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1920

Oswego Daily Times- Eight Hundred Saw All-Syracuse Defeat Cortland

Was For The Championship Of Central New York- Salt City Pointers Too Heavy And Too Fast For The Non-Professional Team

Before a crowd of over eight hundred fans, All-Syracuse defeated Cortland Sodality in the third game of a series of three for the Central New York championship, at the State Armory in this city last night by a score of 23 to 15. Both teams took the floor in the prime of condition and both confident that they were going to win. After an introduction of the individuals by referee Dollard, from Syracuse University, the game preceded. Tormey was the first to score, dropping one in from under the basket after two minutes of play. He was followed immediately afterwards by Crisp with a foul. Crisp scored again after five minutes of play with a field basket. Ortner, a new man in the Cortland lineup, since their last appearance here, was the first to score for the Sodality five, making a free shot good. At this point the Syracuse quintet went far into the lead on a succession of baskets, Crisp scoring two fouls, Casey two fields and Rafter another field basket. It was eighteen minutes before Cortland was able to secure a field basket when Dexter, the star center, succeeded in dropping one in and was followed with another by McDonald. Then the half ended with Syracuse leading, 13 to 5. After three minutes of play in the second half Rafter caged a field goal and was followed with a foul by Crisp. Ortner made a free toss and was followed with the prettiest shot of the evening by McAvoy and Ortner secured two more fouls. Rafter secured another field goal and Ortner secured another foul. Tormey and Rafter secured field baskets and Crisp secured a foul for Syracuse while Dexter secured another field goal for Cortland and the whistle blew with Syracuse leading 23 to 15. All-Syracuse five carried Johnny Murphy of Rochester, who is an All-Oswego Normal star. He received a standing royal reception when he came upon the floor. The score:

ALL-SYRACUSE: Casey, rf (2-0-4), Rafter, lf (4-0-8), Tormey, c (2-0-4), Crisp, rg (1-5-7), Murphy, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (9-5-23). CORTLAND: Ortner, rf (1-5-7), McDonald, lf (1-0-2), Dexter, c (2-0-4), McAvoy, rg (1-0-2), Mahar, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (5-5-15).

Referee- Dollard, Syracuse. Umpire- Manor, Oswego Y.M.C.A. Time of halves- 20 minutes.

Syracuse Herald- Beechnut Five Meets Locals Again Tonight

Rival Quintets Play Here For Third Time This Season; Each Won Last Night; Canajoharie Men Defeated Adams; Syracuse Beat Cortland

The Beechnut basketball team of Canajoharie and the All-Syracuse quintet, each of which scored a court victory over a strong rival last night, will meet tonight on the Armory floor. The Beechnut team last night, playing as the Mohawk quintet of the State League, defeated the Adams, Mass., league outfit, by a score of 43 to 18. Jack Nolls at center accounted for 26 points through 12 field goals and two foul shots at the expense of Hisov, ordinarily one of the best centers in the league. Murnane and Dowd each had two field baskets and a foul point to their credit. The All-Syracuse victory was scored in Oswego at the expense of the Cortland Sodality team which was met on a neutral court in the third and deciding game of the series between the two clubs. The score was 23 to 15. The Cortland team imported Ortner of Ithaca as an extra player, but Syracuse came back with Murphy of Rochester as a ringer. Murphy played a good game, holding Ortner to a single basket. The Syracuse lineup was shifted with Casey being sent to forward as Rafter’s partner and Crisp dropping back to guard again to work with Murphy. Tormey was at center. The All-Syracuse team took the lead after two minutes of play and was never headed. The score at halftime was 13 to 5. The summary follows:

ALL-SYRACUSE: Casey, rf (2-0-4), Rafter, lf (4-0-8), Tormey, c (2-0-4), Crisp, rg (1-5-7), Murphy, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (9-5-23). CORTLAND: Ortner, rf (1-5-7), McDonald, lf (1-0-2), Dexter, c (2-0-4), McAvoy, rg (1-0-2), Mahar, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (5-5-15).

