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MONDAY, JANUARY 4, 19*3 MASON CITY GLOBE-GAZETTE Iowa Tramples Ripon Quintet 69 to 38 CHAPMAN DROPS IN 20 POINTS; 34 FOULS MAR FRAY Hawks Start Big Ten Competition Saturday Against Minnesota IOWA--till Chapman. [ Vacant), j: Trkkey, f Lunsledt. f Movnld. t- O'Brjei). e Kcdmith, g coic, a ThotnL'n. a Humphrey, g o t ) I RIPON--an tS It pf I a ·! :i!Friedman. [ 3 0 llseidel. f 7 3 "[LeFevre, r 3 4 1 ·Chrislrilson, 2 1 2'WliilnTe. ; I 0 3-Sirk-klci-, c 0 0 O'Doll.g 0 0 OjSc.ilus-1. » 4 3 L- Jensen, a " " j:Soltcr. s is « of 0 0 0 a 2 0 2 0 2 13 a i · i i o " i -i :i o. 4 o l :t 1 0 0 Tolals 27 13 icj Totals li 11 1C Halftimc--Iowa JJ2. Bipon n. Free lhrow= missed--MovoJd, TJjomsen Chapman 2. Trickey. O'Brien i, Lund- stedi. Stricklcr 3. Cliristenson 3. Jensen Sealissi. Seidl 4. LqFevre, Sailer. Officials--John O'Doonell of Daver- P°rt; Al Barnes o£ Roth island. III. IOWA CITY, U.R--Led by Co- captains Tom Chapman and Ben Trickey, forwards, the University ot Iowa basketball team trampled a small Ripon college quintet here Saturday night, 69 to 38. Chapman scored 20 points and Trickey was second high scorer with 17 points. Jim Seidl, Ripon forward, led the visiting team with 18 points in the game in which 34 Jouls were called. Iowa will enter the Big Ten conference race when it meets Minnesota Jan. 9 at Iowa City. Big Ten Teams' Back in Action By CHARLES CHAMBERLAIN' CHICAGO, (fP)~ The Western conference basketball campaign . opens this week, and Indiana's coach, Branch McCracken, said Monday to watch out for Wisconsin and Illinois. This left the impression that you don't have to watch out for Indiana. But you can bet your ration card the Hoosiers will watch out for themselves. "We lack sufficient qualities for a championship contender," declared McCracken, whose teams have won 38 and lost only 13 Big Ten games in his four vears at Indiana--best coaching record in the circuit over a comparable span. "Naturally, we don't know how much we can depend upon out sophomores," he added. * * * There's one sophomore (and probably several more) McCracken has found out about, however. He's Ward Williams, 6 foot 4 inch center--a rebound hound who has dropped in 56 points in six games. The team's scoring honors go «o Ralph Hamilton, junior forward, who has contributed 77. * ' * * The regular Big Ten season will open Saturday night after five, warm-up games Monday night and one Wednesday. Monday's program will send Indiana to Butler, Great Lakes to Purdue, Michigan to Michigan State, Hamline's n a t i o n a l intercollegiate champions to Wisconsin and Chicago against DePaul. Dartmouth will give Minnesota its first real test Wednesday. A scorching schedule will start off the conference race Saturday --Michigan at Illinois, Wisconsin at Northwestern, Chicago at Purdue, Ohio State at Indiana, and Minnesota at Iowa. Indiana, having- shared the · conference crown three times without capturing it outright. . must definitely be counted in this season. But because of the caliber of play in pre-conference contests, the 1943 championship may be split-up with a good possibility of slices go- ine tn the Hoosiers, Illinois and Wisconsin after a season of dizzy upsets. * * ¥ A hint oE what is to come already has been given. Camp Grant was the only team to beat Illinois in six starts, and North- \vestern came in for another surprise by winning its first game of the season from none other than the star-spangled Great Lakes outfit. Aside from being one of three unbeaten Big Ten clubs, Indiana has the top scoring attack with a 54.6 average in six straight victories. Wisconsin, powered by Johnny Kotz and his 1G.8 point average in six games, is the third best offensive outfit with 49.6. The well- balanced Illinois whiz kids are clicking at 47.3. * * * Iowa, mostly because of its 69 to 38 verdict over little Ripon Saturday .night during which Co-captain Tommy Chapman posted 20 points, is second to Indiana in power with 52.5. Co- captain Ben Trickey has great- PONTIAC Prescribed Service Wheel Alfenment Wheel Balancing Washing and Polishint Lubrication Service Motor Tune-Up and General Repairing Body and Fender Repairing Battery Service John Gallagher, Inc. IIS S. Delaware Phone 1MI Point Maker Five Point Plan Expected at Big League Meeting CHICAGO, !SP)~A five point