Syracuse Herald Journal- Borgmann Opens Drill At Armory

Coach Bennie Borgmann greeted his Syracuse Nationals basketball squad in its first practice today at the W. Jefferson St. Armory. Borgmann came here last night from Paterson, N.J., to assume command of the squad which will represent Syracuse in the National Professional League. Daily drills will continue until the opener of the season, Nov. 7, at Youngstown. Two road games will be played at Youngstown and Buffalo, before the Syracusans open their home season, with Youngstown, Nov. 14.


Binghamton Press- Long Winter In NBA: Celts Open With 149

Big Bill Russell got the Boston Celtics off to a fast start last night and the National Basketball Association champions crushed the New York Knicks, 149-116, before a record opening game crowd of 10,705 in Boston Garden. The Knicks, who had won two straight, never came close as the Celtics sprinted to a 26-13 lead after five minutes. In the first period Boston made 67 percent of its shots amd led 44-27. At the half Boston was out front 80-59. The Sam Jones went on a scoring rampage and the champions opened the bulge to 103-67 by the halfway mark of the third period. Jones came out of the game at that point but stillpaced Boston's scorers with 25 points, hitting on 12 of 13 shots. Russell, seeing less duty than usual, as he was spelled by ex-St. Louis star Clyde Lovellette, scored 10 of Boston's first 14 points as the Celtics jumped off to their big lead. The Syracuse Nationals came from behind in the final period and beat the Los Angeles Lakers, 108-102, in the Nats' opening game. The Lakers, led through all the early going, by as much as 11 points at times, and had a 78-76 margin at the end of three periods. Syracuse went ahead for the first time two minutes deep in the last quarter, 82-80, on a long set shot by Al Bianchi. The lead changed hands five times in the next few minutes before the Nats went ahead to sty, 90-87, on a 3-point play by rookie Len Chappell. Lee Shaffer with 22 points and Hal Greer with 21 paced the Nats attack, while Elgin Baylor poured in 42 for the defending Western Division champions.

LOS ANGELES: Barnett (3-1-7), Baylor (15-12-42), Ellis (1-1-3), Jolliff (2-0-4), Krebs (6-2-14), LaRusso (2-2-6), Selvy (2-1-5), West (6-9-21) TOTALS (37-28-102). SYRACUSE: Bianchi (2-2-6), Chappell (3-1-7), Costello (6-5-17), Gambee (7-0-14), Greer (8-5-21), Kerr (4-2-10), Neumann (0-0-0), Schayes (1-0-2), Shaffer (8-6-22), Walker (4-1-9) TOTALS (43-22-108).

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