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New Mentor,

Young Squad Give Hope



Rise in

Wolverine Cage


* * * *

v '

WILLIAM PERIGO ... new head cage coach

Youth, spirit and a climb out of
the dephts of the Western Con-
ference second division should be
the keynote of Michigan basket-
ball in 1952-53.
And the irst step toward a big
time court attraction in Ann Ar-
bor has been taken with the de-
parture of Ernie McCoy, Wolver-
ine mentor since 1948.
* * *
the athletic director spot at Penn
State last June ended a four-year
reign of discouraging defeats for
the Maize and Blue hoopsters.
The last Big Ten pennant
garnered by a Michigan court
squad was in 1947-48 when Oz-
zie Cowles, present Minnesota
hoop chief, led his charges to a
10-2 slate in conference play
and a 15-5 record overall. Mi-
chigan basketball, under McCoy,
has been on the rapid decline
ever since.
In four years of competition,
McCoy-coached teams could man-
age only 18 league wins in 52
starts. Last season, an aggressive
Wolverine five escaped 'from the
cellar in the very last game of the
season while compiling four wins
in 14 outings against Big Ten
* * *
the e1952 Maize and Blue entry
lacked court finesse in gaining its
eighth-place deadlock with North-
The green Wolverines trailed
the pack in ield goal percent-
age hitting on only 28 per cent
of their shots from the floor,
and were also last on the free
throw line, meshing 59 per cent
of their charity tosses.
To the credit side of the ledger,
Michigan's youngsters did show
flashes of brilliance in the past
* s *
early-season decisions in a row,
McCoy's five bounced back with a
three-point win over Colorado,
and then took Virginia into camp
before bowing to Penn State in
the Steel Bowl Tourney at Pitts-
A New Year's Day score over
Princeton buoyed up the hopes
of Wolverine rooters for the im-
pending Big Ten action, but the
local cagers got off on the wrong
foot, dropping five successive
scraps to Iowa (twice), Indiana,
Minnesota and Illinois.
These four squads were the top

four in the Conference
close of the season.
* * *

F Perigo's Background Shows
16 Years of Coaching Success
-_____ '

at the

MICHIGAN'S first league vic-
tory was undoubtedly its sweet-
est. Paced by freshman guard Don
Eaddy and sophomore center Milt
Mead, the Wolverines trampled
Michigan State, 50-36, at Yost
Field House.
In chalking up its first Big
Ten success, the Maize and Blue
combine overcame an 18-12
halftime deficit to mesh 21 mar
kers in the third quarter and win
going away.
Following a two-point loss to
Northwestern on the Ann Arbor
hardwood, the McCoy unit shifted
into second with a 71-69 decision
over the Wildcats at Evanston.
Captain Jim Skala, a 6-4 senior
from Chicago, threw in 21 tallies
to spark the winners.
* * *
MICHIGAN FELL, 64-57, in a
non-conference test with Mar-
quette at Milwaukee, and extend-
ed its losing streak to two straight
by suffering an eight-point loss at
the hands of power-laden Minne-
Then came a bir surprise. The
Wolverines tangled with Wis-
consin at Yost Field House, and
entered the fourth and final
period on the short end of a
51-45 score.
But a steady surge gave the
Maize and Blue a 56-55 advantage
with less than five minutes re-
maining, and McCoy's speedy
quintet proceeded to freeze the
ball for the remainder of the con-
test to ice the one-point triumph.
s s .
A WEEK LATER, Ohio State
shocked the Wolverines, 80-67, be-
hind a 40-point performance by
sophomore center Paul Ebert, and
Wisconsin canned 31 free throws
to turn back Michigan easily, 69-
Returning to the hoop wars
at East Lansing the next week,
Michigan Stategavenged its pre-
vious setback at Ann Arbor by
trouncing the Maize and Blue,
This scrap set the stage for the
final game of the season two days
later at Ann Arbor.
* * *
gan and Purdue, in a flat-footed
tie for the league cellar. The lo-
cals escaped the tenth position
with a hard-fought 68-60 win.
Captain Skala, playing his fi-
nal game in a Blue uniform,
poured 23 points through the
hoop to lead both squads in the

