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John Garrity
March 02, 1987
York Larese used to tease his children with this trivia question: What two players scored 109 points between them in a regulation NBA game?
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March 02, 1987

Wilt Had Help When Hit 100

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Twenty-five years later the three subs who helped Wilt score 100 points are out of the public eye. Larese, now 48, is a promotions manager for Puma U.S.A.; Luckenbill, 47, is national sales manager for Tratech, a luxury-van conversion company in Fort Worth; and Ruklick, 48, is an investment counselor in Chicago. But they still share a bond of accomplishment and sincere affection for the Dipper.

"That was probably the highlight of my life, being part of that game," Luckenbill says. "I was a little country bumpkin who Wilt kind of took under his wing, so I was always excited when good things happened to him."

Ruklick echoes those sentiments: "I was the worst guy on the team, the Bob Uecker of the NBA, but Wilt made you feel like part of a family that he was the workhorse of. Wilt was quite a guy."

Their gratitude belies Alex Hannum's old assessment of Wilt that "Nobody loves Goliath."

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