Score at halftime- All-Syracuse 13, Cortland 5. Referee- Eddie Dollard. Umpire- Manor, Oswego Y.M.C.A. Time of halves- 20 minutes.

Syracuse Journal- Beechnut Five Ready For Tilt With Syracuse

Rochester Officials Are To Handle Contest Tonight

The lineup: ALL-SYRACUSE: Rafter, lf, Crisp, rf, Tormey, c, Martin, lg, Casey, rg. BEECHNUTS: Sullivan, rg, Murnane, lg, Nolls, c, Hammond, rf, Dowd, lf.

Jack Nolls and his Beechnut five of Canajoharie will line up against All-Syracuse at the Armory tonight in an effort to avenge two defeats by the local aggregation earlier in the season. The previous contests resulted in the close scores of 20 to 17 and 20 to 19. Nolls declares that his team, which has met some of the fastest quintets in the state, is superior to the local five. Neutral referees will officiate at tonight’s game at his request. They are Motadorf and Murphy, both of Rochester. The teams will present the same lineups which took the floor a week ago when Syracuse won, 20 to 19.


All-Syracuse Wins Over Cortland Team

The All-Syracuse five defeated Cortland Sodality on the Armory court here last night by the score of 23 to 15. The winners got away to an early start and were never headed. In the second period the Sodality aggregation took a brace but were unable to cut down the lead of Syracuse. Rafter, right forward for All-Syracuse, was the star of the evening. He broke loose to cage four goals from the field and figured in the greater part of the Syracuse team play. Howard Ortner, Cornell basketball coach, played right forward for Cortland. Although he was able to score but one goal his exhibition of floor work featured for Cortland. Ortner was pitted against Murphy, guard on the Rochester Centrals. Casey was shifted to a forward position and Crisp who has been playing forward in the last few games went back to his old position at guard, pairing with the Rochester player. The summary:

ALL-SYRACUSE: Casey, rf (2-0-4), Rafter, lf (4-0-8), Tormey, c (2-0-4), Crisp, rg (1-5-7), Murphy, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (9-5-23). CORTLAND: Ortner, rf (1-5-7), McDonald, lf (1-0-2), Dexter, c (2-0-4), McAvoy, rg (1-0-2), Mahar, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (5-5-15).

Syracuse Post Standard- Local Basketball Teams Captures Court Honors

All-Syracuse Five Wins Central New York Title In Stirring Court Duel; Rafter’s Brilliant Play Features Game- Ortner Of Cornell Pitted Against Murphy Of Rochester

The All-Syracuse five defeated Cortland Sodality, 23 to 15, on the Armory court here tonight and thereby won the Central New York basketball championship. A crowd of 2,000 spectators, including a delegation of 330 rooters from Syracuse and Cortland, watched the teams struggle in their third and deciding battle for the sectional state title. The shining light of the contest was Billy Rafter, the diminutive right forward of the Syracuse aggregation. Rafter caged four baskets from the field. The best exhibition for Cortland was given by Howard Ortner, Cornell basketball coach. The red and white mentor got but one field basket. He tallied five out of six times from the foul line. Crisp likewise was successful in five of six attempts for the All-Syracuse team. Ortner, who is not a regular member of the Sodality team, was secured especially for tonight’s game, and against him the All-Syracuse management pitted Johnny Murphy, the star Rochester Central guard. Murphy gave a credible exhibition. With Murphy in the Syracuse lineup Casey was shifted to left forward. The All-Syracuse five got the jump on their opponents from the opening whistle and never were headed by the Sodality basketeers. At half time Crisp’s players led their rivals, 13 to 5, and in the closing period retained a safe margin of ascendancy. Tormey and Casey both gave clever exhibitions for Syracuse, while Dexter shared honors with Ortner in the Sodality scoring column. The summary:

ALL-SYRACUSE: Casey, rf (2-0-4), Rafter, lf (4-0-8), Tormey, c (2-0-4), Crisp, rg (1-5-7), Murphy, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (9-5-23). CORTLAND: Ortner, rf (1-5-7), McDonald, lf (1-0-2), Dexter, c (2-0-4), McAvoy, rg (1-0-2), Mahar, lg (0-0-0) TOTALS (5-5-15).