plan, streamlined to gear 1943 baseball with war time travel restrictions, was expected to be presented by Commissioner K. M. Landis Tuesday at his emergency session with officials of the National and American leagues. Although Landis refrained from discussing his ideas until the parley, it was believed his plan received hearty approval of ODT Director Joseph B. Eastman when the t\vo conferred in Washington last Wednesday. After that meeting, the commissioner wired officials of the 16 major league clubs, announcing the special parley to "discuss springr training and any item of business connected with it." ' The meeting was expected to end the "shadow boxing" most clubs have gone through since the travel question was brought up a month ago in a letter from Eastman urging curtailment and suggesting methods of reducing mileage. Many minor leagues looked to Tuesday's conference for their cue in drawing up definite programs for the coming season. F r a n k Colley, publicist for the American association, said association officials would meet in Chicago Wednesday, possibly to pattern their season on decisions reached fay the majors. · The Landis plan was believed to embody these points: 1. A reduction in the major league schedule from 154 games to 140. Z. Selection of April 27 as the season's opening day instead of April 13. 3. Longer series so as to reduce intersectional. trips from the currently planned three to two. (The clubs made four cast-west swings last year.) 4. Open dates between lonp "jumps" so as to make the use of pullmaiis unnecessary. 5. Reduction of the size of traveling squads from 25 to 20 players. iy helped the Hawkeycs' record with an average of 11 points in four contests. Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois each have been beaten only once --but the last two have played a longer and tougher schedule. Minnesota is geared by three sophomores. In winning their fourth straight by blasting South Dakota State 62 to 52 Saturday, the Gophers' young trio came through in this fashion: Dave Ruliffson with 18 points, Louie Brew- sicr. 14, and Wcs Windmiller. 13. Illinois' precision unit dropped Stanford 38 t o ' 2 6 alter keeping the NCAA champions behind all the way, and as much as 15 points at times. * * W Northwestern dumped Great takes, 59 to 47, as Otto Graham, Nick Vodick and Bud Hasse performed in the same unison as they did on the gridiron. * * * Ohio State proved it was a threat for the Big Ten diadem despite the loss of Bob Shaw, by completing a three-game barnstorming trip with two wins and one loss. The Buckeyes downed Kentucky Saturday 45 to 40. EASTERN LOOP GAGERS TO PLAY Dartmouth Favored;" T. C. U. in Southwest NEW YORK, (IP)--With such preliminary frills as early season tournaments, practice "breathers" and intersectional hops out of the way, college basketball settles down this week to the more important business of establishing conference and sectional leaders. T h e Eastern Intercollegiate league, oldest of them all, will push off its 40th campaign with three contests, although none involves Dartmouth, which is favored to win the championship for the fourth straight time. * * * Cornell is to appear in all three eastern starters, entertaining Columbia Wednesday and visiting: Yale Friday and Harvard Saturday. Harvard opened with five non-league wins but skidded on a western tour, hitting bottom in a 34-19 rout by Detroit Sunday night. * * ·£ Eastern independents will continue their strenuous activity, with two more doubleheaders scheduled for New York's Madison Square Garden, scene of eight games in the last eight days. Penn State, one of the few remaining unbeaten quintets of the east, makes its first Garden appearance of the season against N. Y. U. Wednesday night. St. John's, metropolitan favorite, tangles with City college on the other half of the game card, while a Saturday night twin bill here pits twice-beaten Long Island university against the North Caroline pre-f!ight squad which tripped LaSalle, 41-39 Saturday night and N. Y. U. against unbeaten Manhattan. Fordhnm, which handed Rhode Island its first setback, 84-75, invades Columbia Saturday. Texas Christian popped up as the new favorite in the Southwest conference last week by beating co-champion Arkansas in the finals of the Oklahoma City tournament. The title race opens Wednesday with T. C. U. entertaining Baylor and Hice, the other co-champ, invading Texas. * * * Southern Methodist, the loop's only unbeaten outfit, opens against Arkansas at Dallas Friday night with T. C. U. at Texas A. and M. and Texas at Baylor the same night. * * * In the Southern conference, defending champion Duke shares the favorite's role with William and Mary. Duke, winner over Temple. 