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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 1977
By PAUL ARNETT
Battalion Sports Editor
Last year was a mixture of plea
sure and heartaehe for basketball
coach Shelby Metcalf. The hear
tache was fielding a team with no
experience; their 14-14 record at the
end of the season was the pleasure.
This season should hold more
pleasure than heartache for Metcalf.
Tonight the Aggies face Angelo
State in G. Rollie White Coliseum.
It should be a one-sided game end
ing in A&M’s favor.
Metcalf has been preparing the
Aggie basketball team for tonight’s
game by holding three-hour daily
workouts since the middle of Oc
tober. The head coach says that his
players have advanced right on
“They’re getting the press down
and have finally grasped the offen
sive scheme,” Metcalf said. “The
most pleasant surprise so far is the
performances of the two freshmen,
Vernon Smith and Albert Culton.
They’ve done better than we ex
pected at this point in the season.”
Smith, from Dallas Carter, and
Culton, from Ennis, are both for
wards who were on the all-State
team in high school.
Playing as a team is still a problem
the Ags have yet to overcome.
“We have a lot of experience but
only Wally Swanson and Joey
Robinson bave been through two
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we have three different teams: we
have Karl Godine and Jarvis
Williams from two years ago, we
have Dave Goff and Steve Sylestine
and that group from last year and we
have this year’s freshmen.
“We have a lot of lettermen, but
only Wally and Joey have two.
This year’s starting line-up has yet
to be announced, but tbe following
five will probably start tonight’s
game. Goff will be at the point;
Wille Foreman and Swanson at the
posts; and Godine and Williams at
“Our main problem is becoming
team oriented so that each player
knows his limitations, Metcalf said.
“Each player must realize his limita
tions plus the limitations of his
teammates. They must know their
roles and must be Willing to perform
in that role.
The Aggies should be able to
compete for the conference race this
season. Metcalf expects a close con
“Arkansas would have to be fa
vored because they have already
announced their starting line-up,”
Metcalf said. “Of course, we expect
to be right in there with them.”
Tonight’s garhe begins at 7:30.
The women will play before the
men. The women are undefeated,
with tonight’s tip-off occuring at
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