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1947

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Beaten By Bullets

Paterson, N.J.- The Syracuse Nationals basketball team arrived here for tomorrow night’s exhibition game against the Paterson Crescents after dropping a 46-37 decision to the Baltimore Bullets in the Maryland city Thursday night. It will be homecoming day for Benny Borgmann and George Mingin, coach and co-owner of the Syracuse team, as both are natives of Paterson.

1955

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Suffer ‘Bad Slump’ Before 3,280

Milwaukee Downs Syracuse Pros

If the Nationals needed proof that spirit and hustle is still needed to win ball games, it was provided by the lowly Milwaukee Hawks as they handed the sluggish Syracusans a 91-79 lacing at the War Memorial last night. The loss, third of the season for the Nats at home, came after a weak team exhibition before 3,280 paying clients. Milwaukee, on the other hand, played an inspired game. It is fortunate that Syracuse enjoys a two-game advantage over Boston and New York in the Eastern Division chase. Only one of the next four Nats games is at home, and three of the tests are with Minneapolis, which already has a 3-1 edge over the Syracusans. Thursday the Lakers invade the War Memorial which will be dark Sunday night. Saturday the Nats and Lakers tangle in Minneapolis with Syracuse due at Milwaukee Sunday and back in Minneapolis one week from tomorrow before heading home again. The weak Nats’ play, coupled with incessant whistle tooting as officials called 61 personal fouls, sent many of the fans out of the War Memorial long before the finish. Bob Harrison was the sparkplug for Milwaukee. He connected for 12 baskets in 21 tries, and nine of his hoops were long looping one-handers. He finished with a total of 30 points to lead game scorers. If there was a single bright spot in the showing of the Nats it was the fact that Frank Selvy, high scoring visiting rookie, finished with the lowest point total as a pro, being limited to one foul conversion. He started, but did not see action in the entire second half, and was credited with only 11 minutes playing time. Coach Red Holzman found his veterans performing in spirited style to hinder the Nats and used Alex Hannum, Chuck Share, Harrison, Lew Hitch and Bill Calhoun throughout most of the second half as the Hawks pulled away to a commanding lead. When Hannum was not in play he served as cheerleader from the bench to keep his mates keyed. The score was knotted 12 times before Milwaukee pulled in front to stay at 61-60 near the end of the third period. The Hawks held a 69-60 advantage before Syracuse scored again in the final period. The Nats went seven minutes of the last session with only one field goal. By then Milwaukee was in front, 77-63, and the final minutes were devoted to foul trading. Before the game the Hawks displayed pep and dash during the warmup drill. Coach Red Holzman listened to the chatter and commented: “Vocal warmups are as necessary as practice shots in working up team spirit.” Jocko Collins, referee-in-chief, is at a loss to explain the sudden outbreak of fouling throughout the loop. “Perhaps our officials are looking for violations, but they have not been told to be more exciting,” he commented. Collins admitted possibly the more “walking” calls was due to a reminder officials were lax in detecting extra steps. There is a possibility that the N.B.A. will test Des Moines as a future loop entry by playing two games in the Iowa city this season. Pinky George, promoter, is attempting to book Minneapolis against Philadelphia and New York in Des Moines. Bob Harrison’s 30 points equaled the high total by a visiting player at the War Memorial this year. Larry Foust had 30 for Fort Wayne in the Zollners only visit.

MILWAUKEE: Pettit, lf (2-10-14), Calhoun, rf (2-7-11), Hannum (2-5-9), Hitch (4-1-9), Share, c (4-4-12), Cooper (1-1-3), Selvy, lg (0-1-1), Harrison (12-6-30) TOTALS (27-33-91). SYRACUSE: Schayes, lf (7-7-21), Rocha, rf (4-4-12), Simmons (1-3-5), Lloyd, c (1-1-3), Kerr (3-2-8), Seymour, lg (2-12-16), King (2-1-5), Kenville, rg (1-2-4), Farley (0-5-5) TOTALS (21-37-79).

Free throws missed- Pettit 2, Hannum, Harrison 3, Hitch, Share, Kerr 2, King 3, Kenville, Schayes, Rocha, Seymour.

