Syracuse Post Standard- Local Champs Face Long List Of Hard Games

All-Syracuse Booked To Play Strong Basketball Teams; Players Hold Practice; Martin To Play Forward And Tormey Center Against Glens Falls

With the prospect of playing five hard games within the next two weeks, the All-Syracuse basketball team last night went through a long practice on the State Armory court. Wednesday night the Glens Falls quintet, winners of eighteen straight games, will appear against the local championship contenders. Next Saturday night the Buckeye Giants of Dayton O., champions of Ohio, will oppose Jim Tormey and his mates. Wednesday, January 23, the Cortland Sodality five, ranked among the leaders in Central New York, probably will face the Syracuse basketeers, and on the following night Manager Crisp will take his players to Buffalo for their first game away from home. They will be pitted against the Buffalo Orioles, the greatest team that ever played basketball, in the first of a series of games for the championship. Danny Martin will play left forward and Jim Tormey has been shifted to center. The new combination went through a long practice last night and the pass work and basket shooting was of a high order. While the loss of Schwarzer materially affects the team work, it is believed that another practice drill to be held tonight will place the players in condition to cope with Glens Falls. The Glens Falls team will be accompanied by a delegation of rooters and a special section has been reserved for their supporters.


Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Lose To Zollners

The Indianapolis five of the National Professional Basketball League today awaited the invasion of the Syracuse Nationals for a game here Tuesday night, after Coach Ben Borgmann’s Nats dropped a 58-49 decision to the Fort Wayne Zollners Sunday on the latter’s floor before 3,800. Fort Wayne and Syracuse battled on even terms until lanky John Pelkington led a fourth period rally of the Fort Wayne flippers with four baskets in a row to settle the issue. After the Indianapolis game, the Syracusans return home to prepare for the champion Rochester Royals Thursday night in Syracuse, marking the titleholder’s first appearance on the Nats’ court. SYRACUSE: Rizzo, f (5-1-11), Nelmark, f (3-1-7), Novak, c (5-2-12), Dugger, c (0-1-1), Meehan, g (0-0-0), Chaney, g (0-0-0), Sharkey, g (5-1-1), McCahan, g (0-0-0), Nugent, g (3-1-7) TOTALS (21-7-49). FORT WAYNE: Towery, f (1-1-3), Bush, f (0-0-0), Armstrong, f (f (2-3-7), Komenich, f (4-0-8), Kinney, c (1-1-3), Pelkington, c (4-3-11), Reiser, g (7-4-18), Steiner, g (0-0-0), Tough, g (2-4-8), Dienelt, g (0-0-0) TOTALS (21-16-58). Score at half-time- Fort Wayne 25, Syracuse 25. Free throws missed- Syracuse: Rizzo 3, Nugent; Fort Wayne: Bush, Armstrong 2, Komenich, Kinney, Tough.