Score at halftime- All-Syracuse 13, Cortland 5. Referee- Eddie Dollard. Umpire- Manor, Oswego Y.M.C.A. Time of halves- 20 minutes.


Beechnut Five Here Tonight To Retrieve Defeats Suffered

One of the hardest basketball contests of the season will be waged on the State Armory court tonight when Jack Nolls leads his galaxy of stars against the All-Syracuse quintet. Many followers of the game are predicting the locals will taste defeat for the first time this season on the home court at the hands of the Beechnut quintet of Canajoharie. Nolls had led his aggregation against Captain Jim Tormey and his mates twice this season and both times his men have bowed in defeat, but only after the most stirring struggles staged in this city during the year. The first game resulted in a victory for All-Syracuse by a score of 20 to 17 and the second contest was lost by the Beechnuts 19 to 20. After the second game Nolls declared that he believed his players better than the members of the All-Syracuse five and requested another chance. He also asked that outside officials handle the game. Both requests were granted and tonight’s battle will be handled by Motadorf and Murphy, both of Rochester. Nolls has agreed to bring the same team which played here last Saturday night and there will be no changes in the battle array of the locals. The lineup follows:

ALL-SYRACUSE: Rafter, lf, Crisp, rf, Tormey, c, Casey, rg, Martin, lg. BEECHNUTS: Dowd, lf, Hammond, rf, Nolls, c, Sullivan, rg, Murnane, rf.

1948

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nationals Fight With Back Against Wall

The Syracuse Nationals basketball team tonight is faced with a "Do or Die" task as it faces the Anderson Packers at the Coliseum, in what may be the final National League game of the season here. Gaining a two-game edge in the best three-out-of-five series, the Packers are favored to sweep the Syracuse series tonight. Both of Anderson's previous triumphs in the post-season play were gained on the Indianans' home court. Members of the Syracuse squad took advantage of yesterday's idleness to become better acquainted with the Coliseum floor and put in a long shooting drill yesterday afternoon. One factor on Syracuse's side tonight is that Anderson has been a much weaker team on the road all year than when playing on its home court. The Packers were credited with 28 triumphs in 30 home contests, while dropping 16 of 30 on the road. Against Syracuse in schedule play, Anderson won 5 and lost only 1. The one loss was two weeks ago at the Armory here, while the Packers' victories on the Syracuse floor were by two and five-point margins. Jim Homer, the Nats' leading scorer for the year, has not been too effective in recent games, and he was missing from the Nats' workout at the Coliseum yesterday. He has been suffering for nearly a week with an aggravated injury on his right foot. He will play tonight. Set shots proved a valuable asset to the packers in the two earlier triumphs. The Anderson Court is only 74 feet in overall length, and several of its buckets were on shots from the midcourt line. This feat is not likely to be repeated on the longer Coliseum floor. In the event that Syracuse wins the game tonight, a fourth tilt will be scheduled tomorrow night at the Coliseum. Such a game would mark the first post-war Sunday night basketball attraction at the Fairgrounds, which at one time was noted for its Sabbath hockey attractions. League Commissioner Ward Lambert indicated the same officials who worked in the opening set of games would be see here. That means Kriznecky of Chicago and Chuckovits of Cleveland will be the whistle tooters.

