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SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 1954




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:r, NCAAih School Cage

Tourneys Decided

Boston Conquers New York
To Reach NBA Semi-Finals

LaSalle Captures
NCAA Hoop Title
Routs Bradley by 92-76 Margin;
Penn State Defeats USC, 70-61

Muskegon Heights Annexes
State Class'A' HoopCrown
Special to The Daily

NEW YORK-The Boston Cel-
tics won the right to meet Syra-
cuse in the semi-final round of
the National Basketball Associa-
tion Playoffs by squeezing past the
New York Knickerbockers yester-
day, 79-78, in a tense, foul-pack-
ed contest.
A basket by Bill Sharman with
but 17 seconds remaining gave
Boston its second playoff win in
three games. New York suffered its
third straight post-season set-
back and was eliminated from the
Eastern Division round-robin play-
MOST OF the game's excitement
was packed into the thrilling and
dramatic last minute. Entering the
Oh No!
Countless numbers of local
television fans watching the
New York-Boston NBA playoff
. game yesterday afternoon were
disturbed to say the least when
the contest was cut off the air
P at its most crucial point.
Boston was leading by one
point with but 37 seconds re-
maining when New York's Har-
ry Gallatin stepped to the foul
line to take two free throws. At
this moment another program
flashed on the screen. When the
station failed to restore the cli-
matic ending of the game to
the wave-lengths, suspended
viewers watching the struggle
were left in ,the dark as to its
final 60 seconds, the New Yorkers
were in front by ,three points.
The Celtics had possession and
Sharman drove toward the hoop
and was fouled as he shot. He
proceeded to sink a pair of free
throws, his 14th and 15th in 17
tries, and Boston trailed, 74-75.
In the NBA, during the last two +
minutes of the game, after each ;
successful foul throw there is a
jump ball, and on the ensuing tap,
the winners gained possession. Aft-
tr one shot was unsuccessful, BobI
Cousy, Boston's sensational play-
maker, dropped the rebound
through for a one-point Celtic lead.i

NEW YORK stormed back up
the court and with 37 seconds left
Harry Gallatin, the league's lead-
ing rebounder, was hacked as he
tried to shoot from underneath.
The 6-6 center calmly tossed in
two charity tosses and thus set
the stage for Sharman's game-
winning field goal.
Ninety-two fouls were called
during the encounter. When the
game ended, the Celtics had five
men out of the game on six per-
sonals and four of their remain-
ing quintet had five fouls on
them. The losers were not in
much better shape as four of
their players were on the bench
with the limit of fouls and the
rest of the team had either four
or five.
The Knicks 'led throughout most
of the contest. The first time that
Boston gained the lead was in the
final minute on Cousy's basket.
New York held a 41-36 lead at
halftime, and increased it to nine
points early in the third period.
The Celtics tied it at 47 only to
have New York forge right back
into the lead and hold it until the!
heart-breaking last minute.
* * *
CARL BRAUN, the Knick's high
scorer during the season, did not
tally a single field goal during the
encounter. However he did con-
nect with 14 charity tosses missing
only one, before he fouled out late
in the fourth quarter.
The Syracuse Nationals have
won both of their playoff games
thus far and no matter what
they do in the remaining pair,
they will qualify for the semi-
final best two-of-three series
with Boston.
In the Western Division playoffs,
including games through Friday
Minneapolis is 2-0, Rochester is
1-1 and Fort Wayne has lost both
of its games. Minneapolis is as-1
sured of a berth in the semi-finals,
even if it loses its remaining two
The worst the Lakers can do is
finish in a three-way tie for first
ord in second, 'depending on the
outcome of the Fort Wayne-Ro-
chester encounter.

mighty Explorers burst the Brad-
ley bubble last night with a bril-
liant third quarter spurt that car-
ried them to a record-shattering
92-76 triumph and the national
collegiate basketball champion-
ship before a screaming crowd of
almost 10,500.
Bradley's Braves, who had par-
PAUL GROFFSKY layed borrowed luck into a win-
dislikes new rule ning streak that carried them al-
most all the way, faded before the
magic zone defense and powerful
U O fl 7 ar thrusts of the Explorers after the
p pu~i half time.
S* k f
Free Throw BRADLEY had dominated the
' first 20 minutes and led by seven
points early in the second quarter
5 but its one-point halftime lead
Rule O O vanished as All-America Tom Gola
with brilliant help from two fine
KANSAS CITY-01)-The Na- sophomores Charles Singley and
tional Assn. of Basketball Coaches Frank Blatcher, tore open the con-
yesterday voted to revamp the one- test between the third and eighth
and-one free throw rule to put minutes of the third quarter.
the premium on good shooting Penn State, ahead from start
rather than inaccuracy d h to finish, staved off a desperate
The recommendatin that goes
to the National Rules Committee Box Score
Sunday gives the fouled player a!
second, or bonus shot, if the first BRADLEY G F P T
shot is made. If the first shot is Petersen, f .. ..4 2 2 10
missed, the ball remains in play. Babetch, f ......0 0 0 0
* * * King, f ......... 3 6 4 12