45-44. plays Davidson Thursday and V. M. I. Saturday. William and Mary takes the road Thursday to play V. M. I., Virginia Tech and Washington and Lee on successive nights. Other games are between North Carolina State and Clcmson Friday and Wake Forest and North Carolina Saturday. The southeastern title race already is under way with Mississippi State out in front on six straight victories. State plays Tennessee, (he leader through the regular 1941-42 season, Friday night and L. S. U. Saturday. Mississippi plays L. S. U. Friday while Alabama and Tennessee get together Saturday. Kentucky meets Fort Knox Tuesday and Xavicr Saturday. Sinkwich to Win Family's Bread Now HOLLYWOOD, fu.fi) _ Frankie Smkwich, who has any husband's doubts about his wife's prospects for a career, intends to be the sole breadwinner in his family and has no sympathy with whatever film ambitions have. Mrs. Sinkwich may Boarding a plane for Washington Sunday night, the Georgia football star expressed himself in unequivocal terms on the uncertain status of his wife's film career. "I intend to be (he breadwinner ni my family," lie said. "Mrs. Sinkwich is not making movies if 1 have anything to do about it " * * * Siukvvich said he would re. turn Thursday to complete arrangements for his own appear. ance in a picture produced by Columbia studios but lhat his wife, Adeline, would not accept a proffered screen role. * * * His assertion seemed to put an end to the series of conflicting statements about his wife and the movies. Mrs Sinkwich and her sister, Dorothy Weatherly. we re given a screen test at Universal studios and were offered a part in an Abbott and Costello film. She said Frankie lost his temper when he saw newspaper publicity photographs showing her in a scanty costume and that she'd have to refuse. Later she said that she was returning with Frankie to accept the part. Frankie has no confidence in his own dramatic talents either, "Most of the football players who have made movies to cash in on college fame were not much good as actors," he said "and I don't think I'm any better. But it's a chance to make myself a nice nest egg before I go into the marines." .* * * Sinkwich appears before the Walter Camp Memorial club at Washington Monday to receive the Walter Camp memorial cup. Big Six to Begin Play This Week KANSAS CITY, (#)-- With four loop games carded this week the ° Ig , .Six conference inaugurates lath basketball season seeking finite championship reckon- or the first time in five years The title, once perennial possession of Kansas, has been shared the last four a definite ing f seasons by either two or three teams Kansas and Oklahoma halved the crown in 1942, and the two teams still manned largely by veterans continue their duel Saturday at Norman in the spotlight tilt of the week's program. *! * * The Sooners, idle last week continue their inactivity until the Jayhawk fr»y. Kansas concluded an all-victorious, but tiring, intersectional junket w«h three games last week, and meets the Olathe, Kans.. Naval Cadets and Missouri at Lawrence this week before entraining for Norman. Coach George Edwards' youthful Tiger cagers may prove a handful for the jaunty Kansas club when their case comes to the Lawrence court Wednesday Missouri, with Capt. Earl Stark the only lettcrmcn in the starting five, has been improving each week as a trio of sophomores, Ihornton Jenkins. Pleasant Smith and Jimmie Austin, add experience and points. Kansas State Is host Tuesday to Nebraska, and visits Iowa Slate Saturday in the other Bie Six encounters. The Wildcats have won only one of their four starts and are rated as no more than an even bet in either game despite Ihe presence of seven lettermen on the squad. * * * Here is how the teams siiape up for the conference tip-off- IOWA STATE--Only two lettermen back from last year's third place squad. Have won three and lost one against so-so competition. Team paced by Veterans Rollin Kuebler