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1920

Syracuse Herald- Utica K. Of C. Five To Meet All-Syracuse

Because of the splendid success with the basketball games on the State Armory court Wednesday night, the management of the All-Syracuse quintet will stage a game Saturday night between the locals and the strong Knights of Columbus basket tossers of Utica. This will be the first game for the All-Syracuse athletes on Saturday night. Should it prove a success games will be played every Saturday night with fast amateur court teams from New York.

1947

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Bid For Fourth Straight Armory Victory Tonight

Indiana Pro Packers Play Syracusans; Schultz, Dodger Star Performs Professional basketball takes over at the Jefferson St. Armory tonight with the Syracuse Nationals facing the Anderson, Ind. Packers in a National League game. The Nats are riding high on the wave of a three-game home winning streak and aim to climb out of the Eastern Division cellar with a win over the Packers. Syracuse has defeated Detroit, Fort Wayne and Indianapolis in the last three starts here. During the last week Syracuse was on an exhibition tour throughout the east where it dropped a game in Baltimore and then scored successive victories over Paterson, Hartford, Fitchburg and Atlantic City quints. Jerry Rizzo still tops the team in point scoring having amassed a total of 199 markers in the 18 games. Second high scorer is John Chaney with 129. On the recent road trip the playmaking of Mike Novak helped set up numerous scoring opportunities for his teammates. George Nelmark and Bill McCahan were the top point getters for the club on the exhibition tour. Anderson has a record of 11 wins in 18 starts and has one of the high-geared offensive clubs of the loop led by Howie Schultz who plays first base for the Brooklyn Dodgers during the baseball season. It will be the first appearance of the season here for the Packers. Other members of the Anderson team are Elmer Gainer, Robert Bolyard, Edmund Stanczak, Edward Lewinski, Rolland Seltz, Frank Gates, Dale Moray, Russell Wilkins and Bill Hapac. Officials for the game will be Joe Melville and Barney Hearn.

1951

Kingston Daily Freeman- Garden Threatens Ban On N.B.A. Basketball

Irish Warns Rough Tactics Must Stop

New York—The National Basketball Association today had one less team and two new headaches—a threat to abolish the pro sport in Madison Square Garden and a court suit filed against the NBA by owners of a former club. The Washington Capitols, tailenders in the league's Eastern Division with a 10-24 record, will be disbanded after playing in Philadelphia tonight. That will leave 10 clubs in the circuit—five in the Eastern Division and five in the Western section. The first rhubarb broke out yesterday when Ned Irish, executive vice=president of New York's Madison Square Garden, threatened to bar pro basketball from the big arena if "atrocious tactics" do not stop. Irish put the finger on the Syracuse Nationals and also took a verbal poke at the Baltimore Bullets. Danny Biasone, president of the Syracuse club, branded Irish's remarks "pure malarkey." Maurice Podoloff, NBA president, said he had no official report on the matter but indicated that officials will keep close tabs on over-aggressive players. The second rhubarb developed when, in Chicago, owners of the defunct Chicago Stags, who folded after last season because of financial problems, sued the NBA to get back their team franchise and players. The suit, filed in circuit court by the Chicago Basketball Club, Inc., charged that owners of seven NBA teams and Podoloff "conspired" to disfranchise the Stags and take away the club's players. Damages of $150,000 were asked in the suit, which named owners of the following NBA clubs: Minneapolis, New York, Syracuse, Tri-Cities, Rochester, Fort Wayne and Philadelphia. In his blast at the Syracuse Nationals, Irish said: "The kind of basketball they showed in last Saturday afternoon's game cannot be sold to the public. If this situation is not corrected there defi9nitely will be no pro basketball in Madison Square Garden in future years." Irish referred to the rough, overtime game in which Syracuse beat New York, 87-85. It brought a free-for-all and 59 personal fouls. In refuting Irish's charges, Biasone suggested pro basketball in New York City would be "enhanced" if the "Garden managers and Knickerbocker people would try to win their games on the hardwood and not at the luncheon table." He declared that Irish's remarks "made it hard for me to believe he saw the game."

