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Cat lose key players
It was like watching two different
teams. The ACU basketball squad that
took the court after the Christmas holidays
barely resembled the team that had it all
together in December.
Sometime during the holidays, five key
players vanished from the Wildcat roster
for academic reasons, disciplinary pro-
blems or just plain dissatisfaction with
The loss of two or three key players can
wreck a team's season. But five? Head
Coach Mike Martin recruited players
from the student body just to have enough
men for practice.
Yet somehow Martin was able to gather
what was left of his team and hammer it
into respectability. The talent had been
weakened and the once strong bench was
gone, but the Wildcats survived.
The season had started with much op-
timism. It marked the return of ACU to
NCAA competition in basketball.
74 Men's Basketball
The team was returning with a great
deal of talent from the year before in the
form of senior guard Mike Cox and
talented forwards Craig Williams and
Mike Davis. Also returning after a year's
absence was Jeff Johnson, a big plus under
the boards. And after sitting out the first
semester, Brad Kerley was to bring his fine
shooting back to the court.
The team had an abundance of bench
strength. All looked good.
A 71-59 overtime win against Mary
Hardin-Baylor started the season for the
Cats as Williams poured in 26 points.
However, defects in the Cats' attack
showed up during a trip to Wichita State
as the fourth-ranked Shockers pounded
them 93-55. Williams again took the lead
with 22 points.
Williams' dominance was very clear in
the ACU attack early in the season. This
was borne out in the Sunshine
Against Colorado School of Mines
Williams played a key role. However, hc
injured a knee during the contest and hac
to miss the final game against Easterr
New Mexico. The Cats lost.
Coach Martin must have been concern
ed as he took the team to Belton for z
rematch with Mary Hardin-Baylor
Williams was the only player who was tru-
ly producing, and because of the injury i'
was possible he wouldn't be able to play.
This page: bottom left - Craig Williami
f44j and Charles Butler go for the ball it
the season openerg bottom center - Ret
Smith puts up an off-balance shot agains
Angelo State: bottom right - Ian Hyslog
sets up a jump shot over Texas Adi.
defenders. Opposite page - Mike Davi.
slam-dunks in a win over Eastern Nev