1961

Utica Observer- Big O's Foul Shot Saves The Day For Royals

Nats Lose Thriller By A Point

Oscar (Big O) Robertson dropped in 14 field goals and 14 foul shots last night, with his 14th foul shot giving the Cincinnati Royals a 126-125 decision over the Syracuse Nats. The battle between these two NBA rivals, the first of its kind to be played in the Utica Memorial Auditorium, attracted 3,442 paid admissions. It was tied 21 times before Oscar came through with two free throws with 27 seconds to go to apply the clincher. The Nats tried to win it with a field goal but just couldn't connect in those final hectic moments. The Nats outscored the Royals, 30-25, in the last quarter, in which the score was tied seven times. Hal Greer gave the Nats a 125-124 lead with about a minute to go. Then Johnny Kerr fouled Robertson and Oscar calmly dropped in those crucial foul shots. Robertson, the Cincinnati All-American, was the night's high scorer with 42 points with Jack Twyman tallying 33 for the winning cause. Wayne Embry, who fouled out midway in the final period, was the third best for the Royals in scoring with 19. Schayes, with 27, Kerr with 22 and Greer with 24 were the top scorers for the Nats, who dropped their seventh game in their last nine starts. It was the 20th victory of the season for the Royals, running their record to 20-23. Last season Cincinnati won only 19 games and lost 36. The Royals, who ran into transportation difficulties and were hungry and weary, acted just the opposite on the court, breaking up the Nats fast-break attack time and time again and outrunning the Syracusans many times. The Royals led at the end of each period, 39-34, 66-64 and 101-95, but the Nats staged stirring comebacks to knot the score in each of the periods. The first session was fairly close. Greer started the second canto with two foul shots to make it 39-36 and Robertson and Twyman racked up nine straight points to give the Royals a 12-point margin, with three minutes gone. Barney Cable and Dick Barnett then came on the scene for the Nats and staged a two-man war to send the Nats ahead 52-51 in the next three minutes. The score was tied three more times in this period and just before the half ended Embry dropped in two fouls to make it 66-64. Hub Reed, Embry and Robertson clicked on successive field goals in the third period to make it 74-65 but Schayes narrowed the gap with his foul shooting and it was soon 78-78. Robertson and the rugged Embry clicked with field goals and with 2:36 to go in the third the Royals had a 13-point edge with the score, 96-83. This was their biggest lead of the night. Greer, Barnett and Schayes brought the score to 101-95 as the teams entered the final period. Barnett and Swede Halbrook started the final session with field goals and after Embry tallied, Schayes dropped in two fouls to make it 103-103. With five minutes to go, the Nats led 115-113 and with 3:45 to go it was 119-119. Schayes sank a field goal with 1:14 to go and after Greer sent the Syracusans ahead with his foul. Oscar did his foul shooting, and it was all over.

  • Jottings—Robertson did well on the foul line, getting 14 out of 16...Schayes didn't do too badly with 17-20. He surprised by missing two in a row in the first period...Each team had a player on the injured list. The were Win Wilfong of the Royals and Al Bianchi of the Nats...Schayes received the most applause when the players were introduced...Sid Borgia, the veteran referee, put on his usual sparkling show. He warned Alex Hannum regarding comments from the Nats' bench and the next time Alex got excited called a technical...Red Parton, Nats' publicity man, did the announcing, explaining the 24-second rule.

CINCINNATI: Bockhorn (3-1-7), Boozer (4-2-10), Davis (0-0-0), Embry (7-5-19), Farmer (1-2-4), Jordon (1-1-3), Reed (2-0-4), Robertson (14-14-42), Staverman (1-2-4), Twyman (12-9-33) TOTALS (45-36-126). SYRACUSE: Barnett (7-4-18), Cable (5-6-16), Costello (4-1-9), Gambee (1-0-2), Greer (9-6-24), Halbrook (1-1-3), Kerr (10-2-22), Roberts (2-0-4), Schayes (5-17-27) TOTALS (44-37-125).

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