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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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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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Finch, Center Johnson, Forward could cover his man on the Gents ' — man-for-man — defense with the best of them. Tim was chosen on the S. I. A. A. This senior will be hard for the champs to replace. Melford Allums, Sophomore, Guard. Melford only lacks playing experience before he will develop into one of the best guards in the Southwest. He is the ideal basketball type, tall, rangy, fast, and a scrapper. Will be hard for any of the incom- ing freshmen to beat out the coming season. Perry Ames, Sophomore, Center, is another sophomore who had to compete against seniors. Played a good game against Terre Haute. Has lots of natural ability and should go on the hardwood court next year. Dan Finch, Senior, Guard, Center, Forward. Dan was the most versatile man on the team, playing every position. Finch ' s outstanding defensive game was when he held the highly-touted squad of Butler scoreless. Finch ' s steady play in the tourna- ment was an important cog in the Gents winning. This basketeer led his team in free throws during his college career. Bailey McElreath, Senior, Center, Forzvard, who passed with his wrong hand, was one of the best passers on the club. Always hustling made " Mc. " a well-rounded player for the champions. Bailey came to Centenary from a junior college and has played his allotted time. A fine fellow to have on a team. Crofford Womack, Junior, Guard, had an imp ossible job in displacing Moran at floor guard, but played lots of basketball during the season. One of the most colorful players that ever stepped on anybody ' s court. Womack was an outstanding dribbler, and will show this coming year. 129
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