and Hayes, and Sophomore Wehde. KANSAS--Tied for Bob R a y first last season, and have nine lettcrmcn returning. Have best non-conference slate with five victories in seven games against tough opposition. All-conference C h a r l e y Black and Veterans John Buesch- cr and Ray Evans pace the team Otto Schnellbacher, first-year forward, capably filling shoes of departed Ralph IMiller. KANSAS STATE--Seven old hands back from 1942 team that finished fifth. Unimpressive in early games, losing to Hockhurst, Washburn and the Olathe Cadets Center Mario Dirks has averaged 10.3 points to furnish most o£ offense. MISSOURI -- cellar occupant last season, but harvested best freshmen crop in several years to supplement three upperclassmen. Most o£ punch must come from newcomers Jenkins, Smith and Austin. NEBRASKA--Six letter winners back from fourth place team Lost to South Dakota, Illinois and Indiana, and downed Iowa in first four games. Bob Jicinzelnwn, Sports Roundup By HUGB FULLERTON NEW YORK, . . ..._ to two guessing games that have puzzled sports fans for some time are due before very long Tuesday Judge Landis wiJJ tell the baseball big-wigs what he learned in Washington last week and they'll decide how far they can grj with the 1943 season . . . and as soon as he disposes ot a few more important mutters, New York's new governor, Tom Dewey, \vill settle the $04 question for fight filberts--what about the commission? . . , That ?64 doesn't refer to the price of ringside seats this year . . . The New York commission always has enjoyed (and that's just the word) a unique position because the best fights and biggest dough came under its control ... So if Dewey should toss out the present incumbents and put in a more co-operative group, it should have a decided effect upon boxing ex'erywhere-- except maybe in Maryland. AGED ON CANVAS Another question t h a t has caused as much talk along Jacobs' beach is whether the law should be changed to allow 16 year olds to fight professionally . .. Al Weill, who has only four or five boxers left in his stable, shoves for the change so he can get somebody to work with and develop . . . "They're not too young to fight if they're not over-matched," Weill argues, "and you can overmatch a man no matter how old he is." But he also admits that not all managers would be too particular about over-matching a boy if there was some easy money in sight. FIGURE IT OUT So far we've seen $125,000 worth of good excuses for playing those New Year's day football games . . . That's approximately the amount raised for charity by three of them The East-West and Sun bowl games were all-out benefits, the Rose Bowl had to wait until after, the game to announce its $50,000 gift to the Red Cross because of the rule that no event can be filled as a Red Cross benefit unless the entire take goes to that organization . . . There may be some good reason why we haven't heard of any donations from the others. For instance, the Sugar bowl had some sort of financial-setup that required the Sugar Bowl association to make up the difference between $1.10 and the regular price on all the cut-rate seats sold to service men. TODAY'S GUEST STAR Charlie Landolf, New Castle, Pa., News: "The Athletics and Phillies, smart enough to avoid playing each other for not enough seasons, are going to unfurl their technic before the '43 campaign starts. Could it be that they want to show fans the exact meaning of the adjective futile?" SERVICE DEP'T. Maybe you wouldn't believe it, but combat flyers "generally lead a sedentary life" according to Jim Pixlee, head of the army air force physical training. That's why they're required to get in an hour of athletics daily to keep in con"There's no more ac- flying a plane than dition tivity in sitting at a desk," Pixlee explains. Bearcats, Redskins, Little Mohawks Win YMCA Basketball Tilts Six teams returned to action in the Y. M. C. A. boys' basketball league Saturday night, with the Bearcats, Little Mohawks and the Tigers coming out on the long end of the scores. The Bearcats took the measure of Iowa, 17-12. They had control of the ball most of the way, and after breaking a second-half tie, pulled away to stay out in front. The Little Mohawks had little trouble disposing of the Raiders, 22-4. By halftime the Raiders still did not have a point and were trailing, 