Millikin plays 10 consecutive games on the road, including seven conference contests, then has eight of the last 10 games in Gris-wold Center. SCHEDULE Dec. 3 - Illinois College at Millikin Dec. 6 - Franklin Ind. at Millikin Dec. 9 - Millikin at Olivet Narorene xDec. 11 - A'jaustana at Millikin xDec. 13 - Millikin at Elmhurst Dec. 15 - GreenvIHe at Millikin Jon. 6 - Millikin ot Northeast Missouri Jan. 10 - Millikin at DePouw xJan. 13 - Millikin at North Central xJan. 14 - Millikin ot North Park xJon. 17 - Millikin at Augustana Jon. 20 - Millikin at Missouri - St. Louis xJan. 23 - Millikin at Carthage xJon.24 - Millikin at Carroll xJan. 27 - Millikin ot Illinois Wesleyon xJan. , 29 - Millikin at Wheaton xJan. 31 - North Central at Millikin Feb. 2 - Eostern IHinois at Millikin. xFeb. 4 - North Pork at MUlikin . Feb. 7 - Millikin at MacMurray . Feb. 11 - Millikin at Quincy xFeb. 13 - Carthage at Millikin . xFeb. 14 - Wheaton at Millikin xFeb. 20 - Carroll at Millikin xFes. 21 - Elmhurst ot Millikin xFfft. 24 - - Illinois Wesleyan at Millik n (All home games start at 7:30 except with Elmhurst, a 3:30 game). x College Conference of Illinois Wisconsin game If

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