last-quarter rally by Southern
California to win third place in,
the national collegiate basketball'
championships, 70-61.
The contest was played under i
the suggested new foul rule which
reverses the one-and-one shooting f
procedure and it almost cost Penn
State the game.
SOUTHERN California made the . . . seeks new field house
first free throw 12 times and con-
verted the bonus toss on 10 of its H u
chances. F Id
The recommended rule change
would give a bonus shot after
each successful free throw on
all common fouls. If the first
shot is missed the ball' is in
play. I u gse
Penn State had sevenchancesg
for the extra shot and sank six
of them. The replacement of Yost Field
This was an entirely different House, fhe Sports Building and
Penn State team than the one the Athletic Administration Build-
badly outclassed Friday night by ing, three of Michigan's oldest and
LeSalle. The Nittany Lions were most poorly equipped edifices,
deadly from the floor the first s eemed to be in the near future
half hitting a cool 50 perhcent of when the Board in Control of In-
their shots. tercollegiate Athletics today auth-
*P* * orized Wolverine Athletic Director
Peoria 63, San Diego 55 Fritz Crisler to explore matters
DENVER - (,P) - Peoria's Cats with an eye towards "serious and
won their third straight National pressing physical plant needs."
AAU basketball championship last The steps taken by the board
night with a 63-55 conquest of to enlarge and renovate Michi-
San Diego, a club that couldn't gan's sprawling athletic plants
match the champs' manpower or came in the face of revelations
finesse in the tense closing mm- that football profits skidded at the
utes. University for the fourth straight

tice Johnson dropped in two free
throws with four seconds left in
the first overtime period last night
to give Muskegon Heights a 43-41
victory over Flint Northern and
the 1954 Michigan Class 'A' basket-
ball championship.
The Tigers, annexing the first
cage crown in their school's his-
tory, had just managed to send
the game into overtime after blow-
ing an early fourth quarter lead
which had reached seven points
at one time
WITH THREE minutes to go in
the game Northern tied up the con-
test and then forged ahead 41-39'
fifteen seconds before the final
Muskegon Heights brought the
ball up the floor and exchanged
two passes before Johnson cooly
dumped in a ten-footer to send
the game into its extra period.
Flint Northern got the ball soon
after the tip-off and controlled it
for almost the entire three min-
utes waiting for the one big shot.
With seven seconds remaining, its
All-State guard, Bob Failing drove
in for a lay-up and missed.
** *
HIS MOMENTUM carried him
into Johnson causing the disas-
trous charging foul which set up
the new champion's victory.

The losers actually dropped
the verdict at the free throw
line, connecting on only seven
out of 20 tries from the line. The
Tigers made a very respectable
11 out of 16.
Failing, despite his part in help-
ing Muskegon to its final two
points, played an outstanding ball
game and was the contest's high
scorer with 16 points.
* * *
RIVER ROUGE staved off a
frantic last half Holland Christian
comeback to win the Class '
crown, 56-53.
The Detroit suburban area
power completely baffled its op-
position in the first sixteen min-
utes with close pressing tactics
and left the floor at intermission
withan astounding 40-18 lead.
Holland failed to fold, however,
and led by center Ken Scholten,
who dropped in 16 points during
the contest, the southwest Michi-
gan five came back to force Rouge
into a game saving stall
* * *
points to pace Lansing St. Mary
to an easy 60-28 win over Marine
City for the Class 'C' title.
Gobles, after scrapping to a
semi-final win over All Saints on
Friday had little trouble wrapping
up the Class 'D' title last night,
trouncing Remus, 56-28.