1955

Syracuse Herald American- Celtics Defeat Nats In Overtime

Teams Clash In Hub Again Today

Boston- The Syracuse Nationals had a chance to wrap it up in three straight here yesterday, but lost an overtime, 100-97 verdict to the battling Boston Celtics so the teams renew their warfare this afternoon at the Arena. After trailing throughout the third period, the Nats caught up in the final quarter at 77-all and again at 79-all, finally going ahead 88-87 with 4:45 to play. But they couldn’t hold the advantage, eventually bowing in an extra five-minute session. The roaring crowd of 13,091 fans voiced the belief that the Celts finally have found the spark they need. For two unheralded players, Togo Palazzi and Don Barksdale, came off the bench to give the Beantowners relief when they appeared to be reeling from pressure in the first half. Then in the final going, Bob Cousy and his partner, Ed Macauley, produced the vaunted power for which they are noted. But it actually was as much a shooting lapse on the part of the Syracusans as Boston efficiency which finally settled affairs, and made necessary continuance of the best three-in-five game series here today. The Nats still lead, 2-1, and if a fifth test is necessary it will be in Syracuse Tuesday night. After the Nats had taken their 88-87 lead, Macauley retaliated with a basket but with 2:25 to play King tied it again at 89 on a free throw. Neither team could score the balance of the way and the Nats missed two golden opportunities in the last 40 seconds. The Syracusans decided to play deliberately in those final seconds and, with just one second remaining on the timer and 17 in the game, Dolph Schayes missed a hurried attempt. Fortune smiled on the Nats as the ball bounced back into Earl Lloyd’s hand and the club called for time out to set up the crucial play. It backfired when Lloyd’s jump shot missed at the bell. Given this lease on life, the Celts wasted no time asserting themselves. Bill Sharman sank a free throw at the 19-second mark, Barksdale added a rebound basket and Macauley sank a push shot within the first minute as the Nats went scoreless. Easy Ed added another Boston point before Lloyd finally broke the dearth at 1:28 with a driving layup. Red Rocha followed with a hook to cut the margin to 95-93, but then Cousy went to work and tallied all remaining Boston points with two baskets and a foul. Each club lost a man in overtime, Barksdale going out for the Celts after grabbing 12 of the 76 Boston rebounds and netting 17 points, while Schayes was lost to Syracuse. Dolph made only five of 22 field goal attempts and had 13 of the Nats 71 rebounds. Syracuse had no cause to complain of officiating. The Nats totaled 33 baskets on 99 attempts but missed 15 of 46 from the charity stripe, including four in a row by usually reliable Schayes. Boston had 36 field goals in 100 attempts and hit on 28 of 36 from the free throw line. There were 32 personals detected against Boston and 29 against Syracuse. Cousy led game scorers with 23 points, 19 of them in the second half, while Macauley was close with 21. John Kerr was top man for the Nats with 20 while Seymour had 18, all of them in the first half. It appeared late in the second quarter that this might develop into a victory fray after Brannum belted Seymour to the floor and Paul tried to retaliate. He was kept from swinging, but then made the mistake of intentionally returning the foul before Cervi elected to bench him. Paul never again could find the range, so once again Brannum’s hatchet tactics hurt the Nats. Syracuse took a quick 11-4 lead at the five-minute mark as the Celts, obviously tight, missed a flock of easy shots although controlling rebound play. Here Barksdale came to the rescue as the revived Bostons went ahead, 21-20, on his four charity tosses. However, at the quarter mark the Nats led, 24-23. In the second period, Boston sent Cousy to the sidelines and replaced him with another local hero, Palazzi. He murdered the Cervimen. Togo hit four baskets in five tries and grabbed five rebounds as the Celts pulled into the largest lead, 49-40. By halftime the Nats closed to 52 to 46. Each team took 40 shots in the half, but the Beantowners collected 18 baskets while Syracuse hit only 15. In the second quarter the Celts had a .580 percentage hitting on 11 of 19. Some of Barksdale’s value could be seen in figures which showed he netted 11 points in the first quarter after Boston missed 11 of its first 13 tries. Palazzi had all his points in the second period, playing only 11 minutes in all. Syracuse tallied the first six points of the second half to knot the count once more, but just as quickly cooled off to allow Boston to pull ahead, 61-54, after five minutes. They increased the edge to 71-63 again at the 9:04 mark, but Syracuse refused to concede and finally drove back to force the overtime. Seymour was so incensed over Brannum’s action that at halftime he invaded the Celts’ dressing room. It took a police lieutenant to get him back where he belonged. Brannum insisted after the game it was accidental that both fists hit Paul on the forehead. The rival coaches and Dan Biasone went to the all-star game in New York on an early plane, but there was no Nat celebration as planned. The team is due to arrive at Hancock Field at midnight, no matter what the outcome of today’s fray. Auerbach credited Palazzi and Sharman with key contributions in the triumph. He noted that, although Sharman netted only five points, he successfully bottled up King in the first half and Seymour after intermission. King kept life in the dressing room of the Nats remarking: “We’ll get them tomorrow.” And Jim Tucker, who had an aching tooth removed Friday, responded: “Boston will never come back to Syracuse.” At the Arena this season the Celts won two of three games.

