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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (Jan. 26, 1943)
What a lot of difference one little point can make.
In a lop-sided game, one point either way is infinitesimal, a
mere nothing. But in a close game that one, tiny point may
reach gigantic proportions.
And so it was Saturday night.
One little point loomed mighty big when Bill Morris was
fouled by A1 Popick of the desperate Ducks who were battling
so furiously to gain possession of that ball and smash the 30-30
what with only 59 fleeting seconds remaining.
Ever so calmly the veteran Husky backcourter, who was
elected as all-conference guard last year, strolled up to the foul
mark, figuratively with the fate of a ball game in the palms of
his hands. Carefully he measured the distance to the hoop, drew
a deep breath to clear his throbbing head, and swung the ball
up unerringly. The minute it left his outstretched fingers, it
was labeled “good". “Swish!" and Washington edged ahead
ever so slightly. But it was enough. The timekeeper's gun
slashed brazenly through the bedlam created by hysterical fans.
Tt was all over.
It Was a Heartbreaker
To 2500 who were there the game will live for a long time
as a heartbreaker hard to drop. But to the cruel, business-like
record books it will go down as just another defeat.
The two-game series which could have been a boon for
the Ducks if they could have swept it, consequently boom
eranged, and now our Oregons must cling in desperation
#to that thin thread which is all that holds them within
striking distance of the league crown.
Laird H. Gfegory, the Oregonian’s veteran sage of sports,
in his years of athletic reporting has seen come about through
precedent, a sort of “unwritten law” regarding the qualifica
tions of a championship contender for the ND loop. Number
one requirement, Greg has found is that no team can win the
pennant with more than four defeats.
Rule Is Hide-Bound
For twelve years now Greg's little “five defeats and you’re
out" law has ruled with an iron hand. However, last year pre
cedent was sent a-flying when Oregon State managed to stum
ble into the championship throne room with five defeats and
only eleven wins.
Maybe this is another season for the grand, old law to
take another pulverizing blow.
From every corner of the conference comes the word that
play in the league this year is the toughest ever. You can see
^rat yourself from the closeness of the scores and the way even
wlider-dog Idaho has shown surprising fierceness at times.
This corner wouldn’t be taken aback very much if Greg’s
revered law of the “fatal five" was kicked around again.
Oregon Still in Race
So harken you Duck fans. Our Oregon’s aren’t out of this
race yet. Not by a long shot. They were fighting with a lion’s
heart the entire 40 minutes both nights, but those pesky breaks,
which pay off in such big returns, were against them. Another
thing was that the more-experienced Washington outfit was
just a might steadier in the home stretch when the going got
Washington’s outstanding man? Well, that’s a hard nut
to crack in itself. It’s pretty hard to name one on the mere
basis of two games.
Chuck Gilnmr, 6 feet 5 inches of dynamite under the hoop,
was a painful thorn in the Ducks’ side Friday night with his
big 20-point evening.- He was an extremely wise one in work
ing- under the bucket and a finished master of the fake-and
Morris Heavy Scorer
Another big gun in the Husky attack was Bill Morris, al
ready mentioned above as contributing vitally in the second
defeat Saturday. He garnered an even dozen markers in the
first contest, was limited to only four in the second, but one of
those paid off .... and how!!
Thin-haired, paunchy Doug Ford was a constant scor
ing threat with his wicked left hook shot from the keyhole.
He got the boot in the second game on four personals, and
despite his 15 points for the series, was a disappointment
compared with last year.
But we feel that more than anyone else, it was Wally Leask,
the happy-go-lucky Indian-Eskimo kid who captains the Wash
Agtons. who was the main spark-plug in the Edmundson ma
chine. Wally is no scorer. He got seven in the first, only two
in the second. But his value lies in his ability to hold the team
together, kid them out of a serious situation, and keep that old
run-run attack on the boom.
Washington Husky> Pre-Season Choice,,
Finally Works Back to League Top Spot
Washington, everybody’s favor
ites before conference play was
born, but later chucked for seem
ingly greener pastures, was back
in first place on everybody's
league chart after trimming Ore
gon's erstwhile league pace - set
ters in a couple of speed-burners
in Eugene Friday and Saturday.
The Huskies started slowly and
and unsteadily. Oregon State mop
ped up the boards of their Cor
vallis gym with the rated Husky
pelt last Tuesday, 42 to 39. Wash
ington looked very bad in missing
the basket from nearly every an
gle and position.
The next night the Seattle quint
seemed to recover its sea legs be
cause they hung one on the Stat
ers, 44 to 39. Then to Oregon
where the Ducks stood aloof from
their position at the head of the
Ducks Whacked Twice
“Boom! Boom!’’ Two quick
games and the disillusioned Duel;
was sitting on the floor surprised
ly looking up to that silver plated
perch where such a short time be
fore he was seated. Brother Hus
ky was lolling there, confident
On other fronts, those door-mat
Vandals of Idaho took number
three on the chin, but gave Wash
ington State a scare before going
down for the count. The score was
54 to 46 but the Vandals were on
the big end of the tally for almost
half the first period. By halftime,
however, the Cougars had recov
ered enough self-composure to
claim a 28 to 22 advantage.