scoring column and boost his
three-year varsity total to 508
Does this seem like a bleak out-
look for 1953? Not on your life. Of
the eight performers that took
the court against the Boilermak-
ers in the season's finale, only
Skala graduated.
* * *
HEADING THE returning let-
termen is diminutive Doug Law-
rence, captain-elect from St. Paul,
Minnesota. Lawrence, who stands
.only 5-8, ranked fourth among
Michigan scorers with a 22-game
output of 147 counters. She flashy
left-handed senior cavorts at one
of the guard posts.
At the other backcourt posi-
tion is deadeye Eaddy, a sure-
shooting cophomore from Grand
In his freshman year of varsity
play, Eaddy rifled in 188 tallies to
place third among the Wolverine
point-getters. Eaddy's specialty is
a two-handed set-shot from way
* * *
MEAD, A 6-7 giant center from
Bay City, showed great promise
while competing at the forward
and center spots. He netted 238
scores to finish twenty behind
Skala, the team's leader.
The lanky pivot operator likes
to use a one-handed push shot.
He's also quite adept from the
foul line, having led his team-
mates with 76 charity tosses last
Plucky Ray Pavichevich is
another returning letterman who
will see plenty of action. This 5-11
sparkplug out of East Chicago,
Ind., played- in the forward and
guard positions and banked in 98
scores for the 1952 campaign.
A DUO OF top-performers de-
clared ineligible in the middle of
the year should bolster the Wol-
verine aggregate. These are Hoos-
ier hustlers Bob Jewell and Ralph
Competing in 14 contests, the
6-5 Jewell was a real crowd-
pleaser. This well-packed cen-
ter notched 57 scores and was
especially adept with a right-
handed hdok shot.
Letterman Carl Brunsting, for-
ced out at mid-season with a bro-
ken arm, sophomores Bob Topp
and Jerry Stern, junior Syd Cook,
and senior Jack (Legs) Levitt pre-
sent a powerful bench for the new
Michigan mentor, who will be
shooting for the Maize and Blue's
sixth Western Conference cage

Bill Perigo, successful coach at
Western 'Michigan College, has
been chosen to guide the Wolver-
ine basketball quintet this win-
Perigo, an exponent of the fast
break, replaces Ernie McCoy who
is now directing the athletic pro-
4 gram at Pennsylvania State Col-
SERVING THE new mentor as
assistant coach is Matt Patanelli,
Well-known' olverine athlete of
the mid-thirties. Patanelli acted
in the same capacity at Western
Michigan where he also helped
tutor football and baseball.
Another former Michigan ath-
lete and member of the coach-
ing staff, Dave Strack, remained
to assist Perigo.
Unlike McCoy, who was also as-
sistant athletic director to H. O.
(Fritz) Crisler and head football
scout, Perigo will devote full time
to the University's basketball prob-
lems on t he Yost Fieldhouse'hard-
w o o d., ,
PERIGO'S record as a coach of
high school and college hoop
teams is excellent and Michigan
fans are looking forward to the
end of two decades of almost con-
tinuous losing seasons.
A native of Lebanon, Ind.,
Perigo attended high school at
Delphi, Ind. and college at West-
ern Michigan. He was an out-
standing athlete at both insti-
After graduation with a BS in
physical education, Perigo coach-

ed the Markelville, Ind. high school
quintet for two years and then
moved to Benton Harbor, Mich.
where he succeeded Bill Orwig,
now a Michigan football coach.
* * *
IT WAS IN Benton Harbor that
Perigo made a name for himself
as a cage mentor. In his 13 years
there his teams won the South-
west Conference title seven times,
played in the state finals three
times and won the Class A cham-
pionship once. His record during
that span was 122 wins and 64
n 1949 he moved up to West-
ern Michigan and his success
continued at the Kalamazoo
school. In three years of col-
lege competition his teams won
42 and lost 29 games. Last win-
ter his squad tied for the Mid-
America Conference crown and
the previous year it was run-
Patanelli, an eight-letter :man
in baseball, football and basket-
ball, captained the Michigan foot-
ball team of 193. He was named
to the Western Conference's sec-
ond team as an end.
As a forward and guard on the
3asketball teams of 1935, '36, and
'37, Patanelli was popular with the
fans. His aggressiveness was evi-
dent on the court, also, and he
often fouled out. He paced Coach
Frank Cappon's team to third
place in the Big Ten in 1937.
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