Syracuse Herald Journal- League-Leading Nats Entertain Boston Celts Here Tonight

Syracusans Back On Top By Half Game; Shade Warriors In Overtime Battle

The Syracuse Nats will try to protect their newly won half-game leadership in the Eastern Division of the National Basketball Association tonight when the Boston Celtics invade the War Memorial court for battle at 8:30 o’clock. Coach Al Cervi’s boys came back home after shading the Philadelphia Warriors, 98-97, in an overtime game of a doubleheader at Hershey, PA. The New York Knicks downed the Rochester Royals, 98-83, in the first game before 5,000. The Boston Celtics meanwhile bowed out of first place in the division by losing a 105-84 decision to Fort Wayne’s Western section leaders at Amherst, Mass. Minneapolis won over Milwaukee, 95-81, in a Western Division contest. Boston will attempt to regain the peak in its division again tonight without the services of Bob Cousy, who will miss the first game after playing 336 in a row for the Hub City hoopmen.  Cousy sustained a twisted knee in Tuesday night’s all-star game and had been previously nursing a thigh injury. He played only 16 minutes in last night’s loss to Fort Wayne and it was announced that he wouldn’t make the trip here. This is the Celts fourth and next to last visit here this season, barring playoff hostilities. Syracuse won all the previous games here although the Celts surpassed the century mark in scoring on each occasion. Boston’s attack is expected to be sparked by Bill Sharman, who was voted the most valuable player in the all-star game Tuesday night as he helped the East trim the Western Division aces. Dolph Schayes flipped in a pair of free throws after he had been fouled as an extra period ran out to give the Nats their triumph last night and first place in the division again. An evening of wild officiating came to a close when the final tally was officially announced as 98-97, with the scorer apparently not observing that Schayes converted his second toss which actually made it 99-97. A group of fans and his fellow players had surrounded him for the final foul toss. It seemed that the Nats earned the decision in regulation time when John Kerr tapped in a rebound, but an inexperienced 24-second timekeeper disallowed the goal. The score was tied at 88-88 when the Nats obtained possession with 30 seconds remaining in the regular game. Dick Farley tried to score, but it bounded back into the hands of the incoming Kerr and he apparently tallied on the rebound with six remaining seconds showing on the game clock. Syracuse players were surprised to hear that the 24-second timekeeper allowed the buzzer to go off after the ball left Farley’s hands, contrary to the operation of the new regulation. Coach Cervi vainly argued that the timer should have started the clock over again on Farley’s shot, but officials Joe Serafin and Bill Smith refused to allow the score. Al the filed an official protest, but his charges went on to win anyway. President Dan Biasone of the Nats talked with Jim Tucker, former Duquesne University star, in an effort to get him to join the Cervimen. Jim’s decision depends on whether he can enter summer school at Syracuse University rather than finish the second semester at Duquesne. He will complete his first half work Jan. 31.

SYRACUSE: Schayes (5-12-22), Rocha (4-2-10), Kerr (4-4-12), Kenville (3-0-6), Lloyd (4-3-11), Seymour (5-2-12), King (8-5-21), Farley (2-0-4) TOTALS (32-26-99). PHILADELPHIA: Arizin (5-6-16), Graboski (7-5-19), Zawoluk (2-1-5), Davis (1-0-2), Johnston (9-4-22), George (7-4-18), Dempsey (3-6-12), Finn (0-0-0), Hoffman (2-0-4) TOTALS (38-23-97).


Oswego Palladium Times- From The Sports Scoreboard By Don McGann

We were among another sizable representation of Oswego fans who viewed last night's cage attraction at the Onondaga War Memorial, won by the Syracuse Nationals in record fashion, 122-100, over the Minneapolis Lakers. Almost daily, local fans ask us the reason for the decline of the Nats, as far as their league standing is concerned. Strangely enough, it's rather difficult for us to find the answer. This, due primarily to the fact that we've attended eight games in Syracuse thus far this season and the world champions have captured victory in all eight. Therefore, it is easily understandable, they still look like world titlists to us, although we realize that they have appeared anything but in the majority of the 20 games they have lost against an overall record of only 19 victories. Only slightly more than 3,000 customers paid their way into the War Memorial last night and, had it not been for the return to action of George Mikan, named the greatest basketball player of the last half century in a national poll conducted by the Associated Press, it is safe to argue that the crowd would have been considerably smaller. Thoroughly disgusted with sports in Syracuse, as far as that city's fans are concerned, we don't, for a moment, believe that the Nats will operate out of that city another season. Basketball definitely is due to follow the same pattern as professional hockey and baseball, leaving Syracuse without a pro sports club of any description. We know nothing more than published concerning reports that Coach Al Cervi is destined to return to the Flower City as coach of the Rochester Royals next season. You can bet there will be nothing official learned before the end of the current season and post-season playoffs, because of the ill effects it would create on various parties involved. As a guess, we feel Cervi is pretty-well fed up with some of the Syracuse players, as well as the failure of fans in that city to support the team. However, that won't stop the guiding genius of the Nats from going all out to produce another world's championship club, because the former crack player never puts anything but 100 percent effort into any undertaking in which he is involved, whether it be golf, softball, basketball or even non-sporting activities.


