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1946

Syracuse Herald Journal- Nationals Seek New Basketeer For Thursday Night

Would Add Strength To The Attack; Borgmann Joins Rizzo In New York With only Jerry Rizzo absent, the Syracuse Nationals went through a long drill in the Jefferson St. Armory yesterday afternoon in preparation for the invasion of the Buffalo Bisons here tomorrow night. Rizzo was in New York seeking an additional player for the Nats and was joined there today by Coach Benny Borgmann who flew to meet Rizzo. John Chaney was the sparkplug of the Nats in the drill yesterday offensively and defensively putting on a one man show. The defensive play of the Nats was emphasized by Borgmann who was impressing his charges with the necessity of switching men on defense when the occasion demanded. Chick Meehan suffered a recurrence of an ankle injury in the waning moments of the drill but expects to be ready to start against the Bisons. John Gee will draw the assignment of stopping long Don Otten tomorrow night, drilled hard and long after the others had gone home, trying to perfect his pivot shot and recovery off the boards. Billy Hassett, Notre Dame star of last season and a member of the Buffalo squad, may not be able to make the trip tomorrow as it interferes with his school work. Nick Grunzweig, who was seen in Syracuse while a member of the Niagara University team, has been getting rave notices for his latest play with the Bisons and has assured himself of a starting position along with Otten. The balance of the Buffalo starting lineup will probably show Howie Raeder, Mel Thurston and Pop Gates. Announcement was made by Syracuse officials that the game originally scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 1 with the Chicago Gears will be played on Wednesday, Dec. 3 instead since the forced cancellation of Sunday dates in the Armory.

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