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truly a game that kept the crowd on its feet. Nearly the entire game one or other
of the teams led by 1 point. Each basket brought either hope or despair. Finally
with not half a minute to play, the score stood 45-45. But with a last desperate
effort Alton got the ball in the basket and won 47-45. Winning from a university
was going some for A. H. S.
Tuesday, the 26th, Alton showed Edwardsville that we were not only their
superiors in football but also in basket ball. The team had no trouble in walking
all over them. The final score was 46 to 21.
February the 9th, the team journeyed to Jacksonville and met Jacksonville
High School before an immense crowd. The gym. was evidently built for seating
capacity, not for a basket ball court, as even the baskets were not the regulation
size and it was impossible for the team to hit the basket. Added to this, the team
had one of those unexplainable off days and lost by the score of 25 to 8.
The next week the team brought the Crescent Athletic Club to Alton and
although the first half was desperately contested, in the second half they tasted of
revenge, the score being 35 to 24, favor of Alton.
Thursday, February the 22d, Alton High School, for the first time in the his-
tory of the school, entered the Southern Illinois Basket Ball Tournament which
was held this year at Centralia, In this tournament are usually represented the
pick of the Southern Illinois teams. Schools which do not have a football season
and who begin basket ball practice in September, playing from twenty to thirty
games a year, are represented in this organization. The contesting teams were:
Granite City, Centralia, Mount Vernon, Duquoin, Benton, Robinson, Eldorado
Friday, Alton met. Centralia, which had previously defeated every team of
Southern Illinois, and, playing on a strange gym. and before an immense crowd,
Alton completely lost their heads and lost by the overwhelming score of 60 to 16.
Friday night Alton met Eldorado and, since a defeat meant elimination, Alton
hit their old pace and showed the crowd what they could do. By splendid team
work they won easily 41 to 11.
Saturday morning Alton played Benton. The Benton team was confident of
victory and, at the end of the first half, led 19 to 13. But in the second half
Alton came back and, quoting the Centralia Sentinel, "with only live minutes to
play, the game was practically won by Wood, the smallest man on the team. This
plucky lad, always on the go, rushed in from his position as guard and threw two
successive field goals. Benton, try as they might, could not overcome this lad
and lost by four points, the score being 33 to 29 in favor of Alton."
"I am not in the roll of common men."-MR. BIRD.
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Following close upon the end of a most successful football season the basket
ball practice began early in December. The first step was the election of Elliott
Taylor, captain, and it afterward proved to be the wisest step that any team has ever
taken. After hard practice, Captain Taylor took the team to Bunker Hill, Decem-
ber 31st. Here the opening game of the season with Bunker Hill Military
Academy was won by the score of 16 to 14.
Saturday, the 30th, Alton met Blackburn University at Blackburn. In the
first half Alton was badly bothered by the strange fioor, and apparently lost their
heads, the score at the end of the first half being 15 to 6 in Blackburn's favor, but
in the second half the team got started, used some team work, scored 15 points,
while the opponents could score only 1, but lost by a hair's breadth, 22 to 21.
Considering the fact that Alton was playing a college team and in a strange gym.
the result was indeed a surprise, and proved that we had a team far above the
The next week, the 6th, Alton played its first game at home and won from
Christian Brothers' College second team by the score of 35 to 15.
January 13th Alton went to Edwardsville minus Wood and Henry, and, play-
ing with two substitutes, lost to the Crescent Athletic Club, 38 to 30.
January 26th will undoubtedly go down in the basket ball calendar of every
loyal Alton rooter as a red letter day. Alton had now most undoubtedly hit its
pace, and, before a crowd that packed the Y. M. C. A. balcony to its capacity,
met Blackburn University. With a 22-21 defeat to wipe out and a crowd that
cheered the team in a way that made Alton believe that the much-talked-of school
spirit had awakened from its sleep, the team played a magnificent game. It was
"A beast that wants discourse of reason."-AEOLA HYA1'r.
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Saturday night Alton met Mt. Vernon to decide second place. "The Alton
High School team defeated Mt. Vernon by a score of 25 to 20. It was quite a sur-
prise, as it was not generally believed Alton would defeat Mt. Vernon. The latter
team has been showing considerable strength, but in the last few games the Alton
boys have displayed considerable playing ability and, although very small, seem
to withstand the onslaught of the heaviest teams. The games, although quite
close at times, always saw Alton in the lead. The first half ended with the score
of 16 to 9, favor of Alton. Mt. Vernon took a brace in the second half and the
game ended 25 to 20, favor of Alton."
The standing of the teams at the close of the tournament was:
Games played. Won. Lost.
1. Granite City ............ 3 3 0
2. Alton .,..,, -- 4 3 1
3. Centralia ..... 3 2 1
4. Mt. Vernon ..,. 4 2 2
5. Duquoin .... 3 1 2
6. Benton- .... 3 1 2
7. Robinson Ma- 1,.. ,,,.. , 2 0 2
8. Eldorado M-- ..... ..... 2 0 2
Reviewing the tournament, it can easily be seen that the showing made by
Alton was truly marvelous. Granite City played the easier teams first and defeated
Centralia when they were in a crippled condition. Had Alton met Centralia after
defeating some of the easier teams instead of the first game, the result would un-
doubtedly have been different. Also comparing the number of games played,
Granite had played 27 games before coming to Centralia, and Centralia 30 before
entering the tournament, while Alton had played but 8. The whole team deserves
great credit, but too much praise cannot be given to Captain Taylor who had entire
charge of the team during the season. It is a difficult position for a captain to
hold when he must coach his team and take the entire responsibility, especially
when playing away from home, as on the Centralia trip. Taylor took hold of a
bunch of new players, no two of which had ever played together before, and with-
out any assistance, whipped them into one of Alton's greatest basket ball teams.
Second place in the Southern Illinois Basket Ball Tournament is a great achieve-
ment for Alton High.
But one team in the history of the school can be compared with the 1912
team. The team was characterized all the season by splendid team work and a
desperate fighting spirit which is always found in a well managed team. The
basket ball season of 1912 is a proof of the fact that this year has and will have
been the greatest in the history of the school.
"0h! wad some power the giftie gie ye,
To hear yourself as others hear ye."
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