TERRE HAUTE — Ramblin’ Reck: Grizzlies shoot, make just one free throw in win
Checking out some action in the National Basketball Association:
• Memphis defeated Atlanta 79-76. The big point about this game is that the Grizzlies shot just one free throw in the game — and made it.
That is an unofficial record for the shot-clock era.
• The Indiana Pacers and Oklahoma City Thunder have the two best marks in the league and both of them lost to Orlando in weekend action.
Oklahoma City is No. 1 and the Pacers No. 2 in the weekly power rankings.
Earlier in the week, the Pacers won a game at Atlanta, ending a 12-game regular-season losing streak there.
• Maurice Cheeks became the first coach to be fired in the league this season, being let go by Detroit. General manager Joe Dumars has fired eight coaches since he assumed his position in 2000.
Cheeks was in his first year in Detroit and was with his third team as a coach.
n The all-star game will be played this weekend. Frank Vogel of Indiana will coach the East team.
Paul George of the Pacers will be a starter and Roy Hibbert is a reserve while Lance Stephenson was snubbed.
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• Tom-Cattin’ It — Indiana State remained about the same in the weekly RPI list after giving Wichita State all it wanted and beating Drake.
The Sycamores are No. 55. Other numbers: Kansas 1, Wichita State 6, Michigan State 10, Creighton 13, St. Louis tied for 17th with Michigan, Illinois 70, Indiana 79 and Missouri State 100.
Illinois bested Penn State 60-55 to end an eight-game losing streak.
• Reyna Williams is a freshman player on the top-ranked Class 2A Heritage Christian girls basketball team. She’s the granddaughter of former North Central coach Glenn Andrew; her mother, Rhonda, played for North Central and Taylor University.
• Sullivan’s 7th-grade boys basketball team defeated Edgewood 45-44 to take Western Indiana Conference honors.
• Three Sullivan County senior girls have announced where they intend to play college softball.
Tori Stamper, an infielder from Sullivan, and standout North Central pitcher Christian Chambers will go to Olney Central. Sami Young of North Central will go to Wabash Valley College.
• Austin Robertson of Union recently had a career-best 34 points in the Bulldogs’ victory over Shoals.
• Two men who have had stellar coaching careers were in the stands for the Evansville Reitz-Terre Haute South boys basketball game Saturday at North.
J.R. Holmes has racked up big numbers at Bloomington South; his Panthers will play host to South on Thursday. Bill Springer coached at Brazil before going to Marion County.
• Commentators in both of the ISU games that were televised in the last week pointed to Khristian Smith of the Sycamores as a top candidate for the Sixth Man Award given by the Missouri Valley Conference.
And one radio voice in Indy commented on the “fantastic crowd” for the Wichita State game. He echoed the comment made by anyone who was at the game or watched it on television.
• Southern Methodist ended Cincinnati’s 15-game winning streak in college basketball. Well traveled Larry Brown, 73, is the coach at SMU.
• James Blackmon Jr. of Marion and Trey Lyles of Indianapolis Tech have been named players for the McDonald’s All-America Game that will be played April 2 in Chicago.
• Rob Chudzinski has been named the coaching staff for the Indianapolis Colts. He was fired in December after one season as the coach at Cleveland.
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