Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012, February 08, 1950, Page 5, Image 5

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    DUCK TRACKS
By SAM FIDMAN
Emerald Sports Editor
As this column is prepared to go to press, there are six min
utes remaining in the last game of Oregon's four-game Inland
Empire tour; Washington State is holding on to a 59-45 lead—
and we wonder who is going to win. Will the Webfoots fight back
in the waning minutes of the ball game to pull out a win? We
doubt it.
Now there are four minutes left—WSC leads 60-46; Bob
Amacher has fouled out. Just barely more than three minutes left
and the Cougars push into a 62-47 lead. Fifteen points. Time is
wasting away . . . now only two minutes remain. Score is up to
63- 47 on a gift toss by Lloyd Schmick. WSC still rolling as the
end is in sight; 64-47. Lynn Hamilton pots a free throw and it is
64- 48.
Four seconds remaining—jump at mid-court, taken by Ore
gon as the gun sounds ending the game, the suicidal Inland Em
pire tour, and Oregon’s chances of doing any more this year than
just finishing off its schedule and getting a distasteful season out
of its mouth. If anyone has ever had basketball halitosis, the Uni
versity of Oregon has it—.
It is no news that Ed Gay da potted 19 points to lead all scor
ing, while Gene Conley played a loud second fiddle with 17. Jack
Keller hit for 15, and Mel Krause poured through 12. So what.
> Watery Soup
Oregon has a basketball record of five wins against 17 losses.
Last year it was 12 against 18. So what. All of Oregon’s five wins
this season have been on the smooth maple of kindly old -Mac
Court. The Webfoots haven’t won a watery bowl of soup on the
road. So—where does it end?
It must all go to prove that it takes quite a lot more than just
a scrappy ball club to win games. When the Ducks surprised
early in the season by splitting two with Washington State at
the Igloo some of the top sports writers in the state arched their
. ink-smudged eye-brows and wondered.
They wondered if perhaps an outfit that was scrappy and
spunky—one that just wouldn’t admit when it was licked—might
not cause a lot more trouble than they were supposed to. They
did not. It takes a will to win—there’s no denying that. But there
are a few things that have to go with will.
The Webfoots want to win. They would like to win all their
games, or at least a respectable percentage worth; no one feels
lousier after a loss than the men whose every move was aimed
at winning.
That Tired Feeling
However, a will to win, and remorse at having lost does not
fill the Igloo with paying customers; and it doesn’t draw the best
high school players in the state to enroll- at Eugene. The whole
set-up is like a cancer that has been implanted in the basketball
set-up. Cancers have a nasty habit of growing—unless they are
cut out with a sharp, seemingly brutal knife. Once the growth is
removed, the organism regains its strength, and eventually its
prestige and gate receipts.
’’ Any team gets worn down on a four games in five nights
stand; but it is reasonably certain that the Oregon squad’s weak
ness does not lie in lack of physical conditioning; and if radio re
ports are any valid indication, that “tired feeling’’ was stronger
in the first two games at Moscow than in the last two at Pullman
•—kind of versa-vice.
Friday nights’ affair at Mac Court should be a real chummy
one. Oregon State will take the floor against UO. So far this sea
son, in the ten games at the Igloo, the Ducks have managed an
even split. They have played their best basketball right on their
own home court—sp in spite of records, the boys will probably
rate Oregon’s chances of winning at almost fifty-fifty. The situa
tion looks like this : Oregon State has everything to lose; Oregon
has nothing to gain.
An Old Sweet Song
The Emerald sports pages will be graced by a new timely fea
ture, to be called, “Hot Stove.” Marty Weitzner of the sports
staff, will handle the baseball series, which will lead right down
the base path to that first “play ball" that ushers in the 1950 ma
jor league baseball campaign..
Following the baseball line, Ted Williams the game's top hit
ter today, has signed a contract for the highest salary ever paid
in history—probably in the fair-to-middlin’ neighborhood of 125
grand.
To the Webfoot basketball team of 1939, we would like to
dedicate a nostalgic old tune, “Just Give ‘Us’ Something to Re
member You By—
Phi Sigs Score
(Continued from page four)
turn knotted the count at 8-8 early
in the final quarter, only to have
Farnam’s free toss put the Phi
Delts back in front. Smith’s basket
sent Minturn into the lead, 10-9,
with only seconds remaining.