14-0. In the close game of the evening, the Tigers won out in two overtime periods over the Redskins, 16-14. Score at the end of the regular playing time was knotted at 10 apiece. The first overtime session produced two field goals for each team, and at the end the count was still tied at 14-14. Larson scored the Tigers' four markers, while Koerber chalked up the Redskins' points. The sudden death period ended in two and a half minutes when Larson again came through with a long shot to hike the final score to 16-14. Max Young and Ken Elson are outstanding veterans. O K L A H O M A -- Practically same squad that tied Kansas last year. All-conference G e r a l d Tucker, A. D. Roberts, forward, and Guards Allie Paine and Bob McCurdy rate with best in Big Six. Tucker scored 19.8 points a game as a sophomore. Eight lettermen back. Won four of seven early starts against strong foes, BERMUDA SEES FOOTBALL HAMILTON, Bermuda, U.R--A crowd of 7,000 spectators--largest in this island's history--watched an army football team shade a navy team, 19-18, in the Lily Bowl game Sunday, the first gridiron contest ever played in Bermuda, WILDCATS SEEK TO BETTER BAD GRID CAMPAIGN Long Basketball Wars Give Purple Cagers Room for Redemption By TOMMY DEVINE EVANSTON, 111., (U.RJ-- The ambition to wipe out the disappointments of a disastrous football season spurs Northwestcrn's basketball quintet as it practices for the opening of the Big Ten season. The Wildcat gridders were one ot the pre-season favorites for the conference crown and flopped ingloriously as they lost fix consecutive league games. The basketball team isn't burdened by the necessity of living up to any lofty rating as most observers pick Coach "Dutch" Lonborg's outfit to finish in the second division * * * Northwestern finished I us I season In a tie for seventh place with five victories and 10 defeats. It may better that mark this year, but unless sophomores in key positions come through brilliantly the Wildcats probably won't menace well-balanced teams of Ihe caliber of Illinois and Wisconsin. * * * While his squad isn't as heavily loaded as usual with players who have just finished a hard football campaign, Lonborg still must depend on some two sports performers. Consequently Northwest- en faces the handicap of using cagers who started practice well behind competitors at other colleges. Two members of Norlhwestern's starting five played football. They are Otto Graham, a great forward, and Nick V o d i c k , sophomore guard. Three letfermen and two sophomores form the team Lonborg has been giving first call. In addition to Graham, the veterans are Bobby Jake at forward and Capt. Russ Wendland at guard. Vodick and Sophomore George Felt at center round out the team. * * * Graham, if not slowed by the ler Injury he suffered in football, can make the Wildcats dangerous. The big junior forward scored 197 points in conference competition last season to be the runner-up to Wisconsin's Johnny Kotz. * * * Jake failed to click at the outset last season, but in the final seven games of ihe campaign hit his stride and contributed 56 points. Two sophomores, Ron Schumacher and Don Kucukas,- are being drilled as relief men at for- Felt, who stands six-foot-four has gained an edge over the veteran Bud Masse for the first string pivot post. Wendland scored 137 points in league play last season to rank ninth in the scoring race. He's a capable all-around performer Vo- dick is six-foot-two and has shown fine defensive ability. Other good sophomore prospects are Frank Kelly, a forward and Mason Dixon, a guard. Northwestern has lost two games and won one this season The losses were to Western Michigan and Notre Dame and the victory over Great Lakes. The Wildcats open the conference season Saturday against Wisconsin. Bruins, Montreal Bottle to 4-4 Tie The Boston Bruins went into a tie for first place in the National Hockey league Sunday night by shading the Red Wings, 3-2 before 12.209 at Detroit while Toronto tied Montreal, 4-4, at Montreal before 8,000. The Bruins scored first on Btizr. Boils short goal at 7:03 of the first period and never were headed although Eddie Wares -ave the Red Wings a brief tie at 14:45 of the same period. Boston added two more in the second, one by Herbie Cain and another by Art Jackson. Last-place Montreal matched the