Syracuse Herald American- Pro Basketball League Opens Thursday

Youngstown To Perform At Armory; Syracuse Quintet Starts Home Play

Professional league basketball will make its first appearance in years here Thursday night when the Syracuse Nationals inaugurate the 1946 season against Youngstown at the Jefferson St. Armory. The big drillshed, which will be the basketball center of Syracuse this year, has improved facilities for spectators and after the university includes its football season more bleachers will be added so that turnouts of 5,500 can be accommodated. A new electric scoreboard has been installed and a permanent public address system put in operation. Glass backboards were ordered some time ago and delivery has been promised before the opening game. The floor has been lengthened four feet on each end. Bennie Borgmann, who formerly managed the Syracuse Chiefs and Rochester Red Wings in the International Baseball League, is coaching the Nationals this year and is fast molding a strong aggregation from the players supplied by owner Dan Biasone. One of the most able performers is Jerry Rizzo who starred in college days at Fordham University but Long John Gee starred in his start. John Chaney who was a member of an AA-Southern team when he played at Louisiana State, is another who has impressed critics in early games on the road. Bob Nugent and Chick Meehan have won starting assignments, Nugent having been particularly effective with his set shots. Two veterans of the National League play, Bob Synnott and Ed Erban, have also performed well. The balance of the squad is made up of Sam Lieberman, Bob Shaddock, Les Rothman and Eulogio Piro. Youngstown, like Syracuse, is playing in the league for the first time.

Nats Beaten Buffalo- After playing on fairly even terms for the first half, which saw Buffalo leave the floor leading by a 23 to 22 score, the Bisons spurted in the second to hand the Syracuse National cagers a 50 to 37 defeat in the opening game of the National League season here. It was the second loss in as many starts for the Syracuse entry.


Syracuse Herald Journal- Nats Flying To Ft. Wayne

The Syracuse Nationals were booked for an afternoon practice session at Manlius School, an annual welcome dinner at Bellevue Club followed by an airplane trip to Fort Wayne where the club will oppose the Zollners tomorrow. League statistics today reveal the Nats rank next to last in scoring averages. Defensively, the Syracusans are third best behind Fort Wayne and New York. Philadelphia, which has played only one game, and New York have committed fewer personal fouls than the Nats. Following the contest in Indiana the Syracusans play at Milwaukee Saturday and Minneapolis Sunday. A Sunday night tilt is scheduled with Philadelphia in New York.

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