Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, January 11, 1947, Page 4, Image 4

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Orange Defense
Is Favored Over
Webfoot Offense
Assistant Sports Editor
The fur and down will fly tonight
in Orange town when Webfoot
Coach Howard Hobson takes his
crew of Beaver-starved hoopsters
north for the first gasie of the 1947
“civil war” series. The once beaten,
underdog Ducks have worked hard
’ all week in preparation for the im
portant tilt and are reported to be
in top shape.
Hopson ran his crew through a
light tapering-off session Friday,
and the squad will travel to Corval
lis late this afternoon.
Because of the limited seating ca
pacity in the Oregon State arena,
Oregon rooters have only a remote
chance of getting a seat, but a play
by-play account of the contest will
be reported by KOAC (550 Kc)
starting at 7:55 p.m.
The big question in the minds of
all Oregon fans is, will the Web
foots be able to penetrate the tight
Oregon State defense that throttled
Washington State so effectively
early this week? The 1947 Oregon
squad has been branded a “hot-and
cold” squad, and if they are proper
ly primed for the main event to
night, they should be able to set
back the undefeated Orangemen.
OSC won by very decisive mar
gins over the Cougars in both games
this week, but Gill was not satisfied,
with his squad’s offense. Although
they hit a respectable percentage,
their scoring ability doesn't com
pare with Oregon's if they have a
“hot” night.
Spurring the Webfoot attack will
be dynamic Stan Williamson, who
dropped in 30 points against the
Cougars last weekend. He will be
floor captain for the Oregons. Run
ning with Williamson at the other
guard will be A1 Popick, Hobson’s
ace ball-hawk.
Fans will be able to compare two
Roger Wiley of Oregon, and right,
Red Roelia of Oregon State. (Cour
tesy the Oregonian.)
of the fastest guards in the business
tonight when they see Lew Beck
pitted against Webfoot William
son. Veteran Beck has been touted
as the classiest guard in the North
ern Division this season, but he
might meet his equal in the “Sal
mon” tonight.
Popick will have his hands full
with Oregon State's freshman star,
Dan Torrey. The former all-city
player from Grant (Portland) has
created a mild sensation on the Bea
ver campus and will probably be in
the starting line-up tonight. Tor
rey i^ a long shot artist and if he
gets an open shot from back of the
key, it is usually good for two
At center, Hobby will stai;t Rog
er (Hot Dog) Wiley, the biggest
man on the squad at six-foot-eight,
and 225 pounds completely d,'ry.
His effectiveness under the board
will be severely tested by high scor
ing Red Rocha, who is listed at the
same height as Wiley. He weighs
in at 185, however, and gives away
about 40 pounds of beef to the Web
foot center.
Oregon has a slight edge in height
at the forwards with Ken Hays at
six-foot-seven and sharp-shooting
Ed Dick at six-foot-three, f Gill uses
the same starters he did against
WSC, Oregon State’s forward line
will consist of Alex Peterson at
six-foot-five and Cliff Crandall at
Although OSC is a definite favor
ite statistically, the game is rated
a near toss-up with the Beavers
commanding a slight edge.
Starting Lineups
Oregon Pos.
Ed Dick F
Ken Hays F
Roger Wiley C
Stan Williamson G
A1 Popick
Oregon State Ht.
Alex Peterson 6-5
Cliff Crandal 6-2
Red Rocha 6-8
Lou Beck 5-10
Dan Torrev 6-0
Tis a Bitter War, This Campaign With the Beavers
Put down your shoot in’ irons,
Duck Rooter's. There’s no room in
Beaverville tonight. The rafters will
bo lined with husky throated Beav
ers, but nary a Webfoot is sched
uled to enter the gates. But keep
the shotgun ready, for next week
Mr. Bevo will return the visit, and
Ve Loyal Duck will lie in wait —
“For Beaver meat is hard to beat;
May the shooting eye be steady.”
Tin? Lemon-Orange clash dips far
beck into history. It was in 1303
i they first met with the turimea
brother the victor.
Loyal Webfoots would rather
point with pride, however, to results
since the formation of the Northern
Division. That was 1923. And since
that day Puddles' gang has won 47
and Benny Beavers 35.
The final meeting- of the 1942 sea
son has been salted away in the his
tory books as one of the most hec
tic ever fought. The feeling between
the two squads had become quite
intense as me season roneu aioug.
The Friday night game at Corvallis
was rough and heated. The next
night at McArthur court was even
more so.
Suddenly, with thirty seconds to
play, John Mandic of OSC and Bob
1 Birdie) Wren of Oregon started a
fast shuffle under the backboard,
Wren having the ball. The Birdie’s
elbows went wider, and Mr. Man
dic’s arms moved faster—-the ref
eree witched indifferently. Then
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they went. Things were getting
rough. Mr. Referee jumped up and
with his whistle commanded wildly,
but vainly, to break it up.
There was a movement en masse
from the Oregon bench. Then an
other from the stands for it was
Dads' day at Oregon. McArthur
court was a seething, rollicking
mass of rabid and motivated rooters.
It remained for the unmoved and
| dependable Oregon band to save the
day. ’Twas the “Spirit of ’76”—to
the rescue again—drum, piccolo,
and—the National Anthem. Order
was restored; the game completgtH^
Coach Hobby Hobson was heard
to say “I’m glad they stopped it
when they did.
“John Mandic was chasing me
'cross midcourt.”