Leafs goal for goal to earn their tie. Veterans Toe Blake and Joe Benoit sparked the Canadiens' attack, each scoring two goals. Blake assisted in another pair while Elmer Lach assisted in all four Montreal goals. Benoit's goal with one minute and nine seconds of the game to play, tied the score- The Rangers spotted the Chicago Black Hawks a 3-goal lead and then came from behind to tie, 3-3, at New York before 15,000. Goldfield Indians Face Eagle Grove Tuesday GOLDFIELD -- The Goldfield Indians will meet the veteran Eagle Grove Eaglets on the local court Tuesday evening. The locals have a record of two wins in 'four starts in the Boone Valley conference race and have been showing improvement with every start despite only one letterman in the lineup. The Eaglets, rival of long standing of the Indians, has a veteran squad and has a good record, having lost but one game in the pre- holiday schedule. The second teams of the two schools will meet in a curtain- raiser before the varsity same. Spotlight Sports By Roger Kosenblum When Friday afternoon came to a close we won daringly pondered and mused over the results of the bowl games. There was a faint recollection in our mind of having attempted to pick some of the in tiers. The last game of the day to finish was the East-West game at San Francisco, about 6:30 CWT, Then we began to tabulate results. Alabama hac! beaten Boston college. Texas was victorious over Georgia Tech. * * * Tennessee power had downed Tulsa. Georgia had shutout UCLA. The Second Air Force eleven squeezed by over little Hardln-Simmons, and the East beat the West. . * * * One, two, three, four, five -- we had hit five of them--and all wrong! Of course, we could blame the proofreader for twisting our copy around, or the typewriter for not typing the keys we struck, or the morning after the night before, but none of these was the case. We'll just thank Andy Kerr's and George Mauser's tutoring efforts for saving us the complete ignominy of total failure. * * * None of the games, however, were runaways, and no team won by more than two touchdowns, and then o n l y in one instance. * * * It was probably the best New year's day menu of football that has been served up in many a year, with all teams playing good games, pur nomination for the most exciting was the Tulsa-Tennessee clash at New Orleans which produced plenty of fast action and thrilling moments for the crowd of 70,000 that filled Tulane's stadium almost to capacity Running, passing and kicking was m abundance, with Glenn Dobbs booting kicks that traveled on an average of almost 50 yards. He also heaved seven consecutive passes, and every one of them completed, the last for a Hurricane touchdown. Bobby Cifers and Walt Slater ably took care af the Volunteer angle. Too veil in fact. ' * * * The manner in which the Alabama clash turned out, nobody could have foretold. It was the only wide open game of tne day, and then only because neither outfit had a defense for the other's attack. * * * Had the goal posts been an inch lower m the Shrine game, we probably would have had a perfect record. The conversion attempt after the West had scored its second touchdown hit the cross bar and barely failed to go over Bob Lewis, KGLO's sports swami, looked into the crystal ball and came up with a 3-3 record Friday. The two games (Boston college, Georgia Tech) both of us got together on, were wrong Wonder how Grantland Rice did * * * Paul Brown must like to argue, because recently he brought up the old controversy of whether a good college team can stand up to a good pro team. Mr. Brown seems to think it's not so impossible, either, especially if his Buckeyes were involved. * * * Says Ohio State's coach' "I seriously believe a championship college team would have a better chance of beating the pros than the college all-stars. "Think of the handicap under which the all-stars operate. They play under too · many different systems--the "T", the Notre Dame the single wingback, and so on' Coaches have trouble adjusting them to a different system. * * * "Besides," Brown added, "the al -stars don't take the game with the pros too seriously, and probably don't play as well as they did in college." * * * These words came shortly after the Bucks had humiliated the Sea- hawks, so maybe Mr. Brown knows what he's talking about after all. We'd