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About Oregon daily emerald. (Eugene, Or.) 1920-2012 | View Entire Issue (March 13, 1952)
Basketballers Pull Surprise,
End Season in Third Place
FINAL NORTHERN DIVISION
W I, Pci. PK PA
Washington . 14 2 .875 10)0 781
Main. 9 7 .562 9.11 942
OREGON 8 8 .500 9.16 948
Wuolni.gto'i Stair. I. 10 .375 823 928
Oregon State 3 13 .188 770 691
Third place in the Northern divi
sion with eight wins and eiglft
losses that wan the record of the
surprising Oregon 1952 basketball
team. For the entire season, their
mark wan 14-16, against Home of
the natlon’n leading cage squads.
When tho season started, it
would have been hard indeed to
find an expert who would have pre
dicted nuch a HucccMHful perform
For the Ducks had a new coach,
whoae prevloua experience had been
in high Hchooi ranks only. Fans
wondered whether Bill Borcher
would be able to make the transi
tion. He gave them their answer.
Also, there watt the matter of
material. The Ducks had lost four
< all-division athletes from Coach
John Warren'ii 1951 second place
aggregation; tho brilliant guard
combination of Mel Krause and
Jack Keller, plus rebounding star
Jim Loscutoff and sharpshooting
The experienced nucleus Borcher
was left with consisted of one 1951
regular, Bob Ptterson, and the
"fireman”, Ken Hunt. Tall Mel
Streeter had also seen consider
able action in 1951.
Borcher installed a new system,
and the system "took.” It was
based on teamwork, passing, and
defensive play, with a liberal dash
of the traditional Duck fast break.
Key man for 1952 was Captain
Hunt, a senior, who was first team
all-Northern division. Chet Noe,
tall center, and Peterson were the
leading "big men,” and both copped
all-divlHion second learn honors.
In addition, Peterson made the Cfi
ller's magazine Hll-coast team, and
also nabbed honorable mention All
America honors. Driving sopho
more Ken Wegner was awarded
honorable mention in the Northern
The Duck record includes a vic
tory over vaunted Wyoming, and
three out of four wins from arch
rival 080. Until the third Beaver
clash on Feb. 29, Oregon still had
a chance for a second place tie
with Idaho. But the Beavers out
lasted the Ducks, in a draetaoi
lasted the Ducks, 55-52, in a dra
matic finish to the McArthur court
fray. With about a minute left
freshman Ron Bottler hit a clutch
basket to make the count 53-52,
OSC leading. Then Hunt tried a
desperation howitzer with seconds
left which failed, and with it died
Duck hopes for second.
The next night, Mar. 1, with the
pressure off, Oregon waltzed to a
66-57 win over their Corvallis ri
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