BOSTON: Nichols (6-0-12), Morrison (0-0-0), Brannum (2-1-5), Barksdale (5-7-17), Palazzi (4-2-10), Macauley (7-7-21), Sharman (1-3-5), Cousy (8-7-23), Ramsey (3-1-7) TOTALS (36-28-100). SYRACUSE: Schayes (5-4-14), Lloyd (6-4-16), Kerr (6-8-20), Tucker (2-0-4), Rocha (4-0-8), Osterkorn (1-1-3), King (3-6-12), Farley (0-2-2), Seymour (6-6-18), Kenville (0-0-0) TOTALS (33-31-97).

Score at halftime- Boston 52, Syracuse 45.

1962

Syracuse Post Standard- Nats Land Chappell And Walker In Draft

Alex Elated Over Getting All-Americans; Nats’ Coach Astonished By Club’s Luck

A “flabbergasted” Alex Hannum returned to California after the annual draft of college players by teams in the National Basketball Association yesterday, after saying he “was overwhelmed at being able to get two All-Americans, Len Chappell and Chet Walker as the first two choices.” Hannum, reporting to the club’s offices here soon after the drafting procedure was completed, said he was completely surprised that both players remained available, and also says a number of other players drafted by the Nats have exceptional chances of making the grade in pro ball. In selecting Chappell, from Wake Forest, and Walker, from Bradley, Hannum says these players can provide the Nats with outstanding rookie talent in their 1962-63 season. Chappell is 21 years old, stands six feet, eight inches and weighs 240 pounds. The native of Portage, Pa, has been a standout in the Atlantic Coast Conference throughout his varsity career, earning honors there as player of the year plus being chosen to the all-conference team and the AP All-America first team. Hannum says the big fellow, a rugged player, is capable at performing either as a center or forward. He says he plans on using Chappell as relief for Johnny Kerr, as well as at a forward post. Hannum says the fact that St. Louis picked Zelmo Beaty of Prairie View left Chappell available for the Nats. He was also amazed at the availability of highly regarded Walker in the second round, and mentioned again that when St. Louis decided to go with Bob Duffy of Colgate, Walker was still “in circulation” by the time the Nats had their second choice. The Nats intend to try AP All-America Walker as a forward, although he played both at center and forward during his spectacular college career, where his great speed earned him the title of “Chet the Jet.” Walker, 22 years old, stands 6-6, weighs 200 pounds, and comes from Benton Harbor, Mich. All told, the Nats made nice choices. Their next seven, in order, were Porter Meriwether, Tennessee A&I State; Bob McCulley, St. Bonaventure; John Windsor, Stanford; Len Van Eman, Wichita; Bob Sharpenter, Georgetown; Jerry Harkness, Loyola of Chicago; and Vince Brewer, Iowa State. Meriwether, who stands an even six feet tall, impressed Hannum and club president Danny Biasone when they saw him play last year, and reports indicate he has been equally impressive this year. Hannum says the star from the school from where the Nats have previously drafted Dick Barnett and Ben Warley, is a standout backcourt player, and while unselfish, a top scorer with his outside jump shooting accuracy. McCulley, six feet, 10 inches, showed excellent promise for the Bonnies last year and Hannum says he merits a full opportunity to make the ranks with the pros. Windsor, who gained all-state recognition in Missouri as a scholastic star in Kansas City, stands 9-8. He gained all-conference recognition on the Pacific Coast with All-American mention. Despite the fact that John Rudometkin of Sothern California had been tabbed the standout of that area, Hannum says reports to him have described Windsor as the fastest all-around player in the conference. He adds, however, that since the player was drafted by Kansas City in the American League, he may prefer to play in his home area. Van Eman is 6 foot, 2-inch guard from Wichita, whom Hannum observed when he was coaching there in the national Industrial League. He describes him as a sound backcourt player. Alex cites that with Van Eman in the lineup, Wichita scored victories over Cincinnati and Bradley this season. However, Van Eman was graduated at mid-year, and when he left the squad there was a drastic slowdown in Wichita’s effectiveness. Bob Sharpenter, at 6 feet, 7 inches, has been a top scorer at Georgetown. He was voted the outstanding visiting college player to perform at the Palestra in Philadelphia this season. Hannum notes the Georgetown player won this recognition over a number of top stars in the nation, including Chappell. The last two players drafted by the Nats have one year of college eligibility remaining, but they were liable to the draft since their original college classes will graduate. Hannum says he has learned enough about both, Harkness and Brewer, to feel that they are excellent prospects. However, if either of these players decides to complete his eligibility in college next season, the Nats will no longer have draft rights to their services.