Auburn Citizen Advertiser- Syracuse Nats Down Lakers; Celtics Rally To Win, 114-113

It was Boston and St. Louis "by plenty" to their respective divisions today as National Basketball Association teams took a breather for the annual "all-star break." The Celtics maintained their 6½ game lead in the Eastern Division by defeating the Philadelphia Warriors, 114-113, Sunday, while the Hawks increased their Western Division lead to eight games with a 118-80 victory over Cincinnati. Winding up their affairs before tomorrow night's all-star game between the East and West at St. Louis, the Celtics overcame an 11-point third period deficit to nip the Warriors for the 14th straight victory at home. Frank Ramsey of Boston scored 10 points in three minutes midway in the final period to bring the Celtics within three points and then Bob Cousy put Boston in front with a pair of baskets. Cousy was high scorer with 28 points while Neil Johnston led Philadelphia with 26. The Hawks had an easier time of breezing in their sixth straight victory over the Royals. Bob Pettit paced the Hawks with 28 points and teammate Ed McCauley added 24. Minneapolis battled back from a half-time deficit to beat Detroit, 118-111, as Dick Garmaker scored 24 points for the Lakers. The win put the Lakers five games behind Detroit in the battle for third place in the Western Division. Togo Palazzi scored six of his 16 points in the final four minutes to help Syracuse down the New York Knicks, 112-108. It was the Nationals' 13th straight win at home. Dolph Schayes led the Nats with 33 points.

Utica Daily Press- Nats Annex 13th In Row In Syracuse

Syracuse—Breaking out of a tie in the last three minutes, the Syracuse Nationals won a hectic NBA game from the New York Knickerbockers yesterday, 112-108, maintaining their grip on second place in the Eastern Division. It was the 13th straight home-court victory for the Nationals. The Knicks led at the end of each of the first three periods in a foul-strewn game as the teams broke even in their home-and-home weekend series. A tap-in-field goal by Johnny Kerr snapped a tie at 104-all and the Nats went ahead to stay. But Syracuse led by only two points when, with one second left, Carl Braun deliberately fouled Larry Costello, who sank two shots for the final margin. Dolph Schayes led all scorers with 33 points, 21 of them in the first half. Seven of the eight Knicks finished in double figures, led by Kenny Sears 21. Sears fouled out with 4 minutes left, and Guy Sparrow, who netted four points, was ejected after being charged with a third-period technical foul. Twenty-nine personal fouls were called on each team, with Syracuse converting 30 free throws in 46 attempts. New York made good on 28 of 40.

NEW YORK: Naulls (5-2-12), Sparrow (1-2-4), Braun (4-2-10), Sears (7-7-21), Felix (6-3-15), Tyra (4-2-10), Guerin (7-5-19), Sobie (6-5-17) TOTALS (40-28-108). SYRACUSE: Schayes (10-13-33), Palazzi (7-2-16), Conlin (5-1-11), Kerr (2-6-10), Hopkins (3-2-8), Costello (4-4-12), Harrison (2-0-4), Bianchi (8-2-18), Seymour (0-0-0) TOTALS (41-30-112).


Utica Daily Press- Nat-Laker Series Starts On Sunday

The Syracuse Nats and Los Angeles Lakers, tied after their first four clashes this season, will go at it next week with three games scheduled over a span of four days. The series between the intercontinental rivals of the National Basketball Association opens in Utica's Memorial Auditorium at 3 Sunday afternoon. The Nats and Lakers then will go to the Far West by jet plane on Monday. Tuesday and Wednesday night they will square off on the Lakers' home floor. The series against the Lakers opens a Syracuse road assignment of six straight games. The Nats have no home court available until the first of the monthwhen they will take part in a War Memorial doubleheader. Meanwhile, Ice Follies takes over in the Syracuse arena. The Nats have perked up considerably since their recent appearance in Utica when they were shaded in the late seconds of play by Cincinnati, after making a strong comeback throughout the second half. Before the break for the all-star game, the Nats had won four of their past five games, three of those triumphs coming against Eastern Division rivals. The Syracuse club was satisfied at the attendance for the first venture of major league basketball in Utica on New Year's night, and advance reports indicate a larger turnout Sunday. Utica area fans for the first time will be provided with an opportunity of seeing the Lakers' Elgin Baylor, who draws strong support from Jerry West, a rookie pro, who helped guide the United States to an Olympic basketball title last year. A preliminary is scheduled for 1:15. Los Angeles and Syracuse are tied 2-2 in series.

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