like to see Ohio State go up against the Chicago Bears. It might prove very interesting. As Jerome Serling of United Pi-ess would describe it--a frail but swift destroyer against a ponderous battleship BASKETBALL RESULTS IHO SIT BASKF.TRAI.I, Mtmdaj- nl^M?' A ' F BasC a ' Kam: Nebraska at Kaiwas State (Tuesday). JTssourf at Kansas (Wednesday). Kansas Slate «t Iowa Slatp (Saturday). Kansas at Oklahoma (Saturday). RMolU Ij«t W«* Iowa Stale 34: Iowa State Teachers 33. Kansas 31: Fordham 30. Kansas P3 : St. Joseph's 38 Kansas 60: St. Louis 25 Olathe Air Base 45; Missouri 3S Mi.'souri 49; Ft. Leonard Wood, Mo 23 IndUra«; Nebrask* 3», ' ' Rams, R. I. S. Tilt Causes Controversy By JACK CUDDY NEW YORK, (U.R) -- Eastern basketball enthusiasts are still agog over that goofy game at Madison Square Garden Saturday night in which Fordham aban. doned its usual defensive tactics and pitted "firehouse" ' against "firehouse" methods to upset Rhode Island State, 84 to 75. The Garden's . record c a g e crowd of 18,394 developed balata necks from watching the torrent of shots at both ends ot the court, as a half-dozen Garden scoring marks were bettered * * * Monday (he experts are ar- cuinjr all over the east about Ihe significance of this upset--if any. Some say Fordham's triumph proves that the object of basketball is to outscore the other team, regardless of defense. Others maintain that Fordham's superior defense prevented Rhode Island from scoring; as much as the Ford- hamites in a fast-running fame. * * * Tho latter school of thought, which supports the bookish game against the blitz type, points out that the Rhode Island had averaged 92 points per game, before tangling with the Fordham Rams. In fact, the Rhode Islanders defeated Ft. Williams by the adding machine figure of 124 to 59. And because of Fordham's apparent abandoned but instinctive defense, Rhode Island was unable to maintain its average of 92 Saturday night. It was restricted to a mere 75. However, supporters of tho "firehouse" game insist that Fordham's unexpected all-out attack surprised the Rhode Islanders and put them on the defensive, thus permitting Fordham to monopolize the ball, do more shooting, and make more baskets. We do not know which theory ts correct. We do know, however, that last season. Coach Ed Kelleher of Fordham concentrated on defense against the Rhode Islanders' perpetual- motion play, and lost to Coach Frank Keaney's team in an extra period. Kelleher kept his two tallest Fordham men in the backcourt where they could do no scoring, meanwhile his two smallest men forward tried to fight five husky Staters under the boards. Because Kelleher was expected to use the same system Saturday night, his team was a 9-5 underdog. ¥ if. if. We were sorry to see Rhode Island lose, because Keaney is one of our favorite characters. This pudgy, middle-aged mentor is as refreshing as a mint julep when he rises at a basketball luncheon and, in slap-stick fashion, gives the "needle" to other coaches present for taking the hoop game too seriously, and for being "just too. too technical." "Basketball is just a game which was invented so that the boys could have fun playing it," Keaney says. "I just send them out there to have fun--win or lose. If anybody beats us--so what? I just pivot and go home. I can always eat my supper." Does Keaney ever read books on the technic- of basketball? * * * "Sure I do," he chuckles. "I read them all, even the books by Holman and Bee. But we always do the opposite from what those books tell us. If they say float, we don't float. That's why the other coaches call me 'unsound.' * * * "I'm always willing to give the other fellow one basket if we can get two in exchange. I tell the boys -to go out there and run around and shoot and have fun. We don't expect to win every game. But as long as the boys and I have a good time I figure we're playing the right kind ot basketball." Additional Sports on Market Page DRASTIC REDUCTION tfi COST New rales for Automobile L i a b i l i t y Insurance issued by The /Etna Casually and Surely Company of Hartford, Conn., arc the lowest ever, but the protection is just *s great. You may drive lew, but if you drive at all, you need it. TESTED I SINCE ISSO INSUOANCE BONOS ' MASON CITY ] IOAN H H V C I T M f HT C - i

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