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Sunday, July 29, 2007

Twin towers lifted Saints to a dynasty

An article on former Kansas City Chief Offensive lineman Jim Nicholson.

"Together, Dunnam and Nicholson couldn't be beat. The focus of the Crusaders' offense, the two had hook shots nobody could stop. Nicholson once scored 60 points as a sophomore against Mid-Pacific. The next year, when they were juniors, Dunnam scored 59.

"It would be hard for the other teams," said Dunnam, who lives on Moloka'i. "If they double-teamed Jimmy, they put one on me. If they double-teamed me, they have one on Jimmy. We lived off each other that way."

A baseball and football player growing up, Nicholson never played basketball until he arrived at Saint Louis. Given Goo Sr., the junior varsity coach, worked countless hours with Nicholson to develop the hook shot.

"On Sundays and Saturdays, he'd take me to the gym and we'd just do drills," Nicholson said. "He was really the one."

Dunnam and Nicholson also could run the floor, as did everybody else on the team.

"Nicholson and Dunnam filled the lane on fast breaks," said Frank, 57, a customer service manager for American Airlines. "It tells you right there they were not just inside people. We liked to run the floor. We were a very competitive team, even in practices. When we got to game situations, we were already uptempo."

Though the first option was Dunnam and Nicholson, there was more to the team.

"They (defense) collapsed and we still had guys like Larry Frank, Henry Mahi, Ray Lum who could shoot," said Nicholson, who played for Kansas City in the NFL and is the chairman of the Hawai'i Labor Relations Board. "They couldn't collapse three guys on two so to speak. You couldn't do that, even if they tried to. Those guys could shoot from outside."

"Everybody could run, everybody could play defense, everybody loved to shoot the ball," Frank said. "Scoring was easy."

Article continued at Honolulu Advertiser.com

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