Forward Gail Bishop, WSC’s
hope to reach the individual
scoring mark of 192 set last
season by Kay Turner, Idaho,
rammed 16 points in the buck
et, one more than Jack Ryan
of the Vandals.
Washington State on the wings
of the victory plummeted into sec
ond place with a two-and-oi e re ?
ord. Oregon with three wins and
three defeats and Oregon State
with one-and-one pulled up in a
third place dead heat.
Washington Can Improve
This weekend Washington eith
er has a chance to greatly improve
her none-to-secure position or
have the props knocked out from
under her. Oregon, still stinging
from the double defeat, shoves off
for Seattle for a two-game show
ing on the unstable floor of tho
Also planning games for Fri
day and Saturday, Oregon
State’s powerful Beaver unit
goes up against Idaho's weak
kneed Vandals in Moscow.
Results of these series are on
the questionable side. Washington
will enter the Oregon game with,
a slight advantage, while Oregon
State appears to be a shoo-in over
Idaho's impotent crew.
Frosh Massacre Byerly’s
Portland Outfit, 62 to 39
By MART POND
After suffering a game drought
which lasted more than a week,
the University of Oregon frosh
came through to swamp a touted
Byerly quintet from Portland by
a score of 62-39 Saturday after
noon in McArthur court, just
four nights after their victory
over the Junior Rubensteins in
another high scoring tilt.
Apparently Coach Sandness of
the Yearling squad has little need
to worry about his club having
to take vitamin capsules for any
extra zip, for it was little of that
substance that served the Frosh
to out-distance the Portland men.
The experienced Frosh team
took great pains by means of the
final score, to establish their su
premacy over the out-of-town
team. Running- things in much
the manner that they desired, the
freshmen started the contest
minus their first team threat,
John Miller, but succeeded ad
mirably in convincing the Byer
ly boys, that speed can be a de
ciding factor in any game.
Diminutive Dutch Simmons
took over at the guard position
for the Ducks and teamed with
Bob Caviness who plays the op
posite guard. These two boys
started the flurries of scoring for
the Ducklings by placing the ball
in a scoring position under the
While this skirmish was taking
place, with the Ducks in posses
sion of the ball, a pestiferous Mr.
Rankin for the Byerly’s was not
at all out-maneuvered by his op
ponents’ scoring rash, and
dropped some 17 points into the
tally race before the contest had
diminished into just another
ghost of a hoop meeting.
The scoring should have in
deed been a comfort to the fol
lowers of future “Tali' Fir”
fans, for in their last three con
tests, the Ducklings have
scored more than 200 points.
The last period of the fray Sat
urday afternoon in the Igloo was
torrid, with a tepid Bod Hod
gins dunking 13 of his 14 points
in this eventful period.
Hume, 11.F. 17, Rankin
Dezaney, 2.F. Nels
Simmons, 2.G. 10, Prater
Caviness, 9.G. 5, Metzler
Sempert, 7.C.. Rade\
Substitutes: For Freshmen
Hodgins, 14, Hamilton 7, Coen
nenberg 16, Pupke 4, Hull 2; for
Huestis, Smith New Co-Captains;
Swim Times Show Improvement
Last Saturday’s time trials for
the swimming team showed some
improvement over the Saturday
before, but the team is yet below
par for conference competition.
At the time trials Ralph Huestis
and Dick Smith were chosen co
captains for the team for the en
In the events, Prowell and Hoff
man showed the most improve
ment over last Saturday's time
trials. Prowell turned in nis best
100 yard time in the alternating
stroke medley, and turned in his
best time this season in the 150
Herb Hoffman turned in a good
time in the 220 freestyle evert.
He won the 100 yard dash, and
swam the fastest leg on the free
style relay. Last Saturday was
Herb’s host day this season.
Jim Gautier, the freshman
flash, fell down on his time in
his freestyle event, not showing
quite as much as he has in the
past practice sessions.
A slight drop in time over last
week’s, Dick Allen, freestyler,
showed quite a bit of improve
ment, and Saturday showed his
best day of the season.
Jack Pennington, freshman
swimmer, had his best time in the
50 yard dash.
The rook meet with Oregon
State has been cancelled, which
means that if the freshmen are
up to it, they will have to swim
in varsity competition, and like->
wise with the Oregon State fresh
Buyerly, Burtis 2.
Officials: Dick Ashcom and
HEADS DUCK SCORERS . . .
. . . In their losing battles to
Washington. Rolph Fuhrmun,
firebrand forward, who gathered
in 20 points over the weekend.
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