1963

Twins Falls (ID) Times- Cincinnati, St. Louis Win Semi-Final Rounds Of Pro Cage Playoffs

The Cincinnati Royals whipped the Syracuse Nationals, 131-127, in overtime Tuesday night, winning the best-of-five Eastern Division semifinals playoffs in the National Basketball Association three games to two. The Royals now move on to Boston for the opening game of the best-of-seven Eastern finals Thursday against the Celtics, who finished first in regular season play. The Eastern champion will then meet the Los Angeles-St. Louis Western Division winner for the league title. The Hawks moved into the Western final against the Lakers by downing Detroit, 104-100. Syracuse tied it in regulation time with 20 seconds left on a hook shot by Johnny Kerr, then had an opportunity to win it with 4 seconds left when the Royals' Oscar Robertson stepped out of bounds while driving for the basket. The Nats worked the ball down court quickly with Chet Walker getting off the last shot at the buzzer. It rimmed the basket. Jack Twyman put the Royals out front to stay as the 5-minute overtime session opened with a three-point play. With Arlen Bockhorn hitting for two baskets, and Twyman, Robertson and Wayne Embry for one each, the Royals moved out to a 127-119 lead. The Nats cut it down to 127-125 with 21 seconds remaining and had possession of the ball when they lost their last opportunity on a bad pass. Adrian Smith then scored for the Royals and put it out of reach. Robertson had pulled the Royals from behind in the final period, scoring 10 of his 32 points after Cincinnati went into the last quarter trailing, 88-83. Veteran Bob Pettit and rookie Zelmo Beatty and Bill Bridges paced the St. Louis Hawks past the Detroit Pistons. Pettit, who averaged just over 35 points for the series, dumped in eight straight shots in the first quarter to send the Hawks in front, 23-14. But the Pistons recovered, trailed only 25-24 at the period's end, and then Detroit moved in front 34-33 early in the second quarter. At this point, Bridges took over, dropping in two baskets and five free throws as the Hawks went on top, 52-39. Detroit again retaliated, reducing its deficit to 54-47 at halftime. Beaty struck for three quick baskets in the first 2 minutes of the third quarter as the Hawks zoomed in front, 65-50. When Pettit ran into foul trouble and had to be benched, Beaty and Bridges, with their scoring and rebounding, combined to keep the Hawks ahead, 83-74, after three quarters. The Pistons staged a last quarter spurt and, with Don Ohl leading the way with four baskets and a free throw, pulled to within two points with 6:30 left. Two minutes later, with St. Louis still clinging to a two-point edge, Pettit dropped in three straight free throws and Beaty a basket that put the Hawks seven points in front and they held on to the finish.

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