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G Womack, Guard MORAN. Guard Court. Louisiana Normal split even in a couple of games, and Tech won their first basketball game from Centenary in three years when they took the third of a four- game series. The Gentlemen made a Middle Western trip covering 2500 miles, playing some of the best basketball teams in that section. Games were played with the following teams: Two games with Union at Jackson, Tenn. ; Carbondale at Carbondale, III.; St. Louis at St. Louis, Mo. ; Illinois Wesleyan at Bloomington, 111. ; Loyola at Chicago, 111.; De Paul University at Chicago; Indiana State Teachers at Terre Haute, Ind.; Butler University at Indianapolis, Ind.; Oakland City College at Oakland City, Ind. While the Gentlemen won only two out of the ten games played, the barnstormers played some good games and lost four of the eight by scores of one to four points. This is good considering the fact that they had to hop across the country in a bus every day, playing on foreign courts, a different style of play every night, and having to make a daily change in their defense and offense. Captain Crowley and his men were very complimentary on the treatment received from their Mid-Western oppo- nents and the officials. The team received some very valuable playing experience which helped them in later games. Winning the S. I. A. A. tournament at Jackson, Miss., gave the Gentlemen the championship of their own conference. Centenary played great basketball to win the tournament, and were without a doubt the cleverest passing team at Jackson. For this the school received a beautiful full size silver basketball suitably engraved, and each player was awarded a solid gold medal. Johnson was chosen all-S. I. A. A. forward, and Moran was also chosen at a guard position on the tournament team. One feature of the four games played in the tournament was that the Gentlemen were never behind. This was verv com- 127
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tint Crowley, Forward, Captain Nolan, Forward Basketball The hardest schedule of any basketball team in America is what faced the Gents basketeers at the start of the 1930-31 campaign. There were only eight days in which to get the team in shape for the first game, which was with the University of Texas. In the first of the two games played at Austin the Gentlemen were victorious, but by a score of only two points. The second game was a different story. The Longhorns received the worst beating they ever took on their home floor. Failure to make a fair percentage of their shots at College Station cost the Centenary crew two games against Texas A. and M. Southwestern Institute of LaFayette, Louisiana, S. I. A. A. champions for ' 29- ' 30, were easily defeated in a two-game series on the Coliseum 126
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Haynes, Guard McElreath, Forward plimentary for their defense, and in the championship game Louisiana Normal failed to get a shot at the basket the first eight minutes of play. Dan Finch, Cecil Crowley, Blanchard Johnson, Earl Nolan, Bailey McElreath, and Tim Moran all played great basketball. The teams defeated in the tournament were: Union University , Western Kentucky, Birmingham-Southern, and Louisiana Normal. Crowley, Captain, Senior, Guard, Center. Cecil was used at the center position on the tip-off and dropped back to guard where his services were invaluable. A great passer, good man to take the ball off the backboard, and a great leader, who led his team to their first S. I. A. A. championship. Crowley will be missed when the cagers report next year. Blanchard Johnson, Junior, Forward, was chosen on the all-S. I. A. A. team and led the Gents in scoring during the season. Johnson has one of the fastest shots of any man in the game. This boy is a fast breaker and a great man on following shots. Blanchard is expected to end his basketball career in a blaze of glory his senior year. Earl Nolan, Junior, Forward, last year ' s high scorer and runner-up to Johnson. This year this boy is a regular streak of lightning on the court, and has developed into a great all-round player. Nolan is the only member of the cagers that is married. Lots of baskets are expected from this boy next year. Tim Moran, Senior, Guard, a great basketball player with plenty of color, who 128
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