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Braves Smash Huron Hopes

By Joe Broshear

Ypsilanti High has picked up where it left nine months ago.

The Braves, winners of 24 games in a row before bowing to Ottawa Hills in the state class A finals last March, served notice they are again a team to be reckoned with by overpowering Ann Arbor Huron, 82-45, on the Pioneer High hardwood last night.

They just pressured us right off the floor,” said a disappointed Ed Klum after Huron’s season record dropped to 1-1.

The chief pressure in the Ypsilanti lineup was forward Bob Rhodin, the night’s leading scorer with 31 points who was equally formidable on defense.

Rhodin’s opening bucket put the defending Sauk Trail cham pions ahead 2-0 but the Braves quickly widened the gap to 7-0 as Rhodin’s younger brother, Steve, a sophomore, came up with two steals within 10 seconds and converted both on all-the-way layups.

Huron, behind by nine, finally got on the scoreboard when Bob Allen took a perfect feed from Pete Jamison and the Green & Gold came within three on charities by Rich Piepenbrink and Jamison and fielder by Jamison.

That was as near as the Klummen were going to come, however, as the Braves reeled off six straight points.

Jamison, the former Pioneer standout who transferred to Huron in September, tallied 16 points in the opening half to keep the Riversiders within catch-up distance, at 4 heading into the second half.

Huron, however, obviously was in need ft senior guard Dave Strack, still sidelined and recuperating from an arm fracture, as the Braves’ defense focused on Jamison throughout the second half.

During the final 16 minutes, Bob Rhodin defensed Jamison an while the Braves also employed a collapsing cornerman to hold the Huron ace scoreless from the field.

Guard Bill Olsen had a 100 per cent night for the Green & Gold but took only three shots from the field while no other Huron eager was able to back Jamison with any more than six points.

Like the varsity, Jay Stielstra’s Jayvees played with an inoperative scoreboard, and the Little Huron quintet went down to a 41-36 defeat after rallying to within one point in the final minutes.

Huron will again be in action tonight journeying to Jackson to meet Lumen Christi, the con-s o 1 i d a t e d parochial school which replaced St. Mary’s, formerly a strong class C club, and St. John’s, a one-time B power.


Rhodin R 13 B 5-8 FT 31 TP

Raymond 5 4-7 14

Frye J 5 0-1 10

Rhodin S 3 4-5 10

Weathers 0 2-2 2

Frey S 3 1-3 7

Frye T 0 0-0 0

Fuller 3 2-4 8

Harris 0 0-0 0

Williams 0 0-0 0

Totals 32 18-30 92


Jamison 5 B 9-15 FT 19 TP

Allen 2 2-5 6

Piepen'k 0 6-10 6

Patrick 1 4-5 6

Olsen 3 0-0 6

Edwards 0 2-4 2

Hackett 0 0-0 0

Totals 11 23-29 45

YPSILANTI...........19 24 20 19-82

HURON................13 16 7 9-45


YPSILANTI (23)-R. Rhodin 3, Raymond 3, J. Frye 4, S. Rhodin 2, S. Frye 4, Weathers 2, T. Frye 2, Harris, Fuller, Williams.

HURON (19)-Jamison 4, Allen 4, Piepenbrink 4, Patrick 4, Olsen, Edwards, Hackett.

OFFICIALS: Dick Miller (Wayne) and bill McGrath (Southgate).