IF PASSED by the rules com-
mittee, the automatic two free
throws in the last three minutes
would be eliminated.
Infractionss while a player was
in the act of shooting would still
draw two free throws.
Michigan's basketball captain
Paul Groffsky commented that the
new rule, if passed, would not cut
down on the number of fouls in a
game although he did think that
it will tend to cause players to be-
come more proficient at foul shoot-
"I do believe," Groffsky contin-
ued, "that while it will make bas-
ketball a 40-minute game again by
eliminating the automatic two
shots in the last three minutes,
the rule won't solve the primary
problem of too much fuling, either
in the final 180 seconds or through-
out the whole contest. I do not
particularly like the proposed

Gower, f ...... . 0
Estergardc. ... 3
Carney, g....... 3
Utt, g .......... 0
Kent, g ........ 8
Riley, g ........ 1
Totals .......22
Singley, f .......8
Greenberg, f ... 2
Maples, f ....... 2
Blatcher, f..... ,11
Gola, c .........7
O'Malley, g..... 5
Yodsnukis, g .... 0
O'Hara, g ..... 2
Bradley .. 22 21
LaSalle ... 18 23




4 23
1 5
4 4
4 23
5 19
4 11
5 0
1 7
28 92


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THE ILLINOIS cats held com- and hockey showed any semblance
mand easily until midway of the of profit.
third quarter when the determined * * *
Grihalva Buicks pulled even at HOWEVER the situation isn't as

36-36 for the first time.

New York 5, Toronto 2
Montreal 6, Detroit 1
Minneapolis 78, Ft. Wayne 73
Boston (A) 1, Detroit (A) 0
Pittsburgh(N) 8, Philadelphia(A) 2
Chicago (A) 5, Philadelphia (N) 0
St. Louis (N) 5, Washington (A) 3
Brooklyn (N) 8, New York (A) 5
Chicago (N) 7, Baltimore (A) 6
Milwaukee (N) 3, Cincinnati (N) 2

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Free throws missed-Bradley
-King, Kower, Estergard, Car-
ney 6, Kent 2, Riley. LaSalle--
Singleyn 3, Greenberg, Blatcher,

bad as it might seem at first
glance, for the report, which in-
eluded the 1952 football campaign
but not the 1953 one and covered
the financial year ending June 30,
For one thing, the athletic
department's operating profit of
$138,347 insures adequate sup-
port of Michigan's million-dollar
athletic program. The gridiron
sport, alone, netted $632,015 in
the athletic kitty, recession and
It was pointed out that the Wol-
verines' home schedule this fall
which brings such box office at-
tractions as Army, Illinois, Iowa,
and Michigan State to Ann Arbor
is sure to reverse the trend.

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Delaney Seeks Breast Stroke Crown

A rapidly improving sophomore
holds the key to Michigan breast-
stroke hopes. in next week-end's
NCAA swimming meet at Syracuse,
Responding well to Coach Matt
Mann's rugged work schedule, Mike
Delaney has come through in the
last few weeks to prove himself
one of the Big Ten's better breast-
strokers. If the fast stroking soph-
omore can improve as much in
the coming week as he did before
the conference meet of two weeks
ago, he'll be right up with the na-
tion's best at Syracuse.



OR ptISuj

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DELANEY, only mediocre dur-
ing the dual-meet season, surpris- I
ed Mann as well as the opposi-!
tion by taking fourth place in botht
the 100 and 200-yard breast-stroke
events. His times were excellent.
He finished only three seconds be-
hind the winner, Wolverine Bumpy
Jones, in the 200.
Delaney's time of 2:24.8 in the
final of this event represented a
four second drop from his usual
200 time. His rapidly closing fin-
ish in the Friday afternoon
semi-final was enough to nip
Illinois All-American Bob Clem-
ons, and showed that in the
stretch, Delaney has the neces-
sarry guts.
Though a slow starter in the
200-yard event, Delaney showed
unexpected speed in Saturday's 100
yard test. His previous best time
for the 100 was upwards of 1:04,
but in the Big Ten final he went
1:02.4, losing third place to Ohio
State's Van Heyde by scant inches.
The event was won in record time
by John Dudeck of MSC in :59.7.
BESIDES Olympic swimmers
IBert and Jack Wardrop, Delaney
was the only Wolverine sophomore
to swim in a final event. He swam
the breast-stroke leg of Michigan's
second place medley relay as well
as the two individual events, De-
laney didn't seem to be affected by
"conference meet shakes," which
is surprising and encouraging in a
relatively inexperienced swimmer
such as he.
At Syracuse next week end,
Delaney will be under more pres-
sure, both physically and psycho-
logically, than he was in the Big
Ten meet. He will be swimming
in a strange pool against some
hot Eastern competition.,




Turns are a big factor in swim-
ming, and a strange pool means
extra concentration on hitting
those turns right.
Yale hot-shot Dennis O'Con-
nor will be pushing the best for
the two breast-stroke titles, and
Delaney will have to move to
stay in the top five.

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