Enough remained, however, for
Garrett’s only fielder of the even
ing.
Smith High
Smith dropped in four points for
the losers, while Garrett and Cleary
each had three for the Phi Delts.
Halftime entertainment was pro
vided by professional fleas. One
flea hopped two and a half St. Ber
nards, which is pretty good con
sidering the short runway he had.
Phi Sigs Boll
“Herk” Sauer led the Phi Sigs to
a closer-than-it-sounds 13-9 tri
umph over the SAEs. The SAfe
quintet couldn’t find the basket in
the first half and were behind, 8-4,
at the halfway mark. They began
to find the range in the third period
and evened the count at 8-8 at the
start of the fourth quarter.
The Phi Sigs held them to one
free throw for the rest of the way,
however, and added a free throw
and two fielders to stop the loser’s
attempt to pull a Washington
State.
Sauer Hot
Sauer garnered four points, but
Pat Degnan took scoring honors in
leading the SAEs with five.
Beta Theta Pi dropped Pi Kap
pa Phi, 11-9, in another close con
test. Halftime count was 4-4. Nei
ther club could establish more than
passing acquaintance with the
basket.
John Doyle contributed four Beta
tallies and Eaton matched this with
four Pi K Phi.
ATO Victors
A strong ATO quintet combined
a fast break and a tight defense to
roll over Pi Kappa Alpha, 24-3.
Johnson s fielder in the opening
minutes gave the Pi Kaps two
thirds of their total. Beyers took
Top Tennis Players
(Continued from page four)
match of the evening. Pancho Se
gura, flashy South American star,
who utilizes the two-handed fore
hand for his best stroke, will meet
Frankie Parker, one of the top ten
amateurs for the past 16 years, in
the other singles event.
Bob,by Riggs, himself one of the
greatest tennis stars of all time,
will join Kramer in the doubles
match, to oppose Segura and Gon
zales.
Top Bill
Most attention will be on the
Kramer-Gonzales match. Gonzales,
only 19 years old, has upset Kramer
15 different times this year in exhi
bition matches, but Kramer’s pow
erful game has given him a big ad
vantage. Kramer also has the ad
vantage of age and experience over
Gonzales, who, Riggs predicts, will
continue to develop.
Longest Set
Last weekencfthe pair hooked up
to play the longest professional ten
nis set ever recorded, as Gonzales
edged Kramer 29 to 27. Kramer
came back to win two staright
sets, however, to take that particu
lar match.
Frosh Edge Rooks
(Continued from page four)
7 inchers Bonnemann and Noe did
n’t live up to past performances on
rebounds. The halftime whistle
found the Rooks on top, 24-21.
Lineups:
UO Frosh (44) OSC Rooks (43)
Barclay (6).F.Storey (4)
Livesay (6).F.Lahti (5)
Bonn’mann (4)..C..Adrian (10)
Covey (10).G.Pitzer (13)
Schmer (2).G.Staab (5)
Oregon: Conchetti, Noe (16), Sher
man. ,
Oregon State: Danielson (4),
Shirtcliff (2).
care o fthe rest with a free throw
in the final period.
Blanked in the first quarter, the
ATOs finally began to hit and had
a 7-2 lead at the half. This swelled
to 18-2 at the close of the third
quarter. Baldwin and Hanson each
potted six points for the winners.
Omega Tops
Alpha and Omega got together
and it was Omega in the end. Hob
art and' Kinder led the way to a 16
14 victory in the fourth thriller of
the night. The winners held a 9-4
halftime advantage which was nar
rowed to 11-8 at the start of the
fourth canto. The losers kept pres
sing but didn’t have enough. Potten
managed seven points for the los
ers, and teammate Bradetich was
close behind with six.
McChesney had the easiest time
of the night in rambling over Nes
tor, 23-8. Nestor was limited to one
field goal in the first half and found
themselves on the short end of a 13
2 count at that point.
Toscas provided the winning
punch for the victors. The driving
little guard piled up 15 points for
himself—one of the highest efforts
of the season. Michael was next for
McChesney with four. Bleakman
led the Nestorites with four.
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