1955

Syracuse Herald American- Nats Rally To Upset Minneapolis, 100-97

Relegated to a reserve role, Dolph Schayes came off the bench to lead the Syracuse Nationals to a comeback 100-97 triumph over the Minneapolis Lakers in the best game of the season here last night. The turnout of 5,531 was also tops of the year. Trailing by seven points at 88-81 with just seven minutes to play, the Nats suddenly came to life and rallied for a brilliant triumph that boosted their lead to two full games over second place Boston. The Syracusans cut the advantage to 88-86, but then fell behind by a 94-89 count again with two and one-half minutes to play. This time their determination was not to be denied. Schayes started the final spurt with a three-pointer and Holstein picked up a single counter for the Lakers. Vern Mikkelsen, Laker big gun, fouled out on Schayes big play. Whitey Skoog then committed the seventh foul of the period for Minneapolis and George King converted two tries to reduce the margin to 95-94. Clyde Lovellette sank a rebound and Minneapolis again led 97-94. With 1:20 to play, but that ended the Lakers scoring. Pollard fouled Schayes and Dolph sank two shots. Lovellette erred on a free throw and Schayes came back to sink a basket and give Syracuse its first lead of the period at 98-97 with 48 seconds remaining. Martin fouled Seymour and he converted the first of two shots with Rocha rebounding after his second miss. Syracuse took time out and used Rocha on a drive-in with seven seconds remaining. Red sank the second of two tries and time ran out before Minneapolis could threaten again. The first three periods were hectic. The score was tied 15 times, six in the first and third quarters, and three times in the second stanza. Minneapolis led 15 times while Syracuse was in front on 10 occasions, but only once in the final session. John Kerr who started in place of Schayes was tied with Dolph for Syracuse scoring leadership with 21 points. Four other Nats were in double figures. Mikkelsen had 20 for Minneapolis followed by Pollard with 19. George King had his best night of the season for Syracuse. Today the Nats face the Milwaukee Hawks in an afternoon game.

MINNEAPOLIS: Pollard (9-3-21), Schnittker (4-2-10), Kalafat (0-0-0), Skoog (2-3-7), Sunderlage (0-0-0), Lovelette (8-1-17), Mikkelsen (8-4-20), Martin (6-2-14), Holstein (3-1-7), Watson (0-1-1) TOTALS (40-17-97). SYRACUSE: Schayes (7-7-21), Kenville (0-0-0), Lloyd (6-3-15), Kerr (9-3-21), Rocha (2-6-10), King (4-3-11), Farley (0-0-0), Seymour (4-8-16), Simmons (3-0-6) TOTALS (35-30-100). Score at halftime- Minneapolis 44, Syracuse 42. Officials Heft and Eisenstein.


From Highlighting Sports By Jack Slattery

Are The Nats Too Tired?

Sometime back, Charley Eckman said he didn’t think the Philadelphia Warriors would constitute much of a threat at the tag end of the season. Why? Well, the Fort Wayne coach believes Eddie Gottlieb is playing his stars too exclusively. Eckman thinks the 24-second rule has made the pro game a game only for a team which plays 10 men. The other night I asked Johnny Kundla of the Minneapolis Lakers his opinion and he said he didn’t know. However, he did say the 24-second rule demands that the big fellows get more rest than under the old style of play. Could that be the root of the trouble that finds the Nats playing poorly in three straight games on the home court? Though the Nats defeated Boston, they played poorly. And in successive losses to Milwaukee and Minneapolis they played as poorly as ever I’ve seen any Syracuse team play. Without Billy Gabor and Wally Osterkorn and with only limited service from George King the Nats have been playing with but seven men. Perhaps they have become victims of the rule that, under healthy conditions, would be to their distinct advantage.

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